Local Brews and Books; 5/6 to 5/12

beerbooksSince I know I have quite a few local readers here at Brews and Books, I’ll be posting a weekly round-up of beer- and book-related events in southern Maine. If you’re in the Portland area, hopefully this keeps you abreast of some of the cool events happening in your backyard. If you aren’t, here’s your excuse to come to Maine!

Thursday, May 6

Portland booksellers Longfellow Books are hosting a book signing for mystery author Gerry Boyle at 7 PM. Boyle is the author of the Portland-set Port City Shakedown and, most recently, Damaged Goods – the ninth book in the Jack McMorrow series of mysteries.

At the Great Lost Bear, brews from Boston Beer Company – AKA Sam Adams – will only be $2.99 a pint from 5-9 as this week’s microbrew showcase. The event is also the GLB’s debut of Sam Adams Summer Ale for this year.

Weekly Gank the Goblet night at the Lion’s Pride in Brunswick; order a brew from the Lion’s Pride’s featured brewery and you get to keep the glass! Call for more details.

Friday, May 7

The 7th is the first Friday in the month of May, which means it’s time for the First Friday Art Walk in Portland’s Old Port. In addition to plenty of free music and art shows, some venues will be hosting readings or have beer specials. Check out the full event listings for details on all the participants.

Another literary event over at Longfellow – poets Marcia Brown and Dave Morrison will be reading their work, starting at 7:30.

Iron Man 2 premieres on Friday, and this week Coast City Comics is offering 20% off Iron Man comics, trades and back issues in honor of the film.

Saturday, May 8

Borders Books and Music in South Portland is having a release party for Rick Riordan’s new book, The Red Pyramid. The party starts at 2 PM, and although the event listing is for age 8 to 12 they probably won’t kick you out if you’re a fan.

Wednesday, May 12

Novare Res is hosting Allagashaganza, a special event with staff of Allagash Brewing Company. 23 different Allagash beers will be on tap (including rare goodies), and you can “schmooze with the whole [Allagash] crew from the head brewer to head janitor.”

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If you know of or are hosting an event related to beer or books in the Portland area and would like to see it mentioned here, drop me a line at contact@brewsandbooks.com.

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