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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 30, 2013

Portland Beer Week: tap-takeovers, tours, scavenger hunt, brewery runs

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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Starting on Friday and continuing for 10, gloriously malt-scented, hopped-up days (channeling my inner beer geek, there) Portland Beer Week brings together brewers, restaurants and bars to celebrate (mostly) Maine beer.

The Big Event is the 20th Annual Maine Brewers Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2, but this year’s bigger-than-ever schedule lists more than 75 tastings, dinners, tours, tap-takeovers, release parties — even a movie night and scavenger hunt. Whether you want to park your behind on a bar stool for some serious sampling or go on a 5-mile run from one brewery to the next (yes, you can do that) — for those 10 days, Portland will be even more of a beer-drinkers paradise than it is the other 355.

You can find the complete line up at PortlandBeerWeek.org. Here are seven events that seem especially noteworthy.

Oxbow/Allagash Night: Nosh Kitchen Bar

Friday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m.
Specials from both breweries, paired with Belgian-inspired food by Nosh chef/owner Jason Loring.
How much: Pay as you go.

Brewery Running Tours: The Thirsty Pig

Saturday, Nov. 2: 5-mile tour, 11:30 a.m.; 3-mile tour, 3 p.m.
Feel better about all of those beery calories you’re consuming by going for a run — to drink more beer. The tour includes stops at Rising Tide Brewery, Urban Farm Fermentory and Sebago Brewing Co., where you’ll get samples, a snack and your very own Port City Running Tours coozie.
How much: $40

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Peak’s Bar Hop Project: LFK

Sunday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Hop heads, this one’s for you. To showcase Maine’s hop-growing industry and the interest in hoppy beers, the bartenders at LFK in Longfellow Square will dry hop your Peak’s Organic Fall Summit or IPA right at the bar. Sip your beer will a few hop cones bob along in your glass.
How much: Pay as you go.

Brews & Q’s: Salvage BBQ

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.
An educational evening, with barbecue! Bring your beer-brewing questions and get answers to at least some of them (they won’t give proprietary formulas away) from representatives of each participating brewery.
How much: Pay as you go.

Over the Hops: In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation

Thursday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.
It’s the Maine Beer Mavens vs. SLAP (that’s Superhero Lady Arm Wrestlers of Portland, if you didn’t know). The winner will have a beer named for them. Watch the competition and cheer on your favorites, while taking advantage of beer and food specials.
How much: $5 (proceeds go to charity).

PCRT Beer Week Scavenger Hunt: Rising Tide Brewing Company

Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m.
Grab a group of friends and traverse Portland on foot, answering beer and local history trivia questions to complete a series of challenges. Start at Rising Tide with a free beer, then you’ll set off, traveling about 5 miles and visiting bars, breweries and landmarks to be the first team to finish. Prizes, beer drinking bonus challenge and and after party.
How much: $20

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This post was updated on Oct. 29; it originally included the Brewers Kitchen event on Nov. 3, which has been cancelled.

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