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Portland, ME -

PORTLAND, Maine –¬† Portland business owner Mark Sprague announced today plans for the inaugural Portland Brew Festival (www.portlandbrewfestival.com), a new beer-centric event scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, September 3-4, at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street in Portland.

Designed for ale aficionados and brew neophytes alike, the festival is designed to embrace the brewing community and give beer devotees the opportunity to discover both high-profile and up-and-coming regional craft beers.

More than 25 beer producers including Sam Adams and High and Mighty (Massachusetts); Switchback Brewing and Woodchuck Cider (Vermont); and Prodigal Brewing and Tuckerman’s Brewing (New Hampshire) have already committed to the festival along with Shipyard, Baxter Brewing, Seadog, Casco Bay Brewing and Fatty Bampkins cider (Maine). Additions are being made regularly, and Sprague plans to have more than 25 total brewers on site.

The event will feature traditional scheduled sessions, each with a limited admission that will allow guests the time and space to peruse the purveyors, interact with the experts, and hone their tasting techniques. The sessions are scheduled for September 3, 12-3:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.; and September 4, 12-3:30 p.m. Local food vendors also will be on hand to add to the event’s appeal.

The inaugural festival promises to be a one-of-a-kind beer experience, and tickets, on sale now for $30 each at www.portlandbrewfestival.eventbrite.com, are expected to sell out well before the event. Event sponsors include Maine Today Media, Sail Maine and BeerME.

For more information about the Portland Brew Festival or to schedule an interview with Mak Sprague, contact Ann Ewing at ann.ewing@hotmail.com or at 615-419-3753.

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