Tickets for Summer Session Beer Festival 2016 now on sale!

Tickets for our 2016 Summer Session Beer Festival are now on sale! Maine beer lovers’ best chance to try Maine’s best beers will take place Saturday afternoon, July 23rd, outdoors and under the sun at Thompson’s Point.

Over 35 breweries have already committed to pouring their beers, and the invitational format will once again have fellow brewers from out-of-state offering hard to find beers and styles. For the serious beer lovers, a limited number of VIP tickets are available, offering direct access to brewers and specialty beers. Beer School Mini-Classes will be in session, offering short 20 minute presentations from the pros.

And the Homegrown Beer Competition featuring brews made from Maine-grown ingredients will be battling for your vote, one sample at a time.

Fair warning: last year’s festival sold out and expect to do so again this year. Buy your tickets now!


NE Brew Summit Was a Wild Success

We had a blast hosting over 450 people to Portland on Friday April 1st for our inaugural New England Brew Summit: a B2B craft beer industry technical conference. In case you missed it – here’s a quick list of some of the press coverage we received. Cheers to everyone who helped make the event a success! We’re already planning for next year.

New England Brew Summit is Tomorrow

The schedule is finalized, the list of speakers is world class, the tickets are nearly sold out… We can’t wait for the New England Brew Summit, taking place tomorrow, Friday April 1st at the University of Southern Maine. Get your tickets now:

Announcing the New England Brew Summit – April 1st

The Maine Brewers’ Guild is proud to announce that we will be hosting the New England Brew Summit – a B2B craft beer industry technical conference – slated for April 1st at University of Southern Maine in Portland. Kicking off the event will be out keynote speaker – Dick Cantwell, Brewer’s Association Quality Ambassador, and co-founder of Elysian Brewing Company, which was sold to Anheuser-Busch in 2015.

Bringing together experts, industry leaders, vendors, and brewmasters of all backgrounds, the New England Brew Summit is the only regional event meant to galvanize industry professionals. NEBrew is New England’s inaugural craft beer industry trade show and educational event. Attendees will be exposed to a marketplace of valuable resources, have access to cutting edge products and services from knowledgeable vendors, and be given a unique perspective on New England’s emerging craft beer scene from craft beer professionals from around the region and country.

More info and tickets can be found at

2016 Summer Brew Fest Slated for July 23, 2016

Book your hotels and travel now – the Maine Brewers’ Guild annual summer brewfest is slated for Saturday July 23rd at Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME. Tickets will go on sale in early 2016, be sure to sign up for the Maine Brewers’ Guild mailing list to be the first to get info about ticket on sales. This event sold out last year and we expect the same again this year!

Newest Maine Beer Trails are Here!

Which Maine breweries offer tours? Which ones offer full meals? If I am visiting this brewery, what other breweries are nearby? Can I get free stuff for visiting breweries?  The answers to life’s pressing most questions are all on the newly updated Maine Beer Trail! 

This is the latest version, printed in July 2015. Pick up a copy at your local brewery or download and print your own, below. Don’t forget to tag us from the trail: #BestBeerIsInME @MEBrewersGuild



Maine Brewers’ Guild Announces 2015 Beer Festival: Summer Session



Portland, MAINE – If spending an afternoon on Portland’s waterfront sampling beers from breweries near and far sounds good to you – don’t miss Summer Session. The Maine Brewers’ Guild is returning to Thompson’s Point waterfront venue for its annual beer festival, slated for Saturday July 25th, 2015 and tickets for the event go on sale today.

Building on the success of last year’s Beer Camp festival, the Maine Brewers’ Guild will be using their industry knowledge to create a beer festival that ensures a great experience for all attendees.

“We’ve been thinking a lot about how to create the best beer festival, and we’ve made a lot of decisions with the attendees in mind.” explained Sean Sullivan, Executive Director of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, the nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and protect Maine’s craft beer industry. “Too many festivals these days involve overcrowded venues with long lines and little opportunity to engage with the people behind the beer. Our festival will be the opposite.”

Summer Session is the only beer festival in the state that is hosted by local brewers to support local brewers. Unlike other festivals, 100% of the Summer Session’s proceeds go to promote and develop the craft beer industry in Maine. Brewers will be pouring their own beer and will enjoy the opportunity to engage with the attendees.

“We are really focused on the details to ensure the event is a hit – from having live music that is close enough to enjoy while sampling, but not so close that you have to spend the entire event yelling to doubling the number of bathrooms on-site and eliminating tickets for pours while including a good number of food trucks. All around, we are trying to create an environment that’s comfortable and fun for all adults.”

But, if sampling beers and hanging out in the sun isn’t enough for you, the Brewers’ Guild will also be welcoming attendees to check out their ‘Beer School’ tent within the festival. Featuring short presentations and Q&A time with Maine’s brewers. “There will be no extra charge to attend the Beer School classes at the festival.” Rather, the Guild, “wanted to give beer geeks and newcomers a chance to learn more about beer from our knowledgeable brewers,” explained Sullivan.

The Maine craft beer industry is growing tremendously, and the festival is an opportunity to showcase the innovation and world-class beer being brewed in Maine. The Guild also sees this as a chance to highlight some of the latest developments in Maine’s craft beer industry by highlighting their agricultural roots.

For the first time, nearly 20 breweries will compete for the “Home Grown Trophy,” an award given to the brewer who brews the best beer using Maine-grown, Maine-malted grains. Sponsored by Maine Malt House, which recently opened a malting facility in Mapleton, the Guild will award this trophy based on attendees’ votes for their favorite ‘Home Grown’ beer. “This is the perfect venue to showcase how Maine’s craft beer industry is establishing strong connections with our agricultural industry and creating new opportunities for family farms across the state,” noted Sullivan.

Last but not least, to help spread the word and share the love, the Maine Brewers’ Guild is using an invitational format for this year’s event. Each local brewery is being encouraged to invite one out-of-state guest – potentially doubling the universe of brewers that will be on-hand. Over thirty breweries have already registered and over 50 breweries are expected to attend.


Allagash Brewing Co.

Andrew’s Brewing Co.

Atlantic Brewing

Austin Street Brewery

Banded Horn Brewing Co.

Barreled Souls

Baxter Brewing Co.

Bigelow Brewing Company

Bissell Bros. Brewing Co.

Black Bear Brewery

Black Hog Brewing

Boothbay Craft Brewery

Bunker Brewing Co.

Cambridge Brewing Company

Dingle Brewing Company (Ireland)

Farnham Ale & Lager

Foundation Brewing Company

Funky Bow Brewery

Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co.

Geary Brewing Company

Gneiss Brewing Company

Gritty McDuff’s

Hidden Cove Brewing Co.

Jack’s Abby Brewing

Kennebec River Brewery

Kennebunkport Brewing Co/Federal Jack’s

Lord Hobo Brewing Company

Liberty Craft Brewing

Liquid Riot Bottling Company

Lively Brewing Company

Maine Beer Company

Marshall Wharf Brewing Co.

Medusa Brewing Company

Moat Mountain Brewing Co.

Monhegan Brewing Company

Orono Brewing Company

Other Half Brewing

Oxbow Brewing Co

Peak Organic Brewing Company

Penobscot Bay Brewery

Pennesseewassee Brewing

Proclamation Ale Company

The Prodigal Brewery

Rising Tide Brewing Co

Rock Harbor Brewing Co.

Sebago Brewing Co.

Sheepscot Valley Brewing Co.

Shipyard Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

SoMe Brewing Co.

Smuttlabs (NH)

Strong Brewing Company

The Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery

Tree House Brewing Company

Troegs Brewing Company

Tributary Brewing Co.

Tumbledown Brewing

von Trapp Brewing

For the most up-to-date list of attending breweries and to purchase tickets, visit the ticketing page at


Atlantic Brewing Co.

Black Bear Brewery

Boothbay Craft Brewery

Foundation Brewing Company

Funky Bow Brewery

Geaghan Bros. Brewing Co.

Geary Brewing Company

Gneiss Brewing Company

Gritty McDuff’s

Hidden Cove Brewing Co.

Kennebunkport Brewing Co/Federal Jack’s

Liquid Riot Bottling Company

Moat Mountain Brewing Co.

Monhegan Brewing Company

Rising Tide Brewing Co

Sebago Brewing Co

Tributary Brewing Co.

Tumbledown Brewing

Lively Brewing Company

SoMe Brewing Company

Allagash Brewing Company

The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery

Lord Hobo Brewing Company

Marshall Wharf Brewing Co

The Maine Brewers’ Guild Summer Session Festival is possible thanks to the generous support of our brewers, members, and Premier Sponsors for the event: 

Bangor Savings Bank

Craft Beer Cellar

GHM Agency Insurance

Matheson Gas

Tidestone Solutions

Looking for Tickets to our Beer School Classes?

Looking for info on Beer School tickets? We always send out the link for beer school tickets to our email list subscribers first. Sign up for our mailing list now (look for the box on this page) to be sure to get early access to the tickets. We almost always send out an email the night before the on-sale, and generally we release tickets about 1 month before the event.

Otherwise, check out our Beer School page, where we sell tickets (click on ‘EVENTS’ in the header above) OR visit our ticketing page for events at

Beer Trail Passes Updated!

Looking for an adventure that will bring you all over Maine and have you earn free stuff just for visiting breweries?? Of course you are! You’re in luck, because the Maine Beer Trail offers just that! Check out our newly updated Maine Beer Trail passports here: Visit 10 breweries and have someone there sign it, and we’ll send you a quality trucker’s cap with our Maine Brewers’ Guild logo embroidered across the front. Visit 20 breweries and we’ll send you a Maine Brewers’ Guild logo t-shirt, and visit them all and you’ll get the prize pack filled with stuff from the Guild and member breweries all around the state! ….it’s time to join the hundreds of others who hit the trail every year, sampling great Maine-brewed beers, meeting the people behind the product, and discovering all the unique locations where our state’s brewers practice their craft! Print out a copy of the trail today or pick one up at your local brewery!