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NH Brew Fest 2009

From the BeerAdvocate website:

Back on the New Hampshire Seacoast by popular demand, the NH Brew Fest is the premier event in NH for craft brewers from the entire NE region and beyond to showcase their talent. The Master Brewers Association of America New England Chapter will be hosting this event, with proceeds going to Prescott Park Arts Festival and the MBAA’s scholarship fund. This is a beer fest put on by brewers for craft brew lovers.

Redhook Brewery has kindly donated space for approximately thirty breweries to setup outside in a natural grass amphitheater. All breweries will be tented over in case of poor weather. Foliage season should be in full swing by this date.

Here’s the deal:

Date: October 3, 2009
Location: Redhook Brewery. Portsmouth, NH
Time: Two Sessions: 12-3 PM and 5-8 PM Maximum 1500 tix per session.
Breweries: 25-30 New England/North East Breweries
Beers: 90-100 different craft brews
What else: Live Music. Food. Unlimited samples with admission price (3-4 oz samples)

Price: $25.00 in advance/ $35 at door.

Click here for the full list of participating breweries and more details!

Passport Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour!

Premiere Craft Beer and Food Pairing Culinary Event To Be Held
At Historic Strawbery Banke Museum, Saturday, August 22nd

– Event Is Benefit for Strawbery Banke Museum and New Hampshire Public Television  –

Regional craft beers paired with delicious local culinary creations, served at beautiful, historic Strawbery Banke Museum on the Seacoast – it’s the menu for a very appetizing summer collaboration that will benefit the Museum and New Hampshire Public Television. Presenting…Passport: A Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour, August 22 from 5:30 – 10 PM, featuring over a dozen carefully designed pairing stations at which guests can sample and learn about many of the world’s leading beer styles and the cuisines they complement, presented by numerous Seacoast fine dining establishments.

Special features of the event include a beer aged in barrels made by the Strawbery Banke cooper, “Brewing in NH” author Glenn Knoblock, and the beautiful, historic museum venue. A list of pairings and brewers’ notes, detailed event information and tickets are available at

“This event is an opportunity to showcase Strawbery Banke’s setting, while offering a fundraising opportunity for the museum and NHPTV,” noted Larry Yerdon, president of Strawbery Banke. “For those who enjoy learning about our regional beers and foods, and who appreciate the museum and NHPTV, this is an excellent way to further support both our organizations.”

Supporting brewery partners include: Smuttynose Brewing Company, The Portsmouth Brewery, Allagash, Moat Mountain and Tuckerman brewers. Participating restaurants and food purveyors include Black Trumpet, The Common Man, Popovers on the Square, The Galley Hatch, Four, The Dunaway, Blue Mermaid, Terra Cotta Pasta Co., Philbrick’s Fresh Market, Three Chimneys Inn, Tasty Thai, Lindt Chocolate, North Country Smokehouse and Cabot Cheese. Visit for information about our beer and food partners, and the pairings.

About New Hampshire Public Television: NHPTV engages minds, connects communities, and celebrates New Hampshire with programs that entertain, educate and enrich. Beyond its award-winning local and national PBS television programs, New Hampshire Public Television is a leader in education and community outreach.

Backyard Gardeners Series at Portsmouth Library

Portsmouth Public Library invites all backyard gardeners to their summer series of events on five Thursday evenings in July and August. Learn about garden restoration, herbal gardens, composting and the benefits of attracting honey bees to your garden. Plus enjoy a special movie night featuring music by Yo Yo Ma.

  • July 9 – Restoring an Eighteenth Century Garden
  • July 16 – The Herbalist’s Garden
  • July 23 – Composting and Rain Gardens of Portsmouth
  • July 30 – Honeybees in Your Garden: Keeping or Attracting These Premier Pollinators
  • August 6 – Special Movie Night with music by Yo Yo Ma

Click here for more details.

Lisa M. Hamilton at RiverRun Bookstore June 27th

Seacoast Local and RiverRun Bookstore present the next author in their “Making the Connection” speaker series, a series that serves as a catalyst for continuing education, community connections, and sustainable change. Lisa M. Hamilton, author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness, will be at RiverRun Bookstore on Saturday, June 27 . Hamilton will take us beyond local food and into the lives of western farmers who are David to the Goliath of corporate agriculture.

The event is co-sponsored by Slow Food Seacoast, and it starts at 6 pm with the debut of their new game “Who Wants to Be a Locavore?” Local food writer Rachel Forrest will host this trivia challenge, there will be prizes galore and as always, refreshments of the local variety will be served.

Lisa M. Hamilton will present her talk at 7 pm. The journalist and photographer spent two years profiling three families in rural America who represent a change in the way we should think about food and agriculture.

As with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Deeply Rooted suggests one of the best ways to address the problems with our nation’s food system is to go straight to the source—the farmers themselves.

Over the past forty years, many American farmers and ranchers have been told to “get big or get out.”  Countless people within agriculture have been replaced with machines, and their farms with corporate agribusinesses. The large-scale industrialization that followed has altered the face of American agriculture with dire environmental and economic consequences, and endangered the health and wellbeing of consumers.

Now, across the country, a courageous group of farmers and ranchers have issued a call to arms to end these unhealthy and unsustainable practices. To them, agriculture is not an industry but a way of life, and humans should be at the heart of it all.  Among these farmers are

•    Harry Lewis: an African-American dairyman in Texas who dreams of addressing Congress one day

•    Virgil Trujillo: a tenth-generation New Mexico rancher who believes agriculture could be the salvation of his impoverished hometown

•    David, Dan and Theresa Podoll: North Dakotan organic farmers whose vision for a more sustainable way of farming is derided by their neighbors

Scorned, ridiculed, and dismissed for their unconventional beliefs and faith in people, Harry Lewis, Virgil Trujillo, and the Podoll family prove to be the real mavericks of our time.  By telling their stories, Hamilton has given a human face to agriculture, and serves up an important lesson about bringing farmers back to the table at a time when we need them more than ever.

Lisa M. Hamilton’s work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, Orion, and Gastronomica. She lives in northern California.

RiverRun Bookstore is located at 20 Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth. The event is free and open to the public.

For more details on the event, call 603-431-2100 or visit For more information on Seacoast Local, including its “Buy Local” program, call 603-766-1775 or visit The Slow Food Seacoast website is at