Belgian Beer Fest is back and it’s being held in Portland, Maine. This momentous beer festival will have over 70 breweries in attendance pouring over 250 different types of amazing beers. That’s too many beers to be listed in this one blog post. Sounds like an opportunity not to be missed. This is a Beer Advocate (BA) ran fest, which means it’s going to be organized and operated like a well-oiled machine while still being very fun.


Beer Advocate did two special beers that will only be available at the festival called Papier Doré and Porte Noir. These beers are going to be really tasty, according to the descriptions given by BA:

Papier Doré
French for “gold paper,” and referencing La Fleur en Papier Doré, a tiny café in Brussels that was frequented by surrealists, the lighter of the two blends combines Farm to Face, a Pale Ale aged with Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and peaches; a yet-to-be-named golden Brettanomyces beer; and a 7-year-old oak barrel-aged beer to add depth of flavor.

Porte Noir
French for “black door,” this beer shares a name with La Porte Noire, a cavernous Celtic bar in Brussels. This blend started with a yet-to-be named darker foeder beer, then additions of Nancy, a red sour fermented with Maine cherries and Brettanomyces, and some 7-year-old oak barrel-aged beer for complexity.

Here are events around Portland that are focused on the festival, both pre and post festivities.


Celebrate the Return of the Belgian Beer Fest with a night of Belgian-inspired Industrial Ales at Novare Res. Allagash and Foundation Brewing Companies will both be bringing some of their own Belgian-inspired beers to share before the festival on Saturday, including some rare kegs…

Foundation Brewing Company:
Ember (Hoppy Amber)
Fading Light (Dark Ale with Brett)
Moveable Type (Farmhouse Ale with Brett)
Pomology: Apricot (Sour Ale with Apricots)
Zuurzing (Sour Farmhouse Ale)

Allagash Brewing Company:
Farm to Face (Sour Ale with Peaches)
Monmouth Red (Flanders-style Red aged in apple brandy barrels)
Neddles (Sour Brown aged in rum barrels)
One T (Belgian IPA with Brett)
White (Belgian Wit)


Join us as we gear up for the Return of the Belgian Beer Fest with some of the finest beers from Maine and beyond.

First-come, first-served, pay-as-you-consume. All are welcome!


Join us for Belgian Beer Fest! We will be featuring drafts from Allagash Brewing Company and Ommegang as well as a special food menu for the night. Don’t miss out on this combo of drinks and links, it will be one for the books!


Little Tap House will be hosting the RBBF: “The Brunch Edition” morning after brunch; Sunday, September 18th, 2016. A host of local Belgian styles will continue the weekend theme! Come mingle with the BeerAdvocate and Allagash Brewing Company crew over waffles and corned beef hash. 11-3pm. Open to all; pay as you go.


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