Perfect pairings at beer, bacon event hosted by Local Baskit in Concord

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  • Rockingham Brewing Company representative Rich Santello greets beer tasters during the Bacon and Beer Tasting at Local Baskit on Ferry Street in Concord on Wednesday night. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Shannon Burgress crunches the bacon at the tasting at Local Baskit on Ferry Street on Wednesday night, September 25, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Shannon Burgress tries the Rockingham Brewery’s Belly of the Beast beer at the tasting at Local Baskit on Ferry Street on Wednesday night, September 25, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Shannon Burgress marks her favorite beer of the night at the tasting at Local Baskit on Ferry Street on Wednesday night, September 25, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Randy Dircks of Chester salutes the beer server at the Local Baskit’s Bacon and Beer tasting.

  • One of the beer tee shirts at the Local Baskit on Ferry Street. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

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Published: 9/30/2019 11:54:14 AM

For Beth Richards of Local Baskit in Concord, sometimes it’s more than just the beer.

And Wednesday night, it was about bacon. Not just bacon, but BACON, as in candied bacon from North Country Smokehouse, where Richards candies it with a stout and brown sugar glaze from Out Haas Ales. Crunchy, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth-before-the-crunch bacon. Then it is about the beer.

“I wanted a way to marry the two biggest parts of Local Baskit – the meal kits and food with the New Hampshire craft beers that we carry. The beer and food pairing events – which we do about four times a year – really do that in a fun way,” said Richards.

The bacon is served as participants come in and then they go around to the beer stations and sample each beer before voting on their favorites.

“We always invite Concord-area brewers from Litherman’s Limited, Concord Craft and Henniker Brewing plus Hobbs Brewing from Ossipee and we rotate other beers including 603, Lone Pine from Maine, and some of the newer New Hampshire breweries, including Branch and Blade from Keene. I think the voting is a really fun part for the attendees and the brewers alike; there is a fun spirit of bringing out new beers for these events now and many people have come to multiple pairing events.”

Richards is already planning the next tasting – this time with Fudge and Beer on Dec. 11 with fudge from Kandy Kettle Kitchen.

“In 2020, we plan to welcome back Brothers Donuts for an encore pairing event, likely in February, and are looking to pair a local cheese in the late spring. We are still brainstorming about our fall and December 2020 events, but are thinking about something with apples or pizza with Rustic Crust from Pittsfield and maybe maple whoopie pies,” Richards said.

“Been in business almost three years, and it is going well. Our beer selection has grown and with fun events. And I am starting to grow our selection of wines, too. We have a really loyal customer base of our meal kits and have expanded to drop to homes in Hopkinton, Warner and now New London, plus points in the southern part of the state and the Seacoast.

They have also added Instant Baskits, kits made for pressure cookers or the Instant Pot. Plus, Local Baskit Cafe in the lobby of the Concord Center is open for breakfast and lunches each weekday.




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