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Apr 26, 2019








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5th annual Gate City Brewfest

When: Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua
Cost: $25 in advance and $30 at the door; free for kids 12 and under
This year’s wing competitors: 
AJ’s Sports Bar & Grill, Bertucci’s, Burtons Grill of Nashua, The Flight Center Beer Cafe, Fratello’s Italian Grille, New England’s Tap House Grille, Not Your Average Joe’s, Outback Steakhouse, The Pasta Loft, The Peddler’s Daughter, Pig Tale, The River Casino & Sports Bar, River Road Tavern, Texas Roadhouse
Participating breweries: 
21st Amendment, 603 Brewery, Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., Anheuser-Busch, Backyard Brewery, Berkshire Brewing, Blue Point Brewing Co., Bornem, Cisco Brewery, Concord Craft Brewing, Dos Equis, Elysian Brewing Co., Foolproof Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co., Global Beer Network, Goose Island Beer Co., Granite Roots Brewing, Heineken, Henniker Brewing Co., Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co., Jack’s Abby, Kelsen Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., Long Trail Brewing Co., Lord Hobo Brewing Co., Martha’s Exchange, Merchant du Vin, Mighty Squirrel, Millyard Brewery, Moosehead Breweries, New Belgium Brewing Co., Newburyport Brewing Co., Newcastle, North Coast, Old Speckled Hen, Otter Creek, Peak Organic, Pipe Dream Brewing, Redhook Brewery, Rising Tide, Saranac, Schofferhofer, Sea Dog, Shed, Shipyard, SoMe Brewing, Spencer, St. Peter’s, Stark Brewing Co., Throwback, Trout River, True West, Uinta, Von Trapp, Warsteiner, Wells & Young’s, Weinhenstephaner, Woodland Farms, Wormtown

Drink beer, eat wings
Gate City Brewfest returns

By Matt Ingersoll

 More than 60 local and national breweries will offer tastings during Gate City Brewfest — but the fifth annual event, happening Saturday, Aug. 19, is more than just a beer festival, with a chicken wing competition, live music and activities for all ages.

The festival was launched in 2013 by the Bellavance Beverage Co. and Nashua’s Parks and Recreation Department. Chelsea Dennis, marketing manager at Bellavance, said the idea for Gate City Brewfest was to be about more than just an ages 21 and up beer festival.
“[At] most brewfests, you have to be at least 21 to get in, but ours is unique in that it’s open to all ages,” she said, “so we have plenty of fun things for people who can’t or don’t want to drink, and ciders and other options people can enjoy if they don’t like beer.”
Visitors will be greeted by a Budweiser Clydesdale at the gate as they enter and receive a souvenir tasting glass, 10 beer and wing sampling tickets and a wing nut they will use to cast their votes for the restaurants with their favorite wings.
More than a dozen restaurants from Nashua and surrounding towns will be participating in this year’s wing competition, the most since Gate City Brewfest started, according to Dennis.
“This is the first year we’ve opened [the wing competition] up to restaurants in neighboring towns,” she said, noting that the restaurants donate their wings. “Some of them go with a specific flavor they always have that does well for them, and other places try to be more unique. In the past, we’ve had craft beer used in a sauce for the wings that people could sample, so that was something really creative and unique.”
A panel of five judges will do blind taste tests for all the wings before voting on their favorite. But Dennis said all visitors can cast their own votes as well.
“There are technically two awards, for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice,” she said.
Breweries participating in the festival will be there to offer samples of their best products or of new brews they have on tap.
Many breweries come from far and wide, like the 21st Amendment Brewery out of San Francisco, California, in addition to those residing right here in the Granite State, like 603 Brewery in Londonderry, the Able Ebenezer Brewing Co. in Merrimack, Millyard Brewery in Nashua and others. Most of them, according to Dennis, will also have staff members there to provide information on their brews for people in learning more about their products.
“[The Brewfest] can actually be a great place for people learn about the different kinds of beers that are in the area, because members of the breweries that have the most knowledge will be there,” Dennis said.
Even the non-brewery vendors who will appear at the event will fit into the theme, Dennis said, like jewelry vendors that create products to go with beer.
Other activities will include a Positive Street Art battle, face-painting, a bounce house provided by the Nashua Silver Knights, and balloon and caricature artists. Live music acts to perform will be Alli Beaudry at 1:05 p.m., Supernothing at 2:10 p.m. and Over the Bridge at 3:30 p.m. 

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