We talk a lot about beer in this “Stay Brew Play” blog. I’ll cop to it; this blog exists to promote the New Hampshire Beer-o-sphere, which makes this month’s installment a grand slam. Why the un-Granite State-like cockiness? New Hampshire Craft Beer Week (March 31-April 8) begins at the end of this month and there’s literally no better slate of events for you, New Hampshire Beer drinker, than #NHCBW2017.
Beer weeks are heavily-coordinated, densely-packed beer event smorgasbords that connect all parts of the designated area’s beer community from breweries, bars and retailers to like-minded businesses and the other interests of motivated beer lovers. Beer fans of all levels of rabidity can enjoy educational events, film screenings, and of course, plenty of chances to taste the local “beeroir.”
This year is the third and by far best year for NHCBW. Both Brew New Hampshire and the Granite State Brewers Association have worked all kinds of crazy hours to assemble the biggest statewide beer week New Hampshire has ever seen.
There’s something for virtually everyone from a local film and beer festival and tv cooking shows to the more traditional but still delicious beer dinners and tap takeovers. Events are taking place all over the state, but we’re sharing a few tasty highlights now.
- The DRAFT Fest (Derry Regional Ales & Films Together Festival) debuts to bring you the best of New Hampshire film with screenings in the growing beer cluster of Derry-Londonderry. The team behind this event has plenty of experience in both indie cinema and craft beer, so this collaboration is sure to be a winner.
- A special NHCBW edition of the The Hop Talks featuring Joe Bellavance (a fourth generation beer distributor), New Hampshire’s 2016 Freshman Class of breweries and a panel of Women in NH Beer who will tell you tales from their journeys in the wide world of beer.
- WMUR’s Cook’s Corner features New Hampshire breweries all week long. Learn how to make your favorite dishes from 7th Settlement, Schilling Beer Company, Throwback Brewery and Woodstock Inn Brewery.
There are plenty of events going on in beer stores, bars and restaurants that show case the actual liquid. Keep an eye on NHCBW’s official Facebook page. Events are being added as they’re being finalized, but you can always reach out to your favorite NH beer spots and ask what they’ve got in the works. These hard-working folks love to hear from you!
How big is the NH Brewing Industry that we’re celebrating from March 31-April 8? Here are a few statistical nuggets for your enjoyment.
- The state of New Hampshire currently has 63 licensed breweries and 10 distributor facilities which can be found on the NH Beer Map.
- The National Beer Wholesalers of America (NBWA) estimates that the beer industry in New Hampshire has a $525.5 million impact on our economy.
- There are over 70 events in planning including pairings, tastings, tours, demonstrations and tap takeovers. Also, new dynamic and delicious happenings will highlight the growing NH craft beer industry at its finest.
Last but not least, Brew New Hampshire and the Granite State Brewers Association want to thank you for your support of our state’s brewing industry. We hope you’ll come celebrate with us.