$10 – $55

Winter Session: Maine Brewers' Guild Invitational Beer Festival

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Brick South Building

8 Thompsons Point

Portland, ME 04102

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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Join Maine Brewers and Out of State Guest Brewers for the best beer fest in Maine this winter - Winter Session.

Set indoors within the Brick South Building at Thompson's Point in Portland on February 29th, 2020.

This year we'll offer 3 options for tickets - all include access for the full 4 hours (1-5PM) of the event:

GA ticket: $55

  • includes unlimited beer samples, and souvenir tasting glass.

Pair of Tickets: $99

  • Bring a friend and you both save - same perks as GA, x2 (ie. two tasting glasses, plus all beer samples).

Designated Driver*: $10

  • Get to and from the event safely with designated drivers. There will be a Designated Driver hospitality table offering free seltzers, snacks and water sponsored by Acadia Benefits.
  • Entry only, does NOT include tasting glass, and absolutely NO alcohol consumption.

Thank you to our Designated Driver Hospitality and Brewer Hospitality Sponsor:

Acadia Benefits Logo

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

Please see the information underneath the Participating Brewery List for more information and FAQ's.

FINAL LIST: 95 PARTICIPATING BREWERIES

  • Airline Brewing Company
  • Allagash Brewing Company
  • Atlantic Brewing Company
  • Austin Street Brewery
  • Banded Brewing
  • Bangor Beer Company
  • Barreled Souls
  • Bateau Brewing
  • Bath Brewing Company
  • Battery Steele Brewing
  • Baxter Brewing Co.
  • Bigelow Brewing Company
  • Birchwood Brewing
  • Black Pug Brewing
  • Blaze
  • Brewery Extrava
  • Brickyard Hollow Brewing
  • Bunker Brewing Co
  • Buttonwoods Brewery (Cranston, RI, guest of Atlantic Brewing Company)
  • Connecticut Valley Brewing (South Windsor, CT, guest of Flight Deck Brewing)
  • Corner Point Brewing Company
  • Crooked Run Brewing (Sterling, VA, guest of Barreled Souls)
  • Cushnoc Brewing Co.
  • Deciduous Brewing Company (Newmarket, NH, guest of Foundation Brewing Company)
  • Definitive
  • Earth Eagle Brewings (Portsmouth, NH, guest of Urban Farm Fermentory)
  • Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co., Inc. (Framingham, MA, guest of Marsh Island Brewing)
  • Firefly Hollow Brewing Co (Bristol, CT, guest of Outland Farm Brewery)
  • Flight Deck Brewing
  • Fluvial Brewing, LLC
  • Fogtown Brewing Company
  • Folksbier (Brooklyn, NY, guest of Blaze Brewing)
  • Footbridge Brewery
  • Fore River Brewing Company
  • Foulmouthed Brewing
  • Foundation Brewing Company
  • Four Quarters Brewing (Winooski, VT, guest of Austin Street Brewery)
  • Freeport brewing company
  • Funky bow
  • Geary Brewing Company
  • Goodfire Brewing Co.
  • Grateful Grain Brewing Company
  • Great North Aleworks (Manchester, NH, guest of Baxter Brewing)
  • Gritty McDuff's Brewing Co.
  • Hermit Thrush Brewery (Brattleboro, VT, guest of Lone Pine Brewing)
  • Island Dog Brewing
  • Kennebunkport Brewing Co./Federal Jacks
  • Lake St. George Brewing Co.
  • Lamplighter Brewing Co. (Cambridge, MA, guest of Bigelow Brewing)
  • Lawsons Finest Liquids (Waitsfield, VT, guest of Fore River Brewing Company)
  • Liars Bench Beer Co. (Portsmouth, NH, guest of Banded Brewing)
  • Liquid Riot Bottling Company
  • Lone Pine Brewing Company
  • Lost Nation Brewing (Morrisville, VT, guest of Bunker Brewing)
  • Lubec Brewing Company
  • Maine Beer Company
  • Marsh Island Brewing, LLC
  • Mason's Brewing Company
  • Mast Landing Brewing Company
  • Moderation Brewing
  • Nonesuch River Brewing
  • Northwoods Brewing Company (Northwood, NH, guest of Bangor Beer Co.)
  • Norway Brewing Company
  • NU Brewery
  • Orono Brewing
  • Outland Farm Brewery
  • Oxbow Brewing Company
  • Peak Organic Brewing Co.
  • Rising Tide Brewing Company
  • Root Wild
  • Saco River Brewing
  • Sasanoa Brewing
  • Schilling Beer Company (Littleton, NH, guest of Allagash Brewing Company)
  • Sea Dog Brewing Co.
  • Sebago
  • SHEEPSCOT VALLEY BREWING COMPANY
  • Shipyard
  • Side By Each Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co (Chico, CA, guest of Sebago Brewing Company)
  • Some Brewing Company
  • Stars & Stripes Brewing
  • sunday river brewing company
  • The Pour Farm
  • The Run of the Mill
  • Thin Man Brewery (Buffalo, NY, guest of Mast Landing Brewing Co.)
  • Tributary Brewing Co.
  • Tumbledown Brewing
  • Urban Farm Fetmentory / Gruit
  • van der BREW
  • Vitamin Sea Brewing (Weymouth, MA, guest of Definitive Brewing)
  • Woodland Farms brewery
  • XOTA Brewing Co.
  • York Beach Beer Company
  • Zero Gravity Craft Brewery (Burlington, VT, guest of Maine Beer Co.)

Coming from Boston? Hop on the train!


Food available for purchase from a variety of food trucks:

  • High Roller Lobster
  • Locally Sauced
  • Mainely Meatballs
  • Mr Tuna
  • Pierogi
  • Shuck Shack
  • Steam Machine steam buns
  • Sweet Life Kettle Corn
  • Vantage Point Chowder

FEATURING:

  • 100+ Maine beers, and beers from out-of-state breweries not normally offered in Maine.

  • Tunes

  • Plenty of food options.

  • Ample space to move around.

  • Maine brewers and their guest 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.

WHERE TO STAY:

There is a room block at the Clarion Hotel ($89/nt, no minimum required.) Please give them a call and mention the “Winter Session 2020 Beer Festival Maine Brewers Guild/ Group Code: ET43N8" room block OR make an online reservation HERE.

TRANSPORTATION/ PARKING:

Parking on-site is $5. 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 (please note, the Guild is not benefitting from the parking fees - this is going to the venue and parking company) $5/ 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:

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.

FAQ's:

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 - you can request them via eventbrite and we will refund that way.

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

A: While we love our GF and wine, cider, and spirits-loving friends, as the nonprofit for beer brewers, we're focused on beer. We cannot guarantee that participating breweries will 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: Sorry, but 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: Sorry, but 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 available for purchase.

Q: What makes this beer fest so special?

A: Our beer fests are hosted by brewers for you, beer fans. As the only nonprofit organization representing Maine brewers, we have the biggest community of brewers to support our fests, we live and breath (and drink!) beer, and know what makes a great fest, and all proceeds from our event go to support the work of promoting and protecting Maine brewers. This year, we have a brewers conference (sorry, pros only) the day before our fest, so we're expecting even more Maine and out of state brewers (who will be at the conference the day before) to join us and pour their beers. Maine brewers who invite guest brewers will share a table with their guest brewers - ensuring maximum space for attendees, and maximum beer and brewery options to choose from.

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Brick South Building

8 Thompsons Point

Portland, ME 04102

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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