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Jul 5, 2020








Portsmouth Beer Week 

When: Saturday, Feb. 25, through Monday, March 6
Where: Various Portsmouth-area breweries, bars and restaurants
Seacoast Winter Brew Fest
When: Saturday, Feb. 25, general admission noon to 3 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m.; VIP sessions 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Portsmouth Gas Light Co., 64 Market St., Portsmouth
Cost: General admission $50, VIP $75 
Special events 
• Seacoast Beverage Lab Podcast live with special guests author Randy Baril and Jacks Abby co-founder Jack Hendler, Mon., Feb. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Coat of Arms
• James Gilmore, live music, Mon., Feb. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Earth Eagle Brewings
• Magic Hat Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl, Tues., Feb. 28, 5 p.m., start at Fat Belly’s, Thirsty Moose, RiRa or TJ’s
• Throwback Thursday Cask Takeover, Prohibition-themed party featuring casks and food pairings, Thurs., March 2, 7 p.m. to midnight, Coat of Arms
• Kona Hawaiian Island Night, Fri., March 3, 8 p.m., Blue Mermaid
• 80s Ski Party with Samuel Adams, Fri., March 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., RiRa
• Two Roads Brewing RCV Race, Fri., March 3, 7 p.m., Thirsty Moose
• Passport 2 Portsmouth!, self-guided tavern tour, Sat., March 4, starts between 1 and 2 p.m., Thirsty Moose 
• Bock Fest, Sat., March 4, 2 to 6 p.m., Liars Bench Beer Co.
• Liar’s Bench Cornhole Tournament, Sun., March 5, 2 to 5 p.m., Coat of Arms
Meals & pairings 
• Smuttynose Hotter than Hell Brunch, $45, Sun., Feb. 26, noon, Blue Mermaid
• Monday Night Raw Bar, oyster/beer pairings with WWE wrestling theme, Mon., Feb. 27 and March 6, 6 p.m., Jumpin Jays
• Bad Lab restaurant pop up, Mon., Feb. 27,  5 to 9 p.m., Moxy
• Tuckerman’s Beer & Burger Combo Night, Mon., Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Fat Belly’s
• Dip Fest, dip pairing with Earth Eagle and Smuttynose, Tues., Feb. 28, 5 to 7 p.m., Earth Eagle Brewings
• Taps, Tapas & Taco Night, featuring Long Trail and Otter Creek, Tues., Feb. 28, 6 p.m., The Kitchen
• Bad Lab Beer Cocktail & Cigar Pairing, Wed., March 1, time TBA, Federal Cigar 
• Sam Adams Beer & Wing Flight Night, Thurs., March 2, 6 to 10 p.m., Fat Belly’s
• Brunch with Newburyport Brewing, Sun., March 5, 11:30 a.m., Thirsty Moose

10 days of beer
Tastings, pairings and more at Portsmouth Beer Week

By Angie Sykeny

 What started as a long weekend with a handful of beer events in Portsmouth is now a 10-day community-wide celebration with over 45 beer tastings, tap takeovers, food pairings, pub crawls and more. 

The eighth annual Portsmouth Beer Week, hosted by, Seacoast Beverage Lab and the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, takes place Saturday, Feb. 25, through Monday, March 6, at various breweries, restaurants and bars in and around Portsmouth. 
“Typically the winter season is a slow time for Portsmouth,” said Sean Jansen, co-founder of and Portsmouth Beer Week. “[Portsmouth Beer Week] is focused on the breweries, but in addition to that, it really showcases the different restaurants and bars and helps gives them a boost.” 
The week kicks off with its largest event, the fifth annual Seacoast Winter Brew Fest, held at Portsmouth Gas Light Co., on Saturday, Feb. 25. The tasting will feature more than 100 beers from nearly 30 local and regional breweries, plus complimentary food provided by the restaurant and a cigar sampling with Federal Cigar. VIP ticket holders will get access to the tasting for one hour before general admission and an exclusive tasting of specialty beers and rare Scotches, bourbons, whiskeys and Champagnes.
“It’s a more intimate event,” Jansen said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to meet reps, brewers and brewery owners from their favorite local breweries.”
Other happenings throughout the week will feature Seacoast-area breweries like Smuttynose Beer Co. and Smuttlabs, Bad Lab Beer Co., Liars Bench Beer Co., Redhook Brewery, Earth Eagle Brewings and more, as well as other New Hampshire breweries and breweries from around the country. 
“It’s not like New Hampshire Craft Beer Week,” Jansen said. “The majority are New England-based, but there are a bunch from outside this area too, because the focus is more on limited and harder-to-get beers.” 
Jansen said Portsmouth Beer Week is not only a destination for beer enthusiasts, but also “very successful for its foodie aspects,” with things like special food deals and beer-inspired dishes at bars and restaurants, beer pairings with oysters and tapas, beer pairing brunches and more. 
Details about all events can be found at 

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