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Third-Annual Southern N.H. Brewers Festival Biggest Yet

Now in its third year, the Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival is being held this weekend at the White Birch Brewery in Hooksett.

Organizers responded to growing interest in the event by adding a second day to the festival this year.

From double IPAs to oatmeal stouts, beer lovers can sample from 22 different breweries at the festival, which runs Friday to Saturday.

White Birch founder and festival organizer Bill Herlicka says the festival is different from others, in that it gives customers and brewers a chance to interact in a fun environment.

“You know, you’re meeting the people behind the beers here. And that just brings it all full circle. And the people from the breweries get to talk to the customers. And it’s like a group of friends talking over beer, which is the ultimate social beverage.”

Brewers set up under a large white tent, as festival goers filled up their glasses with various samples.

Frank and Tonya Dolan of Londonderry stopped at the Sam Adams booth, where they tried the Grumpy Monk, which is a golden ale.

“There’s a good selection of breweries here, so I was really looking forward to it.”

Other New Hampshire-based breweries at the festival included Smuttynose, 603 Brewery, Martha’s Exchange and the Flying Goose, which claims to be the state’s first solar powered brewery.

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