2nd Annual Portland Brew Festival Coming Up

Portland, Maine (Aug 31 – Sep 1, 2012) – Plans for the second annual Portland Brew Festival have been announced, and the much-anticipated event is shaping up to exceed last year’s success. Owner and producer Mak Sprague says that the festive, beer-centric event will feature more brewers, a specialty sampling glass, and additional space made available for tasting and home brewing demonstrations. The event returns to Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street in Portland.

Designed for beer, ale, mead and cider lovers of all levels, the festival will spotlight established and up-and-coming breweries throughout New England. In addition, attendees interested in crafting their own brew will have the opportunity to speak with home brewing specialists and see up close how the equipment works.

More than 30 beer producers, including local favorites Gritty McDuff’s, Allagash, Kennebec Ciders and D.L. Geary Brewing, have already signed on alongside regional standouts Clown Shoes and Harpoon from Massachusetts, Moonlight Meadery, Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery and White Birch from New Hampshire, and Magic Hat, Long Trail Vermont. Additions are being made regularly, and Sprague plans to have more than 75 different brew offerings on site.

Every attendee will receive a signature tasting glass with the Portland Brew Festival logo and have the opportunity to purchase additional glasses along with T-shirts, posters and other festival-branded merchandise.

Tickets are on sale now for $35 each at www.portlandbrewfestival.com.
Session 1 – Friday, August 31, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Session 2 & 3 – Saturday, September 1, from 12-4 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.
An expanded array of local food vendors also will be on hand to add to the event’s appeal.

In addition to commercial brewing operations, Sprague has invited a number of respected home brewing clubs and retailers to be at the show to introduce attendees to the increasingly popular hobby of home brewing. Sprague will once again display the impressive tractor-powered cidering equipment he built with his father. Event sponsors include Portland Yacht Services. Anyone interested in volunteering at the festival can contact portlandbrewfestival@gmail.com.