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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: October 14, 2013

Beer here! Dinners, tours, events in Portland and beyond

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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In case you haven’t noticed, here’s a fact: People in Maine like beer. And while Mainers drink plenty of beer that’s “from away,” we’re increasingly partial to beer made right here (a warm welcome to the newest of the Maine beer bunch, Gneiss Brewing Co. in Limerick, which opened on Oct. 11).

Local brews will be celebrated in fine form from Nov. 1-10 at Portland Beer Week, which includes the 20th Annual Maine Brewers Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2. There’s an substantial line-up of other events, from tap takeovers to intimate dinners, some of which require tickets. If you’re planning to go, don’t wait until the last minute; take a break from planning that Halloween costume and check out the schedule here.

While much beer-appreciation activity goes on in Portland, there are noteworthy beer festivities in other parts of the state, too. This week, the L/A Beer Dinner is an unprecedented gathering of the cities’ restaurants and food establishments at Baxter Brewing Company on Thursday. On Saturday, Marshall Wharf in Belfast hosts its 6th annual celebration of beer and mussels. And while the third event included here is part of Portland Beer Week, it seemed too interesting not to spotlight.

Thursday, Oct. 17: L/A Beer Dinner

Baxter Brewing Co.; 130 Mill St., Lewiston

With the backdrop of a production brewery, guests will enjoy a full dinner comprised of servings from Lewiston/Auburn food establishments DaVinci’s, Fishbones, Orchid, The Italian Bakery, Simone’s Hot Dogs & a local creamery, all paired with a Baxter Brewing Co. beer. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door, and guests may choose from two seatings: 5-6:45pm or 7:15-9pm.
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Saturday, Oct. 19: 6th Year of Beer & Pemaquid Mussel Festival

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company/Three Tides Restaurant, 2 Pinchy Lane, Belfast

To celebrate their 6th anniversary, Marshall Wharf kicks it from 5 to 11 p.m. with 42 of their  beers on tap, Pemaquid mussels, Belgian frites, Wrecking Ball Porter baked beans, snappy red hot dogs. Live music with Toughcats. Tickets (sold only at the gate) are $30 for tasting glass and beer, $10 for non-beerfesters. Food is a la carte. Inside and outside under heated tents. Twenty-one and older with ID. Complimentary cab service within Belfast city limits from  5 p.m. to midnight.
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Tuesday, Nov. 5: Traveling Beer Dinner

Bunker Brewing, 122 N. Anderson St., Portland

Portland Taste Tours and the Maine Brew Bus are combining forces for a traveling beer dinner. Featuring Bunker beer and Jay Villani’s restaurants Sonny’s, Local 188, and Salvage BBQ, this evening will begin at 5 p.m. by meeting at Bunker Brewing for an introduction to the beer by owner and brewer Chresten Sorensen. Once everyone’s acquainted, Lenny the bus will bring the crew around to each of the restaurants for a series of dishes paired with Bunker’s brews. The tour is expected to finish by 9 p.m. Tickets are $85.
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