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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 On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: May 13, 2014

American Craft Beer Week is underway: 6 ways to celebrate in Maine

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Courtesy Brewers Association

This sunny, summery Monday (at least in Maine) kicks off American Craft Beer Week, a national celebration of all things craft beer. Hosted by the Brewers Association since 2006, ACBW’s mission is to “further the culture and community of craft beer and craft brewers.”

If your beer tastes run to imports, the Brewers Association would like you put down the Belgian or the German to wave the red, white and blue and drink AMERICAN this week. It’s almost your patriotic duty — at least between now and Sunday.

There are plenty of Maine beers to fill the bill — and your glass — but if you’d like your American craft beer drinking to be a bit more organized, here are this week’s beer events in Maine. The first two are officially associated with ACBW.

Eight Great Plates

Allagash Brewing Company, Portland

Wednesday, May 14, 6 – 8 p.m. | 50 Industrial Way | $45 | tickets
Eight popular, local food businesses will offer a taste of one of their best dishes paired with an Allagash beer: Eventide Oyster Co., Thirsty Pig, The Gelato Fiasco, Winter Hill Farm, La Creme Chocolat, Nosh Kitchen Bar,, Rosemont Market, and PB & ME.

Deck Season Opening Pig Roast

Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery, Saco

Sunday, May 18, 1 – 5 p.m. | Saco Island, 100 Main St. | $15/adults; $12/kids | reservations
Welcome summer with all-you-can-eat roast pig, cider tastings, live local music, giveaways and the annual debut of Dog Days Summer Wheat.

New Kids on the Block Beer Dinner

Portland & Rochester Public House, Portland

Tuesday, May 13, 6 p.m. | 118 Preble St. | $50 | tickets
Each of six courses by chef Paul Lively will be paired with a beer from one of these new Maine breweries: Austin Street, Portland; Banded Horn, Biddeford; Bissell Brothers, Portland; Foundation, Portland; Gneiss, Limerick; Rocky Coast, Ogunquit. Communal seating gives you a chance to get to know new people.

Summer Kick-Off and MITA Fundraiser

Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland

Thursday, May 15, 5 – 9 p.m. | 94 Commercial St. | Pay-as-you-go
Support the Maine Island Trail Association, with Rising Tide’s Maine Island Trail Ale on tap and live music by Pretty Girls Sing Soprano.

Baxter Brewing Night

The Great Lost Bear, Portland

Thursday, May 15, 5-9 p.m. | 540 Forest Ave. | $2.99/pint
Lewiston’s Baxter Brewing will be at the Bear with local faves Stowaway IPA, Summer Swelter, Pamola Xtra Pale Ale and Tarnation.

Brewery Fun Run

Rising Tide Brewery, Portland

Sunday, May 18, 12:30-3 p.m. | 103 Fox St. | $25 | registration
The first in Port City Running Tours’ series of five brewery fun runs takes place at Rising Tide. Runners will follow an un-timed, partially guided 5K course that begins and ends at the brewery. Each runner gets a Rising Tide beer glass and a free beer. Brewery tours will be offered and food trucks will be on hand for post-run snacks.

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