SOUTHWEST HARBOR — At least 11 home brewers will put their craft ale, lager, stout to the test before a panel of judges as part of the 23rd Acadia’s Oktoberfest Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6, at Smuggler’s Den Campground.
The Down East Family YMCA’s youth development director, Roman Perez, who tends bar at Airline Brewery, will serve as master of ceremony at the inaugural Home Brewers Competition.
Fogtown Brewing Co. co-founders Ian Heyse and Jon Stein are among the judges. The first-prize winner will have their beer brewed at the Ellsworth microbrewery on Pine Street.
“Home brewers are really creative,” Heyse said last week. “I’m really excited about it because so often they’re the ones that drive a lot of what the commercial breweries end up doing.”
Second- and third-place winners will receive a gift basket from Bangor’s Central Street Farmhouse, which sells brewing supplies. The other contenders will have to settle for drinking tasty craft beer.
Hosted by the Southwest Harbor and Tremont Chamber of Commerce, Acadia’s Oktoberfest, will see more than 20 brewers pour their creations from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Smuggler’s Den. They range widely from Biddeford-based Banded Brewing Co., which will pour its Pepperell Pils, Veridian IPA to Bangor’s 2 Feet Brewing, which will serve up its Barn Burner, Jalapeno Ghost and Pepper Saison.
Fogtown also will be on hand with its Po-Tee-Wheat, brewed with Maine-grown wheat and potatoes and apricots, and a Thai Hot beer, brewed with Thai chilies, lime, lemongrass, basil and coconut.
“That’s a Jon Stein special,” Heyse said.
“The past five years it’s really exploded,” he noted. “But places like this, there’s a community angle. You’ve got older people, younger people, live music, basically something for everyone.”
For non-beer drinkers, Oktoberfest kicks off with a wine tasting from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. On Saturday, food will be aplenty and will include Bar Harbor Oyster Co.’s freshly shucked oysters, The Ramblin’ Rose’s crepes, bratwurst from Colvard & Company and barbecue from Bar-Har-B-Q, among others.
Live music, a crafters’ fair, keg toss and stein-hoisting competition are some of the festival’s other highlights.
Smuggler’s Den is located at 20 Main St. Tickets cost $20 per person for the wine tasting and $35 per person for the beer tasting. For more info, call www.acadiaoktoberfest.com.