The Hippo


Oct 22, 2019








Beveridge Ice Fest

When: Saturday, Feb. 13, noon to 3 p.m.
Where: 19 Mile Bay, Route 109, Mirror Lake (Tuftonboro)
Tickets: $30, $15 for designated driver. Purchase at
Event is 21+, with a designated area for older kids/those not of drinking age. Bring a non-perishable, kid-friendly item to donate to End 68 Hours of Hunger. 

Beer on ice
Enjoy craft brews and scenic lake views

By Allie Ginwala

 For Beveridge Craft Beer & Soap Co. owner Lisa Beveridge, it didn’t take much to inspire her to start a beer festival outdoors in the middle of winter.

“We’ve got the lake here and it freezes over … [so] why not have an event on it?” Beveridge said. “There is not much to do up here in the winter other than snowmobile and ski, so why not combine that?”
The second annual Beveridge Ice Fest invites brewers and beer-lovers to drive, snowmobile or cross-country ski over to Mirror Lake to not only taste ice cold beers, but enjoy them on ice — literally.
Beveridge organizes a craft beer festival in the summer, showcasing the state and regional beers available in the store or taproom, and thought it would be neat to see if people would still be interested in the standard outdoor beer festival format in February. As it turns out, they are.
“Last year we had just over 300 people show up,” she said. “I was amazed to see that many people come out.”
Jumping from 17 brewers last year to 37 coming to this year’s Ice Fest, Beveridge said the afternoon is set up in a simple and straightforward manner. The brewers will have tables set up just off the beach for folks to take their tasting cups from station to station. Less than two weeks before the event, Beveridge said there were 10 inches of ice and about 15 ice huts on the lake, all looking good for the festival.
“It’s mostly the brewers that come … so it’s neat to hang out and chat with them and hear their brewing process. And people meet each other and talk about beer and cider all day,” she said. 
About doubling the number of brewers from last year, Beveridge thinks that given the success of the inaugural wintertime festival, more breweries wanted to be part of the event that this year is raising money for End 68 Hours of Hunger. 
Some of the breweries heading to the ice are Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery, Earth Eagle Brewings, Moat Mountain Brewing Co., Downeast Cider House, Baxter Brewing Co., Garrison City Beerworks, Great Rhythm Brewing Co., Sebago Brewing Co., Oddball Brewing Co., Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co. and Goose Island Beer Co.
To help guests stay comfortable and enjoy the afternoon to its fullest, there will be a fire pit and Beveridge recommends layering up and dressing smart for the weather.
“If it’s a really cold day — hand and foot warmers saved my life last year,” Beveridge said. “And Yaktrax to keep you upright on the ice. ... They have good grips.”
For a little internal warming, local vendors Mill Street Meat Market, Flurries, Seven Suns Coffee, North East Pie Company, From Scratch Baking Co. and Pine Cone Restaurant are bringing snacks (think macaroni and cheese and ribs).
Two local breweries heading to Ice Fest for the first time this year are Derry’s Rockingham Brewing Co. and Manchester’s Great North Aleworks, both of which decided to come based on a positive experience at the summer beer festival.
Rob North, owner and brewer at Great North Aleworks, said he couldn’t make last year’s Ice Fest (they didn’t open until July) but is excited to head back up for a cooler experience.
“Having done the summer fest and seeing how well-organized it was, it seemed like a natural fit to do this one also,” North said. “Not a ton of beer fests [happen] this time of year, so time-wise it works fairly well, and of course the proceeds are helping out a great cause.”
Their summer ale was the only beer available at the last festival, but this time around, Great North’s taproom manager and assistant brewer (the “hearty guys that like the cold weather,” North noted) will be pouring the brewery’s three core beers — Robust Vanilla Porter, IPA and Smokin’ Rauchbier.
“I think the three beers we have … [are] a little higher in alcohol content and people should certainly be able to enjoy those on a cold winter day,” he said. 
“The great thing is we don’t have to bring any ice,” said Ali Buinicky, co-founder of Rockingham Brewing Co. 
She and Rob Leleszi, her fiance and the co-founder and brewer, will be pouring samples of their flagship beer Rockingham Ale, and the winter warmer Winter Wonderham that’s “perfect for a festival like this.”
“It’s a little bit of a strong alcohol content and the style is called a winter warmer,” she said. “A dark amber spiced ale with orange peel, ginger, cinnamon and allspice, so it’s got a lot of nice winter spices.” 

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