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Oct 20, 2019








Check out the inaugural NH Beer Club meeting, hosted by New England’s Tap House Grille in the newly expanded bar and lounge. Courtesy photo.

Inaugural New Hampshire Beer Club gathering

When: Monday, May 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett
Tickets: $30
Meetings are held at the Tap House the third Monday of the month. Here’s a look at upcoming NH Beer Club featured brewers.
June 20: Great North Aleworks, Manchester
July 18: Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth
Aug. 15: 603 Brewery, Londonderry
Sept. 19: Kelsen Brewing Company, Derry
Oct. 17: Henniker Brewing Company, Henniker
Nov. 21: Tuckerman Brewing Co., Conway
Dec. 19: Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery, Woodstock

A beer lovers’ gathering
Brew-focused club brings aficionados to Hooksett

By Allie Ginwala

 Designed to connect the state’s brewers directly to Granite State beer geeks, the New Hampshire Beer Club is making its debut Monday, May 16, at New England’s Tap House Grille.

The Tap House and New Hampshire Magazine partnered to create the club, a monthly gathering  at the restaurant — already a beer-centric space that hosts regular pint nights and beer dinners.
“With 48 beers on tap, we've become a hub for beer geeks … especially [since] the majority of what we do is New Hampshire craft beer,” said Stacey Breton, director of marketing and event coordination for the Tap House Grille. “We wanted to shed the limelight on New Hampshire craft beer.” 
Brewers statewide will attend the events so folks can go to one spot and meet both local brewers and some from further away, like Moat Mountain Brewing and Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery.
“Someone from the Manchester area is only making that drive [occasionally], but now we're bringing the brewery down to a central location,” Breton said.
Staying local to start, the club kicks off with Able Ebenezer’s Carl Soderberg, who will offer attendees a unique or limited-edition brew to taste. Along with beer samples, there will be promotional-priced pints and bite-sized dishes to pair with the beer, Breton said. 
The meeting will start with half an hour of mingling, grabbing something to eat and trying the featured beer before settling in to hear from the brewer about that featured beer and the brewery’s history.
“Then the remainder of the event will be mingling and getting that one-on-one time with the brewer,” Breton said.
Having the chance to chat face-to-face with brewers or brewery owners was a driving factor behind the club’s creation, Breton explained. 
“For [New England’s Tap House Grille owner Dan Lagueux], this is sort of a dream of his to bring together beer lovers from all over and create [space for] that conversation to happen,” Breton said. “What we’re hoping to do is make it a smaller event so if you’re a huge Able Ebenezer fan you can sit at the bar and talk with Carl for a few minutes and actually have his attention and time.”
New Hampshire Beer Club attendees will have the place to themselves on Monday nights since the restaurant is closed, and the group will meet in the restaurant’s new expanded space that was used for the first time in late April. 
“It's a smaller bar, more intimate,” Breton said. “A lounge area with a fireplace … the atmosphere called for something of this nature.”
The final piece of the expansion, an aging keg cooler, is set to be up and running for the first meeting as well.
You don’t have to join the club to attend the monthly events, though you can purchase an annual membership to save $10 for every meeting. Breton foresees the gatherings as being “collectors’ events” of sorts for those who want to try all of the state’s breweries or get pint glasses and other brewery swag without having to travel far.
Without membership, the meetings cost $30 each, and $10 of every ticket purchased goes to a charity of the night. The first is CASA of New Hampshire. 

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