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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: October 23, 2017

Cocktail competition goes down smooth on Wednesday night

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

The Mount Gay Beyond the Barrel Cocktail Competition goes down on Wednesday at Rhum Food + Grog on Wednesday and the participating restaurants are Central Provisions, Chavall, Brhamhall, Tipo, Blyth & Burrows and Rhum.

There will be live music, oysters and of course cocktails and competitors will be  vying for a $200 gift card for Sugarloaf and $100 for Hunker Down Ski Bar & Provisions. Along with the judges’ choice winner, you’ll get to vote for the peoples’ choice winner.

The event is sponsored by Mount Gay Rum so expect some very rummy cocktails created by local mixologists with a flare for the creative and of course tasty.




Mount Gay Beyond the Barrel Cocktail Competition

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
WHERE: Rhum Food & Grog, 98 Cross St., Portland
HOW MUCH: free entry, $20 for cocktail tasting pass and option to vote for the winner, 21-plus

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