New Hampshire Craft Beer Week 2017

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Concord, NH (February 8th, 2017) – Plans are under way for the third annual New Hampshire Craft Beer Week hosted by the collaborative effort of Brew NH and Granite State Brewers Association from March 31st to April 8th, 2017.  

New Hampshire Craft Beer Week (NHCBW) is a nine day celebration of New Hampshire’s dynamic, delicious craft beer ecosystem. Craft breweries, home brewers, distributors, taprooms, restaurants, and bottle shops throughout the Granite State are busily creating a unique schedule of events that will showcase and celebrate the great flavors and culture of NH craft beer.

The state of New Hampshire currently has 63 licensed breweries and 10 distributor facilities which can be found on the NH Beer Map at https://nhbeer.org/beer-map/ . The National Beer Wholesalers of America (NBWA) estimates that the beer industry in New Hampshire has a $525.5 million impact on our economy.

There are over 70 events in planning including pairings, tastings, tours, demonstrations and tap takeovers. Also, new dynamic and delicious happenings will highlight the growing NH craft beer industry at its finest.  This year some of the flagship events of NHCBW are the DRAFT fest (Derry Regional Ales & Films Together festival), a Downtown Exeter pub crawl, The Hop Talks at The Flight Center in Nashua, an April Fools & Beers event at Area 23 in Concord and our annual Cook’s Corner segments on WMUR. There are new and exciting events happening daily.  To see what event is happening near you, visit us on the web at https://nhbeer.org/events/ and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nhcraftbeerweek/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/NHBeerWeek or search for the #NHCBW2017 hashtag.

If you or your business are interested in getting involved, visit https://nhbeer.org/nhcbw/ or contact Renee Vannata at renee@nhbeer.org or CJ White at cjwhite@nhbrewers.org for more information.   

Here’s to great beer, amazing people and loads of fun in the Granite State!

The Granite State Brewers Association is a membership-based, non-profit corporation that is formed pursuant to NH RSA Chapter 292 and IRC 501(c)(6) to protect, promote, represent, educate, and advocate on behalf of and to its members, customers, and allied parties of the brewing industry and carry out all activities related thereto.

Brew New Hampshire is a 501(c)(6) non-profit that exists to promote both New Hampshire and the Granite State’s breweries, beer distributors, and their customers and partners. If Brew New Hampshire were a person, it would shop at the farmers market (but not exclusively), know the names of its neighbors and hardware store managers, and dress in sensible, handsome, non-ironic flannel shirts.

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Contact: 

CJ White, Granite State Brewers Association

cjwhite@nhbrewers.org (603)219-1723

Renee Vannata, BrewNH

renee@nhbeer.org (603)781-4074

NHTI Brew Day

What do you get when you combine 5 kettles and 13 people excited to brew for the first time?  The beginning’s of great beer and even greater experiences.   This past Monday was the first of what we hope will be many brew sessions for the NHTI Chemistry 115 class, taught by Professor Lesser (a home brewer in her own right). As we said before, this class is designed to teach the basics of brewing chemistry and to provide a foundation in how chemistry works in the practical application at the kettle.  Oddball is playing host and resource to the class and providing the space for real world hands on brewing time.

This first round of brewing was done with kits from Kettle to Keg and included:

German Wheat Beer

American Pale Ale

American IPA

American Brown

Irish Stout

This day was designed to be a simple intro to brewing with guidance from experienced brewers (myself and Prof Lesser).  The students were to then take what they learned and brew a batch at home on their own.  All the beers created during the semester will be tried by all in the last lab class and evaluated.

The group leaned about measuring the properties of the beer in progress by taking specific gravities and temperatures.  Ph’s were taken to illustrate the differences between dark and light beers.  All the data that had been collected was taken with them to process in class later.

This was, for many of the students, a first  foray into home brewing.  It was successful day with out major mishap.  It made me remember why I love brewing so much; the excitement of learning.

 

2017 is off to a great start!

2016 was a good year for the team at Oddball.   We saw great growth and acceptance of our beers in our local community and New Hampshire in general.  We made mistakes of course, but we consider that the price of tuition when starting something new.  But enough about last year, here’s somethings you can look forward to in the new year!

 

Our new Logo

New Logo

We decided it was time to update our brand and go with a cleaner look.  Our artist Jon Coimbra, who has updated all our labels, has done a great job making our logo and labels cleaner and unique.

 

 

 

New Hampshire Technical Institute and Oddball Brewing Co.

Doc Jones and MHP layin some knowledge!

We have begun a  collaboration with NHTI Concord to help educate the students on  everything beer.  We started this adventure with a tasting lab at McRury Hall on the NHTI campus.  Doc Jones and MHP from Lithermans Limited , both experienced beer judges, helped everybody begin learning the vocabulary to explain what they are tasting.  For some, this was their first journey in to beers that aren’t light american lager.

Does Doc make my head look fat?

The students in the Chemistry 115 class will be learning:

This course explores both the most basic and more complex chemical reactions that take place during the production of beer, as well as discussing the microbiology and how it impacts the brewing process from beginning to end.  Reactions that affect each stage of the process are discussed as well as the mechanisms that are utilized to control the properties of the finished product.  There is also a focus on the importance of hygiene throughout the brewing process.

In the coming weeks the class will be at the brewery learning to brew on our pilot system and then going big time and helping us brew our spring seasonal Wanderlust Wheat.

This is an exciting opportunity for everybody involved and we are looking forward to helping people learn more about beer.

Time for 2017 Beveridge Ice-fest!!!

19 Mile bay in Tuftonboro will once again be host to some awesome breweries out on the ice. We will be there this Saturday.

 

Another upcoming Collaboration   

In February we will be working with the guys at Swift Current to brew a beer for release during NH Beer Week (March 31st – April 6th) to be released in the taproom.

More to come soon…

The Oddball Crew

Welcome to Oddball Brewing Company

Howdy, come in and take a look around.  This is our new spot for talking about whats happening at the brewery. We will periodically add pictures, videos, special offers, and whatever other gibberish falls off our finger tips and in to this space.

For some fun here is the video we did for our fundraising campaign!

We’ll see you next time.

-The Oddball Crew