PORTSMOUTH, NH – The line outside the Portsmouth brewery began forming at 4 a.m. on March 7th and it wasn't for a Justin Bieber concert. Instead fans of "Kate the Great," camped out for the highly anticipated release of one very special brew.
Kate the Great, a Russian Imperial Stout, is currently the 7th ranked beer in the world, by Beer Advocate reviewers.
2011 saw a change in protocol as the brewery sold 1000 scratch tickets at $2 a piece. Winning ticket's allowed craft beer lovers the opportunity to take home a bottle of the highly acclaimed beer.
The Portsmouth Brewery made absolutely nothing on the scratch tickets, and instead donated all $20,000 dollars to two charities ($10,000 each).
"It was in our best interest to give the to a land trust and The Wildlife Reserve in New York," said Head Brewer Tod Mott. "People are coming for the beer, but why not do something good?" he added.
The beer began flowing just before Noon and ran dry at 6:02 P.M.
Brewbound was on hand to capture photo images as well as video footage.