It’s that time of year when most of us 20- and 30-somethings have to sacrifice our weekends to weddings, showers, graduation parties, and more. And while we do all love a celebration, it’d be nice to take a break from it all. So, if you don’t have a “Save the Date” on your fridge promising July 22nd to someone else, block it off in big letters: “BEER!” The fourth annual New Hampshire Brewers Festival is coming to the Kiwanis Waterfront Park in Concord!
As the craft beer scene continues to grow in the Granite State, it’s getting harder and harder to keep up. I can swear up and down that the food and beer at Schilling Beer Company in Littleton is worth the travel time, but a lot of you still just don’t feel like making that drive. Fair enough. Make it to Concord and you can finally give them a try, along with the 40+ other breweries who will be there.
The event is hosted by the NH Brewers Association (NHBA), a non-profit dedicated to protecting and promoting our growing beer scene and advocating for the interests of the brewers who make it happen. This is NHBA’s largest fundraising event of the year, but it’s not just about them. There will also be a dunk tank set up to support Operation Warm, which raises funds to provide brand new American-made winter coats to local families in need. So not only can you meet the Schilling boys and finally taste their exceptional beer, you can also dunk them into a tank of cold water—and you can do it all in the name of charity!
And because you can’t have good beer without good food, there will also be a wide range of local food trucks and taproom kitchens ready to serve whatever you’re craving. Whether you’re looking for sweet and spicy BBQ to pair with a hoppy, crisp IPA, or a cold, sweet scoop of ice cream to compliment one of the many dark and delicious stouts, it’ll be there. There will also be music from The River and lots of local artisans and vendors selling beer-related crafts, apparel, and more.
We’ve gotten past mother’s day, celebrated our dads and grads, and begun the endless parade of summer wedding festivities. Take a weekend for yourself. Put on your comfiest ripped shorts and tees, don’t worry about impressing anyone, forget about being on your best behavior, and relax. Tickets are available at granitestatebrewersassociation.org, and prices range from $50 (for VIP access and special releases) to $15 (for the indispensable, underappreciated designated drivers!). See you there!