Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Smutty hits DC for Bouncy House, SAVOR and Dancing!

Smuttynose is very proud to be a supporting partner of SAVOR, a premier beer and food pairing event in the country.

Seriously, between the excellent beers from around the country, a gorgeous setting in the National Building Museum, the expertly curated pairing menu created by Chef Adam Duyle (of Monk's Kettle and Abbot's Cellar in San Francisco) and national media attention, this is event is one of the top craft beer events of the year.

A central part of 2014's SAVOR for us, is the DC Debut of Bouncy House IPA (4.3%), our newest year-round beer.

We'll be pouring Bouncy House IPA and Satchmo (a new Smuttlabs release brewed with black trumpet mushrooms andaged in red wine barrels) during all three sessions of SAVOR. Satchmo will be paired with Cocoa-Braised Beef on a Potato Crisp while attendees will enjoy Bouncy House with Guinea Hen Confit served on a Wonton. Delicious, right?

We've got several events on the week leading up to SAVOR that will feature Bouncy House, some of our other year round and seasonal beers and a few rarities. Check out the details below, tell your friends and come have a beer with the Smuttynose crew. If it's Bouncy House you're drinking, you'll be have to have a few!

You can read more about Bouncy House in our blog post and Lew Bryson's Session Beer Day interview with our Director of Brewing Operations, David Yarrington.

Thursday, May 8, 8-??
Jackpot and Smuttynose Welcome You to SAVOR with                      
Bouncy House
Old Brown Dog
Robust Porter
Summer Weizen
Surprise Selection which could be a Big Beer, Noonan or Durty

Friday, May 9, 4-??
Iron Horse Taproom Smuttynose Big Beer Tap Takeover

Finestkind and a Big Beer at the main bar

The Sidebar will be pouring: 
StrawBarb Short Weiss 
2014 Wheat Wine 
2013 Scotch Ale
Plus three more surprises, direct from the brewery in New Hampshire.

Friday, May 9, 10pm-??

Smuttynose SAVOR After-Party Featuring DJ Dredd at Black Cat.  

Forget what your mama told you about waiting to dance after you eat! Come on over right after SAVOR and shake what your mama gave ya with one of DC's top party DJs, DJ Dredd! He's well-known all over DC for throwing it down.
$5 drafts of Old Brown Dog and Bouncy House all night! There's a $10 cover, but you can get your spot through this link. We do expect this party to pack out, so plan ahead.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Big News from Towle Farm!

Laverne and Shirley have (metaphorically) reported for their first day of work at the new brewery, which means that we've just, for the first time, put beer in bottles at Towle Farm! It's no surprise that we began with Finestkind IPA, but we've got some Bouncy House that's nearly ready to bottle too. More word on Bouncy House release events soon.

There are still plenty of things to tweak and dial in before we're ready to ship beer to you good folks, but here's Peter with a taste of what you'll see when you get Hampton-brewed beer.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Kick Off Your Shoes for a Session with Bouncy House IPA!

Today, April 7, is Session Beer Day, a day to celebrate the growing ranks of beers that are full-flavored but low in alcohol. This celebratory day is part of Lew Bryson's Session Beer Project, which can really fill you in all things low-in-alcohol. Session Beer Day also provides us the perfect opportunity to show-and-tell our upcoming year-round release, Bouncy House IPA!

At Smuttynose, we see Bouncy House IPA as an important addition to our year-round releases, like Finestkind IPA and Old Brown Dog. It's an IPA with a simple yet perfectly-honed malt bill and a beguiling combination of Magnum, Calypso and Saphir hops. Sure, this new beer is dry-hopped to the point that you'll have a beer foam nose (instead of a milk moustache) from sniffing its beguiling aromas, but the best part is that it's just 4.3%. That's right; you can enjoy all the delicious hopping of an IPA, without a high alcohol content clouding up your world view.

We've previously brewed two pilot batches of Bouncy House, with a third about to hit the market in the next week or two. David Yarrington and our production team are so confident they've got the recipe perfected that we expect to brew the first full batches at the new brewery this week. Our sales team are finalizing roll-out events for the month of May (including SAVOR, the premier beer and food pairing event in Washington DC), but we expect to have it in all our markets by Memorial Day, just in time for your celebrations.

We're very excited about the Bouncy House beer, but it wouldn't be a new Smuttynose beer without fun, distinctive packaging.  Below are pre-print images of the six pack, twelve pack, bottle labels (yup there are more than one) and tap marker.  We shot the photos inside a real bouncy house!

Please enjoy the images below and stay tuned for updates on the roll-outs.  In the meantime, get ready to get your bounce on!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Smuttynose Beer Release Update, 4/1/14

Just a quick update on our release schedule for the year. Despite the date of this posting, this is all very true, very real information. You can tell because it's not really funny to begin with. There have been a few schedule changes that are the result of a few delays in the commissioning of our new brewing equipment at the new Towle Farm brewery.

We'll have a blog post with a Towle Farm update later this week. In the meantime, here is the new calendar. 

A few Big Beers got rearranged. 

-Frankenlager was pushed back about two weeks as it took us a bit longer to get the new brewhouse up and running, which is important because this lager was decoction-mashed. The decoction process takes more time, but is well worth it for Frankenlager for two reasons. 1) It adds a better range of flavors and 2) after years of very manual, somewhat imprecise decoction mashing at Heritage Avenue, our new brewhouse enables us to hit all the volumes and temperatures any beer requires.  Very cool.

-We swapped Tripel and Farmhouse Ale in the release order.  With all the extra time requirements
on our staff (planning for the new brewery's public opening, launching Bouncy House IPA in May, getting production up and running at the new brewery), this made a lot of sense for a lot different reasons, not the least of which is that we've brewed Farmhouse Ale before so, we know how it will be brewed and we have labels for it.

-Rhye IPA was removed from the Big Beer Series because of all the other changes in the release schedule.  While we don't have plans to announce at this moment, it will be back in the future. 

Last but not least, we've got some fun Smuttlabs surprises in the works and we're about to begin bottling the first beers on the new bottling line. so stay tuned to this blog and our social media for updates!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Smuttynose Events for the Week of March 31, 2014

Tuesday, April 1 
     Join Smuttynose at the highly-esteemed Charleston Beer Exchange from 4:30-6:30.  We'll be sampling Finestkind IPA, Summer Weizen, 2014 Wheat Wine and 2012 Really Old Brown Dog. 

Wednesday, April 2
     If you missed us a the Charleston Beer Exchange, you catch us at Charleston's Oak Barrel Tavern from 6pm-9pm. We'll be giving away Smuttynose pint glasses with each pint of Summer Weizen, Finestkind IPA and Scotch Ale, while supplies last.
Friday, April 4
      We've got to Friday Happy Hour tastings in Massachusetts from 5pm-7pm.  Join us at the VinBin in Hopkinton or Kappy's in Peabody for a few samples while you shop for your weekend beer.

     The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival kicks off its 9th year and Smuttynose is helping fuel the fun again this year! Friday's session runs from 7pm-11pm at the Atlantic City Convention Center.  There are two sessions on Saturday, Noon-4pm and 6pm-10pm, which means Pat will have time to hit the craps tables between sessions.  Tickets are still available and each one includes a full slate bands, including sets from Saves The Day and Less Than Jake.

Saturday, April 5
     Leary's Fine Wines is a favorite destination for Seacoast beer drinkers in search of beers not available in New Hampshire.  The Newburyport liquor store's annual Grand Tasting, which runs from 4pm-6pm, will feature Smuttynose beers, as well as other favorites from around New England.  est of all, it's free.

Last but not least, we are still offering tours of our original home, Heritage Avenue, on Friday at 5:30 and Saturday at noon and 2pm.  We do take brewery tour reservations on our website, if you know when you'd like to visit.  We probably have one or two more months there before our new home at Towle Farm in Hampton opens, so if you've always wanted to see the first Smuttynose brewery, the clock is ticking.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Smuttynose does Portsmouth Beer Week 2014

Portsmouth Craft Beer Week is upon us and, once again, Bill Harris has created a death-defying slate of Smuttynose events to celebrate the beverage that is most near and dear to our hearts- beer! Here's our dance card, so plan wisely for massive fun. For more specific details, please contact the hosting accounts.  

Friday February 21st, Get Durty at WHYM, and look bad while doing it! Dress down in your “best worst outfit,” as we say good-bye to Durty for the season! We will have $2.00 Durty pints, and a prize for the most outrageous outfit…think mustache, mullet, camo, and hunter's orange; if you have a jean jacket you should wear it. Our staff will be there at 8pm; you should join us for Durty good time. 

Saturday, 2/22:  Seacoast Winter Brew Fest at the Portsmouth Gas Light Go to for all the details and for ticket purchases.

Sunday, 2/23:  Smuttynose Hotter Than Hell Brunch at the Blue Mermaid from 1-4pm. This four-course brunch will feature food that will set your mouth on fire and beer to cool everything down.  All four courses, with beer for $45.00 tax & tip included. Please call the Blue Mermaid for reservations. (603.427.2583)
·      Featured Beers
o    2010 Farmhouse Ale,
o    Curry Infused 2013 Baltic Porter
o   2014 Big A IPA
o   2012 Really Old Brown Dog  

Sunday, 2/23: RiRa Goes for the Gold with Smuttynose and Sam Adams!  Join us at 4pm for the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies, while drinking rare and hard-to-find, gold medal-winning beers from Smuttynose and Sam Adams! WHEB will be on hand with great prizes so get here early!
·       Featured Beers  
o   2009 Wheat Wine Ale, Gold at the GABF
o   Big A IPA Gold at the Great British Beer Festival

Monday, 2/24:  The Black Trumpet Beer Bar – Smuttynose takes over one of the most scenic spots on Portsmouth’s historic waterfront.  4 great beers will pair with a special menu from the creative kitchen of the Black Trumpet!  The “Beer Bar” opens at 5:30. This event is one of the most popular ones we do, so plan to arrive early.
·      Featured Beers
o  Bouncy House v2.0
o   SmuttLabs Red Wine Barrel-Aged Winter Ale
o   2010 Really Old Brown Dog
o   2009 Imperial Stout

Tuesday, 2/25th The Thirsty Moose will offer a four-course menu expertly paired with Smuttynose beers for just $29.99. Selections will feature rare and vintage releases.  Smuttynose will be on hand from 6-8pm to answer any questions and talk about the parings.
·      Featured Beers
o   2012 Scotch Ale
o   2012 Really Old Brown Dog
o   Bouncy House v2.0
o   Robust Porter

Tuesday, 2/25: TJ’s – It’s back! Malt-lovers will flee in droves when the epic Night of the IPA’s kicks off at TJ’s for a hopstravaganza featuring:
o    Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA
o    Smuttynose Bouncy House v2.0
o    Sam Adams Rebel IPA
o    The Just Beer Project Anytime IPA
o    Sebago Full Throttle IPA
o    Sierra Nevada X Hop Single Fresh
o    Stone IPA
o    Baxter Stow Away IPA
o    Widmer Bros Upheaval IPA
o    Lagunitas IPA
o    Founders All Day IPA
o    603 Brewery White Peaks IPA

Thursday, 2/27 - Street Eat/Drink 360 is preparing a 3 course pairing menu, with pairings for $25.00. Featuring SmuttLabs Red Wine Barrel-Aged Winter Ale, Bouncy House v2.0 and 2009 Gravitation! Service begins at 6pm.

Friday, 2/28  6-8pm:  Poco’s and 2 Ceres co-host the Jet Setter edition of WXGR’s Gourmet Lounge, featuring Smuttynose and Great RhythmBrewing.  Each restaurant will host their own live cooking demo of international foods to be paired with Smuttynose Finestkind IPA and Great Rhythm Resonation Pale Ale.  You can see how Finestkind and Resonation differ from each other and pair with food.  The first 80 attendees will enjoy complimentary pairing samples.

Saturday, 3/1: Craft Beer Cellar, Smuttynose Tasting 1-3pm featuring: Finestkind IPA, Old Brown Dog, Shoals Pale Ale, Robust Porter, Noonan Black IPA, Wheat Wine and Imperial Stout

Saturday, 3/1The Press Room – Get Buzzed at the Press Room! We’re raising funds for Press Room bartender Jesse McMahon, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  All you have to do is collect pledges ahead of time and then get your head shaved at the bar between 3pm and 5pm.  Don’t worry, brewers won’t actually do the shearing; they’ll be watching while professionals do the work.  Attendees will enjoy cask conditioned, vintage and barrel-aged beers to soften the blow of losing your hair.  Visit the Press Room for sponsorship details and sign-up sheets. 

BONUS PRIZE: Anyone who raises over $25 and shaves their head will receive a VIP tour of the NEW Smuttynose brewery and prize pack that includes a Smuttynose hat… for your new hairdo! 

·      Featured Beer
o   2010 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine Ale
o   Bouncy House v2.0
o   Cask Conditioned Finestkind IPA

Sunday, 3/2 – WHYM – Smuttynose Beer Brunch Bus Trip!  Reserve your spot on the Brewery Brunch Bus! The Granite State Growler Tours bus departs WHYM at 11am to visit the all new Smuttynose Brewing Co. After the tour (with free samples) we will head back to WHYM for a pint of cask conditioned Robust Porter and brunch! The cost is just $35.00 for all of these wonderful experiences! Tickets can only be purchased at WHYM and is limited to 30 people will get tickets, so act fast.  If you don’t make the bus, you can still enjoy the brunch, starting at 1pm.  Please call WHYM for reservations. (603) 501-0478

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Return of the Bounce!

Remember Bouncy House, that session IPA we brewed way back in 2013?  It was a pilot batch for a new beer Smuttynose will release later this year.

This Friday at Heritage Avenue, we'll be releasing our next pilot batch of Bouncy House at 4:30pm. To you, this means samples on tap and 22 ounce bottles for $3 each. There will be a two bottle limit, so we can spread the beer around as best we can.  The bottle price is in line with the rest of our year-round beers and we're excited to be able to offer something this delicious at such an appealing price.  

Here are the details:

4.65% abv  86.5 IBU  29 barrels in this batch

Malts: North American 2-Row, Crisp Pale Ale, Aromatic, C-60, Carahell
Hops: Bittering- Magnum, Flavoring- Calypso, Dry Hop- Calypso and Saphir
Yeast: American Ale Yeast

We will begin shipping Bouncy House 2.0 to all our wholesalers on Monday, February 17, so if you don't make it in to the brewery, some beer will still be heading in your general direction, provided you already have Smuttynose beer where you live.

Come put a few ounces of Bounce in your fridge this Friday!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Smuttynose Events February 3-9, 2014

The Smuttyverse is beginning to get back in the swing of things, despite a lop-sided Super Bowl and grim news from Gobbler's Knob.  Shake off the February gloom and come have a beer with us.

Tuesday, February 4

-Hooksett, NH, 4pm-6pm @ Bert's Better Beers:  Liz will be pairing 2014 Imperial Stout, Durty and Robust Porter with Lindt chocolates. It's an excellent pre-Valentine's Day study session. 

Wednesday, February 5

-Burlington, VT, 5pm-11pm @ The Farmhouse Tap & Grill:  DoBrO David Yarrington is bringing some serious vintage beers from the recesses of our warehouse to the city on the lake.  Check out this line-up: 2009 & 2010 Wheat Wine, 2011 Imperial Stout, Barleywine, Farmhouse Ale and Gravitation, 2012 Really Old Brown Dog and 2010 Baltic Porter.  Crikey!  You won't want to miss this one, folks; those are some serious beers! We'll also have fresh beer for those of you not into the vintage thing.

Thursday, February 6

-Cambridge, MA, 7pm-9pm @ Christopher's:  Vintage roll-outs continue with a keg of 2011 Barleywine going on the draft system.  We didn't pull this from the archive; Christopher's planned ahead and set it aside on their own, like a wise New Englander.

Friday, February 7

-Charlottesville, Va, 3pm-6pm @Whole Foods:  Glen Bulloss will be in the house pouring samples of our awesome, hoppy brown ale, Durty.  Get your weekend food fixin's and have a beer!

-Portsmouth, NH, 4:30pm-7pm  SmuttLabs Red Wine Barrel-aged Winter Ale bottle release.  Stop by our original brewery on Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth for samples and bottle sales of our next SmuttLabs release.  We've packaged this delicious elixir in 375mL, crown-finished bottles which retail for $9 each.  Brewery tours are at 5:30 and you can reserve your spots online:

-Hanover, NH, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Stinson's Village Store  Jess and Liz will be pouring out tastes of our big, hoppy, brown ale, Durty for shoppers and curious folks just as their weekends begin.  Expect high fives and smiles as well as delicious New Hampshire beer.