For breweries/cideries/meaderies, it’s a time to showcase your precious liquid. You’ve been cooped up all winter long building relationships with your local bars and beer slinging stores. Now you can get out and talk about your beer with your ravaging fans. AND it’s beautiful out in Maine during the summer, which is a great change of pace from sales repping or managing beer production.
This is the best time of year for consumers of Maine’s fine beers. Throughout the summer we get to try a bunch of beers from around here or away that we’ve never tried before. It’s a great chance to extend your palate of beer and get to know the local brands a bit more.
We’ve had a few festivals this spring & summer so far that are a sample of what’s to come. A few months ago the annual Bearded Brewfest happening again at the USM Sullivan Gymnasium. It’s a beer fest that focuses on the beardedly gifted among us with beard contests inside and food trucks out front. The unique thing about this beer fest is that there were as many venders of cool stuff as there were breweries pouring beer. From candles made from beer bottles to beard sweaters (you read that right), you can enjoy local makers as well as local beer producers.
Here are some photos from the 2015 Bearded Brewfest: