Local Brews and Books; 5/20 to 5/26

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 20

At the Great Lost Bear, brews from DL Geary’s will only be $2.99 a pint from 5-9 as this week’s microbrew showcase. Summer, Pale, HSA, Porter and a special cask-conditioned selection are confirmed on tap.

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.

At Longfellow Books in Portland, Martin Steingesser will be signing Brothers of Morning at 7  PM.

RiRa’s is hosting a Spring Beer Dinner in association with Gritty McDuff’s. 35 bucks buys you five courses from RiRa’s and five beers from Gritty’s. Call to RSVP.

Friday, May 21

The American Homebrewers Association is having a rally at the Allagash brewery. The event is open to members of the AHA and those interested in joining; non-members attending will pay $33 and receive entry and a membership, and the event is free to members. Brewery tours throughout the evening, light appetizers, and a raffle and door prizes!

Although it feels like they’ve been in the Old Port forever, Novare Res celebrates just their 2nd Anniversary. Along with the remains of the Belgian Fest and the stellar regular taps and bottles, Novare will be pouring two versions of their haus bier. There also may be cake.

Saturday, May 22

The Maine Comics Arts Festival is presenting a full day of panels and workshops at the Portland Public Library starting at 10 AM. The full schedule is here – some of the highlights (for me) include a pagebuilding workshop, a presentation on the history of steampunk, and a panel with Jeff Lemire, Skottie Young and Brian Wood.

Sunday, May 23

The Maine Comics Arts Festival runs from 10 to 5 at the Ocean Gateway on Portland’s waterfront. Over 100 artists, writers and publishers will be signing books, doing sketches and slinging their wares. Admission is only 5 bucks. You can check out my earlier coverage of the event here.

Anurag Shantam, author of Awakening, is hosting a satsang from 2 to 5. The event takes place at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough, and will be followed by a book signing.

At 2pm, Anne Chandonnet and Roberta Pevear, authors of Write Quick: War and a Woman’s Life 1836-1867 are signing at the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum on Peaks Island.

Tuesday, May 25

The Yarmouth Historical Society is hosting a reading and discussion group to discuss Backyard Maine: Local Essays by Edgar Allen Beem. The event takes place at 7PM at the YHS offices in the Merrill Memorial Library.


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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