The Hippo


Jul 21, 2019








The Granite State Brewers Association’s annual Brewers Festival in Manchester. Courtesy photo.

Food vendors

New England’s Tap House Grille
Gabi’s Smoke Shack
Juice Burger
Yumm Bai (Asian cuisine)
Stone Oven Pizza
Afterburn Hot Sauce & Jerky
Michele’s Gourmet Popcorn
AdverNuts (roasted peanuts)
Participating breweries
603 Brewing (Londonderry), 7th Settlement (Dover), Beara Irish Brewing Co. (Portsmouth), Border Brewery (Salem), Candia Road Brewing Co. (Manchester), Canterbury AleWorks (Canterbury), Earth Eagle Brewings (Portsmouth), Elm City Brewing Co. (Keene), From the Barrel Brewing Co. (Londonderry), Garrison City Beerworks (Dover), Great North Aleworks (Manchester), Great Rhythm Brewing Co. (Portsmouth), Henniker Brewing Co. (Henniker), Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co. (West Ossipee), Kelsen Brewing Co. (Derry), Lithermans Limited Brewery (Concord), Lone Wolfe Brewing Co. (Wolfeboro), Martha’s Exchange (Nashua), Millyard Brewery (Nashua), Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery (North Conway), Mooselick Brewing Co. (Troy), Neighborhood Beer Co. (Exeter), Oddball Brewing Co. (Suncook), Out.Haus Ales (Northwood), Pipe Dream Brewing (Londonderry), Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth), Redhook Brewery (Portsmouth), Rockingham Brewing Co. (Derry), Schilling Beer Co. (Littleton), Smuttynose Brewing Co. (Hampton), Squam Brewing (Holderness), Stark Brewing Co. (Manchester), Stoneface Brewing Co. (Newington), Throwback Brewery (North Hampton), Tuckerman Brewing Co. (Conway), White Birch Brewing (Hooksett), Woodstock Inn Brewery (North Woodstock)
GSBA’s 3rd Annual Brewers Festival
Where: Arms Park, 10 Arms St., Manchester
When: Saturday, July 30, 1 to 5 p.m. (noon to 5 p.m. for VIP)
Cost: General admission is $30, VIP is $40, designated driver is $20; limited VIP parking located by the festival entrance is $15. Tickets available online and at the door.  

Brew close to home
Festival showcases New Hampshire breweries

By Angie Sykeny

 Get a taste of nearly 40 of New Hampshire’s breweries at the Granite State Brewers Association’s 3rd Annual Brewers Festival on Saturday, July 30, at Arms Park in Manchester. The festival will feature the largest collection of New Hampshire breweries showcased at a single event this year. Each brewery will bring around four varieties, and there will be over 120 varieties for people to sample.  

“Most of the breweries are independent, friend- or family-owned businesses with small staffs, but working hard to make a diverse range of products,” said Bill Herlicka, GSBA president and owner of White Birch Brewing. “You’re going to find plenty of summer seasonals, IPA and double IPA, rye ales, pale ales, Belgian styles, German styles, and there’s rumor of a pilsner or two, so there’s a lot of good stuff coming.”
The breweries will be lined up alphabetically under a giant tent, along with a variety of local food vendors selling barbecue, Asian cuisine, pizza and other fare. Sample sizes of the brews will be 2 to 3 ounces, and rather than a set number of beer tickets, festival admission will grant people unlimited samples to enjoy at their own judgment.  
There will be brews coming from all over the state, from as close as Stark Brewing Co., Candia Road Brewing Co. and Great North Aleworks in Manchester to as far as Schilling Beer Company in Littleton and Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery in North Conway.
Herlicka estimates about half of the participating breweries are two years old or younger and “still getting on their feet.” The festival gives these small, budding breweries an opportunity to get their names out and meet new customers. Since many of them only sell their products out of their own facilities while they’re first starting out, the festival also gives the patrons an opportunity to sample from breweries they’ve never heard of or breweries located hours away.
“You’ve got a wide range of brewers coming from all around the state,” he said, “so it’s a great way to visit and meet with the brewers and try them all here in Manchester in one location.”
What’s unique about the New Hampshire brewery scene, Herlicka said, is the variation; there are no overarching trends or dominant styles that define and direct the market.
“I think New Hampshire breweries are a reflection of New Hampshire citizens,” he said. “We’re fiercely independent, want to do our own thing, friendly and social. … Much like the diversity of our state’s regions and population, there’s a real diversity of interests and styles among the brewers.” 

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