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Posted: August 6, 2013

A beer experience: Beer, demos at Portland Brew Festival in Aug.

Written by: Shannon Bryan

A sample? Don’t mind if I do. 2011 Portland Brew Festival/Press Herald file photo

There will be beer. And cider and mead. And demonstrations and beer pairings and signature glasses.

The third annual Portland Brew Festival is returning to Portland Company Complex on August 30 and 31, bringing more than 35 brewers from Maine and New England under one convenient roof.

Locals Gritty McDuff’s, Allagash, Baxter, and Rising Tide have already committed, as have Clown Shoes from Massachusetts, Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery, White Birch and Tuckerman Brewing from New Hampshire, as well as Long Trail from Vermont. And more breweries are being added.

The festival aims to highlight regional beer, cider, and mead, and will also include home brewing demonstrations and an array of brew products.

In addition, the Maine Brewers Guild will host a food and beer pairing fundraiser on August 31 that will feature rare beers selected by Maine brewers. Also on Saturday, NERAX  will present “The Care and Serving Of Cask Ale,” a presentation for professionals and aficionados alike. Presenters Shahin Khojastehzad from Novare Res and Jan Williams and Mark Bowers from NERAX will tap and serve a sampling of beers.

Every attendee will receive a signature tasting glass and Designated Driver/No Alcohol tickets will be available for just $5 each. These attendees will not get drink tickets or a sampling glass but can take advantage of the demonstrations and presentations.

The first session is scheduled for Friday, August 30, 5:30-9 pm. Additional sessions are scheduled for Saturday, August 31, from 12-4 pm and 5:30-9 pm. Tickets are $35 each and are available at www.portlandbrewfestival.com. And if you’d like to volunteer: portlandbrewfestival@gmail.com.

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