Blog : Local Brewery Offers Unique Venue and One-of-a-kind Events

By Ken | Apr 29, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

Spring marks the beginning of wedding and festival season, and the Seacoast is replete with different locations for newly joined couples to host their reception on "the big day," The region also offers concert-goers spectacular outdoor venues. But one Portsmouth location promises event guests they won't run out of beer or food: Redhook Brewery.

Located at Pease International Tradeport, Redhook's function facilities offer space, food and drinks for wedding receptions and different events all year long. Whether it be for a reception, rehearsal, trade show or concert, Redhook meets the demands of its guests. It's a different take on the more traditional rental hall that has proven successful.

“It's pretty popular,” said Ryan Fleming, the banquet manager at Redhook. “I think it's a really unique venue to have an event.”

Located on-site at the brewery, the venue features two indoor spaces and one seasonal outdoor area that accommodate between 50-250 people. During late spring through early fall, Redhook encloses part of its outdoor facilities, the Outdoor Beer Garden & Patio and The Brewery's Backyard, to accommodate concerts and festivals, like its annual Hookfest.

Referred to as the Alemaker's Hall and the Tour Gallery, both indoor locations are unique in their construction.

Alemaker’s Hall has a flexible design with 3,800 square feet of usable space that can accommodate up to 180 people in a comfortable, casual setting. Its unique design introduces guests to the heart of the brewery allowing views of the Brewhouse and its gleaming bins and brewing equipment.

The Tour Gallery is a more intimate, unique and casual space for a function. It brings guests right into the heart of the brewery with views of the Brewhouse and the Fermentation Cellars. With 1,600 square feet, it can accommodate up to 56 guests. And the interior space has views that look out into the brewery for guests to watch the brewing process at work. Redhook is known for its sustainable brewing practices like diverting used grains from the brewing process to regional dairy farms, and its water treatment and filtration system that drastically reduces water and electricity usage during the process. Additionally, Redhook has also outfitted its facility with CFL lighting and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in its parking lot. Redhook also partners with the Green Alliance, a union of local, sustainable businesses and members working to unite the green community and has been green-certified with the organization.

Redhook’s Outdoor Beer Garden & Patio is a spacious area surrounded by grass and flowering bushes. Wooden picnic tables offer seating with a comfortable, casual, backyard BBQ feel and accommodates up to 200 guests.

The Brewery's Backyard is a picnic style setting complete with lawn games available to guests to play on the grass with the smells of BBQ and brewing beer filling the air. The Brewery’s Backyard can accommodate up to 300 guests.

“We host all kinds of events here. From weddings and birthday parties to conferences and tradeshows,” Fleming said. “Our spaces are very flexible in their design and can fit any need.”

Each of the venue spaces offer full bar and menu options featuring all-natural and locally sourced food.

Redhook's facilities were featured in the 2014 fall-winter issue of New Hampshire Magazine Bride, which focused on the popularity of functions at local breweries. According to the article, breweries have an industrial vibe — exposed brick, rich wood, metal tanks — an aesthetic currently trending popular amongst couples. And the low cost of renting a brewery's space has made it a viable option for economically-concerned newlyweds.

And there's Redhook's award-winning beer, of course, brewed on-site.

“Our spaces are unique because you get to see where your beer is being made,” Fleming said. “Each one of our rooms has windows into the inner workings of the brewery. Plus, you know you’re getting the freshest beer around.”

Redhook also hosts its own functions at the brewery, like the Party For The Planet and Clean-up held this year on Earth Day April 22nd, or the Redhook Block Party which featured live bands, free admission and some of the brewery's new lawn games. One of the most popular events is the Runner's Alley/Redhook 5K road race, which takes place at the Tradeport on May 24. The race benefits the Krempels Center on Community Campus in Portsmouth where 100 percent of the race proceeds are donated. And there's the Country Fest on July 11. According to Fleming, Country Fest has been growing in size and is one of Redhook's more popular live music events.

Green Alliance members save 10% off food at Redhook's Cataqua Public House. Not a member? Join today!