This is going to be a big game. No, not that “Big Game.” On Saturday, brewers from Oxbow Brewing Company, Smuttynose Brewing, The Portsmouth Brewery and Allagash Brewing Company will hit the ice – on skates – for a beer-soaked hockey showdown. The “Winter Classic” will take place on Oxbow’s farm pond at the brewery in Newcastle and spectators are welcome. The tasting room will be open, and food will be available to purchase. This is the type of game I can get behind. Puck drops at noon, see you there!
A new beer and a new effort of community fundraising gets underway at Sebago Brewing Company in February. The newest beer, called “Bump” is described as a black ale that is “bright in body yet dark in color” with “subtle hints of chocolate and roasted malts.” The release party for this brew will be Friday, January 31st at 5pm at Nosh Kitchen Bar, where I hope to get a chance to try it.
The related “Bump Up February” campaign begins February 3rd, each week Sebago will be supporting local charities with a proportion of their sales. Each week of the month, one of Sebago’s four brewpubs will donate 1% of sales to a local non-profit. The first week, beginning on Monday, will feature the Cancer Community Center at the Scarborough location. As a bonus – show up at Scarborough on Thursday and every Bump will add another $1.00 donation. This will rotate through the brewpubs for the entire month – I’ll try to keep you posted on which location and which charity is featured each week.
If crowded sports bars or your friend’s tortilla chip encrusted couch are not looking so appetizing this year, you could try a change of pace and spend Sunday watching the game at Eventide. They plan to host a slightly upscale party – transforming the oyster bar into a “bar and grille.” Advanced tickets to watch the game on brand new 60″ flat screen TVs while eating a bounty of hearty pub fare are $50 and can be purchased through Eventbrite here. The ticket price includes everything on the game-day menu – wings, ribs, chili, sliders dessert, sundaes, floats and brownies for dessert. Oxbow beers will be on tap for $5.00.
There’s a bar rumored to be opening in Portland in 2014 modeled after the successful arcade + bar models made famous by Barcade in NYC and New Jersey. Arcadia National Bar‘s cryptic Facebook entries don’t yield much information other than a sweet logo and a teaser note to “please wait while games load.” There’s something awesome about the nostalgia of 8-bit games and the adult activity of drinking beer mixed together, and it’s something that Portland will probably eat up. With all the 80’s and 90’s kids that live here, they shouldn’t have a hard time getting people to come and check it out.