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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: http://mainebrewersguild.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/for-web.pdf 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!

Maine Brewers’ Guild 2015 Summer Festival Announced!

Mark your calendars! We’ve locked in our date for our Maine Brewers’ Guild 2015 Brewfest - Saturday July 25th, 2015. We’ll be returning to Thompson’s Pt. in Portland this year so book those hotels now! We’ll release more details later, but plan for our biggest, and most well-organized, fun festival yet.

As an early heads up, we’re also exploring the potential to host or partner on another festival somewhere up along the coast or Augusta north to make sure EVERYONE in Maine has convenient access to all the great beers in Maine. Stay tuned for more info in the next couple of months…

Tickets for Beer School at Rising Tide Now on Sale

Beer Breaking Bad: Chemistry & Sensory of Off Flavors with Rising Tide Brewing Co.

TICKETS – Midday Class (1-3PM): http://mebeerschool2.eventbrite.com SOLD OUT

TICKETS – Afternoon Class (3:30-5:30PM): http://mebeerschool2pm.eventbrite.com SOLD OUT

Have you ever dreamed of being a part of the quality control group at a brewery? Ever wondered what sort of flavors quality control experts are looking for when sampling beers? Just interested in learning more about beer? If so, this event will be the perfect chance to spend an afternoon learning about what makes bad beer ‘bad’, and what makes great beer great, and some of the science behind it all.

Join us for our second Maine Beer School class and come prepared to sip your way to more beer knowledge! Highlighting the most common off-notes and flavors that can be found in beer, join Rising Tide Brewing Co’s Director of Quality Control, Haley Campbell and a small group for this sensory training workshop. Follow up the class with a little “quality control” of your own, enjoying a complimentary Rising Tide beer fresh from the tap.

Rising Tide Brewing Company is a small-scale, family-owned craft brewery in Portland, Maine. World-wide traditions meet New England ethic to create our unique, handcrafted artisanal ales.

Haley Campbell joined Rising Tide as the Director of Quality Control in 2014.  Prior to this, she worked as a laboratory technician and production assistant at Sebago Brewing Company. She graduated from Bates College in 2011 with a degree in environmental chemistry and completed the American Brewer’s Guild Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course in 2013. This year, Haley Campbell has been profiled on CraftBeer.com as one of four Women Shaping the Brewing of Beer and by Maine Public Broadcasting Network as one of the Women Driving Growth in Maine’s Craft Beer Industry. This April, she will be presenting a seminar on how to develop quality control and laboratory programs within small breweries at the 2015 Craft Brewer’s Conference in Portland, Oregon. 

Announcing Maine Beer School!

Maine Brewers’ Guild Announces Plan to Launch Maine Beer School in 2015

(11.24.12) Move over Beer Camp, it’s time for Beer School. Although many might joke that they majored in beer in college, few can say they truly attended Beer School, until now.

Maine’s craft beer nonprofit – the Maine Brewers’ Guild, has announced the launch of Maine Beer School, with the first semester planned for 2015.

The organization will partner with its member breweries and allied members to launch a series of interactive, engaging classes to take place all around Maine in 2015 and beyond that will promote Maine’s world-class craft beer industry to the public, while raising funds for the organization. Part educational, part fun, the events and will offer a variety of interactive, small format events that aim to introduce novice and expert beer drinkers to the art, science, and personalities that make Maine’s craft beer scene unique.

Speaking about how the Beer School concept came together, executive director of the Guild, Sean Sullivan, explained, “Great beer is being produced all over the state, and breweries are thinking more about what makes them unique, and what expertise they want to share with the beer drinking community. Beer School offers a way for our brewers to give the public a peek behind the curtain, share their passion for the beer their brewing, and give Mainers and visitors a chance to have a one-of-a-kind experience centered around beer.”

The 2015 Beer School Spring Semester Course Catalog offers a glimpse of the types of classes that will be offered. Courses range from the introductory (“Hop Knowledge” with Maine Beer Co.), to the scientific (“Beer Breaking Bad: Chemistry and Sensory of Off-Flavors” with Rising Tide), to the artful (“The Art of Blending Barrels” with Allagash). Prices will vary by event but “will likely range between $25-50 per class, and go on sale approximately 4 weeks before each event” says Sullivan.

It won’t all be class time, however, Baxter Brewing will offer a field trip to Streaked Mountain in Hebron, and Orono Brewing Co. will be offering a mountain biking excursion. Likewise, Banded Horn will be welcoming students to owner Ian McConnell’s family farm in Etna, Maine to harvest spruce tips to be used to brew their Greenwarden beer.The offerings of Beer School will continue to evolve in future semesters. “There’s talk of brewer-home brewer conferences where home brewers would get feedback on their recipes, brews, and tips from the pros, and other events that involve a multiple breweries” said Sullivan.

“We have some of the most passionate beer drinkers in the country here in Maine, and we’re very excited to roll out this Beer School concept for 2015,” said Heather Sanborn, president of the board of directors for the Guild and co-owner of Rising Tide. “Beer School moves us beyond the traditional beer festival model and provides opportunities to promote Maine beer throughout the year.”

More info, and a full listing of courses can be found on the Maine Brewers’ Guild website at  http://mainebrewersguild.org/beerschool/


TONIGHT – Tuesday November 4th – Maine Brewers Tap Takeover at the Great Lost Bear

Come on out and join Maine’s brewing community to drink great beer, in support of beer. A variety of delicious Maine craft beers will be on tap – classics, new brews, and unique brews all mixed in, representing the full spectrum of the quality beers being brewed in our great state of Maine. To top it all off, The Great Lost Bear is generously donating a quarter from every pint of beer sold during the event to the Maine Brewers’ Guild – the only nonprofit dedicated to promoting and protecting the Maine craft beer industry. Really, you’re drinking for charity tonight! Featuring many beers never before poured at a bar in Portland, and representation from south to north, downeast to the western mountains and over 30 Maine breweries, including beers from…


Join us for this awesome Portland Beer Week tap takeover and tweet your favorites to @MEBrewersGuild and #207BeerWeek


Showcase of Maine’s Newest Breweries Coming to Portland

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).

Maine Craft Weekend – Yes, that includes Breweries!

The Maine Brewers’ Guild is proud to be working with the Maine Crafts Association on a unique, weekend long event – Maine Craft Weekend – happening in early October.  Click for the poster: Maine Craft Weekend_2014

The Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Brewers’ Guild, announces Maine Craft Weekend October 11 + 12, 2014 Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community orientated, family friendly weekend October 11 + 12, 2014. MCW is scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public, or, who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations.

Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday!

Maine Craft Weekend is produced by The Maine Crafts Association with Event Partner, the Maine Brewers’ Guild, and Organizational Partner, The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Made Program. These statewide organizations have successfully branded and promoted quality Maine Craft, Maine products, and craft beer, respectively; Maine Craft Weekend invites the public into these dynamic studios and businesses to see the magic behind the products they produce.

Examples of participating sites include individual potters’ home studios, craft galleries, glass blowing studios, outdoor installation sites, non-profit craft organizations, craft-based schools, craft beer breweries and craft beer brewery-restaurants. Events will vary by type of location and will include open studios, demonstrations, tastings, exhibitions, sales, tours, kids’ projects and other creative and interactive activities.

The public interested in visiting sites during Maine Craft Weekend can visit www.MaineCraftWeekend.org to learn about participants and events and use the interactive MCW map to plan their route! Craft artists, retailers, breweries and other related businesses and events interested in being included on the map and in our marketing should contact Marie Sugden @ the Maine Crafts Association: marie@mainecrafts.org or 207-588-0021. Maine Craft Weekend is supported by the Maine Office of Tourism.

New Maine Beer Trail Passports are here!

Get this, with the Maine Beer Trail, we actually reward you for visiting Maine’s breweries. Pick up the brand new 2014 version of the Maine Beer Trail Passport and get your passport stamped/signed when you visit any of the 45+ breweries and brewpubs around Maine, then send it in to us and be rewarded with free Maine Brewers’ Guild trucker hats, t-shirts, and a whole bunch of other Maine brewery gear. It’s a win-win.  VIEW THE MAINE BEER TRAIL PASSPORT

‘Beer Camp Block Party’ at Sebago Brewing Company to Kick Off Festival Weekend in Portland

If you love fresh lobster, great beer, and are craving a block party – you’re in luck. Sebago Brewing Company will be hosting a one-time only ‘Beer Camp Block Party’ on Thursday July 31st, 6PM, at their Old Port pub. The event will kick off what is sure to be a big weekend in Portland, ME, with nearly 5,000 people expected to attend what is being heralded as the ‘biggest celebration of craft beer in American history’, the Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America Festival – set to take place the following night – Friday August 1st, at Thompson’s Point in Portland.

10474645_10152989986452506_6733721629841038267_nNot only will Sebago be welcoming visiting Beer Camp beer aficionados with a variety of ‘Maine Fare’ and a selection of Maine craft beers – but attendees will be able to sample every one of the the 12 hard-to-find and limited release beers that were brewed as a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (which is based in California) and 12 big name breweries from around the country – including Portland’s own Allagash Brewing Co.

All 12 beers will be tapped beginning at 6PM – and attendees will be able to buy $3 tokens for 7 oz. samples of each of these beers. In the spirit of the festival – in which the Maine Brewers’ Guild is serving as the beneficiary – Sebago Brewing Company will be donating $1 from every Beer Camp beer sold at the block party to the Maine Brewers’ Guild.

“What’s a visit to Maine without some fresh seafood, great beer, and a visit to an Old Port pub?” asked Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Sebago on the Beer Camp Block Party kicking off the Beer Camp Festival weekend a day early.”

Entrance to the event is free, and the Maine Brewers’ Guild will also be raffling off tickets to the Beer Camp Across America Festival and other prizes at the block party event.