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Carla Jean Lauter

Carla Jean Lauter is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since. In her blog, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in Maine, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around. Carla can be contacted at askthebeerbabe [at] or on twitter at @beerbabe. Subscribe: RSS Feed for The Beer Babe

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Posted: November 1, 2013

Portland Beer Week – Festival details and event spotlights

Are you excited? I’m excited. It’s almost time for Portland Beer Week! From November 1-10, Portland will be filled to the brim with great beer from here and from away, and teeming with events, tastings, dinners and educational sessions.


The unofficial main event of the week is the Maine Brewer’s Festival which has two sessions this Saturday, November 2 at the Portland Expo. The festival, which will be in it’s 20th year this year, features 15 Maine Brewers pouring over two sessions. Music and food (provided by Hella Good Tacos and Pretzel Logic) will enliven the atmosphere and make it quite a fun time all around. Additionally, local beer tour companies will be providing free shuttles from the event – so you don’t even have to worry about driving.

Maine Brewer’s Festival Schedule

Maine Brewers FestivalHappy Hour Session

Maine Beer Tours Shuttle picks up in front of Gritty McDuff’s downtown at 12:45pm and 1:00 pm

1:30-5:00 pm

Doors open at 1:00 pm

Taps open at 1:30

Maine Brew Bus Shuttle Picks up at the Expo Center at 5:00 and drops off in Downtown Portland

Evening Session

6:30-10:00 pm

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Taps open at 6:30

Maine Brew Bus Shuttle Picks up at the Expo Center at 10:00 and drops off in Downtown Portland

Not everyone is a beer festival type of person – and with about 80 events scheduled over the next ten days, I think I can safely say that you can find something beer-y to do that suits your tastes – whether you are a hop lover, foodie or just want to learn more about beer. There are a few events that I want to call attention to – in particular ones that are unique and a little outside of the box.

First, The Maine Brew Bus is offering traveling brewers dinners on Nov 5 and 6. What’s a traveling brewer’s dinner, you might ask? Imagine a beer paring dinner spread out over multiple locations. on Tuesday, Bunker brewing is featured and stops will include Sonny’s, Local 188,and Salvage BBQ ($85). On Wednesday, Rising Tide takes center stage and will be visiting Outliers, Little Tap House and Portland & Rochester and even some Love Cupcakes for dessert ($89). It is a creative and novel way to do a pub crawl and beer dinner – all with zero driving involved. For more info:

The Maine Beer Mavens, a Portland-based women’s beer tasting group, is celebrating their first anniversary at Rising Tide on November 8th at 6pm. Men and women are both welcome to join the mavens for beer (including a saison that the Mavens brewed a few weeks ago) and a cheese pairing created by Ruth Miller (a maven of both beer AND cheese).

Novare Res Bier Cafe, in addition to hosting daily events featuring different brewers, will be putting on a mini sour beer fest called “Where the Wild Beers Are.” If you are interested in the funky, sour and tart end of the beer world, this is where you should be. Begins at noon.

For a full listing of events, visit or check out this printable list!

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