Throwback Brewery was founded by Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier in 2010 as a way to combine two passions: brewing great beer and supporting local agriculture. We started selling beer in July of 2011 and haven’t looked back since!
Co-Founder & Director of Brewing Operations
Annette is the Head Problem Solver, Chief-Optimist and certified MIT card-carrying engineer (which every good brewery needs!). Annette spent close to 20 years working as an environmental engineer before making the jump to a small brewery owner. Annette started crafting her brewing skills over a decade ago when she borrowed a few buckets from a friend, bought the necessary ingredients, and started to homebrew. It didn’t take long for Annette to get hooked, and for friends and family to start bugging her for beer! In 2007, Annette started taking brewing courses from the renowned Siebel institute in Chicago. In 2008, she completed Siebel’s World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology, while also doing an internship at Smuttynose Brewery. In mid-2010, Annette started pursuing her dreams full-time, launching Throwback Brewery. Annette is a tireless worker, an amazing brewer, one of the smartest women you will ever meet, and truly passionate about our vision!
Co-Founder & President
Nicole is our Marketing Guru, Chief Realist, and card-carrying M.B.A, handling marketing, social media, technology, and business strategy. Besides collaborating with both the brewers and the kitchen team about new recipe ideas (especially sausage recipes!), Nicole’s favorite aspect of owning a brewery is getting to meet and interact with all of the amazing people in the community- from the farmers, to the chefs, to the fellow brewers, and, of course, Throwback’s amazing customers. Nicole also enjoys spreading the love of craft beer to more and more people – especially when she can get someone who didn’t think they liked dark beer to say ‘oh, I like it!’. Nicole has a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Economics and Math, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is also a former IBM executive and the recipient of the 2017 Business Excellence Award in Manufacturing from the NH Business Review. She is currently President of the New Hampshire Brewers Association.
Our Valuable Team Members
Annette & Nicole are backed up by a small, but passionate crew of full- and part-time employees and volunteers. The whole Throwback team is not just focused on local sourcing, sustainability, and green practices because it is the hip thing to do. Rather, we have spent most of our lives trying to support local farmers and reduce our carbon footprint. Being “green” is a passion of ours, and, as a result, it is simply part of our company’s DNA. Besides, we have always been slightly more geeky than hip anyway.
We hired Chris for his work ethic, huge heart, and infectious laugh. Lucky for us, he transformed from a home-brewing banker into a really great professional brewer under Annette’s tutelage and his own insatiable drive for learning everything there is to know about brewing. Since we opened the restaurant, Chris has stepped up to take the lead on all things brewing, including recipe development and our barrel program. Chris loves music, art, great food, trying new craft beers (especially hoppy ones), and hanging out with his wife, Sara. Chris holds a BA in Studio Art from Plymouth State University.
Ask Colin and the first thing he’ll tell you is he’s not a city boy. Looking for a career change, he got involved in zookeeping, aquarium keeping, and then canning. His passion for home brewing, gardening, and the whole farm-to-table approach led Colin through our doors. He loves the whole brewing process, followed by the thrill of the results – especially enjoying our ‘one-off’ beers, such as Henry’s (our Hank’s variant). A UNH grad and New England native, Colin loves his now-rural life…growing hops, running around after his chickens, and hanging out with his wife Lindsay and their dog Atlas.
A native New Englander, Alex found us after a stint working the Harpoon taproom in VT (lucky!) – launching his love of the wonderful world of IPAs. A drummer with just a little experience touring with national acts, Alex has also worked for a record label as an A&R Rep, and has his own recording studio in Dover (aspiring artists, take note!). We have so many amazing artists working here at the brewery, we are thrilled to have Alex further our team’s passion for combining both music and beer! Alex lives in Portsmouth, but you can find him driving around the Seacoast in his beloved Volvo, hitting the music scene and running lights (and sometimes sound) at 3S Artspace.
Chef Carrie comes to Throwback Brewery with a profound respect for food, where it comes from, it’s sustainability, and its relation to us as a society. Carrie is a graduate of a Le Cordon Blue culinary school, in addition to having a Bachelor of Science in Business from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Carrie’s love for food and beer started from working summers as a farm hand and spending time with her father. Most recently, Carrie was chef de Cuisine at Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, NH, where she worked for eight years, followed by briefly working at Henry’s Market Cafe in New Castle, NH. We love her ability to put a fresh spin on casual and familiar dishes- elevating them to a level that is fun, fresh, and memorable.
Michael joined us after working his way up over at The Big Bean in Newmarket, NH. Chef Carrie knew a kindred spirit when they met, and a wonderful collaboration of all things delicious was born. Michael will tell you straight out,”my love to eat delicious foods led to my love to cook delicious foods – which stemmed from the stark contrast between my grandmothers’ fresh cooking… and canned green beans.” Sounds about right. Having grown up in rural northeast Connecticut, Michael now lives in Lee with his lovely lady Lauren and their dog, Molly. If he’s not at home working in his garden to carry on all that fresh cooking, you might just be lucky enough to catch him playing live music with his band on the local music scene.
Kelly likes to say that she works here because she’s super reliable – living across the street from her favorite local brewery means she can be here on a dime. But we (and most of our customers) know that she’s also super fun and can throw down a beer with the best of them! With a tremendous knack for knowing a good idea when she hears it, she runs the show up front with effortless ease. When not hanging out across the street with her husband Ted and their dogs Igor and Frankie, Kelly enjoys a mean game of Yahtzee and supporting local breweries and restaurants.
Front of House
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Nell and wife Lauren chose to leave city life after becoming more aware of how our choices impact our world. So it only makes sense our vision spoke to her! With a diploma from ‘Fame’ high school, a degree in forensic psychology and a background in restaurant management – Nell’s vibe spoke to us, too. Our unofficial ‘Ambassador of Customer Service’, Nell quietly creates excellence for our customers… every damn day. Did we mention she also owns a dog walking business? Yep, she does that, too. Animal lovers to the core, Nell and Lauren also have a dog and three cats – all rescues, of course!
Front of House
Jaimie heard about how super fun it is to work here from multiple sources and decided to get in on the party. And we’re glad she did! Always making new friends and customers happy at the bar, Jaimie brings the sunshine to the front of the house. When not chasing after her adorable three year old son Cape and (also adorable) dog Ralphie, Jaimie loves a good Cheek Squeezer, swimming with sharks, and bears.
Bruce came to Throwback a seasoned home brewer who just happens to have a background as an environmental engineer. His relationship with Annette and Nicole goes back to those early home brewing days, finding shared inspiration for different and tasty ideas for beers. As Throwback’s sales representative, or Traveling Alesman, Bruce enjoys bringing his beer experience to customers and in turn learning from them. When not hitting the pavement sharing all things Throwback, you can find Bruce relaxing with his wife Donna and cat Gomez, or helping out behind the taps or in the brewery.
Born and raised on the Seacoast, Christa discovered the magic of Throwback when homebrewing friends introduced her to our old warehouse. A true appreciation of sustainable farming drew Christa our way after digging irrigation ditches and harvesting vegetables on friends’ local farms. After culinary school in VT, Christa trained in baking and pastry at San Francisco Baking Institute and Tartine Bakery – reveling in the cathartic experience of bringing a dormant organism to life as loaf or pastry. When not slinging beer or hanging at home in Exeter with her pup Spencer, Christa is happiest on a mountain – having climbed all 48 4,000 footers in NH – go Christa!
Marketing & Events Manager
Alissa discovered Throwback in the early days of our warehouse space. Always looking for a party, she asked if we ever hosted events. Annette responded with a convincing ‘yes?’ and the rest is history. Here at the brewpub there is always something going on and Alissa is the one to keep up with it all. With a communications degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse, Alissa collaborates with the rest of our staff to get the word out regarding all the happenings here. Passionate about beer, she loves checking out all the local breweries with her husband Steve when not spending time with their two children, Brooke and Tyler.
One evening, Katie and her family visited Throwback for dinner. While eating, they struck up a conversation with Annette about plans for the farm. With the vision to turn our new location back into a functioning farm, Katie was soon hired as our farmer. Katie’s background is not that of the typical farmer. Growing up in Rhode Island she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a degree in illustration. Katie then moved to Boston where she worked on some local farms. Farming started out as a hobby for Katie, and now she is working full time to return our beautiful farm to its former glory.
Over the years since we started, we’ve been lucky enough to have a handful of very special people touch our lives. We not only thank them for their support – we want you to know their contributions as we continue on this ever-changing journey. We honor them here!
If you’ve ever been to our original tasting room in our warehouse, chances are that you have seen our friend Katherine helping out. Katherine’s a master of organization, fun, funny, and always game for adventure. Katherine has helped us out so much in the beginning that we consider her an honorary founder.
In her time at Throwback, Cheryl served as brewer, lab manager, and lay-down-the-law enforcer of cleanliness and safety in our Brew House. Cheryl came to us from UNH as lab supervisor, and has returned to UNH as their Brewery Manager running their pilot brewing minor. But she’ll always be one of us!