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Summer Session: Maine Brewers' Guild 2018 Beer Festival

Maine Brewers' Guild

Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Summer Session: Maine Brewers' Guild 2018 Beer Festival

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission (1:00pm Entry) Jul 28, 2018 $49.00 $3.44
VIP Session (12:00pm Entry) includes General Admission Jul 28, 2018 $60.00 $3.99
General Admission: Summer & Winter Session (Nov. 2018) Bundle Jul 28, 2018 $85.00 $5.24
Designated Driver (21+) Jul 28, 2018 $20.00 $1.99
VIP Admission: Summer & Winter Session (Nov. 2018) Jul 28, 2018 $105.00 $6.24

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Event Details

The Maine Brewers' Guild Summer Session is the biggest brewfest in Maine and your best chance to try Maine's best beers. Summer Session is the only brewfest run by and in support of the Maine craft beer industry - we know what beer fans love, and we want to share our love of beer with you while creating the perfect festival environment. So come join us in the vast expanse of Thompson's Point waterfront venue in Portland - outdoors and under the sun for our annual Maine Brewers' Guild Festival - Summer Session 2018 on Saturday July 28th, from 1-5PM, with a VIP session starting at NOON.

We will also be hosting a Winter Session this year on Saturday November 10th 2018 with the MAINE BEER BOX.


Must be 21+ 


VIP w/ Dedicated VIP Entry Line | 12:00 PM 

Maine Beer Box will NOT be part of Summer Session, but will be part of Winter Session 2018.

$49/ General Admission $60/ VIP (limited qty available), $55/ Day of Event (general admission only), $20/ Designated Driver (must be 21+) and includes free and designated parking.
$85/Session Bundle, both Summer and Winter Session General Admission*
$105/Session Bundle, both Summer and Winter Session VIP Admission*

*If you purchase a bundle, we will email you Winter Session tickets by August 7th, 2018.

All tickets include unlimited beer samples from all breweries, souvenir taster glass, live music. Food available for purchase from a variety of food trucks.

What makes our festival so awesome? We're glad you asked...

  • BEST BEER IN MAINE - Maine's best brewers will be showcasing their wares from all across the state and we'll have more Maine breweries pouring than any festival all year.
  • GUEST BREWERIES FROM USA - After last year's success, we are sticking with the invitational format - our Maine brewers will invite their friends from out-of-state breweries so we will have beers on tap that you have never tried, from breweries who don't normally sell their beer in Maine. 
  • LIVE MUSIC - Jam out to some of New England's best fest music but keep it far enough away from the beer so you can still interact with the brewers and ask your questions.
  • PLENTY OF SPACE to spread out - Thompson's Point is acres and acres of waterfront land. No crowded gymnasiums here.
  • LAWN CHAIRS WELCOME – we want you to get comfortable, so bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, cornhole set, and make a day of it!
  • FOOD TRUCKS - They will be there and ready to serve you, from the beginning to the end - so bring an appetite! 
  • SUPPORTS YOUR LOCAL CRAFT BEER COMMUNITY - Proceeds from our brewfest benefit the Maine Brewers' Guild in their work to promote and protect craft beer. (We're the people who changed the laws so brewers could pour their own beer at these festivals!) This is our biggest event of the year and the primary fundraiser for our nonprofit. Drink beer in support of beer!
  • TIME TO CATCH YOUR BREATH - Although we'll have to stop serving beer at 5PM, you'll be welcome to hang out till around 6PM, grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks, and take in the beauty of an evening on the water in Portland surrounded by thousands of your closest friends. 
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT - We're working to figure out ways to get you to and from the festival safely. And if you're coming from Boston, the bus or trains heading into Portland will drop you right to the festival site. (The event is right behind the Amtrak and Concord Coach station). We'll also coordinate in-town Portland pick ups via public transport. 


2 Feet Brewing

Allagash Brewing Company

Andrews Brewing Co

Atlantic Brewing Company

Austin Street Brewery

Banded Brewing

Bangor Beer Company

Barreled Souls Brewing Company

Battery Steele Brewing

Baxter Brewing

Bear Bones Beer

Bigelow Brewing Company

Bissell Brothers Brewing

Black Bear Brewing CO

Boothbay Craft Brewery

Bray's Brewing Company, Inc.

Brickyard Hollow Brewing Co.

Bunker Brewing Co

Cushnoc Brewing Co.

Definitive Brewing Company

Dirigo Brewing Company

First Mile Brewing Co

Flight Deck Brewing

Fogtown Brewing Company

Fore River

Foulmouthed Brewing

Foundation Brewing Company

Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Co.

Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co.

Geary Brewing Company

Gneiss Brewing Company

Goodfire Brewing Company

Grateful Grain Brewing Company


Hidden Cove Brewing Co

Island Dog Brewing

Kennebec River Brewery

Kennebunkport Brewing Company/Federal Jack's Brewpub

Lake St. George Brewing Company

Liquid Riot

Lone Pine Brewing Company

Maine Beer Company

Marsh Island Brewing

Mason's Brewing Company

Mast Landing Brewing Company

Moderation Brewing

Monhegan Brewing Company

Nonesuch River Brewing

Norway Brewing Company

Oak Pond Brewery

Orono Brewing Company

Oxbow Brewing Company

Peak Organic Brewing Company

Penobscot Bay Brewery

Rising Tide Brewing Company

Rock Harbor Brewing Co.

Saco River Brewing

Sebago Brewing Co

Sheepscot Valley Brewing co.

Shipyard brewing

Simplicity Brewing Co

SoMe Brewing Company

Sunday River Brewing Company

The Run of the Mill

Threshers Brewing Co

Tributary Brewing Co.

Tumbledown Brewing

Urban Farm Fermentory

Woodland Farms Brewery

Yes Brewing




Aslin Beer Company (VA)


Big Elm Brewing (MA)


Black Hog Brewing (CT)


Bluejacket (DC)


Bog Iron Brewing (MA)


Boxing Rock Brewing Company (Canada)


Coppertail Brewing Co. (FL)


Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company (MA)


Finback (NY)


Half Acre Beer Company (IL)


Henniker Brewing Company (NH)


Honest Weight Artisan Beer (MA)


Interboro Spirits and Ales (NY)


Jack's Abby / Springdale Beer (MA)


Kent Falls Brewing (CT)


Lawson's Finest (VT)


Maui Brewing Co. (HI)


Medusa Brewing Company (MA)


Moat Mountain Brewing Co. (NH)


Monday Night Brewing (GA)


Odd 13 Brewing (CO)


Old Nation Brewing Company (MI)


Rockingham Brewing Company (NH)


The Brothers Brewery (Iceland)


The Portsmouth Brewery (NH)


Threes Brewing (NY)


Throwback Brewery (NH)


Tree House Brewing Company Inc (MA)


Vail Brewing Co. (CO)


El Rodeo Go

Fahrenheit 225

Fishin' Ships

Greeks of Peaks

Grillin Brazilian

High Roller

Maine-ly Meatballs


Mr. Tuna


Pinky D's Poutine Truck

Smokin' Phils

The Poutine Company

Thirsty Pig


12:00 - Party Time Excellent (

1:45 - Maine Marimba Ensemble (

3:30 - Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems (

Cheers to our Summer Session Sponsors:

Acadia Insurance
CBRE | The Boulos Company
GHM Insurance Agency
Integrated Tax Consultants, LLC
Mash Mechanical Inc.
Willamette Valley Hops


VIP tickets are extremely limited and include 1 hour early access to unlimited samples of specially brewed beers from over 60 breweries. In keeping with the name of our fest, we've asked breweries who are pouring at the VIP session to bring session beers. All VIP ticketholders will have early and first access to the brewfest general session, as well as a dedicated entry line. Full list of breweries pouring during the VIP session will be listed above. 


We have a room block at the Clarion Hotel ($219/nt, 2 nights min.) Please give them a call and mention the “Summer Session Maine Brewers' Guild” room block. (207) 774-5611. 


We encourage you to take public transportation wherever possible. The venue DOES charge a fee for parking - $10/ car, so between that and the safety aspect, it’d be a win-win to hop on the bus, ride your bike, or grab a cab over! We've laid out some options below to get you started...

Taxi Options:  

  • Uber – via app
  • Lyft - via app
  • 207 Taxi - (207) 774-2255
  • Green Cab - (207) 879-2424 

Public Bus Routes: 

  • Available from Congress St./ East End/ St. John: 
  • SEE: Bus Route 1 Schedule/ Locations 
  • Take Transit to Thompson Point Events:
    Local Service - $1.50 • Reduced fare* - .75
    BREEZ Express Service - $3 • Reduced fare* - $1.50
    *Seniors 65+ and persons with disabilities with Valid ID.
    Pay as you go - Exact Change (bills and coins accepted)

    Or purchase tickets in advance at the METRO Pulse at Elm Street or other locations.
    Call 207-774-0351 or visit for sales outlet locations, schedules and more.

  • Several routes stop nearby:
    METRO BREEZ & Route 1 - Direct Service
    TO/FROM Portland Transportation Center.
    From the bus shelter, located to the right of
    the (PTC) terminal, cross the street, turn left on
    sidewalk toward Thompson’s Point.
    (.3 miles, five minute walk, Google Maps).
    METRO Routes 5 and 9A/B stop along
    Congress Street. (see map for location).
    Use bus stops at:
    • Whitney Ave./Congress - Outbound;
    • Sewall St. /Congress St. -Inbound
    From bus stop, walk down Sewall Street,
    past Portland Transportation Center (PTC)
    and continue to Thompson’s Point.
    (.4 miles, eight minute walk, Google Maps).

Best Driving Route: 

Fore St, Portland Maine to Thompson’s Point 

  • Head northeast on Fore St toward Dana St
  • Turn right onto Dana St
  • Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Commercial ST
  • Continue onto Fore River Pkwy
  • Turn left onto Thompsons Point
  • Continue straight around the back of the Amtrak and bus station out to the end of the peninsula. 

If you’re coming from Boston: 

  • Take the Amtrak train! The train station is adjacent to the festival venue. You leave from North Station and arrive at the venue.
  • Take the bus! Concord Coach Lines offers consistent and comfortable service between South Station and the Portland Transportation Ctr., which is next to the venue. 

OR, follow these basic driving directions 

  • Merge onto I-93 N
  • Take exit 37A to merge onto I-95 N toward Peabody
  • Keep right at the fork to stay on I-95 N, follow signs for Portsmouth NH
  • Keep right at the fork to continue on I-295 N, follow signs for S Portland/Downtown Portland
  • Take exit 5 for ME-22 E
  • Keep right, follow signs for Maine 22/Congress Street and merge onto Fore River Pkwy
  • Merge onto Fore River Pkwy
  • Turn left at lights onto Thompsons Point
  • Stay straight and go across train tracks to the end of the peninsula. 


Q: Will this event be held rain or shine?

A: Yes. This event is rain or shine, and all beer will be poured under a tent or under the pavilion. We reserve the right to end the event early or cancel in cases of extreme weather or any weather deemed a public safety hazard by city officials

Q: Can I bring my dog/ cat/ pet rabbit? 

A: No, we are not able to allow pets into the event, service animals only.

Can I bring my toddler/ baby in a stroller/ baby swaddled in a golden fleece diaper?

A: If you are carrying/ strollering your baby, that is OK. Otherwise, no, this is a strictly 21+ event, and we will not allow access to anyone under 21. (Seriously.)

Q: I bought an extra ticket for my friend, but now they can't come. Can I get a refund?

A: No, We do a lot to plan the amount of beer/ concessions/ port-a-johns/ budget for the event based on attendee numbers, so all ticket sales are final.

Q: I am going with a friend who has a Designated Driver ticket and I have a VIP pass. Will they be able to use their DD ticket to enter at the same time as me?

A: Yes. DD ticketholders, who are not allowed to consume any alcohol, can enter during the VIP session.

Q: Will you be serving any wine or cider or gluten-free options at the event?

A:  We do plan to include cideries, but we cannot guarantee we will have cider or gluten-free options at the event. Please look at the Participating Brewery List to see if any cideries are attending. Food trucks will be there with sodas/ drinks available for purchase. We will have free water around the venue during the event.

Q: Will brewers be selling their beer at this event? Can I get my growler filled?

A: No, brewers will not be selling their beer at this event, and growlers may not be filled at the event.

Q: I am a homebrewer. Can I pour my beer at this event?

A: No, only federally licensed breweries are able to pour their beer at this event.





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Thompson's Point

Portland, ME 04102

Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The Maine Brewer's Guild is the nonprofit organization dedicates to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in Maine. The proceeds from our events help further the Maine Brewers' Guild's mission to promote and protect Maine's craft beer industry.

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