The third annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest is set for Saturday, Jan. 13, from 1-5 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF ATLANTIC BREWING COMPANY

Brewers, beer lovers converge on Bar Harbor

UPDATE: Due to concerns about weather and safety, this event has been postponed to Sunday, Jan. 14 from 1-5 p.m.

BAR HARBOR — Atlantic Brewing Company and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host the third annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 1-5 p.m.

The event will take place at Atlantic Brewing Midtown, at 52 Cottage St., instead of Atlantic Brewing’s Town Hill location, where it has been held before. Federal and Cottage streets will be closed during the event.

“People can go snowshoeing in the morning and then come downtown for a few beers in the afternoon,” said Kelly Pai Roos, event coordinator for the chamber of commerce.

In addition to Atlantic, eight Maine breweries plan to participate: Boothbay Craft Brewery, Fogtown Brewing Company (Ellsworth), Airline Brewing Company (Ellsworth), Bangor Beer Company, Blank Canvas Brewery (Brewer), Lubec Brewing Company, Lake St. George Brewing Company (Liberty) and 2 Feet Brewing (Bangor).

“There are so many breweries [in the area] now that it justifies having an event like this in January,” said Doug Maffucci, owner of Atlantic Brewing.

Atlantic is releasing a high-gravity barley wine and another beer brewed at Midtown for the event, he said.

Midtown’s brewing setup, a pilot brewery, is open for collaboration with local brewers. Maffucci said some of the brewers featured at Winter Beer Fest have been experimenting in the pilot brewery.

The event sold out last year, with 394 attendees. Allie Sasner, marketing coordinator for Atlantic Brewing, thinks this event is going to draw more guests.

“We think it’s going to be bigger this year,” Sasner said. “Last year, there were eight breweries, this year, there are nine, so there’s more beer to enjoy.”

Roos said Midtown, which opened in July, can accommodate more people than Atlantic’s Town Hill location. Also, more people can easily walk to and from the event.

Lodging packages are available for the event. They include a one-night stay at the Atlantic Oceanside, dinner at Bistro on Eden and tickets to the Beer Fest. Shuttles will be available from the hotel.

Side Street Café is sponsoring games to help keep attendees warm, including donut eating contests and keg stacking competitions. The West Street Hotel is providing heating lamps so attendees will be out of the cold. Entertainment, sponsored by Leary’s Landing Irish Pub, will include musicians Jack Sasner and Russell Snyder.

All beer will be sold at a beer tent located outside of Midtown, and food will be served inside by Midtown Burger and Peekytoe Provisions.

Tickets to the festival, which includes unlimited samples and a tasting glass, cost $25 and can be purchased from the chamber’s website. Nondrinking tickets cost $10. Children under 10 enter free.

Tickets will not be available at the door.

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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