Seacoast Beer Happenings – Week of July 2, 2012

Hey beer lovers. It’s been a while since I updated you on the beer happenings in the Portsmouth area. Here is the scoop.

Thirsty Moose

The Thirsty Moose Tap House will be opening as early as the end of this week with 114 draft lines. As you can imagine it is the largest selection in any bar in the area. They released a sneak peek of 70 their 114 beer tap list on their Facebook page. Here you go:

I’m excited to get in and see what they did to the place since Foo Bar/ Port City Seafood / Muddy River once operated there.

Blue Lobster

There is a new brewery coming to Hampton and its looking to be bringing some seriously good beer to the Seacoast. Opened and operated by Michael and Roberta Benoit, they are bringing in David Sakolsky who will be heading the brewing operations. David has a serious beer background and from the samples I was able to taste, you will not find beer like this on the Seacoast. They are located right next to the newly opened Community Oven. Look for them to open up shortly. Follow them on Facebook for updates and photos.

Smuttynose Rye IPA / New Tank

Smuttynose has released another short batch, and this one is not to be missed. The Rye IPA starts with their Finest Kind IPA as a base and is then kicked up to a whole new level:

1) We tweaked the grain bill adding 30% rye malt and swapped Aromatic malt for C-60. Rye adds a spicy note while Aromatic malt adds a more subtle flavor than C-60 but increases malt aroma.
2) We lowered the mash rest temperature a few degrees, giving the final beer less body and more drinkability.
3) We jacked up the dry hopping to four times the level of Finest Kind. That means a big, hoppy aroma!

You can pick up bottle at the Smuttynose Brewery for $15 while supplies last. They are also receiving a new tank this week to keep up with the demand. Rumor has it may be in place before this weekends tours.

BBC 12

Last but certainly not least, late next week I am heading off to Chicago/Indianapolis for the 2012 Beer Bloggers Conference. This will be my second trip to the conference. I recapped my trip to the 2011 conference in Portland, OR and have been using some of my knowledge gained from the conference ever since. I’ll be blogging all along the way and hope to meet some new faces in the beer blogging/writing world.

That’s all I have for now. If I hear anything new I will tweet it or put it up on my Facebook page. For now you can drool over Thirsty Moose’s draft list, go buy some Smuttynose Rye IPA, and keep an eye on the Blue Lobster!