This is why I don't travel cause all the cool shit just keeps coming to me. You northeast beer dorks get your ass up here. Here's a full list of cities....
God damn look at all those brewers that are coming that aren't currently available in this area. Russian River!! 3 Floyds, Ballast Point, Cigar City, Bell's, Hill Farmstead, New Glarus, etc. This is going to be a god damn wing ding.
Sierra Nevada Brewing bringing its ‘Beer Camp’ to Portland
The one-day event, set for Aug. 1, could be the largest beer festival Maine has ever hosted.
Craft beer lovers in Maine have reason to rejoice.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of the country’s largest craft breweries, will come to Portland this summer to stage what will likely be the largest beer festival Maine has ever hosted.
The Beer Camp Across America Festival: New England Edition is expected to draw thousands of beer lovers on Aug. 1 to Thompson’s Point, the area under development across the Fore River from the Portland International Jetport.
The Maine Brewers’ Guild announced the event Wednesday morning. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” Sean Sullivan, the guild’s executive director, told the Portland Press Herald.
It’s still too early to know how many breweries will be pouring their beer at the festival or how many people will buy tickets, but Sullivan said the event could realistically draw 5,000 people.
Sierra Nevada Brewing, based in Chico, Calif., approached the Maine Brewers’ Guild last fall about bringing its traveling festival to Maine, Sullivan said. Portland will be the fifth stop on Sierra Nevada’s seven-city tour. Of the seven locations, Portland is the smallest city chosen, and the only city in New England. Other locations include San Diego, Chicago, Denver and Philadelphia.
“It’s a great example of how Maine is becoming a hub of craft beer culture in the United States,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said Sierra Nevada Brewing wouldn’t have been able to bring the festival to Portland without the change in the law, which was in the works long before the company approached the brewers’ guild. He said it was a coincidence that the announcement of the festival came on the day after the governor signed the bill.
Allagash Brewing Co. in Portland, one of Maine’s largest and best-known craft breweries, had something to do with Sierra Nevada’s decision to bring its tour to Maine.
As part of its festival, Sierra Nevada Brewing collaborated with 12 craft breweries, including Allagash, to develop a dozen beers that will be available in a mixed 12-pack. Ryan Arnold, spokesman for Sierra Nevada, said this year’s tour is planned with its collaborators in mind.
“We’ve been friends with Allagash for some time, and they’ll be great hosts for the kickoff of the East Coast leg. We’re hopeful many more talented New England brewers will hop on board and make their way to Portland,” Arnold said in an email. “We’re partnering with guilds in each of the host states and donating any festival proceeds to them. The Maine Brewers’ Guild is among those doing an excellent job of championing craft beer, so we’re excited to collaborate on this festival.”