Thursday, December 5, 2013
Hoppy Happenings is a weekly segment that will be posted on every Wednesday to provide brief updates on the Maine craft beer scene and news.
This weekend, if you get a whiff of sausage and sauerkraut and hear the faint sound of accordions and festive German music, or pass someone dressed in traditional German garb - don't be alarmed. It's just the beginning of Oktoberfest events. Oktoberfest, an annual festival held in Munich, Germany lasts for 16 days, but in the U.S., most Oktoberfest events are celebrated only on the first weekend of the festivities. Common elements to most Oktoberfest celebrations include the consumption of large volumes of German beer, music and ample amounts of food.
Sebago Brewing Company is hosting an Octoberfest at their brewery in Gorham on Saturday from 11-6. The fest will feature the release of the 2013 Octoberfest Single Batch Beer as well as live music, food and contests. Tickets are $20 for admission, and $12 for an optional food ticket that covers pretzels, pickles, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and other German food.
You can also pop down to Novare Res Bier Cafe for a hearty serving of German beer in one liter steins (pictured) as they celebrate Octoberfest all day. The yet-to-be-announced German beer will be the only thing on draught for the fest, so be prepared to love it.
If you are in Brunswick, the Maine Oktoberfest is happening on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus hall (2 Columbus Drive) and will feature live music, keg throwing, stein hoisting and plenty of Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer to drink. Tickets are $45 in advance and include a mug and beer/food vouchers.
In other news, Rising Tide Brewing Company has announced that it is offering about 50 memberships to the newly formed "Fox Street Society" that rewards their regular customers. For $110 membership fee, members get 10 growler fills, and a 10% discount on merchandise. Memberships can be purchased at the brewery.
Up in Industrial Way, Allagash Brewing Company House Beer is back (available for purchase at the brewery store only). House Beer is a Belgian Pale Ale and comes in at only 4.5% ABV, so it's meant for the table and for every day, unlike some of the much higher ABV of the special release brews that Allagash is known for. Also keep you eye out for Merveilleux - a blend of several different beers fermented in bourbon and wine barrels - which was released for limited distribution at the beginning of the week.
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Carla Companion is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog thebeerbabe.com in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since.
In her blog, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in Maine, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around.
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