Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Polar Grill Fest

Usually when you see a flyer for an outdoor event in the dead of winter here in New England your first thoughts are "Pssshhh  No way I am standing outside for beer" or "Get my snowpants! We are drinking beer outside"
My normal January attire....

However, this year for the Red Hook Brewery / Meat House Polar Grill Fest my first thought was "Do I really need a jacket?" Maybe just a puffy vest..

This past Saturday the Polar Grill Fest in Portsmouth NH was as perfect of a day that one could ask for when planning a January outdoor festival.  Temps in the high 40s, not a cloud in the sky and many many happy people just grateful to be outside sipping cold fresh beer and noshing on amazing local food!!!

The reason for this winter outing was to support a great cause and get out of the house on a gorgeous Saturday.  Tickets were just $5 to enter and then $5 for each beer or entree.  For $30 I was full and happy!  Proceeds from the event went towards Share Our Strength (learn more below)


Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives.

Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry.

Visit Strength.org to get involved.

Red Hook and The Meat House along with local vendors put on an incredible day.  I think the Oatmeal Pale Ale was my favorite beer of the day!  It was jam packed with dark full flavors but with the smooth taste of an ale.  Well done Red Hook!

We had an awesome time (see below!) and you should make it a point to mark your calendars NOW for next years event!

So many happy people!!!!

favorite dish of the day?  YUP!

Ice bar is melting.....

As you can see, warm temperatures, amazing food, camp fires, music and cold beer makes for a happy group!  Thanks Erica for the awesome photos and thanks to Andy/Alaina for driving down from Maine to join us!!!

Hooray for Beer!

What you don't know is that the beaming light is ALWAYS surrounding him!

Red Hook Portsmouth Brewery Information from their site:
1 Redhook Way Pease International Tradeport
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Built in 1996, Redhook’s brewery in Portsmouth, NH was established to provide East Coasters the same quality and fresh Redhook that loyal drinkers on the West Coast were accustomed to for years. Located in the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, the brewery boasts the same architectural style as its Woodinville, WA brother, which was influenced by the brewhouses of Bavaria. The expansive grounds are home to many events and festivities during the summer months, including the popular Redhookfest, usually held in August, which has hosted musicians such as Donovan Frankenreiter and Blues Traveler. If you’re looking to book a private party, our Alemakers Hall which overlooks the brewing tanks is a good choice. And of course our $1 brewery tours have long been known as the best and most fun deal in the area.

Public Brewery Tours:Mon: 3:00, 4:00, 5:00pm
Tue:12:00, 1:00 ,2:00pm Wed & Thu: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00pm
Fri & Sat: 12:00-6:00pm, every hour on the hour
Sun: 1:00pm – 5:00pm on the hour
Starts at the Gift Shop desk.

Note: Public Tour times are subject to change.

Tours cost $1 per person. All tours include a guided walking through the brewery, some Redhook history and an explanation of just how we make our fine ales, and a sampling session with three to four samples of beer and a souvenir tasting glass. Lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. Maximum of 50ppl. (Minors are welcome to attend tour but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

Private tours are available on a limited schedule and cost $3 per person (minimum 15 people per tour). To book a private tour, call 603.501.3940 or CataquaBreweryTours@Redhook.com.

Cataqua Public House
Redhook Brewery’s Cataqua Pub was named after the Piscataqua River that divides New Hampshire and Maine, the third fastest flowing navigable river in the world. “Piscataqua” is a Native American term, metaphorically translated to “a place where people come together, and where they part on their separate ways.” If you’re hungry the Cataqua Pub offers great pub style food and a wide variety of Redhook beers, many of which are served only at the brewery, such as “Live Free or Rye” a German style Rye beer that not so subtlety pays tribute the New Hampshire state motto and ethic. The Cataqua is a great place for beer lovers and is also fun for the whole family. Recent developments include an increased focus on local and organic ingredients. Hops are grown on-site and used in the cask and firkin beers, and a new organic garden with heirloom produce varieties is starting to sprout. Click here for a menu.

For information regarding banquet and conference room reservations please contactPortsmouthEvents@Redhook.com or 603-501-3946.

HoursSunday: 12pm-8pm
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 11pm
Last call 30 minutes prior to closing.