Cut to 1991: After a four decades of dormancy, brewing came back to Portsmouth when siblings Peter and Janet Egelston opened the Portsmouth Brewery in the heart of historic downtown. Smuttynose was soon to follow in 1994. This year’s celebration runs for slightly longer than a week, from February 25-March 5, 2012 the day Portsmouth Brewery releases Kate the Great, the internationally-renowned Russian Imperial Stout.
This year’s schedule has grown a great deal from 2011. Below is the schedule of Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewery events that are on tap for the week. We hope you’ll join us in raising a pint to celebrate Portsmouth growing beer culture.
The full calendar of events is located on the official website, if you’d like more information. We’d like to send a big, barrel-aged "Thank You" to the 2BeerGuys and Seacoast Beverage Lab for their hard work organizing Portsmouth Beer Week 2012. If you see Sean, Brian or anyone else in their crews this week, please thank them as well.
Saturday, February 25:
– Smuttynose Brewery Tour at 11am. Come see how and where the magic happens. Our tours are both complimentary and comprehensive; we hope you’ll come by.
– The Seacoast Winter Brew Fest at the Portsmouth Gaslight Company features a VIP session from 11am to noon, followed by two separate sessions from noon until 3pm and from 4pm until 7pm. Bill Harris (get to know that name) will be on hand pouring Smuttynose beer and he just might have something special lined up. You can book your tickets via the weblink above.
Sunday, February 26:
–RiRa Rolls Out The Barrels from 3pm-5pm. The good folks at RiRa are opening their draft lines for a special line-up of rare, limited-release and barrel-aged beers from some of New England’s best breweries. Smuttynose has sent along a keg of 2007 Scotch Ale. We haven’t brewed this particular Big Beer since that batch, so it’s a great chance to try one of our most-requested retired beers
Tuesday, February 28:
-Tuesday’s big event, an IPA Tap Takeover, will bring together some of the hoppiest beers available in New Hampshire at TJ’s. Everything starts at 8pm and you don’t need a ticket or reservations, just a thirst for hops.
Wednesday, February 29:
– Why not commemorate Leap Day by joining Smuttynose and J. Lohr Winery for our annual Beer vs. Wine Dinner at The Blue Mermaid. Bill Harris is bringing Vunderbar Pils, Bourbon-Barrel Aged Robust Porter and Satchmo to a culinary battle against Shauna Troy, who’s bringing some kind of fermented grape juice… Please call the Mermaid at 603-427-2583 for more information or reservations.
Thursday, March 1:
-Portsmouth Brewery Tour 3pm. Step into our fish bowl brewery to see where Kate the Great and 5 C’s IPA are brewed. Please arrive a little bit early so you don’t miss out.
-The Battle of the Brewery Bands is a new event for Beer Week and we’re excited that The Press Room has agreed to host it upstairs. Allagash, Smuttynose, Sebago and Gritty’s are all sending acts for short sets, while the Jim Dozet Trio will close out the night with a full set. All the proceeds from this event will go to (H)EAT. The music starts at 8pm and all beers from participating breweries will be on tap upstairs.
Friday, March 2:
-Portsmouth Brewery Tour 3pm. Either Tod, Brian or Matt will show you around our basement brewery. Please arrive a little bit early so you don’t miss out.
–Smuttynose Brewery Tour at 5:30pm: Our tour lasts about an hour and includes a complimentary tasting. Smuttynose is located at 225 Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth.
-Smuttynose Tasting at Gary’s Beverage with Bill Harris from 4pm-6pm. If you don’t catch Bill at Gary’s you can stop by Portsmouth’s Flatbread Company for some clay-oven flatbread and a glass of 2007 Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale. The keg is being tapped at 8pm will pour until it’s gone.
Saturday, March 3:
–Smuttynose Brewery Tour at 11am: Our tour lasts about an hour and includes a complimentary tasting. Smuttynose is located at 225 Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth.
-Portsmouth Brewery Tour 3pm. Tod Mott just got a desk! You can see it as part of our complimentary brewery tour. These are informal but begin promptly at 3, so arrive a little bit early to ensure your spot.
-We’re happy to bring back last year’s biggest event, The Portsmouth Pub Tour. Part flash mob, part stroll around town, the tour begins at The Press Room at 1pm and then we’ll split into smaller groups and disperse around town at 2pm. If you want to meet other beer-minded folks, this is a great way to spend the afternoon.
Sunday, March 4:
The River House is hosting a "BrunchFest." A beer-paired brunch menu will feature at least one Smuttynose option, but let’s be honest; after the pub tour, you’ll be happy to have some nice brunch food as well. The menu will be offered from 10am-2pm and you don’t need tickets or reservations, but it might not be a bad idea to call ahead anyway, (603) 431-2600.
Monday, March 5:
-Kate the Great Day! The most unique day on the Portsmouth Brewery calendar begins when we open the doors at 11am. The Kate begins flowing at 11:30 and will run until she’s gone. Winning scratch tickets are redeemable for bottle sales and they’ll be all sorts of other fun going on. The Portsmouth Brewery’s website has all the information about Kate the Great Day events.
We hope you’ll join us for as many events as you can during the week. Hooray Beer!