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Craft beer festival on tap July 13 at Maine State Pier

The Maine Brewers’ Guild’s annual festival has hit the big time. Unable to squeeze any more craft beer fans onto the grounds of the Boothbay Resort, where the sold-out event has been held for the past two years, the MBG has moved the whole shebang to Portland.

“Craft Beer Comes to Maine State Pier” will lure representatives from more than 30 Maine breweries to the city from 1 to 4 p.m. July 13.

The tasting and festival will also feature a special “from away” guest, Victory Brewing Co. of Pennsylvania, as well as Charlie Papazian, president of the national Brewers Association and author of “The Complete Joy of Home Brewing.” Sebago Brewing Co. will provide German-themed food.

This is a 21-plus event, and no pets are allowed. General admission tickets are $50 and include beverages, food and a commemorative glass. VIP tickets (you get a jump on things with admission at noon) are $75. Designated driver tickets are $25. Tickets are only available online and must be purchased in advance from All proceeds support the Maine Brewers’ Guild.

Dunkin’ giving hospital part of iced-coffee sales

Dunkin’ Donuts is partnering with the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital  to kick off iced-coffee season. A dollar for every iced coffee sold Wednesday will be donated to the hospital.

Waffle shop in the works for 15 Monument Square

Anya Arsenault has secured a space in Portland for the second location of her Boothbay Harbor waffle shop, Wannawaf. The new shop will be at 15 Monument Square, in the space formerly occupied by Cobblestones, and will offer waffles and ice cream, but not the hot dogs she has on the menu in Boothbay Harbor.

In addition to sweet waffles, such as the popular Cheeky Monkey (a hot waffle, vanilla ice cream, banana, Nutella, whipped cream and coconut), Arsenault said the Portland shop will offer savory options.

These include her signature breakfast waffle, with eggs and bacon cooked in the waffle, and a take on the Southern classic, chicken and waffles – popcorn fried chicken inside a waffle, served with gravy or maple syrup. There will be a separate waffle iron for gluten-free waffles.

The new shop will be open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Wine bar expected to fill vacancy at One City Center

A wine bar will fill a vacant storefront in the food court area at One City Center in Portland.

Katie Allen of The Dunham Group has confirmed that the real estate company is working with a tenant for the 1,200-square-foot space previously occupied by Dante’s.

She declined to name the tenant because the lease is not yet signed, but did say that the wine bar would not have a full kitchen; the menu will be limited to “olives, cheese nuts – food to accompany wine and beer.”

Wine courses may also be offered, she said.

“We think it’s going to be a great addition to the building, something upscale that people in the other office buildings will be happy to have in the area,” Allen said.

– Compiled by Meredith Goad, Susan Axelrod and Wendy Almeida

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