About Us

BREW NH is a non-profit organization that promotes New Hampshire via the beer industry. We want to be your beer hub when you think about events, activities, advice and news about NH’s growing beer industry.

If Brew New Hampshire were a person, it would shop at the farmers market (but not exclusively), know the names of its neighbors and downtown merchants, and dress in sensible, attractive, non-ironic, flannel shirts.

Explore the site and reach out to us if you have feedback.

You can stay in touch with our beer community through social media, get in on the beer conversation and find out where we’re celebrating #NHBEER this week.

We’re making some more cool changes to the site and we have lots of news about the coming festival season, hot brands, and members of our community. We’re pretty kickass, if we do say so ourselves. And you know, we need each other to have conversations about beer on a state level.

Come support us by volunteering for a festival or sharing your skills for the greater effort. We love beer tourism and we’ve got a ton of interesting, high quality breweries per capita. Check out our beer map for more details.

Board Members

Kate Luczko

Kate is a native of Canterbury, NH and spends her professional time “singing the praises” of the Granite State as President & CEO of Stay Work Play NH, an organization focused on the recruitment and retention of 20 and 30 something. Kate is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of NH in the business department and is passionate about giving back to and being involved in the community. In addition to Brew NH, she is on number boards of directors, advisory boards, volunteers throughout the state often, and was appointed by Governor John Lynch to the Job Training Fund.

She has also been a participant in five regional leadership programs in NH and holds a Masters in Business (MBA) with a certificate in Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Business with a concentration in Sustainable Business from the University of New Hampshire.

When naming her one of the “5 Leaders for the Future” in 2014, Business NH Magazine created a caricature of Kate for publishing in the magazine and told her they’re only able to do that for someone if they are an “easily recognizable person,” which she found to be a unique and super cool honor.

In her free time Kate enjoys staying active with her black lab, Timber, kayaking, cooking, being outdoors working her green thumb, music, exploring NH and beyond – including breweries and cupcake shops.

JT Thompson

JT is a proud native of NC, but how he ended up in frosty New Hampshire is a tale best shared over a few pints. JT is a craft beer industry lifer. He is a graduate of the American Brewers’ Guild’s diploma program and has worked as a pub brewer, bottling line operator, delivery driver, public relations director, and brand manager. Outside of beer, JT loves music and film, cooking at home and is an avid UNC basketball fan.

Scott Schaier

Scott is a beer guy both for work and in his free time. In 2013, Scott and his family packed up their life in the U.S. Virgin Islands and headed to Durham, New Hampshire. On the advice of many, he immediately had is head examined.

Scott spent the last decade doing development work for one of the global brewers. He married the girl he met in Boston and then followed him to Central America, the Caribbean and then to NH. They have a daughter, Siena, a son Charles, an island cat, Snagglepuss, and the best island-born German Shepherd,
Schultzy.

Scott’s favorite beer style is lager beer. He enjoys all types, but appreciates original source Czech or Bohemian pilz and is a big fan of Saaz. He likes outdoor activities in the North Country, live music and enjoying the natural beauty of our state with his family. Oh yeah, he also really likes drinking beer with friends. Cheers!

Seth McNally

Seth McNally bleads black and gold. Originally from Pittsburgh, this yinzer joined the Seacoast Beer Community by moving in to an apartment above the Portsmouth Brewery. This symbiotic relationship quickly flourished into a love for all things beer. During the day, Seth is a VP Investment Consultant at Kennebunk Investment Services. An avid gardener, Seth serves as the Treasurer for the Hampton Garden Club. He is an alumnus of Leadership Seacoast, an active member of the Seacoast Community and currently works with NH Seacoast Greenway and Seacoast Community School in an advisory capacity. He enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time with his family. Seth resides with his wife Valerie, their two children, two dogs, some chickens and occasionally some pigs in the Seacoast New Hampshire region.

Renée Capicchioni Vannata

Social Media Maven & #NHBeer Ambassador

Renee is a geek. She geeks #socialmedia. Renee geeks #beer. She totally geeks out on technology, hashtags, entrepreneurship, board games and dozens of other geeky things. Her passions run deep, her knowledge grows strong, her loyalty to #NHBeer will never falter.

Renee’s perfect beer is a robust porter with strong vanilla notes served in sexy glassware. Know of one she needs to try? Let her know on Untapped, Twitter or Instagram @safaritour.

When Renee isn’t geeking out, or drinking #craftbeer, she’s hanging in #DurhamNH with her hubby, Larry, and their two teenage boys. She’s such a lucky dog, because she gets to spend her summer in the Blodgett Landing community on Lake Sunapee. She can’t imagine living anywhere besides the amazing state of New Hampshire.

Live free and drink #NHBeer.

Kary Shumway

Kary is a beer and numbers guy. He is a CPA and former CFO for a beer distributor. Two of his favorite things are a good beer and a good spreadsheet. Kary lives in Hancock, NH with his wife Debra and two children Max and Abbey. Over the years, Kary has enjoyed coaching his son’s baseball teams and daughter’s softball teams, although both children wished he would’ve done something else with his time.

He is actively involved in organizing adult softball, basketball, and broomball games, as well as tennis tournaments. Long ago, Kary discovered the secret to a creating a successful outdoor sporting event: beer + grilled meat. Friday night summer softball with the grill, beer coolers and good friends is pretty much Kary’s version of heaven on earth.

In his spare time, Kary writes and publishes two newsletters for the beer industry. Beer Business Finance is for beer distributors, and Craft Brewery Finance is for breweries. Both publications combine Kary’s passion for numbers and the beer industry.