Today, I’m following up my post on Blacksmiths Winery with a post about craft beer and a great opportunity to enjoy it, and the great city of Portland, this weekend at The Festival. Brought to you by the Shelton Brothers, The Festival features three tasting sessions with brews and brewers from all over the world. What makes this festival different (and worth the ticket price) is that it focuses on showcasing small, craft brewers and cideries from all over the world – and the people who make them will actually be there to meet you and talk with you. In addition, session attendance is limited to no more than 1,200 people per session, so you’re less crowded and the brewers have more time to talk with you.
The sessions begin tomorrow, June 21st, with Session 1 running from 6:30pm – 10:30pm, and Sessions 2 and 3 on Saturday, June 22nd, from 1pm – 5pm and 6:30pm – 10:30pm, respectively. The event is being held at the Portland Yacht Services Building, 58 Fore St., Portland, Maine. Among the brewers participating, there are several local businesses: Maine Beer Co, Maine Mead Works, Allagash (a personal favorite!), Oxbow, Rising Tide, Bull Jagger, and Marshall Wharf.
Food vendors include The Thirsty Pig (a favorite of my mom’s – and eventually, a topic on this blog), Bite Into Maine, Pizza Pie on the Fly, Hella Good Tacos, Binga’s Wingas, and Small Axe.
I only wish I had known about this event sooner! Keeping track of it for next year (even if it’s not in Maine)!
It appears that Saturday afternoon’s Session 2 is sold out… but follow the link below for tickets to Session 1 and 3: