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A Brew with a View

A Brew with a View

The Lakes Region’s best beer festival, featuring over 30 New England craft breweries and panoramic views of the lakes and mountains.


2023 A Brew With A View

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On Saturday, July 8th, Steele Hill Resort welcomed beer enthusiasts from near and far for the much-anticipated “A Brew with a View” beerfest. The event saw an impressive turnout, with over 200 attendees coming together to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, lively music, fun games, and, of course, the diverse selection of brews.

The beerfest was a veritable playground for craft beer aficionados. With over 90 varieties from more than 30 breweries and vendors, attendees were spoilt for choice. Whether a seasoned beer lover or a curious newcomer, everyone found a brew to enjoy. Festival attendees had the chance to vote for their favorite vendors and the results are in! The top voted breweries and distilleries were 603 Brewery and Tamworth Distillery tied for third place, Canteen Spirits for second place and the best brewery was Carlson Orchards!

The festivities were further amplified by the talented musicians Matt the Sax and Evan Foisy, who provided a perfect soundtrack to the event. The weather also played its part, holding off for most of the day with just a brief, refreshing rain shower throughout the event. The festival was not just about beer, as attendees enjoyed a variety of games like cornhole and a giant connect four game while taking in the beautiful vistas.

The brewfest also had a charitable angle, with the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction raising a total of $937. One of the main attractions of the day was the charity keg toss competition, with champions Justin Cutillo throwing the men’s keg 18 feet and Terry Pacheco impressing everyone by hurling the women’s keg an astonishing 30 feet! Attendees could also participate in a 50/50 raffle knowing that their contributions were going to a good cause.

There was prize giveaway where attendees had the opportunity to win some incredible prizes, including a vacation gift card and Steele Hill Adventure certificate. Catering to the hungry crowd, there was an array of food options available, with hot dogs, burgers, tacos, and large pretzels being some of the staples. Our VIP guests enjoyed an extra hour at the start of the event, special swag bags, and delightful hors d’oeuvres that complemented their beer tasting experience.

This year’s Brew with a View was a testament to the vibrant community surrounding Steele Hill Resort. A massive thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the day with us! The success of this year’s Brew with a View has set the bar high, and we are already excitedly preparing for next year’s event. Mark your calendars for the 9th annual Brew with a View, set to take place on Saturday, July 13th. We can’t wait to welcome back old friends and make new ones at what promises to be another fantastic celebration of craft beer, music, food, and community.

A Brew With A View 2022

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On Saturday, July 9th, the popular A Brew With A View beerfest was held on the grounds of Steele Hill Resort under a blanket of sunshine providing perfect weather for the event with temperatures in the high seventies. This was a sellout year for the 7th annual brewfest, with many attendees either staying overnight with the A Brew With A View Getaway promotional package or purchasing their tickets weeks to months in advance, counting down the days until the big event. Once the clock hit 4pm on the big day, VIP guests began their tastings sporting their new drawstring sport packs, rainbow lensed sunglasses and the beer tasting essential, pretzel necklaces from the exclusive SWAG bag. There were delicious hors d’oeuvres to enjoy for the first hour of the event as well as tasty brews unique to the VIP hour. General Admission guests entered right at 5pm joining in alongside the VIP ticket holders, taking delight in the multiple varieties of local craft brews.   

Matt the Sax provided an excellent melodic mix matching the vibe perfectly for this year’s event. Incorporating his saxophone, guitar and excellent vocals into his musical performance, Matt got the crowd up and dancing with brews in hand. The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction also joined in on the fun this year by hosting a 50/50 raffle and our first annual Keg Toss competition, raising a total of nearly $1,200 to be donated to local families in need!  Event goers got to test their strength by seeing how far they could hurl a keg with all proceeds benefiting the children and families of the Lakes Region. There was a men’s and women’s division where the furthest throw in each category was awarded a $150 Path Resorts gift Card. The women’s winner was Nicole Carr who was able to launch the keg a distance of 36.5 feet. In the men’s division, Mike Kent was able to take the gold with a throw of 28 feet exactly. Congrats to both of our Keg Toss winners and all competitors who went out to show their strength while donating to a great cause. 

Our annual people’s choice Brew with a View awards were also a big hit this year. Event attendees enjoyed using their voting stones to vote for their favorite breweries and the top three vendors this year were:

The success of this incredible annual brewfest would not be possible without the help from our staff, distributors, vendors and of course the enthusiastic beerfest attendees! We would like to send out a huge “Thank You” to all involved! We cannot wait until the 2023 A Brew With A View event, taking place on Saturday, July 8th.      

2021 A Brew With A View Event

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The much-anticipated 6th annual A Brew With A View event took place at Steele Hill Resort under the large event tent and adjacent resort grounds on July 10, 2021. After postponing the event for a full year due to the guidelines and safety precautions concerning COVID-19, we were all ready for an exciting brewfest full of great beer, music, conversations and sunshine. This year’s festival did not disappoint! VIP guests began lining up as early as 3:30pm for the 4:00 opening, eager to try the variety of delicious offerings from the 30+ onsite vendors including craft ales, stouts, ciders, hard seltzers, spirits and wines.

Setting the perfect tone for the occasion, Matt the Sax gave an amazing musical performance throughout the event wowing the crowd with his saxophone, guitar and vocals. Guests, vendors and staff enjoyed dancing and singing along to his catchy selection of covers. There were tabled hors d’oeuvres and a BBQ menu offering for guests who’s hunger picked up after a few tasting and many guests took advantage of the spacious venue while playing lawn games like cornhole and ladder ball, taking photos with the beautiful backdrop or just laying back and enjoying the views, brews and atmosphere. 

It was a very close call in our annual people’s choice brewery awards this year, but there can only be three winners:

First Place: Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Second Place: Zero Gravity Brewery

Third Place: Kettlehead Brewing Company

We want to thank all of the vendors, staff and guests who helped make our 2021 Brew With A View event the most successful one yet! We are already looking forward to next year’s brewfest, taking place on Saturday, July 9, 2022. Reserve your room now as we are expecting another sellout event!    

2021 BWAV Event Update

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New Hampshire’s Governor has recently announced that, beginning on May 7th, all state guidelines will transition from Universal Guidelines to Universal Best Practices allowing us to slightly alter our plans for our 6th annual Brew with a View beerfest event. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our guests, owners and team members as we host a safe and exciting event this summer. Please continue reading to learn about our developed plan for this year’s brewfest event:

• Occupancy will remain limited to provide enough space to comfortably host 200 guests
• The venue will remain expanded to provide extra space for more social distancing
• Facial coverings will not be required, however recommended while not in the act of tasting
• We will be recording all guest’s contact information prior to checking into the event
• All employees and brewery vendors will be required to stay home if they are not feeling well and we will also be taking and recording employee temperatures prior to the start of the event. We ask that attendees also stay home if they are not feeling well or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
• There will be multiple alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the event which we encourage guests to use frequently

We are looking forward to seeing you at our 6th annual event! We are booking up quickly and only have a few rooms available for our brewfest weekend, so be sure to reserve your accommodations now!

A New Look For Our 2021 Brew With A View Event

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After making the difficult decision to postpone our 6th annual A Brew with a View Event last year due to the unprecedented challenges that we faced during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we have carefully thought out a practical and responsible way to host the popular brewfest this year. Our Brew with a View will be held on Saturday, July 10th 2021 outdoors at the picturesque Steele Hill Resort.

Our priority at Steele Hill Resorts is to ensure the safety and health of our employees, guests and owners. Please read on below for special health and safety protocols we will put in place for this year’s event to adhere to federal and state guidelines and responsibly host a successful (and fun) brewfest.

  • Occupancy will be limited to comply with state guidelines which will provide guests a more comforting setting
  • We have expanded the event venue to provide plenty of room for social distancing. There will also be signage stating social distancing rules and max occupancy that must be adhered to
  • We will be recording all guest’s contact information upon checking into the event
  • Each party will be seated at designated tables
  • Facial coverings will be required when not sitting at your table
  • All employees and brewery vendors will be required to stay home if they are not feeling well and we will also be taking and recording employee temperatures prior to the start of the event. We ask that attendees also stay home if they are not feeling well or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • There will be multiple alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the event which we encourage guests to use frequently

We are excited to bring back some normalcy after a very challenging year. The event will be held outside, under our expansive event tent with unparalleled views of nearby Lake Winnisquam and the Belknap Mountain Range. There is no better way to enjoy the incredible view than with an equally delightful brew. Keep an eye our for more details coming soon!

A Brew With A View 2019

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This was a big year for our Brew with a View event as it was our fifth year hosting the beer festival at the resort. The weather was remarkable and the crowd accompanying was even better! There was a line eager to get into the event which started at 4pm for VIP ticket holders. Beverages were being poured for every preference including a variety of craft brews like IPA, amber ale and dark lager as well as some more unconventional brewfest choices like hard ciders, wines and spirits. Of course there were munchies available for purchasing in addition to delicious butlered hors d’oeuvres presented to guests.

The music and live broadcast performed by 104.9 The Hawk set the right vibes and attendees enjoyed games like Cornhole, giant Jenga and this year’s new offering, the Polish horseshoes competition. All proceeds raised from the competition benefited Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the winner received a Path Resorts gift card!

This year also featured another popular competition between the vendors, our Brew with a View Awards! Guests of the event got the opportunity to vote for their top three overall brewery/distillery picks:

We are already gearing up for our 6th annual Brew with a View event which will be held on July 11, 2020. Tickets are on sale now or you can start planning next summer’s vacation and book your room with our Brew with a View package which will give you 10% off your stay AND two VIP tickets to the event.

A Brew With A View Awards 2018

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2018 was yet another successful year for our fourth annual A Brew with a View event! We could not have asked for better weather and a more amazing crowd of attendees, vendors and staff alike. For the 2018 event awards, participants had the opportunity to vote for their top three overall brewery picks and the results are in (drum roll please):

First Place: Kettlehead Brewing Company
Second Place: Canterbury Aleworks
Third Place: Woodchuck Hard Cider

It was a very close running with over 30 local craft breweries in attendance. Everyone enjoyed their time soaking in the sun and soaking up the beer. Tickets for our fifth annual A Brew with a View event are already on sale and we cannot wait for the July 13th event in 2019! Keep an eye out for event updates and details on our website!

Steele Hill 2017 Brewfest Awards

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The 3rd Annual “A Brew With A View” was a huge success this year thanks to all of the vendors, staff and participants, we couldn’t have done it without you! Beer was flowing, music was hopping, weather was perfect, and the conversations between friends and family created a lively atmosphere. Starting at 4pm the event opened to VIP ticket holders where they were able to enjoy an hour of exclusive and rare offerings from vendors as well as complimentary snacks. General admission kicked off at 5pm for a general tasting, and Janet and the Red Heads closed out the night with live music.

This year we started the first “A Brew With A View” Awards, nominations were selected by those who attended the event. With over 30+ New England Breweries and local spirit vendors, here are your winners for 2017:

• Best Overall: Great North Aleworks
• Best IPA: Foolproof Brewing Company
• Best Shandy: Travelers Beer Company
• Best Cider: Downeast Cider House
• Most Creative Artwork: Lord Hobo Brewing Company

Stay tuned for next year because we are already on our way to creating an even bigger and better event. For those staying with us at the resort, head over to The Market convenience store in the amenities building to sample offerings from our winners and many of the other breweries that attended the event. Check back on our website for updated pictures and videos from this year’s festivities. If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to look out for updates and get your tickets early for next year because you won’t want to miss out!

A Brew with a View 2016

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2016 was a great year for the Brewfest at Steele Hill. As the rain descended over Steele Hill Resorts, organizers feared the worst. Attendees, however, had another idea. What better activity than flock to the local brewfest to shake off the bad weather? People came in masses and attendance almost doubled over the first year’s crowd. As the large event tent filled with warm bodies and the bodies filled with delicious microbrews a sense of comradery and purpose descended over the crowd. People were set to enjoy themselves rain or shine and the closer quarters actually made for a friendlier more engaging crowd. Who would have thought beer fans were so resilient and awesome to hang out with.

A Brew with a View 2015

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2015 marked the launch of our now annual “A Brew with a View” Brewfest at Steele Hill Resorts. With blue bird skies and 80 degree weather, attendees were treated to the perfect day for beer tasting in the Lakes Region. Those initial trailblazers will (hopefully) remember looking down over Lake Winnisquam towards the Belknap Mountain Range and thinking this beer is delicious and that view is amazing.

Needless to say, the local beer aficionados were elated and attendees that traveled in for the event were also impressed. With the success of the inaugural festival, a follow up was a forgone conclusion. The ultimate goal was to make Steele Hill’s brewfest one of the best boutique tasting events in the state.