Can you feel that hum in the air? That’s not the power grid being hacked by Russia — it’s the thrum of Portland Beer Week roaring along with over 50 beer-centered events.
Whether you’ve been fully rapt by the 5th Annual Portland Beer Week or mired down by the workweek, there are still plenty of great events remaining before the closing ceremonies on Saturday.
Here’s a guide to the final 72 hours of Portland Beer Week to help you become immersed in one of America’s greatest beer cities.
Start off the fifth day of Portland Beer Week with the History of Portland Beer Tour with Josh Christie (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Christie wrote the book on Maine beer — literally. “Maine Beer: Brewing With Vacationland” is a seminal text for any beer lover. Hop on the Maine Brew Bus and get schooled on Maine’s beer history.
Next stop, Oxbow Blending and Bottling for Poltergeist Beer Release and Dance Party (noon to 11 p.m.). If you get to the Washington Avenue tasting room in the afternoon, you may not experience the dance party, but you’ll certainly get to try Poltergeist, Oxbow’s strong stout brewed with mussel shells in collaboration with the German brewery Freigeist Bierkultur.
From here, hit up The Great Lost Bear for Maine IPAs! (5-9 p.m.). This event features an inappropriate number of Maine’s award winning IPAs. The Hop Yard will be on hand with Maine-grown hops.
Before calling it a day, stop by Salvage BBQ for the Trike-Across Salvage (8-11 p.m.). As you satiate your belly with BBQ and Maine beer, be entertained as teams from local restaurants and breweries compete in tricycle races.
Ease into Day 6 with Allagash & Le Crème Chocolat Tasting (3-6 p.m.). This event takes place at the Craft Beer Cellar and features pairings of Allagash beers with local artisan chocolates.
After securing a base of beer and chocolate, walk up the hill to Novare Res Bier Café for Jacked Up (3 p.m. to 1 a.m.). This event is a tap takeover by Jack’s Abbey Craft Lagers out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Expect a lineup of lagers, sours and barrel-aged beers.
To round out the night, walk across Exchange Street to the Thirsty Pig for Once Upon a Time (6-10 p.m.). Before Noah and Peter Bissell started a brewery, they slung beers at the Pig. This event will feature plenty of Bissell Brothers beer and a healthy dose of nostalgia.
Picking up where we left off, head to the Thirsty Pig for David vs. Goliath (11 a.m. to 1 a.m.) to start the final day of Portland Beer Week. This event pairs industry behemoths against local rookies in different beer styles. The pale ales, for example, will be Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (Goliath) matched with Austin Street’s Patina Pale Ale (David).
Cross Exchange Street to Novare Res for Where the Wild Biers Are (noon to 1 a.m.). This yearly event is a master class in wild ales and sours. Pucker up with some of the best local and international wild beers.
Cleanse your sour palate by heading up to Empire Dine and Dance for Hoptoberfest (2-6 p.m.). This event is hosted by The Hop Yard and will highlight beers brewed with Maine-grown hops and malts.
Stop at Otto, across the street from Empire, for a couple slices of mashed potato, bacon, scallion pizza to eat as you walk to Portland House of Music for Battle of the Brewery Bands (7-10 p.m.). This is the official closing ceremonies of Portland Beer Week and features bands comprised of employees from five Maine breweries. Last year’s Battle of the Brewery Bands winner, Rising Tide, returns to defend its crown.
Get yourself to some Portland Beer Week events and see why we live in a formidable beer Mecca.
OTHER BEER HAPPENINGS
Portland and Bangor among Travelocity’s Top 20 Beer Destinations in America
Need another reason to celebrate Portland Beer Week? Travelocity, the ubiquitous travel company fronted by that precocious little gnome, has named the Portland-Biddeford area and Bangor two of the top beer destinations in the United States. Portland-Biddeford came in at No. 4 for large metro areas, while Bangor was No. 11 among small metro areas. Cheers to the brewers and industry employees who made that happen.
Allagash Tripel wins gold at the Great American Beer Festival
It should be no surprise to locals that Allagash Tripel took home gold at one of America’s biggest beer competitions. Winning in the Belgian-style tripel category, this beer has beautiful caramel notes with fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. While you celebrate Portland Beer Week, raise a glass of Allagash Tripel in honor of this prestigious victory.