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Jul 24, 2019








NH Craft Beer Week Schedule of events  

When: Friday. March 31, through Saturday, April 8 
Where: Various locations statewide
Cost: Admission and tickets vary by event 
For the full updated list of events visit  
• #Rockin603North Scavenger Hunt is Sunday, April 2, from noon to 5 p.m. Visit Great North Aleworks (1050 Holt Ave., Unit 14, Manchester, 858-5789,, Rockingham Brewing (1 Corporate Park Drive, Unit 1, Derry, 216-2324,, and 603 Brewery (12 Liberty Drive, Londonderry, 630-7745, in one day for a chance to win prizes. 
• Aigean Ales (250 Commercial St., Unit 2001, Manchester, 518-8550,, New Hampshire’s newest brewery, celebrates the grand opening of its tasting room Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring four beers on tap. 
• Area 23 April Fool’s Celebration (254 N. State St., Unit H, Concord, 552-0137, is Saturday, April 1, from 7 to 10 p.m., with live music and eight taps of New Hampshire brews. 
• Concord Craft Brewing and Lithermans Limited brewers visit True Brew (3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, Tuesday, April 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., to meet consumers and talk about beer. 
• Dreams Heard Comedy Brew Ha-Ha is Saturday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m., at Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781,, featuring a beer and wine tasting and comedy show. Tickets cost $30. 
• The Foundry (50 Commercial St., Manchester, 836-1925, hosts a five-course beer and wine pairing dinner prepared by five local chefs Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $75. 
• Four Corners at Cask & Vine (1.5 E. Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, showcases the regions of New Hampshire on tap with beers from Kelsen, Schilling, Stoneface and Martha’s Exchange, Friday, March 31, through Saturday, April 8. 
• Great North Aleworks (1050 Holt Ave., Unit 14, Manchester, 858-5789, offers a first taste of its new summer seasonal Northbound and spring seasonal Tragically Hopped IPA on Friday. March 31, from 3 to 7 p.m.; RVP and Chocolate Milk Stout ice cream floats Saturday, April 1, from noon to 6 p.m.; a beer and chocolate pairing with Master Chocolatier Richard Tango-Lowy of Dancing Lion Chocolate on Monday, April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. (tickets $25); a Cooking with Craft demo and tasting, featuring four dishes prepared with beer as an ingredient, Tuesday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. (tickets $30); and the official release of Northbound on Friday, April 7, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Tragically Hopped on Saturday, April 8, from noon to 6 p.m.
• Hop Talks Brunch is Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 6 p.m., at The Flight Center (97 Main St., Nashua, 417-6184,, featuring an educational tasting and pairing session with stories behind the beer, plus a talk with one of the state’s biggest distributors and a panel of women from the New Hampshire beer industry. More details TBA. 
• Incredibrew (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-2477, has a split-a-batch brewing event Saturday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40. 
• Lithermans Limited Brewery (126 B Hall St., Concord, celebrates its first birthday Saturday, April 8, from noon to 5 p.m., with the return of Saisonapalooza, featuring a number of beers on tap. 
• Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, hosts a six-course tapas-style beer dinner featuring recipes infused with their beer Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $50. 
• Millyard Brewery (25 E. Otterson St., Nashua, celebrates its first birthday with music, food and beer Saturday, April 8, from noon to 8 p.m. 
• Oddball Brewing (6 Glass St., Suncook, 210-5654, has a VIP NHCBW kick off party/release party for its collaboration beer with Swift Current, Fathers Libation, Saturday, April 1, at noon. Tickets cost $30 and include a pint glass, a flight of six never-before-seen beers, a brewery tour and more. Oddball also has a tasting at Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe (27 Buttrick Road, Londonderrry) Friday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., and a Fathers Libation tasting with Swift Current at Bert’s Better Beers (1100 Hooksett Road, Hooksett) Tuesday, April 4, from 4 to 8 p.m.
• WMUR’s Cook’s Corner features Schilling Beer Co. on Friday, March 31, and Woodstock Inn Brewery on Monday, April 3, on Channel 9 during the noon broadcasts. Both breweries will demonstrate how they make the food at their brewpub and pair it with their beer.
• Woodstock Inn Brewery visits O’Brien’s (118 Main St., Nashua, 718-8604, Friday, March 31, from 5 to 9 p.m., for a special deal with 16 wings and four Woodstock beers for $25.
When: Sunday, April 2, through Saturday, April 8
Where: Locations in Derry and Londonderry 
Cost: All events require tickets except the opening night event, which is free and open to the public. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at 
Schedule of events 
• Sunday, April 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751, hosts the Opening Night Social & Red Carpet Event with a cash bar, film previews, meet-and-greet opportunities with some of the filmmakers and red carpet photo ops. Admission is free; no ticket is required. 
• Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m., 603 Brewery (12 Liberty Drive, Londonderry, 630-7745, features six film shorts with a paired beer flight. 
• Tuesday April 4, at 7 p.m., Kelsen Brewing Co. (80 N. High St., Unit 3, Derry, 965-3708, features six film shorts with a paired beer flight. 
• Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., Rockingham Brewing Co. (1 Corporate Park Drive, Unit 1, Derry, 216-2324, features six film shorts with a paired beer flight.  
• Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m., Moonlight Meadery (23 Londonderry Road, Unit 17, Londonderry, 216-2162, features two film shorts, each paired with a mead sample, followed by a time to learn about mead and sample two more. The second half of the event takes place at the neighboring brewery From The Barrel (15 Londonderry Road, Unit 9, Londonderry, 328-1896, with four film shorts and a paired beer flight. 
• Friday, April 7, at midnight, Cask and Vine (1.5 E. Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, will host a late-night screening of feature film The Witch, paired with a pint of beer. 
• Saturday, April 8, Cask and Vine (1.5 E. Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, will host three feature film screenings at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Events are ticketed separately and include food and a pint of beer. Between films, brewery reps from around the state will showcase specialty beers. At 7 p.m., The Halligan Tavern (32 W. Broadway, Derry, 965-3490, will host a closing event with an awards ceremony, a classic beer-related film and a beer voucher for each guest.

NH Craft Beer Week returns, along with new indie film fest

By Angie Sykeny

 From a beer and chocolate pairing to bend-and-brew yoga sessions, there will be all kinds of things for craft beer enthusiasts to do and see during the third annual New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, happening Friday, March 31, through Saturday, April 8 — plus a new indie film festival created specifically to coincide with the nine-day brew celebration.

Craft Beer Week highlights New Hampshire’s craft beer industry and culture with more than 70 events statewide, including tastings, brew nights and tap takeovers at bars and restaurants, beer dinners and food pairings, brewery tours and demonstrations, workshops, discussions with brewers and more. There will also be a few breweries having special beer releases and anniversary parties, and New Hampshire’s newest brewery, Aigean Ales in Manchester, will celebrate the grand opening of its tasting room.  
“New Hampshire is in between two of the larger-known states for beer, which are Vermont and Maine, and we often get bypassed,” said Renee Vannata of Brew NH, which is presenting NHCBW in partnership with the Granite State Brewers Association. “We’re trying to showcase the beer we have here with different events and hopefully encourage more people to stop in New Hampshire.”  
The events have a variety of hosts, including craft breweries, restaurants and bars, home brewers, distributors, taprooms and bottle shops. Participating establishments are widespread across the state, making it easy for beer lovers in any New Hampshire region to take part in NHCBW. 
“We try to have at least one event in every area so people don’t have to travel far and can still participate in some way and celebrate New Hampshire craft beer,” Vannata said. 
While breweries are the focus, many brewers will be collaborating on events with chefs and restaurants, bottle shops and other beer-related businesses so that every sector of the industry is represented. 
CJ White of the Granite State Brewers Association said unity within the state’s craft beer scene is part of what makes it unique. 
“The majority of the businesses have a similar [goal]. They all tend to be focused on the local community and doing their part in the community,” she said. “That isn’t always true in other places and with the large corporate names in the beer industry.” 
Vannata’s tips for making the most of NHCBW are to try something new each night of the week, and to engage with the craft beer community via social media by sharing photos of your beer adventures with the hashtag #NHCBW2017. 
If you’re looking to plan your own tour of New Hampshire breweries and beer destinations, White suggests utilizing the New Hampshire Beer Map available at 
Indie film meets indie beer 
This year’s New Hampshire Craft Beer Week will be accompanied by a new event celebrating independent film and local craft beer. The Derry Regional Ales & Films Together Festival — DRAFT Fest — will run concurrently with NHCBW from Sunday, April 2, through Saturday, April 8, with events in Derry and Londonderry. 
“Derry and Londonderry have a lot of craft breweries, and a lot of great films are made in New Hampshire, so we wanted to tie those two things together with a unique event,” said Jay Doherty, executive director of SNOB Film Festival, which is presenting DRAFT Fest in partnership with NHCBW and local businesses. 
Around 30 films will be shown, more than half of which were locally produced. They range from full-length features to shorts and span a variety of genres including comedy, drama, horror and documentary. The diversity of the films, Doherty said, is meant to mirror the diversity of local beer. 
Each film will be paired with or include a voucher for a local craft beer to drink during the screening. The pairings were constructed by a film/beer selection team and the head brewer at each brewery. 
“A film that’s happy and light-hearted like a comedy might be paired with [a beer] that’s hoppy and light and has citrus flavors, whereas a drama that’s darker and more intense might be paired with a richer beer like a stout,” Doherty said. “It’s just like how you’d pair a fine wine with a meal, except we’re doing it with beer and film.”
Monday through Wednesday, three breweries will each screen a block of six film shorts, paired with a flight of six beers. On Thursday, there will be four beer-paired shorts at a brewery and two shorts at a meadery, paired with meads and followed by a time to learn about mead and sample additional varieties. 
As part of their pairing flights, each participating brewery will also introduce one special beer, which could be a new one-off, a flagship with a recipe twist, a rarity or something they haven’t brewed in a long time.  
Since the brewery events are intended to be more intimate gatherings, space is limited to a crowd of 30 to 50 people; buying tickets as early as possible is advised.  
Doherty said that watching an indie film next to big fermenting tanks in a brewery atmosphere is sure to be “an interesting experience,” and that, in many ways, indie film and craft beer are a good match. 
“I think the two cultures are very like-minded and mix together well,” he said. “The independent spirit of a brewer crafting a unique beer is a similar characteristic of a filmmaker who is crafting a film that’s unique and different.” 

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