Wyman Tavern Brewfest
Saturday, August 8, 1 – 5 pm
Fundraiser for the Historical Society of Cheshire County
History meets craft brewing on August 8th at the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest. The event will feature fifteen brewers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. It will take place on the grounds of the historic Wyman Tavern Museum on Main Street in Keene.
The names of many of the beers bring to mind the region’s cultural heritage. Alsteadder Ale comes from the Belgian Mare Brewery in Alstead, NH. Mountain View Brew comes from Mooselick Brewing Company in Troy, NH. Whipple’s Wheat by Henniker Brewing Company is named after a New Hampshire signer of the Declaration of Independence and Samuel Adams is named after a Founding Father from Massachusetts. 4,000 Footer IPA from Woodstock Inn Brewery, East Intervale IPA from Moat Mountain Brewery, and Waterville Wheat from 603 Brewery all celebrate New Hampshire locales.
Proceeds from the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will benefit the Historical Society of Cheshire County, an organization which has been collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of the Monadnock region since 1927. The Historical Society puts on about 140 programs per year such as exhibits, living history festivals, summer camps, teacher workshops, school visits, films, lectures, and field trips. The most important artifact of the Historical Society is the Wyman Tavern, built in 1762, which the Society operates as a period house museum.
Alan Rumrill, the director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, said, “A Brew Fest seems like a good fit for the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Beer and ales surely flowed in the Wyman Tavern’s Tap Room in the 1700’s, and today’s craft brewers are reviving the old ways of brewing.”
Tim Roettiger is one of the brewers who will be sampling his ales at the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest. His brewery is named after the Belgian mare that can be seen outside his home in Alstead, New Hampshire. The basis for the design of Roettiger’s brewery is a gravity-fed process that goes back to Medieval tower breweries. Roettiger said, “Belgian Mare is a very traditional bottle-conditioned beer, which is new to most people. Bottle conditioning involves less control and more art. The last fermentation happens inside the bottle, which provides carbonation and the last bit of flavor.”
David Morse will be representing one of the region’s newest brewing companies — Mooselick Brewing from Troy, New Hampshire. Morse brews traditional styles of beer such as mild ales and hoppy beers as well as beers with local fruit added. The fruit is fermented to dryness with a tart flavor and a little sweetness. Morse recalled how Mooselick got its start, “My wife Donna and I ran into the owners of Monadnock Berries, Anthony and Fenella Levick, at a microbrewery in Naples Florida. The idea of brewing beer using fresh farm fruit was hatched serendipitously 1,600 miles away from New Hampshire.”
The Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will get underway at 1 pm on August 8th and visitors will be able to sample the brews until 5 pm. Tickets are available at BrewTopia on Washington Street in Keene, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County (246 Main Street in Keene, phone 603-352-1895), and online at EventBrite.com. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the festival, and they include a souvenir beer glass. Designated drivers will be admitted at no charge. Free rides will be provided by Ideal Rides and Adventure Transportation.
Wyman Tavern Brew Fest Brewers:
- 603 Brewery (Londonderry, NH)
- Angry Orchard Hard Cider (Boston, MA)
- Belgian Mare Brewery (East Alstead, NH)
- Champlain Orchards (Shoreham, VT)
- Great North Aleworks (Manchester, NH)
- Great Rhythm Brewing Company (Portsmouth, NH)
- Henniker Brewing Company (Henniker, NH)
- Moat Mountain Brewing (North Conway, NH)
- Mooselick Brewing Company (Troy, NH)
- Samuel Adams (Boston, MA)
- Shipyard Brewing (Portland, ME)
- Throwback Brewery (North Hampton, NH)
- Traveler Beer Company (Burlington, VT)
- Tuckerman Brewing Company (Conway, NH)
- Von Trapp Brewing (Stowe, VT)
- Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery (North Woodstock, NH)