Now that several days has passed since The Shelton Brothers and 12% Importers hosted “The Festival” in Portland, I’ve had some time to reflect on my experience throughout the weekend.
First, I want to thank the organizers, volunteers and promoters that made this possible, as well as the sponsors on the side that made the night even more enjoyable. The food trucks (including Hella Good Tacos and Pizza Pie on The Fly) kept me well-fed and free shuttles (provided by Maine Beer Tours) shortened my walk home and allowed me to relax with a post-festival beer at Novare Res Bier Café. Also, local shirt company BrewTees were on hand to offer up special Festival shirts as well as other beer-themed apparel. Additionally, the media coverage leading up to the Festival was well-researched and as a beer geek, I appreciated the positive attention that the Fest was given. Thank you, as well, to everyone that helped to get the word out, as well as the bars and businesses that held Festival-related promotional events to welcome brewers and beer enthusiasts to the city (including Nosh, Oxbow, The Great Lost Bear, Bier Cellar and others).

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