$20 – $65

Winter Session 2018: Maine Brewers' Guild International Beer Festival

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Brick South Building

8 Thompsons Point

Portland, ME 04102

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Join Maine brewers at 2018 Winter Session to celebrate Maine Beer All Year.

For those of us living 'the way life should be', we know winter is one of the best times to be in Maine. Sure, summer gets all the glory, but winter is a special time for camaraderie and reconnecting with friends. It's also a time to drink delicious beer.

This year, we decided to close out Portland Beer Week with Winter Session showcasing our Maine Beer Box that will be pouring UK beers!

Join our Maine brewers for fresh beer inside the newly renovated, heated Brick South Building at Thompson's Point in Portland on November 10th, 2018. Every year we aim to make Summer Session the best one yet, and we think we've done a pretty good job of that. Our brewers are coming up with some special fun for this inaugural Winter Session festival.

Three ticket options: VIP (early admission at noon), General Admission (1-5pm), and Designated Driver. Please see the information underneath the ticket listings for more information.

Coming from Boston? We're offering a package deal to include R/T train travel from North Station directly to the festival site, as well as a general admission ticket, all for just $99/pp. More info. coming up!

All profits from this event go to the Maine Brewers' Guild, supporting our mission of promoting and protecting Maine brewers.

**All ticketholders, including Designated Drivers, must be 21 years or older.

We will be adding to the participating breweries list as confirmations come in.



  • DJ set by Spencer Albee

  • Plenty of food options.

  • Ample space to move around.

  • Maine brewers, brewery owners and staff in attendance and pouring their beers.

  • Limited tickets are available - we're keeping this small to ensure a great experience for all involved.




Parking is extremely limited and is NOT guaranteed.

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, cross-country ski, 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 gpmetrobus.com 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 or snow or sleet or hail?

A: Yes. This event is indoors and will be a snow or shine, all-weather event. 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.

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

A: No, this is a strictly 21+ event, and we will not allow access to anyone under 21.

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

A: Refunds are available up to 30 days prior to the event.

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. Please note, however, that DD's must be 21 years of age or older to enter.

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

A: As of December 10, 2017, we are not planning to offer any gluten-free or cider options at this event. 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.

Q: Will food be available at the event?

A: Yes, we'll have a variety of food and snacks there from a caterer and food vendors.

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