October 24, 2012

Something big is brewing for Portland Beer Week

Now in its second year, the celebration of the local sudsculture has grown by hops and bounds.

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Organizer Allison Stevens says that Portland Beer Week “is about beer in the community and beer as a culture ...”

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A tasting on Nov. 6 at The Thirsty Pig in Portland will pair beers and cheeses.

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PORTLAND BEER WEEK SPECIALS

MAINE CRAFT BREW

WHEN: Nov. 4-11

WHERE: Three Dollar Dewey's, 241 Commercial St., Portland; 772-3310

WHAT: $3 dollar pints of the selected Geary's and Shipyard of the day.

MAINE BEER LUNCH

WHEN: Nov. 4-11

WHERE: Brian Boru, 57 Center St., Portland; 780-1506

WHAT: $9.99 lunch special of the day includes a pint of Geary's or Shipyard.

PIZZA PIE & BEER OH MY

WHEN: Nov. 4-11

WHERE: Portland Pie, 51 York St., Portland; 772-1231

WHAT: Enjoy $3 pints of Shipyard and Geary's all week long.

FOR THE LOVE OF BEER

WHEN: Nov. 4-11

WHERE: RSVP, 887 Forest Ave., Portland; 773-8808

WHAT: Special pricing on 12 packs of Geary's and Shipyard.

KEEPING IT LOCAL

WHEN: Nov. 4-11

WHERE: Dogfish Bar & Grill, 128 Free St.; 772-5483

WHAT: Enjoy $3 Maine pints all night Monday and Tuesday, $3 Old Thumper Pints Wednesday, along with more $3 pints of Geary's and Shipyard over the weekend.

TIME TO BE HUNGRY

WHEN: Nov. 5-10

WHERE: Dogfish Cafe, 953 Congress St., Portland; 253-5400

WHAT: Each dinner special will be paired with a select Shipyard or Geary's Beer.

SHOUT OUT FOR THE BEER

WHEN: Nov. 4-11

WHERE: Ri Ra Irish Pub, 72 Commercial St., Portland; 761-4446

WHAT: Local beer-inspired dinner specials, featuring Shipyard, Geary's, Allagash, Baxter, Sebago and Belfast Bay.

SHIPYARD LOUNGE HAPPY HOURS ALL NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT

WHEN: Nov. 4-10: Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday; 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday

WHERE: Shipyard Lounge at the Marriott Residence Inn, 145 Fore St., Portland; 761-1660

WHAT: $3 Shipyard Pints and free seasonal appetizers while supplies last.

Sauces in the 1 to 3 category would be equivalent to ketchup, Hirschmann said. A 3 would be closer to a barbecue sauce. Tabasco sauce is also a 3.

"Some of the sauces are so hot they can literally blister you," he said. "I've actually been blistered by one of the sauces, and I couldn't drink hot coffee for a month and I couldn't eat anything spicy for about two months. I still enjoy that sauce, I still use it at home, but now I mix it in (with food) so it doesn't get directly on my tongue."

For beer week, Hirschmann will bring a middle-of-the-road sauce from each one of the heat levels, including a sauce that is hotter than the one that blistered him. "I tell you, there are people out there that are true fire eaters," he said.

He'll also bring a case of each sauce in case people want to buy them. The sauce will be served on an unsalted tortilla chip so it can be tasted directly on the tongue.

Don't worry, if you get in trouble, there will be plenty of beer around to help wash away the pain.

 

Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 ot at: mgoad@pressherald.com

Twitter: MeredithGoad

 

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Zach Poole will be driving the Maine Brew Bus during Portland Beer Week.

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Rich Hirschman of Portland Rock Lobster will bring some of his hot sauces to The Thirsty Pig for a tasting on Nov. 8.

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