PORTLAND, ME — Gritty McDuff’s and Shipyard Brewing Company are the official beer sponsors of the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Portland, Maine on the Eastern Promenade. This August 4th Portland event is the first U.S. Stopover of just four hand selected cities nationwide and is expected to draw 16,000 people. The Stopover tours are known for celebrating the best of local culture and Gritty’s and Shipyard are two of Portland’s oldest and most iconic breweries.
Gritty’s and Shipyard beers will be served in a beer garden throughout the event and will also be featured during premiere celebrations all weekend throughout the city, including pre- and after-parties at the State Theatre.
This Stopover features music from Mumford & Sons, St. Vincent, Dawes, The Maccabees, The Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim and will be emceed by comedian Reggie Watts. Gates for this daylong concert open at noon and the event ends at 9 p.m. More information can be found at www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/portland.
Gritty’s and Shipyard are also sponsoring events leading up to the concert where fans will have the chance to win tickets to this sold out show. A total of 10 pair of tickets will be awarded to fans over a 10 day period.
The Gentleman, who can be recognized by his dapper appearance, top hat and handlebar mustache, will be at the following retail locations from 5 — 6 p.m. Fans can follow the Facebook page www.facebook.com/findtheGOTR to discover the secret word that must be whispered into his ear in order to win two tickets to the concert. The secret word and the number fan a person needs to be to whisper the word to The Gentleman will be posted daily on that Facebook page.
Monday, July 23 — RSVP, 887 Forest Ave., Portland
Tuesday, July 24 — Oak Hill Beverage, 26 Oak Hill Terrace, Scarborough
Wednesday, July 25 — Joe’s Smoke Shop, 665 Congress St., Portland
Thursday, July 26 — DiPietro’s Market, 387 Cottage Rd., South Portland
Friday, July 27 — Downeast Beverage, 79 Commercial St., Portland
Saturday, July 28 — Westbrook Market, 28 Stroudwater St., Westbrook
Sunday, July 29 — Bow Street Market, 79 Bow St., Freeport
Monday, July 30 — Friendly Discount, 922 Main St., Westbrook
Tuesday, July 31 — Patmans, 95 Tandberg Trail, Windham
Wednesday, August 1 — RSVP, 887 Forest Ave., Portland
The two breweries will also be giving away special limited edition t-shirts and stickers at these retail locations as well as promotions throughout the city leading up to the event. More information will be posted daily at www.facebook.com/grittymcduffs and www.facebook.com/shipyardbrewing.
About Gritty McDuff’s:
Since its founding in 1988, Gritty McDuff’s, Maine’s first brew pub since Prohibition, has brewed creative, quality beers that have earned awards ranging from repeat First Place wins at the annual Real Ale Festival in Chicago, to their most recent award: a silver medal at the prestigious 2007 Great British Beer Festival. Gritty’s Brew Pubs also have frequently won in statewide polls the titles of “Maine’s Best Brew Pub,” “Best Maine Microbrew,” and “Best Bar.”
Gritty McDuff’s operates three popular brew pubs in Maine. Located in Portland, Freeport and Auburn, the locations draw crowds of all ages. Known for their four seasonal ales and five year-round ales, tempting pub fare and welcoming atmosphere, Gritty’s pubs have been named an Editor’s Pick by Condé Nast Traveler, highlighted as “a legend among New England brewpubs” by The Boston Globe, and cited by Playboy.com as one of the best bars in America. Gritty’s has earned numerous accolades from a wide variety of beer blogs and industry press outlets, as well. www.grittys.com
About Shipyard Brewing Company:
Founded in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company is located on the historic waterfront in Portland, Maine and produces 17 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers. Its products are distributed in over 35 states. The Brewers Association ranks Shipyard as the 16th largest craft brewery in the U.S. and 24th overall, making it one of the top 15 rising breweries in the country. In 2011, the brewery produced 129,285 barrels (1,781,260 cases) of its award-winning brews. This marks a 31.7% increase over 2010. www.shipyard.com