January 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – If you're not from New England, common sense tells you that grilling season is winding down now. However, if you are from New England, you know that the winter season just means shoveling a path to your grill and dusting off the snow. Come January, New Englanders also know that the frigid air and snowstorms mean it's time for the annual Polar Grill Fest hosted by The Meat House and Redhook Brewery.
On Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 12 to 5pm, The Meat House and Redhook Brewery will be hosting the third annual Polar Grill Fest at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, just down the street from the original Meat House location. Since launching the winter grilling festival in 2012, The Meat House and Redhook have entertained back-to-back sell-out crowds of over 3,000 enthusiastic New Englanders…and a few slightly confused out-of-towners. Developing a cult following, the butchers and brewers will once again be firing up the grills and shoveling snow to make way for the event's local restaurants and bands, activities, and of course, fresh grilled meats and plenty of ice cold beer.
Open to all ages, with a $5 entrance fee, this year's Polar Grill Fest will be raising funds for 3S Artspace, a local non-profit dedicated to presenting and supporting contemporary artists and their work in order to stimulate the artistic community and creatively engage and educate the public. All proceeds from the event, including a percentage of all vendor sales, will benefit 3S Artspace in their vision to support the arts through education, engaging and showcasing local artists, and providing the foundation and outlets to accommodate them.
"We're from New Hampshire and we've grown our business here, so we know this community because we've always been a part of it," said Justin Rosberg, co-founder and CEO of The Meat House. "We're very excited to have 3S Artspace as a benefactor of the event and we believe their three space concept of visual art, performing art and culinary art matches up perfectly with the entertainment intent of Polar Grill Fest."
As the area's largest winter food festival, held regardless of weather conditions, Polar Grill Fest will feature live music and entertainment, fire pits and ice bars, and a barbecue competition among some of the area's top restaurants, ultimately awarding a local pit master with the coveted "Best in Snow" award. Redhook will be pouring Winterhook.
Polar Grill Fest tickets are available online, at Meat House locations in New Hampshire and Maine, and at the Redhook brewery in Portsmouth, NH. For more information about the event, visit www.polargrillfest.com. Redhook Brewery is located at 1 Redhook Way Portsmouth, NH 03801.
Founded in 2003 by lifelong friends Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent, The Meat House is the modern revival of the neighborhood butcher. With a focus on quality, consistency and superior customer service, The Meat House offers the satisfaction of by-gone days as the only national butcher shop franchise. The Meat House began its franchise opportunity in 2008, and has since grown to 26 locations across 10 states, with over 75 additional stores under development and scheduled to open during the next 5-10 years. For information about The Meat House, visit www.themeathouse.com.
Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early 80s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn't exist at the time, Redhook became one of America's first "craft" breweries. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to the current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America's most recognized craft breweries. While Redhook has "grown up" during the past 30 years, one thing has never changed – Redhook is still brewing great beers like ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Copperhook, Pilsner and seasonal brews. Most importantly, Redhook makes sure to have fun doing it. Redhook's beers are available both on draught and in bottles around the country. For more information, visit www.redhook.com.
3S Artspace is poised to be New Hampshire's first nonprofit, multidisciplinary contemporary arts space. Comprised of four spaces — a mid-sized performance venue, non-commercial art gallery, affordable artist studios and a farm-to-table restaurant — 3S will foster the creative community and engage and educate the community at large. Focusing on emerging, innovative and unconventional arts, 3S will feature local, regional and nationally and internationally recognized artists, presenting accessible, high quality programming across multiple media. As a dynamic cultural gathering place for the Seacoast region and beyond, 3S will provide artists and the public affordable locally sourced dining and a welcoming venue for professional development, networking and the discussion and exchange of ideas. For more information about 3S, please visit www.3sarts.org or www.facebook.com/3SArtspace.
SOURCE The Meat House