Three Maine brewing companies will be newcomers at the fifth annual Central Maine Brew Fest 2-6 p.m. April 13, at the Augusta Armory. Black Bear, Geaghan’s and Rising Tide will, for the first time, join a dozen Maine breweries offering tastes of their latest flavors at this festive event.
The five-year-old company Black Bear Brewery of Orono will be offering their light Pail Ale and their amber Gearhead Ale now available on tap at pubs throughout the state. The brewery also has a taproom in Orono for imbibing pints or purchasing takeout growlers.
Geaghan’s Restaurant in Bangor opened its brewery in 2011 and will be featuring their Bangor Tiger, a bold IPA with an alcohol volume of 6.5%, and Dad’s Oatmeal Stout known for its silky smooth, coffee-like aroma at the festival. The family owned and operated business for 37 years now sells 64oz. growlers as well as a half-growler known as the Bangor Bottle. Customers can also sample Geaghan’s unique flavors at the pub inside the restaurant.
Another new Maine brewery is Rising Tide in Portland, offering their brews in 22 oz. bottles and on draft throughout northern New England. The two-and-a-half year-old company will be featuring their Daymark brew described as a rye pale ale with a hoppy flavor in addition to their Ishmael Copper Ale based on a German Alt beer, malty with a bitter finish. Rising Tide produced 511 barrels or the equivalent of nearly 16,000 gallons of beer in 2012 and expects to double the amount this year.
In addition to beer tasting, entertainment will be provided by Pat Pepin and her Blue Ribbon Band. Pat sings the blues and play tenor sax and has been the festival’s highlight performer in recent years.
The festival is also known for its valuable raffle prizes. This year giveaways will include a complete home brew setup valued at $250 from Richmond Home Brew Supply and a pair of tickets to a Boston Red Sox game. Richmond Home Brew will be displaying their equipment at the festival as well as providing information and advice to current or potential home brew enthusiasts.
Ticket holders will receive a souvenir tasting glass, tickets for 12, 4oz. tastes, and entry into raffle drawings. Souvenir t-shirts and food will be available for purchase.
Tickets will be available on-line through Sunday, April 7th and at Jokas’ and Mainely Brews in Waterville, Lisa’s Restaurant in Augusta, The Liberal Cup in Hallowell and Fat Toad’s Pub in Farmingdale. Ticket holders will be able to enter the Armory beginning a 1:30pm and tickets will go on sale at the door beginning at 2:30.
For more information go to www.centralmainebrews.com.