Beer Events

Over 80,000 Beer Lovers Will Attend The Oregon Brewers Festival. Will You?

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Wednesday July 24, 2013 marks the start of the 26th Oregon Brewers Festival hosted at Portland’s Waterfront Park. For those that have attended the states largest beer festival in the past, you might notice that this is the first year the event starts on a Wednesday. As the festival has grown with over 80,000 attendees the past few years, the …

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New Year’s Eve and Beer: Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot

It’s New Year’s, and that means a few things. Parties, noisemakers, kissing a special someone at midnight, and of course imbibing are all standard fare on December 31st. For years Champagne has dominated this celebration with all of its pomp and circumstance, but no longer! Champagne will become the “old acquaintance” that shall be forgotten. Not content with being considered …

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Great American Beer Festival Tickets Available

The Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO which is taking place September 29 – October 1 has been sold out for awhile. I wish I was going but I have a prior engagement. Anyways, I was searching on Ticket Liquidator this morning for Seahawks tickets and checked and see that they have tickets to GABF for sale. While the …

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Beer Bloggers Conference 2011 Recap

Yesterday was the first official day of the Beer Bloggers Conference which took place here in Portland, Oregon and I was lucky enough to be able to attend at least one day of the event (although I’m currently in the air flying to New York for another conference, non beer related so I had to cut my time at BBC …

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American Craft Beer Week Is Coming

Next week, May 16-22, people from all over the country will be celebrating American Craft Beer Week.  In fact there are official events being hosted in all 50 states for the very first time (very cool). The event was designed to honor the more than 1700 craft breweries currently operating in the U.S. “There’s no doubt about it—nationally, appreciation for …

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Great American Beer Festival 2010 Review

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Jason Jewett. Jason is a 27 year old regular guy in Denver, CO who happens to be a media, beer, books and politics addict. He likes long walks on the beach, a quiet sunset, and stouts that you have to chew to swallow. I saw a guy dressed as Captain America. …

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Friend Me on Foursquare and How it Could be Used in the Beer World

This post is (mostly) unrelated to beer, except that I’ll “check in” at beer-related venues and beer-related events as much as possible. That and I like to build a community among the BlogAboutBeer.com readers as much as possible, too. Therefore, I signed up for foursquare.com a few days ago and added their BlackBerry application so that I can “check in” …

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Registration for the 2010 Trails to Ale Begins Tomorrow

Registration for the 2010 Trails To Ale 10k road race along the oceanfront here in beautiful Portland, Maine opens tomorrow, Saturday March 27th. The Portland Trails race, which is set to take place on Sunday, September 19, 2010, is a full 10k road race along the Eastern Prom trail and around Back Bay, ending at the Portland Company on outer …

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Beer Trading Getting Attention Across the Interwebs

The concept of trading hard-to-find beers among fans has been around for a long time and chances are that if you’re a self-proclaimed “beer geek” you’ve either traded beer yourself or have friends who do. I first wrote about (well to be fair, Josh @ brewsandbooks.com wrote a guest post and I published it) the phenomenon in October of last …

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Tickets for the 2010 American Craft Beer Festival On Sale Now

Tickets went on sale yesterday for the 3rd annual American Craft Beer Festival. Sponsored by BeerAdvocate and Harpoon Brewery, the American Craft Beer Fest features over 325 craft beers from over 80 American brewers. The festival is held at the Seaport World Trader Center on the waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts. The ACBF is the largest annual craft beer festival on …

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Beer Inspired Cocktails at Maine Bartenders Bash

Thanks to a ticket hookup from my friend Ally over at WhereMaineEats.com (under construction), I was able to attend the Maine Bartenders Bash this past Monday night (a helluva way to end a day which began with a 4am trip to Kate Day…). I’m not usually one for vodka but I must admit that nearly all of the cocktails served …

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Reports From Portsmouth Brewery Kate The Great Day 2010

I’m just back from a successful, if not wet and chilly, Kate The Great Day at the Portsmouth Brewery in beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire. And what a wild & crazy morning it was. Josh Christie (of BrewsAndBooks.com fame), a few mutual cohorts and I piled into the car this morning around 3:50am and departed from Portland en route to Portsmouth …

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2010 Vignola Beer & Cheese Festival Reviewed

Last weekend marked the fourth annual Beer & Cheese party at Vignola restaurant here in Portland’s Old Port. As I mentioned before, this has quickly become one of my favorite annual Maine beer events. You can literally pig out on some of the best cheeses and beers in the world until you feel like you’re going to burst — in …

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Throw a Beer Party to Beat the Winter Doldrums

I’m not talking about a raging kegger, I’m talking about a clever, themed “Better Beer Party”. There are plenty of options for themes: beer and cheese pairings, beer and chocolate pairings, traditional beer tastings (especially fun if you have friends who aren’t yet converts, so you can really teach them about beer) or you can get extra creative like Josh …

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The 2010 Vignola Beer & Cheese Dinner is Coming Right Up!

Happy New Year one and all. With each new year, comes January. And with each January comes what has, in recent years, become one of my single most-favorite, most-undiscovered Better Beer events in the state of Maine. I am referring, of course, to The Belgian Beer & Cheese festival at Vignola restaurant in downtown Portland. The 4th annual Vignola Beer …

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My Journey to the Chalice Room at Novare Res

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Matt ‘Hokie’ Hokanson, co-editor of Incessant Rambling.  As an avid beer drinker and occasional home brewer, he’s very happy to be contributing to this beer blog.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter, @mhokie or send him an e-mail. If you would like to contribute a story or article to BlogAboutBeer.com, please …

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Happy Thanksgiving 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May you all have great beer, great food, great friends, great family and a great time together this holiday. And as always, thank you so much for your continued support and readership of BlogAboutBeer.com! If you haven’t yet planned your beer consumpsion for today, click here to see some posts I’ve written on the subject in the …

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Highlights From the 2009 Maine Brewers Festival #mebrewfest

Unfortunately friend and Maine Beer Writers’ Guild booth-mate Josh at BrewsAndBooks.com beat me to the summary post — it’s taken me three days to recover — of this year’s Maine Brewers Festivals and he touched on everything I wanted to make a point of saying. I think the biggest single take-away from this year’s festival, though, was what a huge …

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Pictures and Updates from the 2009 Maine Brewers Festival #mebrewfest

We’ve added a Flickr photostream of pictures from the #mebrewfest to www.flickr.com/photos/mebrewfest and you can see lots of fun twitpics from @shipyardbrewing and @seadogbrewing of the Maine Beer Writers Guild and Maine Brewers Guild table. And don’t forget to check out blogaboutbeer.com/mebrewfest for up-to-the-minute Tweets from everyone at the festival. And by all means, if you’re here (or going to …

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Follow Updates from the Maine Brewers Festival

Just a reminder that Josh (from brewsandbooks.com) and I are blogging, Tweeting and streaming live from the 2009 Maine Brewers Festival all day long today. If you’re going to be here, please be sure and stop by and say hi, or have any questions about beer you have answered. If you’re not here or are coming later and still want …

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Happy Halloween!

Just wanted to wish all the BlogAboutBeer.com readers a very happy, safe and (good) beer-filled All Hallows’ Eve! There’s still plenty of great autumn and some good pumpkin-themed beers out there and since the Halloween is on a Saturday for once, what better excuse to do you need to get crackin’? Enjoy! More on the history of Halloween from Wikipedia: …

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The 2009 Maine Brewers Festival

Just a quick update/reminder/announcement that the annual Maine Brewers Festival is coming right up. Maine’s largest brewfest is next Saturday November 7th at the Portland Expo Building here in Portland, Maine. This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, with many old-time Maine favorites returning to the festival after various hiatuses (hiati?), including Allagash Brewing and DL Geary’s. …

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@Kegerators Giving Away a Free Kegerator on Twitter

Although alerting everyone to this contest will certainly hinder my chances of winning, I’m just a nice guy like that. It appears that the folks at Kegerators.com are hoping to build their Twitter following and are giving away some free kegerators to do so. Here’s the low down: They are going to give away an EdgeStar Kegerator on February 1st. …

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Notes from the Allagash Vagabond Release Party

I just returned home from the Allagash Brewery release party for the Vagabond Ale – the second installment in their now famous Limited 375ml Series which began last spring with the release of Gargamel. Unfortunately, I rarely have all of my wits together at 8 o’clock in the morning so I very embarrassingly forgot my camera. So if you weren’t …

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Allagash Brewing Co. to Release Vagabond Ale

Maine’s most well-known beer geek brewery, Allagash Brewing (the only Maine brewery to win a medal at the 2009 GABF), has announced the release of the second beer in their new 375 ml series: Vagabond Ale. Vagabond is the follow-up release to the brewery’s now famous Gargamel Ale, which was released this past May. Vagabond was aged for four years …

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Winners From the 2009 Great American Beer Festival

This past weekend marked the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Co. In case you’re unfamiliar, the GABF is the largest — and arguably most prestigious — commercial beer competition in the world. The number of entries in this year’s competition crushed the previous record (held by the 2008 GABF) with 3,308 entries from 495 breweries. Gold, silver …

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Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Maties!

Avast, me Hearties! Alright, it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with beer (although I can assume that pirates, when not swigging rum, enjoyed their fair share of tankards of ale) but today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day and I just wanted to wish you all a happy and prosperous one, full of bounty and booty. Here …

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Upcoming Beer & Cheese Social at Portland’s The Salt Exchange

The folks at Redhook and Widmer Bros. (who run their East Coast operations out of their brewery in nearby Portsmouth, NH) have announced an upcoming Portland (Maine) event, which sounds like a definite do-not-miss! On Tuesday September 15th, join the Redhook folks at Portland’s new The Salt Exchange (245 Commercial St. Portland, ME) for a “Beer & Cheese Social” featuring …

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Badass Baltimore Beer Week Kickoffs with Boog Powell

As I’m sure many of you know, these days I reside in the beautiful Pine Tree State. But what you might not know is that I actually grew up in Washington D.C. (and still have a good deal of family in the D.C. Metro). And, having grown up in the Nation’s Capital in a big baseball-loving family at a time …

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This Week at Novare Res

If you live in or happen to be vacationing anywhere near the vacinity of the Pine Tree State this week, be sure and get yourself to Novare Res for two of the biggest beer events happening in Maine in two thousand and nine. First, tomorrow (Tuesday August 4th) sees the 2nd annual Dogfish Head Fest with 23 beers from the …

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BlogAboutBeer.com Reads The Wire

Good morning, all, and happy Sunday to you. As I’m sure we’re all sitting here this morning recovering from great beer-filled weekends, I wanted to post some links and stories of interest. First, the Sam Adams Beer Lover’s Choice program is back for 2009. You may remember in 2008 when the Blackberry Whit beat out the Coffee Stout for mass …

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The Vermont Brewers Festival 2009 Recap

So I’ve returned to my desk, fresh off a weekend of fun and frivolity at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington, VT and I cannot stress enough, if you live within striking distance of Burlington and you didn’t make it to this years festival, you missed out big time! I would strongly suggest you plan ahead now for the summer …

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Heading to Vermont For a Big Beer-Filled Weekend

Up bright and early to hit the road for Vermont for a beer-filled weekend, which culminates with the Vermont Brewers Festival tomorrow evening. So far the trip includes lunch today at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, a trip to Winooski Beverage — one of the best liquor stores in the state according to the folks at BeerAdvocate — …

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I’m Back, News & Notes

Phew! After more than a week without the Internet and the Red Sox, both my tv and my Interwebs are back! And not a moment too soon. As I get back into the swing of things and the beer news begins to pour in once more, I wanted to mention a few fun news & notes. (1) Don’t forget, next …

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Maine Beer News, Notes & Events

It’s been a crazy week plus ’round here. Chelsea and I are getting ready to move next week (still in Portland, just to another quieter and less expensive neighborhood) and it’s really unbelievable how much stuff we have packed into our current apartment over the last two years. I don’t even know where half of it came from! But I …

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The Second Annual Maine Grains & Grapes Festival

Sorry for the slow down in posts over the last week; it’s been a crazy few days ’round here. But I did want to write quickly and remind all the locals that the second annual Maine Grains and Grapes Festival is coming right up. The festival is slated for Saturday June 20th at the Androscoggin Bank Calisee in Lewiston. According …

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Brewery Lineup for the American Craft Beer Festival Announced

The American Craft Beer Festival presented by BeerAdvocate.com is a little more than two weeks away and, even though they have a ridiculous policy of not allowing bloggers to have press passes — even though we cover the industry better than anyone — I’m still going to do them the service of mentioning the festival (because I’m a nice guy …

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Odell Brewing Brews Twitter-Powered Blackbird Schwarzbier

People-powered, Twitter-inspired beers seem to be all the rage in the quickly growing craft beer two point oh scene. In fact, you may remember a couple of months ago when the Bay Area’s 21st Amendment Brewing brewed what they called a #twitterbrew, during which the brewery’s followers could track the brewing process and follow along through frequent posts to TwitPic.com. …

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at South Portland Sea Dog Brewing Co.

A week ago today (deadlines, shmedlines; that’s why I’m a blogger) I was lucky enough to finagle a media invite to the ribbon cutting ceremony (THANK YOU!) at the brand new Sea Dog Brewing Co. brewpub in nearby South Portland, Maine (the space formally occupied by Eggspectations). It was a very fun morning and I’m very thankful for the invite. …

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Come Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Novare Res

I am literally out the door heading to Worcester for the alumni/graduation weekend at Clark U (my Alma Mater) but wanted to be sure and post an event listing that definitely everyone in Maine and probably anyone within driving distace of Portland will want to check out! This Thursday May 21st is the one year anniversary of operations at Novare …

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2009 Vermont Brewers Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for the 2009 Vermont Brewers’ Festival has been released and it only reinforces why this festival has quickly become one of the most predominant summer beer festivals in the Northeast. This year’s attending breweries include: Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME) Brooklyn Brewing (Brooklyn, NY) Dieu de Ciel (St Jerome, QC) Harpoon Brewing (Windsor, VT/Boston, MA) High & Mighty …

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Allagash to Release Gargamel This Thursday

Sorry for the lack of new posts this week. Things have just been extra uber crazy trying to get my life in order following its recent upheaval. But there is one thing I wanted to be sure and bring to really everyone’s attention because the release of this beer is just that important, but this particular event is one that …

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21st Amendment Brews Very First #twitterbrew

It seems that the Craft Beer Community is increasing their participation in all things New Media at an incredible clip, with their presence on Twitter really taking the helm. One such community member however, San Fransisco’s 21st Amendment Brewing, took the beer-on-Twitter phenomenon to new heights. Just yesterday 21st Amendment brewer Shaun O’Sullivan brewed the very first #twitterbrew. The beer, …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, one and all! Despite my recent gripes about Guinness/Diageo and the holiday’s commercialization, it’s still a fun day and a good excuse to celebrate, regardless of your own cultural heritage. So, in order to celebrate ‘round here, I’ll share a joke that my brother sent me this morning. The original joke, from this video provided by …

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Why I Say No to “Proposition 3-17”

This is the second year in a row I’ve received a press release about the Guinness/Diageo marketing campaign called Proposition 3-17 (I’m not supplying a backlink, just Google it if you want to find out more) in which the brand is trying to “make St. Patrick’s Day an officially-recognized holiday in the United States”. While I love a good marketing …

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First MBWG Meeting of 2009: Aged Beer Dinner

The first quarterly meeting of 2009 — we moved to quarterly meetings after monthly meetings proved just too problematic — of the Maine Beer Writers Guild was held this past Friday evening at the condo of Jan (of BeerBloggers.com) and his wife Sally here in Portland. The theme of the evening was aged beers and the lineup was one which …

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The World’s First (Reported) Communal Twitter Beer Tasting

This Saturday January 17th will mark a great day in the growing emergance of craft beer on the popular microblogging & social networking platform Twitter. At five o’clock PST (that’s 8:00pm for those of us here on the East Coast), beer and Twitter enthusiasts the world-over will gather at Twitter Taste Live — a site originally launched to do real-time …

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UPDATED: Lots of January Maine Beer Events

Temperatures may be down (waaaay down) in Portland, but the beer events seem to be up (waaaay up). First, Gritty’s has developed a small-batch porter to support the Portland Pirates hockey team.  Named after the Pirates’ mascot, Salty Pete Porter is available at Gritty’s Portland brew pub only, and only for a limited time. According to the official press release, This porter is …

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