A New Beer Festival Approaches…

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cmbfIf you can’t wait for the Maine Brewer’s Festival in November (or even the American Craft Beer Fest in June), Maine’s capitol is offering another beer-tasting option just next month.

The first ever Central Maine Brew Fest is scheduled for April 18th at the Augusta Civic Center.  Most of the myriad brewers and brewpubs usually at the Maine Brewer’s Festival will be slinging samples, along with local heroes The Liberal Cup and brewing supplier Kennebec Home Brew Supplies.

Tickets are still available, and go for $25 a pop – not a bad price for the number of breweries that will be at the festival.  As is the norm with beer festivals, there are both afternoon (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and evening (7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) sessions.  Along with food and prizes, both sessions will feature live music from the State Street Traditional Jazz Band and Strause & Company.  As a bonus for people not from the Augusta area, both the Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn in the capitol are offering reduced room rates for the night of the festival.

I’m certainly excited to see what kind of festival comes from the large venue and central location of the Central Maine Brew Fest.  Time will tell if this will be a viable Spring companion to the Maine Brewers Festival, and I hope the event offers another annual chance for Mainers and the folks of northern New England to sample all the great craft beer from Maine.  Make a weekend of it – get jazzed about the world of good beer on the 16th when Beer Wars premieres, and then sample some on Saturday.

Check after the jump for a full list of brewers, accommodations and ticket information from CentralMaineBrews.com and Central Maine Festivals, LLC.

Saturday afternoon & evening, April 18, 2009
Sample new and traditional brews from Maine companies large and small
Live Bands, Food, and Prizes

The first ever Central Maine Brews Fest will be underway next spring. You may purchase tickets or volunteer for the event. NOTE: A limited number of tickets will be sold. Order now!

Participating Brewers

• Allagash Brewing
• Andrews Brewing
• Atlantic Brewing
• Casco Bay Brewing
• Geary’s Brewing
• Gritty McDuff’s Brewing
• Kennebec River Brewing
• Kennebec Home Brew Supplies
• Liberal Cup
• Oak Pond Brewery
• Peak Organic
• Sea Dog Brewing
• Sebago Brewing
• Sheepscot Brewing
• Shipyard Brewing
• Sunday River Brewing

Performing at Both Shows

STRAUSE & COMPANY Original American Music
STATE ST. TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND New Orleans Style

Sponsors

Comfort Inn • Augusta – Special Brew Festival rates at the Comfort Inn Civic Center Augusta. $65.00 Rate includes deluxe continental breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub. Right across the way from the Festival. Many restaurants and shopping nearby. Must call the hotel directly at 207-623-1000 and ask for the Brew Fest Special rate.

Holiday Inn • Augusta – SPECIAL Brew Festival rate of $65.00 (plus tax) at the Holiday Inn Civic Center, host hotel for the Brew Festival. Located adjacent to the Civic Center and the Festival. Ground Round attached, open 6:30am to midnight– join all your friends at the Holiday Inn! Call 207-622-4751 for your Brew Festival hotel accommodations.

Atkins Printing • Waterville

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