Portland Beer Week Kicks Off On November 4th

PORTLAND, ME - With the support of local bars, restaurants, caterers, retailers and entertainers, Thirsty Pig owner Allison Stevens is spearheading Portland Beer Week.  This week will take place November 4th – 11th at various locations throughout the city.  Beer lovers will have the opportunity to sample many unique offerings from dozens of world class breweries at a variety of events.

“The goal of Portland Beer Week is to enhance beer knowledge and appreciation of craft beer,” said Stevens.  “As a restaurant owner in Portland, I talk with customers every day about what makes Portland such a great beer city and organizing this week seemed like the perfect way to highlight the craft beer scene Portland has to offer.”

A full listing of events can be found on the Portland Beer Week website:

www.portlandbeerweek.org

Events will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter:

http://www.facebook.com/PortlandBeerWeek

@207beerweek

Highlights of the week are included below:

Sunday November 4th

Port City Beer Tour

  • Sunday, November 4, 2012 12pm-8pm
  • Location: Bull Feeney’s, East Ender, Great Lost Bear, Gritty’s, LFK, Nosh, Novare Res, Sebago, Shipyard Lounge @ Residence Inn, Thirsty Pig
  • Price: Pay as you go
  • Category: Bar Crawl, Beer Tasting, Meet the Brewer, Beer & Food
  • Brewery: Assorted
  • Details: Taste one or two special craft beers at each location. Meet the brewers at various locations throughout the day. Enjoy a snack at any of the locations

Guided Beer & Cheese Pairing

  • Sunday, November 4, 2012 3pm
  • Location:  Lion’s Pride
  • Price: $30/Guest
  • Category: Beer & Food
  • Brewery: Oxbow
  • Details: The beer and cheese maven presents specialty brews from Oxbow and proper cheese accompaniments.

Monday November 5th

Maine Beer Dinner

  • Monday, November 5, 2012 6pm-8pm
  • Location: The Thirsty Pig
  • Price: $30/Guest
  • Category: Beer Dinner
  • Brewery: Shipyard, Maine Beer Co
  • Details: Kennebunk Chef Robyn Friedman preparing 3-course dinner to pair with 3 seasonal Maine brews.  Proceeds from event donated to Trek Across Maine.  Menu and pairings updated soon.

Green Flash vs. St. Feuillien

  • Monday, November 5, 2012 5pm-1am
  • Location: Nosh Kitchen Bar
  • Price: Pay As You Go
  • Category: Tap takeover, Beer Tasting, New Product
  • Brewery: Green Flash, St. Feuillien
  • Details:  Friendship Brew Collaboration between Green Flash and St. Feuillien has its debut in Maine. Event includes a tap takeover from both breweries and food features from Chef Jason Loring.

Tuesday November 6th

Sixpoint Beer Carnival

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012 6:30 pm
  • Location: East Ender
  • Price: $40/Guest
  • Category: Beer Dinner
  • Brewery: Sixpoint
  • Details:   Chef Mitch Gerow presents American Autumn, featuring Sixpoint Brewery.  Five course meal with beer pairings. Election updates featured on the big screen!
  • Sweet Action– Hubbard Squash Tart, candied fliberts, beer brined cheddar, fried sage
  • Lil Buzz- House Made Hot Dog, pretzel bun, barrel aged kraut, mustard pickles, REDD ketchup, potato stix
  • Signal- Smokey BBQ Shrimp, fire roasted parsnips, braised kale, beer blanc, bbq popcorn crouton
  • Spice of Life Wakatu- Molten Gruyere, country ham, pickled broccoli & cauliflower, fingerling potatoes
  • Autumnation- Pumpkin Ravioli, flash fried, caramel apple, pepita brown butter

Belgian Bier & Fromage Feature

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012 6pm-10pm
  • Location: The Thirsty Pig
  • Price: pay as you go
  • Category: Beer tasting, Beer & Food
  • Brewery: Allagash, Assorted Belgians
  • Details: A night featuring Belgian, and Belgain style beers with cheese pairings by the Cabot Creamery Co-Op

Wednesday November 7th

Urban Beer Fashion

  • Wednesday, November 7th 4pm-8pm
  • Location: The Thirsty Pig
  • Price: pay as you go
  • Category: Art, Beer & Food
  • Brewery: TBD
  • Details: Urban Outfitters will be showcasing a collection of clothing and goods for the modern beer drinker. Models and beer tasting.

Allagash & Sierra Nevada Takeover

  • Wednesday, November 7th 5pm-1am
  • Location: Nosh Kitchen Bar
  • Price: Pay As You Go
  • Category: Tap Takeover
  • Brewery: Allagash, Sierra Nevada
  • Details: Join the staff of Nosh Kitchen Bar as they host two legendary breweries in a tap takeover.

Baxter Brewing Co. presents the Squid Jiggers

  • Wednesday, November 7th 8pm
  • Location: Bull Feeney’s
  • Price: Pay As You Go
  • Category: Beer & Food, Music
  • Brewery: Baxter
  • Details: Folk infused with barley, sugar, yeast, hops, and water and left to ferment. No cover, 19 draft lines, 11 local craft brews featured.

Thursday November 8th

Smuttynose Tap Takeover

  • Thursday, November 8th 5pm-1am
  • Location: Nosh Kitchen Bar
  • Price: Pay As You Go
  • Category: Tap Takeover
  • Brewery: Smuttynose
  • Details: Enjoy Nosh’s famous beer centric food and a variety of Smuttynose brews.

Beer & Chocolate Tasting

  • Thursday, November 8th  tbd
  • Location: Bier Cellar
  • Price: tbd
  • Category: Beer Tasting, Beer & Food
  • Brewery: tbd
  • Details: Local chocolatier Dean’s Sweets will be making beer tasty truffles to pair with some selections from the Bier Cellar.

Geary’s Tap & Cask Takeover

  • Thursday, November 8th 5pm-12am
  • Location: Great Lost Bear
  • Price: Pay As You Go
  • Category: Tap Takeover, Firkin, Beer & Food
  • Brewery: Geary’s
  • Details: A fun filled evening at Portland’s founding beer bar, featuring Maine’s 1st Craft Brewery.

Maine Tap Feature

  • Thursday, November 8th 5pm-12am
  • Location: East Ender
  • Price: Pay As You Go
  • Category: Tap Takeover, Beer & Food
  • Brewery: Allagash, Baxter, Maine Beer Co, Oxbow, Rising Tide
  • Details: A draft line up of Maine’s Craft Beers.

Friday November 9th

Brewery Running Tour

  • Friday, November 9th 10am and 4pm
  • Location: Port City Running Tours
  • Price: $20
  • Category: Beer Tasting, Other
  • Brewery: Rising Tide, Maine Mead Works, Shipyard
  • Details: Meet up at the Thirsty Pig and run to downtown breweries. Sampling and brief stopovers along a 2 mile run.

Rising Tide Beer Dinner

  • Friday, November 9th  6pm
  • Location: Farmer’s Table
  • Price:        VIP Price:
  • Category: Beer Dinner
  • Brewery: Rising Tide
  • Details: Two levels of dining experience.  Option one, 1st floor , three course beer dinner including pairing with Rising Tide Brews.  VIP option, 2nd floor, five-course menu with Rising Tide tasting.

Local Brew TV & Baxter Brewing Co.

  • Friday, November 9th 7pm-10pm
  • Location: Thirsty Pig
  • Price: Pay As You Go
  • Category: Beer Tasting, Firkin, Meet the Brewer, Education
  • Brewery: Baxter
  • Details: Screening of Local Brew TV’s episode one spotlight on Baxter Brewing Co.. A special firkin release of Baxter’s new Winter Brew.

Saturday November 10th

Brewery Running Tour

  • Friday, November 8th 10am and 4pm
  • Location: Port City Running Tours
  • Price: $20
  • Category: Beer Tasting, Other
  • Brewery: Rising Tide, Bunker Brewing, Shipyard
  • Details: Meet up at the Thirsty Pig and run to downtown breweries. Sampling and brief stopovers along a 2 or 5 mile run.  Saturday a women’s only tour will be offered.

Rising Tide Tap Takeover

  • Saturday, November 10th 5pm-1am
  • Location: Mama’s Crow Bar
  • Price: Pay As You Go
  • Category: Tap Takeover
  • Brewery: Rising Tide
  • Details: A night on the East End featuring all Rising Tide Brews.