According to the Brookston Beer Bulletin, there are nearly 100 beer weeks in America, but ours runs from February 24-March 4. We've seen beer awareness in the Seacoast grow a great deal since we tapped our first keg of Shoals Pale Ale at the Stockpot in June, 1994. Back then, we had to try and explain why our beer was different than cold, yellow and fizzy. Now, we've got a region full of craft beer drinkers and we're very excited to celebrate the beer culture that's finally taking root here.
Bill Harris has worked very hard to put together this slate of events. Thanks to him, we'll be tapping some rare barrel-aged beers, showing some love to some of our favorite accounts and debuting Noonan, our new Black IPA. We're pretty excited and our brewers, bottlers and sales folk will be out during the week, drinking and making merry with you all. We hope to see you at one of these awesome events.
The 2BeerGuys and Seacoast Beverage Lab have reunited with the Gas Light to host the Seacoast’s only winter beer fest. This year’s edition has brewers set up on heated space on their famous deck, as well as the third floor, where last year’s fest was. The VIP session begins at 11am while the first session starts at noon and runs to 3pm. The second session runs from 4pm-7pm. We'll be featuring 2011 Scotch Ale and 2011 S'Muttonator, so make sure you have a hearty lunch!
Sunday 2/24: Rolling Out The Barrels with Smuttynose, Sam Adams and WHEB at RiRa from 3pm-5pm.
Monday 2/25: Smuttynose Wine Bar Takeover at the Black Trumpet, starting at 6pm.
Tuesday 2/26: Smuttynose Rare Beer Tapping and Pairing at The Thirsty Moose, from 6pm-8pm
Tuesday 2/26: The Return of the IPAs at TJ’s, from 8pm-10pm
Wednesday 2/27: The Blue Mermaid, The Third Annual Smuttynose Vs. J. Lohr Beer vs. Wine Dinner, reception beer at 6pm
Thursday 2/28: Fun With Firkins at the Coat of Arms, featuring Smuttynose, Throwback and Moat Mountain, from 6pm-8pm
Thursday, 2/28: Belgium Comes To Portsmouth! The Gas Light, from 8pm-10pm
Friday 3/1: WXGR Gourmet Lounge, a live broadcast cooking show, featuring Rudi’s and Smuttynose, Rudi’s in the Square, from 6pm-8pm
Saturday 3/2: Art²: Artisanal Beer and Locally-Themed Art, Opening Reception, at 6pm
Monday 3/4: We’ll probably go to lunch at Portsmouth Brewery