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About IFB

We are about more than beer and business, we are lifetime friends.  Iron Furnace Brewing was founded by four north country guys that grew up less than a half mile from each other.  We stayed close through college, were roommates afterwards and have remained tight-knit since.  The brewery has been a dream since the early days but took some time to materialize.  2017 was the year it all came together!  We were fortunate to find and fall in love with the Whitney building on Main Street and now call it home! We are eternally grateful to the community and our friends and family for the support.

We are community focused and loyal to our roots, but still not afraid of change and experimentation.  Our taproom will be a place to gather, for families and friends both old and new.  Inviting, lively, comfortable and engaging is the environment that we want to produce. Our beers tend to be hop forward but we still have plenty of variety. 

Don’t be afraid to try something new and come explore with us!

Jason, Jeremy, Josh and Tim

Iron Furnace Family

History

Our Brewery name and logo reflect the only remaining blast furnace still standing in Franconia, New Hampshire located just across the Gail River by the Brewery. The octagonal stone stack that is visible on the far bank of the Gale River is all that remains of a 200-year-old iron smelter shown on an 1805 map of Franconia. The New Hampshire Iron Factory Company rebuilt the original furnace several times, adding hot blast after 1840 and extending the height to its present 32ft. Chiseled into one of the heavy stones in the west arch opening is "S. Pettee, Jr. 1859". Pettee was a well-known iron master who was associated with several blast furnaces in New England. He was the last known foreman to operate this furnace.

The furnace was built of local granite. Its interior is lined with firebrick, laid in a cylindrical shape. The space between the firebrick and stone exterior is filled with clay. Farmers burned trees to make charcoal to fire the furnace. Iron production declined by 1865 as the ore and trees diminished and as iron production in Pennsylvania progressed at less cost. The furnace was abandoned with a belly full of once-molten iron. The furnace had been inactive for twenty years when, in 1884, the shed that surrounded it burned to the ground.

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Stone Iron furnace history