There only 52 weeks in a year and in the beer world, all of them have been designated as craft beer celebrations. According to beer writer Jay Brooks, there are nearly 100 beer weeks around America and that doesn’t include restaurant weeks in which craft beer plays an increasing vital role. In the last month alone, we’ve celebrated American Craft Beer Week and New Hampshire Restaurant Week. This month brings the inaugural New Hampshire Craft Beer Week which runs from June 23-30. New Hampshire Craft Beer Week was created by the Lincoln-Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and culminates in their New England Brewfest. New Hampshire has always been a little behind its neighbors in creating a cohesive community in its brewing scene, but we hope this week will begin changing that a bit. Our beer culture has begun taking off over the last few years, as new breweries have opened, existing breweries have expanded, beer blogs have started and some excellent stores and restaurants have moved craft beer to the focus of what they do.
I’d like to challenge you all to do your part to help keep new Hampshire beer great and growing. Sometime between June 23 and June 30, drink a Granite State beer, visit one of our breweries, brewpubs and beer bars or find your local homebrew shop. You’ll be glad you did and each one of those businesses will appreciate your show of support.
JT Thompson Minister of Propaganda
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Portsmouth Brewery News
Notes from the Mash Tun As the hotel rooms and Portsmouth city streets fill up, we begin our hectic summer brewing season (there’s a reason we release Kate in the late winter). Over the next month, and a half, you can expect to see the return of Wild Thang, a pale ale brewed with wild rice and Sterling hops, the first of several summer Hefeweizen appearances, a simple Saison and internet beer geek favorite Coffee Milk Stout. July 4th weekend brings our annual red, white and blue tapping of Murphy’s Law Red Ale, Belgian Wit and Bluebeery.
A new beer we’re particularly excited about is a collaboration brew with John Kimmich, brewer/owner of
The Alchemist. Squidgy Black will be a 5% stout with lots of late boil hops and copious dry hopping, balanced out by oats and lactose. Squidgy Black will only be available at Portsmouth Brewery and at Vermont Brewers Fest.
New Menu Changes
We’ve got two new menus for your enjoyment and a third in the works!
Bar Chef Dean Warden’s first Specialty Drink Menu is a just a few weeks old and he’s created something for everyone: classics (like the Negroni), signature drinks, beer cocktails, and even some alcohol-free options.
If you need a bite with your beverage, look no further than our new bar snack menu. Spicy chick peas, black and blue potato chips and hoppy cheese dip are just a few of our new offerings for those time when a full meal is too big.
Management is also about to begin our first round of tastings for a new entrée menu. Details are sketchy at the moment, but we’ll have more for you in the near future.
And Don’t Forget Our
Weekly Specials Downstairs in the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge…
Sundays:Homemade, handmade pierogies filled with potato and cheese and tossed with onions and butter- two for $1!
Mondays:Beer braised spare ribs, tossed in BBQ or mustard glaze, and tempeh "ribs" – digits of cider-braised tempeh, lightly fried then tossed in BBQ or hot ale sauce. Only 50¢ apiece!
Tuesdays:Tacos filled with your choice of shredded chicken, ground beef or tempeh for a buck apiece.
Wednesdays:$1 meatball sliders
Thursdays: Parking Violation Night plus $2 grilled hot dogsserved with a variety of tasty house-made toppings.
Even though summer is a busy time at Portsmouth Brewery, we’ll still be out and about at a few select events. You’ll be able to find us at:
Market Square Day (Saturday, June 9)- General Manager Brennen Rumble’s daughters need your help to break last year’s fund raising record of $750 at our ring toss for charity, while a sale on Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose merchandise will also take place in our retail store.
Taste of the Nation (Wednesday, June 27)- The Portsmouth Brewery is proud to join the rest of the Seacoast restaurant community to help fight childhood hunger.
Vermont Brewers Fest (Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21)- We return to Burlington for one of America’s most picturesque beer festivals and the only appearance of Squidgy Black, our collaboration with The Alchemist. Tickets always sell out early, so get yours soon!
Chef Todd on the TV
Executive Chef Todd Sweet has been featured twice on regional television recently. Since the internet acts like an infinite VCR, we’re able to share both segments with you here.
We’re excited to announce (and drink) our second bottled Short Batch beer- Rye IPA.
This 7% abv, 65 IBU ale is loaded with Magnum, Amarillo and Simcoe hops, including a two pounds per barrel dry hop blend. On the malt side of the equation, you can expect significant spiciness from the German rye malt, but a fairly light body and a deep gold color.
Kegs will ship to all of our Short Batch accounts, while bottles will be released from 5-7pm on Thursday, June 28 exclusively at Smuttynose. If you can’t make the release, you can still stop by Monday-Friday between 9am and 4pm or during our tour hours to pick up your bottles.
Our award-winning Big Beer,
Wheat Wine Ale has been out for about a month so you should still be able to find it on tap and on store shelves. Our next release, Homunculus, features German Saphir dry-hopping, Belgian Trappist yeast and will begin shipping on July 16.
If you find yourself missing out on some Big Beer releases, why not
Saturday, June 16 is one of our staff’s favorite events, Novare Res’s annual Smuttfest! There aren’t many places where you’ll be able to find more than 25 Smuttynose kegs on tap at one time. In addition to rarities, limited barrel-aged beers and vintage surprises, you might even get the chance to meet the guy who kegged the beer you’re drinking.
We need your help to kick some cask on June 14! The Press Room is pitting Shoals Pale Ale against Berkshire Brewing’s Steel Rail Pale Ale and the first beer to kick, goes on tap for a month.
That same weekend will see Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade bring nearly 100,000 spectators to the streets. We’re helping sponsor the festivities, so you can expect to see lots of Star Island Single (our Belgian Pale Ale) in the bars and restaurants of Brooklyn and a return appearance of Miss Dixie Von Trixie as the Star Island mermaid on our parade float.
For more events, festivals and tastings, check out our calendar, which we do our best to keep up-to-date. We hope to see you out and about!
Towle Farm Update
We are still working diligently at Towle Farm, the site of our new brewery in Hampton, NH. While we haven’t broken ground on the brewing facility yet, there has been some activity at the site. A wastewater line that connects to the city system is being installed as your read this and renovations to the farmhouse will begin its transformation into a 95-seat restaurant
We’re also pleased to announce that we’ve been granted a $500,000 Community Block Development Grant loan from the Coastal Economic Development Corporation and the Community Development Finance Authority. These funds will be used to make capital investments in equipment for our new brewery and will help create 25 new jobs once Smuttynose at Towle Farm is open. In a press release, Kevin Flynn, CDFA’s communications director, was quoted as saying "There are few New Hampshire brands with higher name-recognition than Smuttynose."
The rest of our loan package is in place, but no date for a groundbreaking has been set.
Spreading Our Flippers
We’re pleased to announce some new wholesaler relationships in South Carolina. Smuttynose is now represented by Henry J. Lee in the Charleston area, Greenco Beveragein the greater Greenville market, Better Brands around Myrtle Beach and Comer Distributing in Rock Hill for the north-central part of the state. Palmetto State residents should already be seeing more Smuttynose in coolers and beer aisles.
Brewery Tour Updates
We’ve just made some improvements to the way we host brewery tours!
If you’ve visited us before, you know our tour nook is tucked in the back of our facility, by the maintenance bench. It’s not exactly the Rolls Royce of hospitality suites, but it’s ours and it’s just gotten better. We’ve rearranged the space and given it a facelift with some corrugated metal and hop vines, while our friend
Here are some of the non-profit organizations we are currently collecting donations for at Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewery:
Ethel’s Tree of Life provides transitional life skills to youth and young adults who are disabled or have special needs
Kittery Land Trust’s Rustlewood Farm Project is working to secure a perpetual agricultural easement to keep one of the last undeveloped tracts of coastal land undeveloped.
Seacoast Reads, an outreach program by the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Education, coordinates traveling tutors who help teach reading skills at area schools.
The Molly Fund assists families of pediatric cancer patients with basic expenses during their child’s cancer treatments.
These are just a few of the many non-profits our breweries support. We also thank you for your help.