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Polar Grill Fest

When: Saturday, Jan. 21, from noon to 5 p.m. 
Where: Redhook Brewery and Pub, 1 Redhook Way, Pease Tradeport, Portsmouth
Cost: $5 for admission; pay at the door or purchase tickets in advance at pgf2017.eventbrite.com. All food plates and beers inside the festival cost $5 each. 
Contact: 430-8600, facebook.com/RedhookPortsmouth, redhook.com




Chilled out cookout
Polar Grill Fest defies NH weather

01/19/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Snow on the ground and temperatures below freezing won’t stop Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth from bringing the summertime vibes at its sixth annual Polar Grill Fest. 

“We wanted to put on an event that says, ‘We’re from New England. We can brave the weather and do what we want, even in the snow,’” Redhook Brewery Banquet and Events Manager  Ryan Fleming said. “So we decided to do a grilling event modeled after our summer events, except this one is outside in January and in the snow.” 
The outdoor cookout takes place Saturday, Jan. 21, from noon to 5 p.m., around the brewery’s parking lot and field area and will feature local food vendors, beer, games and entertainment. 
There will be five or six vendors at the event serving food fresh off the grill, including Flatbread Co. of Portsmouth with grilled flatbread pizzas, Portsmouth Gas Light Co. with chipotle barbecue pulled pork sliders, coleslaw and pickled vegetables, and other vendors offering hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, fried dough and more. 
“We’ll be showcasing our new … applewood smoked chicken wings with quince barbecue sauce,” Fleming said. “We’re switching over to a new menu at the pub soon, so this will be like the kickoff for those chicken wings.”    
Redhook Brewery will serve four beers on draft, including its flagship Extra Special Bitter, current seasonal Blackhook Porter, and Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale and Longboard Island Lager from Hawaii. Sixteen-ounce tallboy cans of Redhook’s year-round Long Hammer IPA will be available as well. 
A heating tent and several fire pits will be placed throughout the event so attendees can escape from the cold. There will be live entertainment provided by DJ Evaredy and local rock band Amulus, and games including Kan Jam, ladderball, cornhole and a ring toss using hula hoops and beer kegs.  
“I think it’s crazy and a unique thing that during the winter you can sit outside, drink some beer, play some games and pretend like it’s summer,” Fleming said. 
The Polar Grill Fest is a family-friendly event open to all, including leashed dogs. There is a $5 admission fee, and all beers and food plates cost $5 each, with $1 from each plate benefiting the Seacoast Family Food Pantry. 
Lastly, Fleming said, people can rest assured that the brewery will not cancel the festival, no matter what the weather is like that day. 
“One year, [the temperature] was in the mid 60s. We’ve had as many as 3,000 people come. But two years ago there was a blizzard and 10 inches of snow, and we still had 600 people come,” he said. “So, no matter how cold it is, if it’s raining or if it’s snowing, the event will go on.”





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