Set to take place on Sunday November 2nd at noon within Coffee By Design’s Diamond Street location, the first annual ‘Freshmen Orientation’ event will showcase 12 of Maine’s newest breweries all in one place, all at one time, and is likely to be one of the premier events of Portland Beer Week (November 1-7).
For the cost of a few craft beers at the local pub, attendees will get about 10 minutes of ‘class time’ with each of the 12 ‘freshman’ breweries; learning about their background, the styles of beer they brew, their plans for the future, and of course, sampling their beer.
“We wanted to do a take on the traditional brewfest that eliminated the long lines and impersonal nature of grabbing a sample and walking away. This event will allow for attendees to really learn the stories behind our state’s newest breweries and showcase the incredible variety of delicious craft beer being brewed by our newest breweries,” explained Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers’ Guild.
If you’re one of the limited number of attendees who grabs a ticket before they sell out, you better not be tardy – ‘class’ starts promptly at noon when the bell rings. You’ll be grouped into a group of 10 fellow ‘pupils’ to head to your first class. From there you’ll rotate around the venue, from ‘class’ to ‘class’ with the bell to guide you – spending quality time with reps from each brewery. With many of these breweries not distributing beyond their local region, this will be a unique opportunity to sample beers from our state’s ‘Class of 2014′. By the end of the event, attendees will be one of the few who can say they’ve tried beers from all Maine’s newest breweries.
Participating breweries include Austin Street Brewery (Portland), Banded Horn (Biddeford), Barreled Souls (Saco), Bigelow Brewing (Skowhegan), Bissell Bros. (Portland), Foundation Brewing Co. (Portland), Gneiss Brewing Co. (Limerick), Hidden Cove Brewery (Wells), Lively Brewing (Brunswick), SoMe Brewing Co. (York), Tributary Brewing (Kittery), and Tumbledown Brewing (Farmington).
This event is sponsored by the Craft Beer Cellar in Portland and Pro Brewing Systems, and all proceeds will go to benefit the work of the Maine Brewers’ Guild. Tickets are $30 and available for sale online at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/896750).