This Labor Day Weekend brings with it the Fourth Annual Portland Brew Festival and your favorite brewers from Maine and beyond.
If you’re like this beer writer, you’re just recovering from the excessive joy that was Sierra Nevada’s rollicking Beer Camp back on August 1st at Thompson’s Point. Sierra Nevada rocked and rolled their way across this glorious country and came into town with their iconic guns a-blazing.
Portland showed its beer prowess all week by rolling out the red carpet for Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp with raucous tap takeovers, VIP drinking events and a great turnout for the big night at Thompson’s Point. I felt honored to be part of such a vibrant beer community. Well done, everyone.
But just like the morning of December 26th after the fleeting excitement of Christmas has evaporated, you might be left with the inevitable depression of wanting all the anticipation and glee from Beer Camp back. Well, guess what, Mainers, your state kicks so much brewing booty your post-Beer Camp blues are about to be cured.
This Labor Day Weekend brings with it the Fourth Annual Portland Brew Festival. It may not offer beer from the national big-hitters like Beer Camp did, but it’s going to be a raging good time with your favorite brewers from Maine and beyond. There will be over forty breweries represented, pouring well over a hundred different brews to sample. This two-day festival offers sessions on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. (Update: The cheese and beer tasting on Saturday morning to benefit the Maine Brewers Guild has been canceled). And if you’re a homebrewer or aspiring commercial brewer, be on the lookout for lectures and symposiums throughout the weekend to learn the craft from local brewing heroes.
As opposed to past Portland Brew Festivals, this year you won’t have to worry about the anxiety of getting a limited number of beer tickets. State laws surrounding brew festivals have changed, so your commemorative tasting glass will ne’er be empty. And because this event takes place at the bottom of Fore Street, when the last beer has been poured on Friday and Saturday, you can careen into town to keep the party going.
Can’t make the Portland Brew Festival this weekend? No worries. The Maine Lakes Brew Fest takes place on September 27th in Bridgton. And don’t forget about the Maine Brewers Festival in early November at the Portland Expo kicking off Portland Beer Week. It seems like there’s a brewfest every thirty days in this state. What a blessing from the beer gods!
Now that we’re all rested from our exploits at Beer Camp, it’s time to tally-ho to the Portland Brew Festival this weekend to keep the train moving into our bright beer future.
WHERE: Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland
WHEN: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday
MORE INFO: portlandbrewfestival.com
The Maine Brewers Guild Fundraiser has been canceled
The food/beer pairing fundraiser won’t be happening after all. But the Brew Fest is ON.
Maine-based brewers, including Bissell Brothers Brewing, Shipyard, Gneiss and Tributary, will pair rare beers with complementary area cheeses. Tickets are $20.