If you were looking for that flagship moment, “We’re back,” you’d be hard pressed to watch after Saturday’s Beach and Brew event in Hampton State Park, at least for a good chunk of the New Hampshire brewing community.
With 19 NH breweries, three food trucks, live music and backdrop of sand dunes, the anticipation and excitement was almost palpable as nearly 500 unmasked beer lovers waited to enter the inaugural event. . The only group that was perhaps more excited, however, were the Brewers on the other side waiting for them.
“It’s really great being back at a festival and seeing all the people we haven’t seen in a year and a half and waving to them,” said Peter Mead of Loaded Question, who was not paying Evil from Portsmouth the brewery’s new Foggy Shimmer Saturday IPA. “It’s a total change to be able to hug them now and have a beer with them.”
“It’s fantastic,” added Andy Day of Daydream Brewing. “Being on the beach and everyone is smiling… and now you can see the smiles because there are no masks!
And as the beers poured in and Garth Streete browsed through some of Bob Marley’s best offerings, it was clear that this event, like many of the popular beers it featured, could be more than just a one-time batch.
“This is a very unique event and we would love to do it again,” said Andy Hart, co-owner of Smuttynose, whose brewery sponsored the event with the Hampton Chamber of Commerce. “You can really blow this thing up and make it bigger and bigger every year.”
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The event featured a VIP session and a general admission session, both of which could be expanded.
“We wanted to be strategic and make sure everyone who came around felt comfortable, had a good time and worked out issues,” Hart added.
However, the only issues that day were in a few stray barrel lines as the event went smoothly and raised a fair amount of money for both the Hampton Chamber and New Hampshire. Brewers Association.
“It’s a big event,” added Brian Dalke of Great Rhythm. “Smuttynose and the Hampton Chamber aren’t new to this game, so they know how to put these things together.”
A bitter note
On a hot, foggy day on the beach, beers of the same color were indeed everywhere, but the wide array of offerings in technicolor were just as prevalent as more and more breweries were dipping their toes, or brewing paddles for so to speak, in the emergence of sour craze.
Well known for their popular IPAs like Squeeze and Tropical Haze, the folks at Great Rhythm Saturday have been running the tap all day with one of their tangy new creations, “Fruit there is.”
“We started a souring program about six months ago and Courtney (Kaslow), one of our main brewers, led the effort and he’s one of them and he’s a Another home run, ”said Brian Dalke, sales manager for Great Rhythm Beer brewed with peaches, tangerines, pineapples, cherries and milk sugar, which registers at 5.9 ABV.
“(Sours) are definitely trending upwards, but still lagging behind APIs. “
Perhaps no brewery has embraced the sour market more than Smuttynose.
“We knew we had to stay fresh, so one thing we really spent time on was our acids,” said Hart, whose brewery recently unveiled a new eight-acid pack containing blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and blueberry.
“This is the premier variety of sour beers, at least on the east coast. It has been a huge success for us and we are really going to develop this segment. Our brewers do a phenomenal job of brewing this liquid. It’s not easy to do, but they really integrated it.
Smuttynose also recently established a sister company, Island District, focused on craft cocktails to further cater to an ever-changing craft market.
The Throwback Brewery wasn’t available on Saturday, but suffice to say there’s a lot going on at the popular Brewery located on quaint Hobbs Farm in North Hampton.
This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of beer sales for Throwback and to celebrate the milestone the brewery is rolling out four very special beers that they believe best represent both their favorite beer styles but also incorporate elements that have contributed to make Throwback one of the coast’s most beloved breweries.
The first will be “The Warehouse,” a smooth, jet-black Baltic Porter made with Enna chocolate wraps from Exeter, which debuts on Saturday.
Invest in … beer
As the search continues for that elusive, high-yielding craft beer stock in which to store all of my vast income, the Tilton Brothers Brewery in Hampton has found an innovative way to bring beer lovers and investors to the ground floor. brewery ground floor for as little as $ 100. Seeking to expand their brewhouse production to a seven barrel system and increase their cooling process, the brewery recently partnered with the Mainvest investment platform. For an investment of $ 100 or more, investors will receive a percentage of the brewery’s income until they are paid back one and a half times their initial investment.
Barely 20 days after the campaign began, the brewery had already raised $ 31,000 of its goal of $ 75,000 from nearly 30 investors. The brewery estimates it will be able to increase production by up to 42% with the upgrade.
“We’re over a third of the way to our goal,” said Dave Tilton. “We have until August 4 to increase that amount, so we feel good about it. For an investment as low as $ 100, people can still be a part of it and this is consistent with our message to be low-key and want to include as many community members as possible if they want to be involved.
Full Pours is a bimonthly column that covers the craft beer scene on the coast. Follow on Instagram @full_pours or on Twitter @ BobAlbright1. Email Bob at [email protected]
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