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Play cribbage

Where: Great North Aleworks, 1050 Holt Ave., No. 15, Manchester
When: “The Great Cribbage Tourney” takes place once a month on a Thursday at 6 p.m.
Check their Facebook event schedule for specific dates.
Contact: 858-5789 
Visit: greatnorthaleworks.com.




Points and pints
Cribbage adds new fun to your night out

11/02/17
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



 If you want to drink beer, make new friends and play games, bar trivia isn’t your only option. Now you can play the classic French board game of cribbage at a brewery tasting room. 

There is a competitive cribbage league called the American Cribbage Congress, which hosts an annual tournament in the state, but if you want a chance to play for free and for fun, your best bet is the Great Cribbage Tourney held regularly at Great North Aleworks in Manchester.
The game of cribbage is played by progressing with pegs on a track as you accrue points, usually by counting your regular playing cards to 15 as many ways as possible. Whoever gets to the finish line first wins. 
For New Hampshire residents of French Canadian heritage, this game is often a cornerstone of family upbringing, but until recently there hasn’t been much opportunity to play the game in public, where its popularity is less universal.
Great North Aleworks held its first tournament on March 30, a Thursday, at 6 p.m. 
“And it’s just been growing ever since,” said Joseph Getts, the tasting room manager.
It’s held five more since then, according to Getts. The most recent tournament was on Oct. 26.
Generally, the event happens each month on a Thursday evening, but the week moves around as the brewery juggles other events such as open-mike nights, fundraisers and trivia.
Admission is free; you just have to call ahead or sign up on Facebook to get on the board.
The tournament is double elimination, so if you lose your first game you get put on a second-chance bracket. Two people play in each round.
“The winner of the main tournament and the second-chance bracket both earn gift cards,” Getts said.
The main winner gets a $29 gift card for Great North, and the second-chance winner gets $15. Twenty-nine is the highest score possible in a single hand.
The brewery is owned by Rob and Lisa North, formerly of Canada, where the game is more popular. Getts said the two played the game growing up.
When they were setting up the tasting room, they knew they wanted it to be a place for social interaction.
“We knew we didn’t want TVs in the tasting room,” Getts said. 
To go a step beyond that, they decided a good way to get people off their phones and talking to one another would be a game of some sort. Cribbage was an early idea so the brewery started collecting boards. And it turned out there was plenty of demand.
“We discovered that there’s a lot of interest just talking to our regular customer base,” Gett said.
Their first event saw about 20 people and the most recent event had about 30.
They now have 18 cribbage boards in their growing collection.
Down the road, there’s the potential for expanding the tournament to include other bars and breweries in the state if there’s interest in that, according to Getts. 





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