The Hippo


May 28, 2020








 6th annual Gate City Brewfest

When: Saturday, Aug. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua
Cost: $25 in advance (through Aug. 17), $30 at the door, $10 for designated drivers and visitors under 21, and free for kids 12 and under
This year’s wing competitors
AJ’s Sports Bar & Grill (Hudson)
British Beer Co. (Manchester)
Burtons Grill of Nashua 
The Flight Center Beer Cafe (Nashua)
Margaritas of Nashua
New England’s Tap House Grille (Hooksett)
Outback Steakhouse (Tyngsboro, Mass.)
Pig Tale Restaurant (Nashua)
The Prime Butcher (Hampstead)
River Road Tavern (Bedford)
Participating drink vendors
21st Amendment Brewery, 603 Brewery, Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., Anheuser-Busch, Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, Bantam Cider, BareWolf Brewing, Belhaven Brewery, Berkshire Brewing Co., Blue Point Brewing Co., Bornem, Branch and Blade Brewing, Champlain Orchards, Cisco Brewers, Citizen Cider, Concord Craft Brewing Co., Devil’s Bit, Dos Equis, Elysian Brewing Co., Foolproof Brewing, Founders Brewing Co., Global Beer Network, Goose Island Beer Co., Granite Roots Brewing, Heineken, Henniker Brewing Co., Hobbs Tavern, Jack’s Abbey, Kelsen Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., Liquid Therapy, Lolailo Sangria, Long Trail Brewing, Lord Hobo Brewing Co., Martha’s Exchange & Brewery, Merchant du Vin, Millyard Brewery, Moosehead Breweries, New Belgium Brewing, Newburyport Brewing Co., Newcastle, North Coast Brewing Co., Old Speckled Hen, Otter Creek Brewing, Peak Organic Brewing Co., Pup’s Cider, Redhook Brewery, Rising Tide Brewing, ‘Ritas, Saintly Cider, Schofferhofer, Sea Dog Brewing Co., The Shed Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Co., SoMe Brewing Co., Spencer Brewery, Spiked Seltzer, Springdale Beer, St. Peter’s Brewery, Stark Brewing Co., Stella Artois, Stoneface Brewing Co., Strongbow Apple Cider, Throwback Brewing Co., Uinta Brewing, von Trapp Brewery, Warsteiner Brewery, Weihenstephaner, Wells & Young’s Brewery, Woodchuck Cider, Wormtown Brewery, Wyder’s


Bring on the brews
Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition returns


 By Matt Ingersoll
Craft beer and chicken wings are the stars of the annual Gate City Brewfest, which returns to Holman Stadium in Nashua on Saturday, Aug. 18, and also features all-ages activities like cornhole, a dunk tank, a Positive Street Art battle and live music.
“We like to stress that it’s family-friendly while most brew fests are only 21 and up,” said Chelsea Dennis,  marketing manager for  Bellavance Beverage Co., which hosts the event with  Nashua’s Parks & Recreation Department. “That’s always been a huge draw for us.”
The first festival was held in 2013, and more features have been added each year, Dennis said. This year, for example, there will be food trucks for the first time, including Chez Rafiki’s and the Pomaire Chilean truck.
Upon their entry through the gate, visitors will receive a souvenir tasting glass and a wing nut they will use to cast their vote on the restaurant with the best chicken wings. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be attending as usual but will be down on the field this time around.
“In the past we had them at the gate, but this year they are going to be more included,” Dennis said.
Nearly a dozen local restaurants are participating in this year’s wing competition, including last year’s Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice winners, Pig Tale Restaurant in Nashua and AJ’s Sports Bar & Grill in Hudson. Festival-goers will visit each wing vendor at its pop-up tent and vote by placing their wing nut in the bucket on each corresponding restaurant’s table.
“We encourage creativity [with the wings], which goes a long way,” Dennis said, noting that previous wing makers have incorporated all kinds of specialty sauces, some even using craft beer as an ingredient.
More than two dozen breweries will be offering beer samples during the festival, in addition to ciders and non-alcoholic beverages. Many hail from the Granite State, like 603 Brewery of Londonderry, Able Ebenezer Brewing Co. of Merrimack and Kelsen Brewing Co. of Derry. Representatives from most of the breweries will also be there to speak with and answer questions of craft beer lovers, according to Dennis. She added that Cisco Brewers, a new brew vendor to the event, will be providing an inflatable bounce house.
The live music schedule will feature David Corson at 1:05 p.m., Mostly Young at 2:10 p.m. and Over the Bridge at 3:30 p.m. Other activities include face-painting, a balloon artist, cornhole games, a Positive Street Art battle, and a dunk tank courtesy of 3 Dudes and a Dunk Tank out of Milford. 

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