Saturday, September 2, 2017


Maine-crafted libations, farm-to-table fare, and live music in the streets of Skowhegan



First-of-Its-Kind Festival
The first annual Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival brought nearly 800 people to Skowhegan's historic downtown. The event featured beer, wine, cider, and spirits from 18 Maine craft brewers as well as locally sourced food from nearly a dozen vendors.
A Taste of the Atlantic
Molly Krueger of Atlantic Brewing Company pours a sample.
Farm Fresh
The Skowhegan Farmers' Market was in full swing prior to the brew festival. We hope you had a chance to check it out!
Craft Brew Fest Swag
This year's awesome 3/4-sleeved T's were a big hit. Contact Main Street Skowhegan ( to get yours!
Taste of Skowhegan
Bigelow Brewing serves uniquely named brews including Lying Bastard and Dementia Dog. Join them on Friday and Saturday for live music and wood-fired pizza at their gorgeous tasting room.
Sunshine and Samples
Two brew fest attendees enjoy the September sun and brew samples.
A Popcorn Pairing
The Sweet Life's kettle corn paired perfectly with ales and ciders that were available for tasting.
Get Your Swag On
Thanks to VIP Hour sponsor Skowhegan Savings Bank, VIP attendees were given swag bags that included a t-shirt, tasting glass, and bottle stopper.
Straight from the Orchard
Skowhegan's own Cayford Orchard ferments their own hardened cider. They served it up for attendees at the brew fest and also sell it at farmers' markets.
From Grain to Glass
Maine Grains owner Amber Lambke displays her products that are milled at the Somerset Grist Mill in downtown Skowhegan and used in local brews.
Skowhegan's Own OPB
Oak Pond Brewing uses eight different malts to give its Nut Brown Ale complexity with a slightly toasted flavor and coffee-like tones.
Beer Infusion
Amy Rowbottom, owner of Crooked Face Creamery of Norridgewock, treated VIP attendees to beer-infused cheese—made with local brews from Bigelow Brewing and Oak Pond Brewing.
Brews from the Coast of Maine
Winemaker, brewmaster, and owner Mike Anderson, serves samples of his award-winning fruit wines and handcrafted beers.
Perfect Pour
All attendees left with a souvenir tasting glass.
Cider Sampler
Attendees were given the choice of Mainiac Gold or Mainiac Mac from Ricker's Hard Cider, an orchard based in Turner, Maine.
Flavorful Fare
Ass Over Teakettle owner Kati Quinn served up food samples made with her line of homemade sauces.
Taste of the Green Fairy
Outlawed for a century after rumors of hallucinogenic properties, absinthe—a specialty brew served to VIP attendees at the Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest—is making a comeback thanks to Tree Spirits, an Oakland, Maine, distillery.
Break for Brews
Vendors enjoy a few samples.
Bluegrass Kind Of Day
The Muddy Marsh Ramblers perform for the brew festival crowd.
Fatties for Days
Attendee enjoy locally sourced burritos, aka "fatties" from Rolling Fatties.
Secret Sauce
Wanna know what's in a "fatty"? Here's a close up that's sure to make your mouth water.
A Festival to Remember
People from all over Maine and from as far away as New York and Virginia joined us in Skowhegan for the first annual craft brew festival.
Repurposed and Upcycled
Mainely Pallets owner Derek Keenan shows off his drink-ware made from select hardwoods and rustic materials.
Representing Lewiston
Bear Bones Beer, a new addition to Lewiston's brewing scene, joined us in Skowhegan for the first annual brew fest.
Wood-Fired to Perfection
Crust, a mobile wood-fired pizza oven from Boothbay Harbor, served up pies with locally sourced ingredients. The oven was made in Skowhegan by Maine Wood Heat.
Sweet Treats
Who could resist such a tasty delight?! Whoopie pies from the Bankery were available for purchase during brew fest.
Locally Sourced Line Up
Food vendors and brewers line Water Street in downtown Skowhegan.
Amazing Volunteers!
Thanks to all of our volunteers for making the Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest such a great event! We can't wait for next year!
We can't wait until next year. Cheers!