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.

As of January 2022, we are not planning to host our annual Summer Session Beer Festival, but we are exploring the potential for some smaller events in late 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, 90+ breweries represented, our 2020 event was the biggest beer industry conference in the Northeast.

The 2022 New England Brew Summit is set for March 31, 2022, with more information available at 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. In October 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.

In 2022, we are looking at partnering with some fun in-state events for the Maine Beer Box, as we explore potential plans to trade beers with international brewers again in 2023.

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