PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The fourth annual New Hampshire BrewFest, hosted at Redhook Brewery on Oct. 6, attracted a record number of attendees and raised nearly $24,000 for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas New England Chapter and Prescott Park Arts Festival. The BrewFest featured more than 150 quality brews from 37 breweries as well as food and music. This year‘s sold out BrewFest was attended by just under 3,000 craft beer enthusiasts. Each organization will receive $11,700, nearly $4,000 more than the previous year.
“This year’s BrewFest was a great success and showcased New England’s diverse brewing talents. We want to thank Redhook Brewery for being an exceptional host,” said Doug MacNair, president of Master Brewers Association of the Americas New England Chapter. “Half of the proceeds donated to MBAA will go toward our scholarship program and help support our internal training programs for members. The other half will be donated to Ben Harris’ family.”
The Master Brewers Association of the Americas works to improve members’ brewing skills through scholarships and professional training sessions,” said Jason Perkins, VP of MBAA. “This event helps us train our brewers for the future. We are happy to participate in this event to benefit the brewers in our community.”
“We are proud to be supported by the NH BrewFest; an event that encourages the art of craft brewing,” said Ben Andersen, Executive Director of Prescott park. “The funds go directly toward our programs, and have allowed us to continue to grow and expand our offerings, as well as help keep all of our events free of fixed admission.”
As a nonprofit organization, the Prescott Park Arts Festival has presented music, art, theater, and dance to families on the banks of the Piscataqua River for the past 37 years, and was just voted Business of the Year by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.
Next year’s New Hampshire Brew Fest is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013. More information is available at www.brewnh.com.
Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early 80s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first “craft” breweries. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to the current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. While Redhook has “grown up” during the past 30 years, one thing has never changed — Redhook is still brewing great beers like ESB, IPA, Copperhook, Pilsner and seasonal brews. Most importantly, Redhook makes sure to have fun doing it. Redhook’s beers are available both on draught and in bottles around the country. For more information, visit www.redhook.com.