Maine is fast becoming the state to be in if you’re interested in going to some great beer festivals. In addition to the yearly biggies (the Spring Brewers Festival, the Maine Lakes Brew Fest and the Maine Brewers Festival), Maine is hosting the second annual Central Maine Brew Fest this April.
The second Central Maine Brew Fest is scheduled for April 17th at the Augusta Civic Center. The first big brewfest of the year is hosting 16 brewers and brewpubs from around the state, from small outfits like Sheepscot Valley Brewing to the big dogs like Shipyard and Allagash. Kennebec Home Brew Supplies is also listed among the exhibitors, although I’m not entirely sure what the brewing experts are going to have on hand.
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 the School Street Band. Like last year, both the Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn in the capitol are offering reduced room rates for the night of the festival, so out of towners can still imbibe.
Check after the jump for a full list of brewers, accommodations and ticket information from CentralMaineBrews.com and Central Maine Festivals, LLC.
Central Maine Brew Fest
At the Augusta Civic Center
Saturday afternoon & evening
April 17, 2010
Two Shows: 2-5 pm and 7:30-10:30 pm
Samples from Maine’s Premier Micro-Breweries
Live Music, Souvenirs, Food, and Raffle Prizes
Tickets $25 starting December 2009
2010 Participating Brewers
• Allagash Brewing
• Andrews Brewing
• Atlantic Brewing
• Belfast Bay Brewing
• Casco Bay Brewing
• Geary’s Brewing
• Gritty McDuff’s Brewing
• Kennebec River Brewing
• Liberal Cup
• Oak Pond Brewery
• Peak Organic
• Penobscot Bay Brewery
• Sea Dog Brewing
• Sebago Brewing
• Sheepscot Brewing
• Shipyard Brewing
• Kennebec Home Brew Supplies
State Street Traditional Jazz Band
Returning by popular demand, the State Street Traditional Jazz Band from Portland, playing New Orleans-style jazz at both the afternoon and evening shows at the Augusta Civic Center.
School Street Band
Augusta’s School Street Band will also perform at both the Civic Center’s Brew Fest shows. Go to www.schoolstreetband.com for information about the band.
SPECIAL Brew Festival rate of $65 (plus tax) at the Comfort Inn Civic Center Augusta. Rate includes deluxe continental breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub. Just across the way from the Festival. 99 Restaurant & Pub open for lunch and dinner. Must call the hotel directly at 207-623-1000 and ask for the Brew Fest special rate. One of Augusta’s Most Recently Renovated Hotels.
SPECIAL Brew Festival rate of $65 (plus tax) at the Holiday Inn Civic Center, host hotel for the Brew Fest. Located adjacent to the Civic Center and the Festival. Ground Round attached, open 6:30 a.m. to midnight. Join all your friends at the Holiday Inn! Call 207-622-4751 for your Brew Festival hotel accommodations. One of Augusta’s Most Recently Renovated Hotels.