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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gate City Brew Fest this weekend at Holman Stadium in Nashua

Hot summer days and cold refreshing beers just seem to go together. When the sun gets bright, pushing the temperatures into the mid-eighties, a cold, frothy beer just makes everything a bit cooler.

Luckily for Nashua residents, the second annual Gate City Brew Fest will take place at Holman Stadium from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees will be able to taste local and regional handcrafted beers, participate in the local restaurant wings competition, or just hang out and enjoy some of the live music and lawn games. One ticket to the Brew Fest entitles the ticket holder to 10 samples of beer. ...

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Hot summer days and cold refreshing beers just seem to go together. When the sun gets bright, pushing the temperatures into the mid-eighties, a cold, frothy beer just makes everything a bit cooler.

Luckily for Nashua residents, the second annual Gate City Brew Fest will take place at Holman Stadium from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees will be able to taste local and regional handcrafted beers, participate in the local restaurant wings competition, or just hang out and enjoy some of the live music and lawn games. One ticket to the Brew Fest entitles the ticket holder to 10 samples of beer.

This year, the Gate City Brew Fest has teamed up with Rock 101 and Bellavance Beverage Company to give guests the optimal brew fest experience. Partial proceeds of all ticket sales will go to local nonprofit organizations like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Police Athletic League, who will be sending volunteers to help run the event.

“It gets a lot of fun … it’s a great fundraiser,” said Kellie Oberholtzer of the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department.

However, such a large event with so many different volunteers, sponsors and participants takes months to come to fruition, and the planning board for the Gate City Brew Fest has been anticipating next weekend’s event for a while now.

“It really takes a lot of time,” said Nick Caggiano, superintendant of Parks and Rec.

The organizational team for the Gate City Brew Fest has been planning this summer’s event for almost a year now. After the success of last year’s festival, a group got together from the parks and recreation department to discuss the event and how it could be improved upon.

“Each year we’re getting bigger and bigger,” Oberholtzer said.

“Last year, it just exploded,” added Caggiano. Despite the success of last year’s festival, small changes have been made to the event to make it even better.

Attendees of this year’s event can expect more breweries, more restaurants and more family activities than the first year. Although the festival is centered around local and regional craft breweries, the Gate City Brew Fest is a family-friendly event. This year there will be lawn games, a bounce house, a photo booth, a balloon artist and more so younger participants can still enjoy the fun.

There will also be a free shuttle leading to and from Holman Stadium so attendees of the event do not have to worry about parking at the stadium. The shuttle will be making stops around downtown Nashua so guests can continue the fun at restaurants downtown even after the event is over.

Both Oberholtzer and Caggiano are hoping for good weather and are expecting there to be around 1,200 attendees.

“It’s a really nice day, we just have fun,” Caggiano said.

Tickets for the Gate City Brew Fest are $20 until the day before the event and $25 at the gate. Kids younger than 12 are free, and those who do not plan on drinking alcoholic beverages are $5. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.gatecitybrewfestnh.com.

Emily Kwesell can be reached at 594-6466 or ekwesell@nashua
telegraph.com.