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YBN Hop Tips, March 2017

What are you in the mood for this month? Beer and donuts? Beer and a movie? Beer and cheese and chocolate? Find your favorite pairing, go to a tap takeover, or check out one of the many celebrations of regional beers around the Northeast this month.

The month starts our strong with events, so be sure to look at what is happening this week in your area. Cheers, Tori.

The March beerfest advertiser event to enjoy:

Chatham Brewing's 10th Anniversary Part on March 4y; Bed & Brew with Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY And be sure to hit up the end of the 8th Annual Portsmouth Beer Week!


March 3, Marchtoberfest 2017: A Celebration of Northeast Regional Brewing, Max's Tavern at The Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA -
2017 will be the 5th annual Marchtoberfest at Max's Tavern, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple (inclusive of all taxes and donation value), with a portion of the proceeds benefiting both the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Mass and CT and Boston Bruins Foundation Team for the Pan Mass Challenge, happening August 5th and 6th, 2017.. 6:00 PM-10:00 PM, $40pp, $70 per couple. 413-746-6299, http://www.maxrestaurantgroup.com/blog/marchtoberfest-at-maxs-tavern/

March 3-4, 2017 Harpoon St. Patrick's Festival, South Boston Brewery, Boston, MA -
We look forward to this weekend all winter long – thousands of our friends, dancing to live music, enjoying beers, and loving the heck out of life under heated tents at our Boston brewery. We'll have our new Harpoon spring seasonal beer, Harpoon Fresh Tracks, our new limited release Harpoon The Craic, and a brand spankin' new UFO beer we can't wait for you to try! But that's not all. On Sunday we'll show some love to the Boston Harbor by... jumping in it! That's right, we'll be jumping in the water in South Boston on Sunday, March 5th at the sixth annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay! Fear not - we'll warm up on the beach with beers, food, and friends! In summary - You officially have the best plans ever March 3rd - 5th! http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/festivals/2914/2017-harpoon-st-patricks-festival

March 10-11, Boston Beer & Cheese Fest, Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA -
Boston Beer and Cheese Fest is back! After debuting this event in 2015 we knew we had a winner! And each year we've worked hard to make the next one even better than the last. If you're in the know, you realize that beer and cheese go together in ways most people wouldn't believe…if you DON'T think that beer and cheese are a magical pairing, then the Boston Beer & Cheese Fest 2017 will be a wake-up call that you can't miss! Last year sold out over two months in advance, so we're going BIGGER and BETTER this year! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-beer-and-cheese-fest-tickets-29294514682

March 12, Craicfest St. Patrick's Day, CambridgeSide, Cambridge, MA -
Craic (pronounced CRACK) is an Irish term that means "lively conversation" or "good times" and that's exactly what you'll experience at Craicfest! Registration includes a gender specific race shirt plus an awesome party at CambridgeSide with free food & free beer from Notch, Slumbrew & Bantam! http://www.cambridge5k.com/craicfest

New Hampshire

February 25-March 5, 8th Annual Portsmouth Beer Week, Portsmouth, NH -
The Eighth Annual Portsmouth Beer Week is a week-long celebration of beer in Portsmouth & all across New Hampshire. Building upon the success of the past seven years, there will be a various evens hosted by local breweries, restaurants, bars, and distributors. Portsmouth Beer Week kicks off on Saturday February 25th with the 5th Annual Seacoast Winter Brewfest @ the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. Check out the calendar of events for a guide of what's going on. Visit www.portsmouthbeerweek.com for additional information.

March 1, Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Dinner, Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH -
Join us on Wed, March 1st for our 6th Annual Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Dinner, an intimate and memorable evening featuring five mouth-watering courses where chocolate and small-batch, artisan cheeses are the star! Each course will be expertly paired with our hand crafted Throwback Brewery beer: Amuse Bouche: Triple Crème Kunik Cheese from Nettle Meadow Farm (NY) washed in our El Chupbrewcabra Mexican Porter, served with house-made seeded crackers and mustard, First Course: House-made Dark Cocoa Spaghetti with fresh shaved Gouda, Second Course: Our own Cheddarwurst crafted from Jasper Hill Vault 5 Cheddar, served on house-made Chocolate Potato Roll with Hank's Pale Ale Cheddar Sauce, House Mustard, and our Kraut, Third Course: Farmhouse Chalet Fondue with Roasted Cauliflower, Roasted Carrots, Cocoa Pretzel Rods, and Local Venison for dipping, Dessert: 'Bleu Cheese-cake' made with creamy Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen Bleu, with Bittersweet Cocoa Crust and Fig Chutney. Every year this event has sold out, so get your tickets today! https://squareup.com/store/throwback/item/chocolate-cheese-and-beer-dinner

March 1, Flight & Film Series: FARGO, Rockingham Brewing Company, Derry, NH -
All this snow can only mean one thing: It's time for FARGO! For this month's Flight & Film, we'll raise a few glasses & say thanks that at least we don't live in North Dakota! Admission is $20 & includes a flight of eight 4oz beers (OR two full pours) & popcorn. Doors open at 7p. Bring valid ID! http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=90f640c2196da0e0e11b5c105&id=8dc2a190f8&e=77f9372f98

March 26, Maple Madness II, Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH -
On Sunday, March 26th, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Throwback Brewery's historic and picturesque farm will become the setting for all things maple! This fun-for-the-entire family event will include tasty maple beers and from-scratch food made with NH maple syrup and other local ingredients, plus live music and games for kids. Chris Olsen from Syrup By The Sea will be bringing maple syrup for sampling and for sale. In addition, Olsen will bring his evaporator to show the real-time process of turning sap into syrup. Finally, those interested in hearing more about how beer is made (and how maple syrup is added to the beer) can partake in hourly tours with Throwback Brewery's knowledgeable brewers.

March 31-April 8, New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, Various locations, NH -
Celebrate the Granite State's beer industry during 2017's New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, which runs from March 31-April 8.Craft breweries, home brewers, distributors, pubs, restaurants and bottle shops are hard at work creating a full schedule of events showcasing the many facets of this exciting industry.  Try something new every night of the week! https://www.nhbeer.org/NHCBW/

Rhode Island

March 3, That Big Beer Release Party You're Going To, Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co., South Kingston, RI -
Big bottles. Big beers. Big night. Join us at Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Company for a special release of super top-secret, high abv beers! We'll also have live music by local band Frankenphil and mouth-watering BBQ eats by Eddie's BBQ. https://www.facebook.com/events/615247618686481/

March 4-5, Ocean State Homebrew Competition, Isle Brewers Guild, Pawtucket, RI -
Welcome to the 7th annual Ocean State Homebrew Competition, hosted by JbreW and Rhode Island Brewing Society, and held at the Isle Brewers Guild, Pawtucket, RI. All proceeds from this event will go to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank (www.rifoodbank.org/).This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned event and will be following the new 2015 BJCP Guidelines, available at http://bjcp.org/stylecenter.php  We will accept all styles of beer, mead and cider produced by amateur (non-commercial) entrants across the United States, as well as an additional category for non-alcoholic sodas and 'hard' soft drinks. Judging will be held on Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at the Isle Brewers Guild, 461 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

March 10, Grey Sail Brewing / Russell Morin Catering and Events Collaboration Beer Dinner, The Vue, Newport, RI -
Grey Sail Brewing and Russell Morin Catering and Events have collaborated to bring beer lovers and food lovers together for an unforgettable night to kick off the Newport St. Patrick's day weekend. We have combined the beer brewing prowess of Grey Sail with the culinary expertise of Russell Morin to create an unimaginable four course beer and food pairing. Please join us March 10th at 6:30 pm at the Vue in Newport, RI. The Vue is located at 1 Casino Terrace Newport, RI. Tickets are $55, gratuity not included. Please RSVP to RJ Morin at 774-203-8459 or rj@morins.com

March 25, Donuts & Drafts, Foolproof Brewing Company, Pawtucket, RI -
Alright, it's time to channel your inner Homer Simpson and join us for an evening of donut & beer pairings!! Donuts & Drafts is on Saturday, March 25th from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Tickets are $25 and include six hand-crafted, sweet and savory donuts from Matos Bakery topped with glazes infused with Foolproof brews plus six-4oz. craft brew pours. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/donuts-drafts-tickets-32128275537


March 11, 2 Year Anniversary Party, Stony Creek Beer, Branford, CT -
Join us on Saturday, March 11th as we celebrate our 2 year anniversary! http://stonycreekbeer.com/events/2-year-anniversary-party


March 10, The Norwich Inn and King Arthur Flour Bake and Brew Weekend, The Norwich Inn, Norwich, VT -
Norwich Inn Brewer, Jeremy Hebert, in partnership with Norwich's King Arthur Flour, invite you to the 2017 Bake & Brew Weekends, January 13-15 & March 10-12. Learn about the craft of beer and baking with beer, while enjoying great food. Along with brewing orientation and tasting with Jeremy, the package offers an optional customized baking class at King Arthur's nearby Baking Education Center with Jasper Murdock Ale ingredients. The Package also offers an optional Whiskey and Cheese Tasting with Silo Distillery down the road in Windsor. The Experience starts with a welcome Beer & Cheese Tasting and will be capped by a Brewery Orientation and "Tasting at the Tanks", followed by a festive "Brewer Banquet." This will feature brew-inspired creations of our culinary team married with generous samplings of Jasper Murdock Ales. http://www.norwichinn.com/event/bread-brew-weekend-king-arthur-flour-2/


March 11, Dieu de Ciel Peche Mortel Day, Novare Res, Portland, ME -
Join us for a fun filled day of rare and barrel-aged beers, A German-inspired menu and outdoor adventure! Celebrate winter (and the opening of our new Tasting Room!) with us and explore the 8.5 acres of wilderness that surrounds Gneiss Brewing Company. The trails will be open and prepared for you to explore the Gneiss wilderness. After your outdoor adventure, we will be serving a special lineup of beers to warm you up and some tasty treats to keep your belly full. Ticket price includes 8 sample sized (6 - 8oz.) pours, An assortment of traditional German food and a commemorative mug. Tickets available at http://www.gneissbeer.com/

New York

February 24-March 4, NYC Beer Week, New York, NY -
Your NYC breweries are preparing NYC Beer Week, the official 8 day celebration of good beer in NYC: jam-packed with the best in beer parties, tastings, gastronomy, & festivals. NYC Beer Week takes place all over NYC from February 24 – March 5, 2017. We're end capping the week with the second annual Ruppert's Cup, which honors the cream of crop in craft bars, craft bartenders, and craft breweries. We're kicking off the week with Opening Day featuring the first ever NYC Fermentation Festival (an a la carte market-style experience featuring a fully diverse array of fermented goods & demos, presented by Fuhmentaboutit and Just Food) and the Opening Bash Invitational. http://nycbeerweek.com/about-beer-week/

March 1, Saratoga Thoroughbrews Monthly Meeting, Olde Saratoga Brewing Co., Saratoga, NY -
Monthly meeting of the Saratoga Thoroughbrews homebrew club. Come and learn about home brewing from an established area club. Our meetings often include education about brewing, style tasting, and beer judging. All levels of Brewers are welcome. thoroughbrews.org

March 3-4, Bed & Brew with Brewery Ommegang, The Inn at Cooperstown and Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY -
This 2-night Bed & Brew Package includes lodging at The Inn at Cooperstown, craft beer night on Friday evening, a private VIP tour of Brewery Ommegang and a gourmet beer & food paring dinner in the brewery's café on Saturday evening, a limited edition jeroboam of Ommegang beer signed by the brew master and much more. Check The Inn at Cooperstown website for all the details. See reviews and photos of past weekends on the Facebook and TripAdvisor pages for the inn. http://www.innatcooperstown.com/package/bed-brew-package-with-brewery-ommegang

March 4, 10th Anniversary Party Chatham Brewing, The Craftsman Ale House, Chatham, NY -
Join Chatham Brewing for our 10th anniversary party and celebration on Saturday, March 4 starting at noon. There will be a VIP happy hour, featuring specialty anniversary beers, along with music, entertainment, and of course, fun. The VIP happy hour (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) will be $25 (plus fees via Eventbrite) will feature specialty anniversary beers inside the brewery. General admission, which is free (with the option to purchase a Chatham 10th anniversary glass), requires pre-registration via Eventbrite.. 12:00 PM-10:00 PM, $25 VIP, no charge general admission- cash bar. 518-697-0202, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chatham-brewings-10th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-31417351143

March 10, Sensory Evaluation Workshop Part I: Malt Matters!, Hartwick Center for Craft Food & Beverage, Oneonta, NY -
 A Workshop on malts and malting for brewers with Aaron MacLeod, Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage. Malt is the backbone and soul of beer; much of a beer's quality, flavor and aroma is created during the malting process.  This hands-on workshop covers in depth the malting process and how the choice of different malts can dramatically affect your beers. In the first half of the class we will discuss how grain becomes malt and the different processes that create base and specialty malts. In the second half of the class we will create and taste "malt teas" to compare the flavors and aromas from an array of different malts. http://careyinstitute.org/event/sensory-evaluation-workshop-part-i/

March 28,Singlecut comes to The Craftsman Ale House , Join us as we welcome Singlecut to the Craftsman. Pouring 8 of their crafted brews, the Queens NY brewery will not disappoint. Be sure to get here early before their all gone! Follow us on FB for updated Tap List for event. http://www.craftsmanalehouse.com/

Happy drinking!