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.
On Saturday, February 29th, 2020, we hosted the Winter Session Invitational Beer Festival within Brick South (indoors) at Thompson’s Point in Portland. This event featured Maine breweries and their out-of-state guest brewers.
**POSTPONED** On Saturday, July 25th, 2020, we planned to host our Summer Session Invitational Beer Festival on the oceanfront campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine. Featuring Maine breweries and out-of-state guests within a spectacular venue which we first went to in 2019, we decided (as of April 2020) to cancel the event for this summer. When we are able to return to our beer fests, you can bet we’ll be expanding the tents, and spreading out our brewers as well as sticking to one session, an hour longer than in 2019, to ensure plenty of time to sample beers, stay safe, get some fresh air and enjoy the day.
NOTE: Every one of our beer festivals has sold out wor 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.
2020’s New England Brew Summit took place on Friday, February 28th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. FMI: www.nebrewsummit.com With over 600 attendees, 70 exhibitors, 20+ sessions, this was the biggest beer industry conference in the Northeast.
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 from Iceland to the UK. In 2019, the Beer Box will went to Halifax, Canada, where it will be 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. In 2020, look out for the Maine Beer Box around the state as we take part in various events to celebrate Maine’s bicentennial!