PORTLAND, Maine — The inaugural Portland Brew Festival is scheduled for Sept. 3-4 at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St.
Designed for ale aficionados and brew neophytes alike, the festival is designed to embrace the brewing community and give beer devotees the opportunity to discover both high-profile and up-and-coming regional craft beers.
“The response to a festival that showcases an array of craft beer producers from all over New England has been very positive,” Portland business owner Mak Sprague said in a news release. “Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut, for example, all have some fantastic small batch productions, and we want folks to learn what’s out there and how intriguing the products are.”
More than 25 beer producers, including Sam Adams and High and Mighty (Massachusetts); Switchback Brewing and Woodchuck Cider (Vermont); and Prodigal Brewing and Tuckerman’s Brewing (New Hampshire) have already committed to the festival along with Shipyard, Baxter Brewing, Seadog, Casco Bay Brewing and Fatty Bampkins Cider (Maine). Additions are being made regularly, and Sprague said he plans to have more than 25 brewers on site.
In addition to commercial brewing operations, Sprague has invited a number of home brewing clubs and retailers to be at the show to introduce attendees to the increasingly popular hobby of home brewing.
“Home brewing is growing by leaps and bounds, and we will give festival attendees access to the knowledgeable suppliers who can help them get started with confidence,” Sprague said in the release. “As a novice homebrewer myself, I’m looking forward to tapping into the expertise we’ll offer at the festival.”
The event will feature traditional scheduled sessions, each with a limited admission that will allow guests the time and space to peruse the purveyors, interact with the experts, and hone their tasting techniques. The sessions are scheduled for noon to 3:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Sept. 3, and noon-3:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Local food vendors also will be on hand to add to the event’s appeal.
Tickets for the inaugural festival are on sale now for $30 each at portlandbrewfestival.eventbrite.com.