Big turnout expected for NH beer fest
By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader | July 24. 2014 9:13PM
Assistant brewmasters Craig Yergeau, left, and Bryan Link with a sampling of their creations at Milly's Tavern in Manchester. From left is Fisher Cat Ale, Mt. U Cream Ale, Hefeweizen, Manch Vegas IPA, Bo's Scotch Ale and Milly's Oatmeal Stout. Milly's Tavern is a participant in Saturday's Granite State Brewers Festival at nearby Arms Park. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
This much local beer talent concentrated in a single place “is only going to happen once a year,” said Peter Telge, the event organizer and owner of Milly’s Tavern and Stark Brewing Co.
Breweries from as far away as Littleton (Schilling Beer Co.) and North Conway (Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery Co.) plan to attend the event, which Telge said could draw 1,500 people.
“It’s 1,500 potential new customers, especially if we put (our beer) in convenience stores in the area,” Benoit said.
He plans to bring Blue Lobster IPA and Blue Lobster Kolsch, “a very light summer beer,” for people to sample, said Benoit, whose brewery produces about 275 barrels a year.
“Beer festivals, like the Granite State Brewers Association’s Summer Fest, bring together many breweries from all over the state, and this is important because there are some many small, new breweries that don’t have the reach of Smuttynose or Tuckerman,” said Smuttynose’s J.T. Thompson. “Providing interested beer drinkers new beers and breweries is very helpful, but closing these loops depends on bars, restaurants and bottle shops choosing to offer New Hampshire beer to their customers.
New Horizons food pantry and shelter and the brewers association will split the proceeds. Telge serves on both boards.
A chicken wing competition and food for purchase also are planned. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m.