Events & Beer Happenings

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Maine’s Best Beer Events.

What do you get when you have every brewery in Maine working together to promote Maine beer? The best beer festivals in Maine and international events like no other in the world. Hosting at least two big beer festivals in Maine every year, the Maine Brewers’ Guild beer festivals are created with beer fans top of mind.

We traditionally host two beer festivals each year: one in summer and one in winter. Each festival is held at a beautiful location with plenty of space to spread out.

What makes our Beer Festivals unique?

With 100% of year-round Maine breweries choosing to members of our organization, we draw from the biggest crowd of brewers, and all of the proceeds from our events go towards fulfilling our mission – you can drink beer to support beer! If you want to try the best of Maine’s beers, all in one place and meet the people behind the beer, our festivals are the place to be.

In 2021, we are not planning to host our annual Summer Session Beer Festival. We’ll miss all of you who join us each year and you can rest assured we’ll be back with the best festivals in Maine in either late 2021 or early 2022.

NOTE: Every one of our beer festivals has sold out in the past few years. If you want to get tickets, be sure to sign up for our email list and follows us on Facebook.

Other Beer Events Through Out the Year

New England Brew Summit

Outside of our festivals, the Guild also hosts the New England Brew Summit, a business-to-business conference for brewery professionals that provides a daylong agenda of educational sessions covering technical brewing, hospitality management, and business operations topics. More information on the New England Brew Summit’s annual event can be found at www.nebrewsummit.com.

With over 600 attendees, 70 exhibitors, 20+ sessions, our 2020 event was the biggest beer industry conference in the Northeast.

We are in the process of firming up dates for our 2022 New England Brew Summit to take place in Q1 2022, and we will post that info here when we lock in the dates.

If you want to learn more about past events, check out: www.nebrewsummit.com

Beer School, Freshman Orientation, and More

We also occasionally host smaller format events like Beer School, Freshman Orientation (a showcase of Maine’s newest brewers), and events that you’ll only hear about from our email list or Facebook. These events offer a peek behind the curtain, giving attendees the chance to take deeper dives into brewing topics, beer, and the business behind brewing beer.

Maine Beer Box

Last but not least, the Maine Beer Box, the biggest kegerator in the world, and the vessel that has allowed the Guild to share Maine beers with beer fans in Iceland, UK, and Canada, and across Maine.

In 2019, the Beer Box went to Halifax, Canada, where it was featured at the Seaport Beer Festival on August 9th and 10th, 2019. On October 26th, 2019, we hosted our annual Maine Beer Box International Beer Festival at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Maine featuring fresh beers from all over Atlantic Canada and Maine. Over 900 people attended on a sunny day at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain.

For more information, pictures, and rental inquiries – please check out this page: https://mainebrewersguild.org/maine-beer-box/