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2017 Photo Slideshow

Welcome to an Unforgettable Festival
1 historic downtown + 3 musical acts + 9 food vendors + 25 brewers + more than 1,000 attendees = a spectacular festival
Sun, Smiles, and Samples
What could be better than a warm, sunny day combined with unlimited samples from friendly brewers, delicious Maine fare, and live music? We can't think of anything either!
Cider, Kombucha, and Beer, Oh My!
Urban Farm Fermentory joined the brew fest in 2017 with samples that included everything from pale ale to ginger kombucha, a fermented tea.
Bottoms Up
Maine craft brews were on tap from 2 to 7 p.m., making for a delicious day.
Live from Downtown Skowhegan
The local Dave Mello Blues Band was one of three acts to keep the crowd grooving.
Under Blue Skies
With the sun shining, Sept. 2, 2017, provided perfect weather for Skowhegan's second annual brew festival.
In Full Swing
Festival-goers in 2017 were treated to samples from 25 purveyors of Maine craft beer, wine, cider, and spirits.
Sampling Souvenir
The sampling may have ended at the festival gate, but all attendees left with a souvenir sampling glass featuring the Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival logo.
All Sorts of Yum
Nine Maine food vendors offered an array of deliciousness including organic tacos, wood-fired pizza, chicken wings, gourmet poutine, and more.
All-Maine Lineup
Dirigo Brewing Company was new to the Skowhegan brew fest in 2017. With a name that's also the state of Maine motto, Dirigo ("I lead") is a perfect addition to our all-Maine lineup of brewers.
Cheers!
These attendees enjoyed samples while donning their VIP T-shirts.
Call Me Ishmael
The family-owned Rising Tide Brewing Company was one of several breweries to make the trip from Portland in 2017.
Here's to Us
It was a great day to eat, drink, and be merry with your besties!
Time for a Chat
The festival brought out community members and visitors alike, with attendees hailing from across the state and from other locales including Quebec, New Hampshire, and New York.
Festival Favorites
In 2017, festival-goers received checklists so they could keep track of which brewers they visited—and which was their favorite.
Best in Show
Skowhegan's own Bigelow Brewing was voted Best in Show by festival-goers. Bravo!
Delightful Day
These two were all smiles as they enjoyed samples in historic downtown Skowhegan.
Authentic Cuisine
Family-operated food truck Kabayan Philippine Foods brought a taste of the Pacific islands to Skowhegan.
Plenty of Spirit(s)
Another new addition to the 2017 festival, Chadwick's offered its Triple Distilled Maple Craft Spirits.
Mainely Awesome
Skowhegan's Mainely Pallets specializes in upcycling select hardwoods to create unique rustic decor and drink-ware.
Good Times
Maine craft beer? Check. Fun with friends? Check. Laughter? You bet.
Get Your Swag On
VIP attendees received swag bags from VIP Hour sponsor Skowhegan Savings Bank plus limited-edition VIP T-shirts.
From the Coast to the Kennebec
Brewers came from all over the state including the mountains, the coast, the Highlands, Southern Maine, and the Kennebec Valley.
Pizza Perfection
Hailing from Boothbay Harbor, Crust was on hand with their mobile wood-fired oven—crafted by Skowhegan's Maine Wood Heat Co.
Acoustic Artist
Local acoustic guitarist Connor Reeves kept the music flowing between the festival's two bands, the Dave Mello Blues Band and the Youngerbloods.
Happy Camper
Penobscot Bay Brewery came from Winterport to enjoy the fun.
Festive Scene
Balloons let attendees know where to find VIP brews, food samples, and non-beer samples including wine and spirits.
Happy Hour
VIPs received vouchers to pick up their swag bags of goodies and specialty T-shirts at their leisure.
 
 

2016 Photo Slideshow

First-of-Its-Kind Festival
The first annual Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival in 2016 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 inaugural craft brew festival's awesome 3/4-sleeved T's were a big hit. Contact Main Street Skowhegan (info@mainstreetskowhegan.org) or stop by the Skowhegan Fleuriste to get yours!
Taste of Skowhegan
Bigelow Brewing serves uniquely named brews including Lying Bastard and Dementia Dog. Join them on Fridays and Saturdays for live music and wood-fired pizza at their gorgeous tasting room.
Sunshine and Samples
Two 2016 brew fest attendees enjoy the September sun and brew samples.
A Popcorn Pairing
At the 2016 festival, 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 receive swag bags full of goodies and 3/4-sleeve T-shirts.
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, offered 2016 festival-goers delicious cheeses infused with local beers. In 2017 she collaborated with Kati Quinn of Ass Over Teakettle to present Smokey Tomato Confit using horseradish cheddar cheese and ATK's famous Bloody Mary mix.
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 of the 2016 brew fest 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 performed at the 2016 brew festival.
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, Virginia, and Nova Scotia 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 favorite of Lewiston's brewing scene, joined us in Skowhegan for both the first and second annual brew fests.
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 local landmark the Bankery (a bakery housed in a circa-1864 former bank!) were available for purchase during the 2016 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!
Ahhhh....
We can't wait until next year. Cheers!