Three Beer Festivals to Attend This July

Sip some local suds at these homegrown brewfests



The Seacoast Microbrew Festival will take place in Dover on July 15.

Courtesy photo

A popular internet myth says that Ben Franklin once wrote, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Nothing of the sort ever came from the Founding Father’s pen — but if we’re to believe the (mis-attributed) sentiment, then there’s a lot to be happy about in New Hampshire this month. Check out any or all of these local brewfests for a taste of the best beers in New England and beyond — and for a hoppy and happy good time.

A Brew with a View
July 8, Sanbornton

You can’t find a much simpler recipe for a summer festival than this. Now in its third year, this brews-plus-views fest put on by Steele Hill Resorts features VIP specialty beer pairings and a live concert by Meredith-based rockers Janet and the Redheads. The beer list boasts more than 30 breweries from near and far, including Woodstock Inn Brewery, Throwback Brewery, The Brooklyn Brewery and Kona Brewing Company.


Seacoast Microbrew Festival
July 15, Dover

Watch out, Colorado and California. One of the hottest spots in the country for craft beer is right here on the New Hampshire Seacoast, and this 2-year-old festival celebrates the region’s very best. Over the course of nine hours in the Cocheco River-adjacent Henry Law Park, attendees can sip brews from Earth Eagle, Bad Lab and 17 other Seacoast breweries. Enjoy live music courtesy of Galaxy Rabbit and Amulus, and chow down on grub from Northeast Pie Company and other area food trucks.


Manchester Brewfest
July 29, Manchester

Now in its fourth year, this celebration of suds transforms the Queen City’s Millyard into a beer lover’s paradise. The 20+-brewer lineup includes Stark Brewing, Tuckerman and other New Hampshire favorites alongside brews from as far away as Michigan and Colorado, while the food vendor list ranges from donuts and BBQ to Latin American-style empanadas. Best of all, you can imbibe in good conscience: Proceeds from this fest benefit New Horizons.

More NH beer news you might be interested in

Sour Cream Ice Cream With Black Cherry Balsamic Drizzle

To most, sour cream ice cream sounds a little funky. Don’t judge an ice cream by its contents.

Historic Fun In Sutton

Visit the sandy beach of Wadleigh State Park and then learn about New Hampshire's past at Muster Field Farm Museum.

A Lakes Region Food Tour

Eat and drink your way through Meredith, Tamworth, Sandwich, Center Harbor and Moultonborough.

AMC Huts Offer Welcome in the Wilderness

It might not be considered fine dining, but the delicious, hearty meals prepared by the dedicated AMC hut “croos” are unlike anything you’ll find in a restaurant.

Meet the Brewer: Dane Nielsen of Liars Bench Beer Company

Dane is the Co-Founder/Head Brewer at Liars Bench Beer Company in Portsmouth's up-and-coming West End.
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Manchester Is the Next Cool City
    The Queen City is challenging Portsmouth’s reign as the state’s coolest city. Explore...
  2. AMC Huts Offer Welcome in the Wilderness
    It might not be considered fine dining, but the delicious, hearty meals prepared by the dedicated...
  3. Meet the Manchester Transformers
    See who's who on the August 2018 cover of New Hampshire Magazine.
  4. A Lakes Region Food Tour
    Eat and drink your way through Meredith, Tamworth, Sandwich, Center Harbor and Moultonborough.
  5. Thai Beef Salad
    In this edition of Cooking with Emshika, Emshika Alberini shares her recipe for Thai Beef Salad
  6. Murder, I Write
    How the unwelcome task of turning an unsolved 100-year-old crime into a play became my obsession.
  7. Tips for Aging in Place
    For seniors who want to stay in their homes, renovations and other changes are a must.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags