The Week

Saturday November 1st

Beer Week Scavenger Hunt | Port City Running Tour

Where: The Thirsty Pig
Time: all day
Cost: $20/ticket
Details: You and a team of your friends traverse the Portland peninsula on foot, while solving beer and history related trivia questions to completer a series of challenges, and an after party! This scavenger hunt will test your knowledge, and smartphone skills, as you travel up to 5 miles through the streets of Portland, visiting bars, breweries, and landmarks in an attempt to be the fastest team to complete the challenge. Visit www.portcityrunningtours.com for more details and registration information.

West Coast Thanksgiving

Where: The Thirsty Pig
Time: all day
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Taps will be pouring brews from the Pacific Time zone. Including Lagunitas, Stone, 21st Amendment, North Coast and more. Special Thanksgiving food menu will be available. Beers on tap: Stone Xocoverza Mocha Stout, Green Flash IPA & La Freak, Lagunitas IPA & Maximus, Rogue Farm 7 Hop IPA & Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout.

The Maine Brew Bus Suds and Spirits Tour

Where: The Maine Brew Bus
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Cost: $45 per person, all-inclusive, Tickets: www.themainebrewbus.com
Details: The Suds and Spirits Tour visits three unique locations in Portland, mixing both beer and spirits for a veritable boilermaker of a tour!

Our first stop is Foundation Brewing. This newcomer to the Maine brewing scene is a small draft-only production brewery in Portland, founded by avid homebrewers Joel Mahaffey and John Bonney. They currently produce flavorful, balanced saisons called Eddy and Blaze, and we’re looking forward to tasting more experiments and small batches from them in our tour flights.

Next up is New England Distilling. Founder and head distiller Ned Wight comes from a family of whiskey makers and he’s brought their Maryland-style spirits north. We’ll learn about the distilling process while sipping on his citrusy Ingenium Gin, his barrel-aged Eight Bells Rum, and Maine’s first post-prohibition whiskey, Gunpowder Rye.

Finally, on to Geary’s Brewing Co. The Geary Brewing Company is recognized as a pioneer in America’s brewing renaissance and as a model of quality and excellence for the industry. With their newly built tasting room we will taste their lineup of beers and poke around this legendary brewery.

The Maine Brew Bus York County Bounty Tour

Where: The Maine Brew Bus
Time: 2:30PM-7:00PM
Cost: $55 all-inclusive, Tickets: www.themainebrewbus.com
Details: As Maine’s total number of breweries climbs, clusters form beyond the Portland city limits. On the York County Bounty tour, we’ll explore some of the happenings south of Portland.

We will head to one of Maine’s newest breweries, Tributary Brewing Co. in Kittery, founded in 2014 by legendary New England brewer Tod Mott and his wife, Galen, to brew draught beer for craft beer enthusiasts in the Southern Maine community and beyond. One Tributary Leads to Another.

Our next stop is Barreled Souls Brewing Co. By now you’ve surely heard of beers being aged in oak barrels for unique flavors. Well, this may be the only brewery in the country fermenting 100% of its beer in oak barrels! Head brewer Chris is making a huge variety of unusual styles in wooden fermentors, adding in plenty of fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs grown in the gardens just outside the front door. We’ll sample a flight of these beers and perhaps conquer the shuffleboard table in a beautiful tasting room.

Our final stop is Banded Horn Brewing Co. Founded in 2012, Banded Horn’s co-owner Ian is former head brewer of Sixpoint Brewing Co. in New York City. Banded Horn hit the ground running, with everything from a huge Russian Imperial Stout to to a crisp German Pilsner, with specialties peppering the line-up. We’ll try a flight of samples and explore the impressive space, which leaves plenty of room for growth.

Banded Horn & Hidden Cove Night

Where: Nosh
Time: 5PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Banded Horn & Hidden Cove featuring the release of Banded Horn Rauch Bier.

Grist Mill Bottle Release

Where: Austin Street Brewery
Time: 1PM-6PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details:We are excited to be releasing our third bottled beer to kick off Portland Beer Week. “Grist Mill” is our interpretation of a classic saison. Brewed with a blend of grains, hopped with Sterling and fermented with a blend of saison yeast and brettanomyces, this beer features a rustic malt base complimented by a spicy hop character and earthy brett funk. 750ml bottles are $12.00 each (limit two per person). The tasting room will also be open for samples and merchandise.

Sunday November 2nd

The Maine Brewers’ Guild Presents: Freshmen Orientation – Class of 2014

Where: Coffee By Design (Diamond Street)
Time: 12PM
Cost: $30/Ticket
Tickets: http://mainebrewersguild.bpt.me/
Details: Welcome Freshmen! The Maine Brewers’ Guild invites you to get oriented at our first annual Freshmen Orientation – featuring all of the newest breweries in Maine and giving you the chance to spend quality ‘class’ time with every brewery. By the end of this event you’ll be one of the only people in Maine to be able to say you’ve tasted beer from every brewery that opened up in the state in 2014.

But don’t be tardy - this event starts promptly at noon when the bell rings and you’ll join 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 ‘class’ time with reps from each brewery – learning about their background, the styles of beer they brew, their plans for the future, and of course, sampling their beer. 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′ and enjoy the hell out of a Sunday afternoon…and still get home in time for the Pats game!

Featuring 12 of Maine’s newest breweries: Austin Street (Portland), Banded Horn (Biddeford), Barreled Souls (Saco), Bigelow Brewing (Skowhegan), Bissell Bros. (Portland), Foundation (Portland), Gneiss (Limerick), Hidden Cove (Wells), Lively Brewing (Brunswick), SoMe (York), Tributary (Kittery), Tumbledown (Farmington).

Nails N’ Ales

Where: The Thirsty Pig
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: You have the perfect way to prep for beer week in style as we paint your nails in styles of beers and of beer package designs. Beers and ciders that are the inspiration for these manicures will be available to drink while you socialize with other crafty beer loving folks.

Black Birch Beer Dinner

Where: Black Birch, Kittery
Time: 5PM
Cost: $75/ticket
Details: Rare beers will be poured and paired with an amazing menu from the brilliance of the Black Birch kitchen for this very special event. Tickets are $75, call Black Birch for Reservations 207-703-2294

Belgian Inspired/ Maine Brewed Beers

Where: The Great Lost Bear
Time: all day
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Look for selections from Allagash Brewing Company, Oxbow Brewing Company, Foundation Brewing Company, Rising Tide Brewing Company, In’Finiti & more!

Polaris Release

Where: Rising Tide Brewing Company
Time: 12-5PM
Cost: FREE
Details: Join Rising Tide at the brewery for the limited release of Polaris, a bourbon barrel-aged wheat stout. Enjoy Polaris on draft and take bottles home. CN Shawarma will be out front serving delicious food!

The Beer & Cheese Maven with Foundation Brewing

Where: The Kings Head
Time: 4-6PM
Cost: $30 tickets
Details: Ruth Miller, The Beer & Cheese Maven, will be moderating an intimate pairing of local cheeses from Lakin’s Gorges Cheese in Rockport with Foundation Brewing Company’s flavorful and crisp beers.  Come surprise your palate at King’s Head and see how beer and cheese can highlight dynamic new flavors in each other. 35 seat limit – call King’s Head to reserve a seat. Beers: Basil-infused Saison, Eddy, Ember, Burnside, Blaze

The Maine Brew Bus Zymurgy Homebrew Tour

Where: The Maine Brew Bus
Time: 2:30-7PM
Cost: $35 per person, all-inclusive (ticket price includes a hearty snack as well as a tasting glass, which you get to keep at the end of the tour). Tickets: www.themainebrewbus.com
Details: There are over 3000 breweries in the US, almost 60 of which are in Maine. It seems at least one opens every month in this state. Ever wondered where all of these new wave brewers are coming from? Look no further than the homebrew underground. This tour is your chance to meet up-and-coming brewers, some of whom are straddling the line between professional and amateur. Pick their brains, learn their stories, and examine their set-ups. We will travel to 4 locations with guest guide Gregg Carrine, a prolific homebrewer and beer judge. He will lead us to the homes of three well-known homebrewers as well as one young professional brewery which is so small it’s barely out of the homebrew category. Find out how our hosts got started and what it is that drives them to produce their own beer.

Pocket Brunch @ Novare

Where: Novare Res Bier Cafe
Time: 12PM-3PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: A pop-up brunch with Marshall Wharf & Infiniti. 60 Seats available. Beer and cocktails.

East Ender & Maine Beer Company Pig Roast

Where: The East Ender
Time: 3PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Join us at the East Ender on Sunday, November 2nd for a good old fashioned pig roast and some football!  A $30 ticket will get you in the door and all you can eat (there will be pig as well as other awesome sides).  More details TBD but start making plans to be at East Ender on 3:00 on the 2nd!  The Patriots kick-off at 4:15!

Monday November 3rd

Sebago Brewing Company Tap Takeover

Where: The Great Lost Bear
Time: 5PM-Close
Cost: $30 tickets
Details: Sebago Brewing Company will be pouring the seasonal Slick Nick, Sebago Runabout Red, Fryer’s Leap IPA, Imperial Stout and some unusual offerings from the brewers. Monday is always short beer night at the bear with 23 oz. draughts for the price of a pint!

We Own The Night

Where: The Thirsty Pig
Time: 7PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Night Shift Brewing debuting to Maine during Portland Beer Week. Joined with Bissell Brothers collaboration beers brewed between Mass and Maine. Bissell Brother libations will be featured as well. All the players will be present to discuss the beers.

Beer Trivia Night

Where: Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore Street Portland
Time: 7PM-10PM
Cost: Pay as you go

Tales From the Brew House

Where: Andy’s Old Port Pub
Time: 6pm
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Tales and stories from deep within the pits and fields of the brewing world. From Brewers, to cellar men, to people traveling the street, you’ll hear stories from them all!

Cellar Night

Where: Nosh
Time: 5PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Cellar night bottles and draughts of aged beer to the Nosh cellars.

Oxbow Party & Private Bottle Tasting

Where: Novare Res Bier Cafe
Time: 5PM-8PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Oxbow draughts and special bottle tastings. 30 tickets available for bottle tasting.

Introduction to Homebrewing Class

Where: Maine Brewing Supply
Time: Monday 11/3 – 6pm-7:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Ever wanted to learn how to brew your own? Or see what the process looks like on the home scale? Here’s your chance! During this class, the staff at Maine Brewing Supply will demonstrate how most beginners make beer, show you the different ingredients that go into making beer and let you play with all the gadgets that make homebrewing so much fun! Beginner equipment kits will also be 10% off for all class participants!

Tuesday November 4th

Blind IPA Tasting

Where: The Thirsty Pig
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Try your skills/luck at matching 10 Maine IPA’s with their respective brewery. $500 cash prize for anyone that can name all 10. (Prize will be split in the event of a tie) $20 entry fee that includes, 10 IPA Beers with 5oz pours, a voting ballot and sausage pallet cleanser.

Maine Brewers’ Guild Tap Takeover at Great Lost Bear

Where: The Great Lost Bear
Time: 5-9PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: 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. 

Allagash 10th Anniversary Party and Barrel Aging Event

Where: Arcadia National Bar
Time: 7PM-Close
Cost: Pay as you go
Details:
Featuring barrel aged beers like Tripel, Curieux, James Bean, Black, Bourbon Barrel Black, Odyssey, and Evora.

Inaugural Pro/Am Competition

Where: Salvage BBQ
Time: TBD
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Local homebrewers team up with Foundation Brewing Company to produce a collaboration beer of epic proportions in a drop-down-drag-out showdown against other Pro/Am beers at Salvage BBQ.  Come see what happens when the pros let the amateurs in the brewery! Homebrewers: Jerramy Doughty and Jay Horne Beer: Dark Saison on Currants and Brett.

Election Day At Slab

Where: Slab
Time: All day
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: East cost vs. West coast. Vote or your favorite beer on Slab’s Election Day Ballot.

Wednesday November 5th

#BillMurrayBeerWeekME

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Where: Novare Res Bier Cafe

Old School Wednesday

Where: Great Lost Bear
Time: 5PM-Close
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: With the ground breaking originals: Shipyard Brewing Company, DL Geary, and Gritty McDuff! Prelude will be introduced on tap alongside Shipyard Export, Old Thumper, Geary’s Pale Ale, Hampshire Special Ale, Gritty’s Halloween, Black Fly Stout. Pint Glass giveaways while they last!

Little Tap House gets down on the farm

Where: Little Tap House
Time: TBD
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Little Tap House will present a showcase of four beers from Foundation Brewing Company, Portland’s own Farmhouse-inspired brewery.  In addition to Eddy and Blaze, Foundation will be serving a specially infused keg of Burnside, and their hoppy amber seasonal, Ember. Beers: Special Burnside, Ember, Eddy, Blaze.

Gneiss & Bunker Night

Where: Nosh
Time: 5PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Gneiss and Bunker night, look out Creston knows how to bring the party!

Sloppy Lunch

Where: The Thirsty Pig
Time: 3PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Free Sloppy Joe bar. Meaty and vegi available LIVE MUSIC. Beers on tap: Mikkeller invasion ipa, Anchorage galaxy ipa, Crooked Stave surette, and vieille, Prarie cherry funk, Sebago’s Royal Tar Imperial Stout, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail.

Thursday November 6th

Maine Brewed IPAs

Where: Great Lost Bear
Time: 5PM-Close
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Last year’s most popular event with Banded Horn Brewing Veridian, Baxter Stowaway, Bissell Brothers The Substance, Boothbay Dexter, Maine Beer Company Lunch, Funky Bow So Folkin’ Hoppy, Rising Tide Zephyr, Marshall Wharf Bit Twitch, Gneiss Tectonic Tomahawk, In’Finiti Won IPA, Sebago Frye’s Leap, and more!

Allagash Beer Dinner at Bull Feeneys With Baxter Brewing Company

Where: Bull Feeneys
Time: 7PM-9PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Featuring Baxter Brewing Company and Allagash Brewing Company, Bull Feeneys is hosting a very special dinner with Rob Tod and Luke Livingston. Please call 207-773-7210 to reserve your spot. Four course beer dinner with 2 8 oz. pours from each brewery.

Salad course: Allagash White & Tarnation
Entree: 16 Counties & Stowaway IPA
Cheese: Saison & Hayride
Dessert: Bourbon Black & Phantom Punch Stout

Tapping Chemistry: The Brewer’s Craft

Where: The Thirsty Pig
Time: 1PM
Cost: FREE
Details: Everyone DRINKS beer (no judgement on how much), but do you ever THINK about beer? No? Well, maybe you should. Now is your chance to learn the chemistry behind beer in a way they would never teach you in school. Hosted by Megan O’Conner and Brian Drollette of Yale.

Slab New Breweries Night

Where: Slab
Time: All day
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Slab has been serving some of the best pizza in Portland in its short tenure on Preble Street, and its staff participated in a handful of collaboration brews prior to opening.  Now come down and get your hand slab on as they pour beers from all of Portland’s newest breweries.

Smuttynose & 21st Amendment Night

Where: Nosh
Time: 5PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Smutty Nose and 21st Amendment take on the taps, *Apocalypse Now burger required.

Friday November 7th

Allagash and Ommegang Belgian Beer & Game Night

Where: The Thirsty Pig
Time: 8PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: A killer beer line up and games like B-I-N-G-O, Allagash Tac-Toe, and maybe even a paper, rock, scissor tournament to win Allagash and Ommegang “Swag”. Ommegang will be bringing Take The Black, Fire and Blood, Valar Morghulis, Upside Brown.

Industri-Ale Nosh

Where: Nosh Kitchen Bar
Time: 5PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Nosh is an institution on Congress Street for late night grub and beers, and this Friday will be no exception. The breweries from One Industrial Way throw down their finest brews to be paired with some of the heartiest food in Portland, and Foundation Brewing Company will ensure that no one leaves unsated.

Allagash Mega Bash

Where: The Great Lost Bear
Time: 5PM-Close
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: FREE GLASSWARE while they last with every pour from the 5 rare pours from Allagash Alley along with Allagash Saison and Allagash White. Tuesday is always short beer night at the bear with 23 oz. draughts for the price of a pint!

The Maine Brew Bus Local Pour Tour

Where: The Maine Brew Bus
Time: 12:30PM – 5:30PM
Cost: $65 all-inclusive, Tickets: www.themainebrewbus.com
Details: Beer is just the tip of the iceberg here in Portland, one of oh-so-many delicious beverages being fermented throughout town. Dive deeply with the Maine Brew Bus and see what lies beneath the surface!

We’ll hop in the bus and head to a producer of one of the world’s oldest-known fermented goodies: Mead. While mead, or honey wine, is typically heavy and syrupy, you’ll be pleased to find that the team at Maine Mead Works has developed a light, dry, modern take on the formula. They’ll sample us on their extensive list of variations before showing us some of the secrets to their success.

From one winery we’ll visit another that couldn’t be more different: Urban Farm Fermentory. The UFF focuses on hard cider and kombucha. Hard cider you’ve surely heard of, but maybe not quite like this: Fresh-pressed local apples, wild-fermented, dry as a bone. Kombucha can truly surprise you: A fermented tea, this tonic is low in alcohol but high in tart, fruity flavor. Trust us on this one. After you’ve had a flight of each, you’ll find out how the production processes differ behind the scenes.

Just in case you weren’t already impressed by the variety in the area, we’ll introduce you to some fermented products that have then been distilled into spirits. Maine Craft Distilling, which bills itself as a “farm-to-flask” operation, produces everything from rum to gin to a carrot-based concoction, and you’ll sip some of each while learning what separates the distillation process from the fermentation process.

The final stop on our tour should be comforting to those who thought beer was the entire iceberg at the start of the day: Bunker Brewing Co. Based in a brick-walled former scrapyard building where they’ve added a DJ booth to the loft, Bunker’s brewers make a rotating assortment of ales and lagers, making this the perfect stop during which to ask the question, “What’s the difference between an ale and a lager?” Sample the wares while learning the answer and then let the soundtrack of the day carry you through.

“Will Bowl for Beer” Bakers Style Bowling Tournament

Where: Bayside Bowl
Time: 5PM-8PM
Cost: $15 tickets
Details: On Friday, November 7th, Maine Beer Company and Bayside Bowl will be hosting a bowling tournament in celebration of Portland Beer Week 2014!  The event will be from 5:00 to 8:00, with the tournament kicking off at 5:30.  There will be music, raffles, Lucky Train prizes, and of course – beer!  Tickets are $15/person and shoes are available for rental at Bayside.  You can sign up as a team or as an individual and teams will be formed the day of the tournament.  Come out and support Bayside Bowl, Maine Beer Company and Portland Beer Week as you bowl for beers!
Get your tickets at: http://mbcatbayside.bpt.me

Foundation/Austin St/Bissell Night

Where: Nosh
Time: 5PM
Cost: Pay as you go
Details: Foundation/Austin St/Bissell represent One Industrial Way on Congress Street.