BANGOR – An annual event in Bangor highlighted Maine’s craft beer scene with two tasting sessions Saturday.
More than fifty breweries, a hundred beers to try, and three hours to drink as much as you want. That’s how the folks at Bangor On Tap were brewing up some fun at the Cross Insurance Center.
“This place is full, people are coming in from miles around,” said Lisa Jacunski.
Now in it’s fifth year, event organizers said Bangor On Tap grows bigger and better each time.
“It’s just awesome trying all the different beers, seeing different people in the town,” said Nate Lewis.
Some breweries hailed from out of state. But many vendors came from right here in Maine, including our own reporter by day, brewer by night Nit-Noi Ricker there for 2 Feet Brewing Co.
All corners of the state were represented, from York to Fort Kent.
“We’re the northern-most brewery in Maine,” said Travis Guy, a co-owner of First Mile Brewing Company in Fort Kent. “My favorite experience has been all the connections we’ve made, the positive help we get from other breweries, it’s just a great culture to be involved in.”
IPA’s, lagers, stouts- you name it, it was there.
But it’s not just about the beer.
Members of the local Anah Shrine were there raising money for their children’s hospital.
And event organizers said the event gives Bangor’s economy a little boost from everyone looking for food and a place to crash after.
“I know after this event people love to eat, go to the restaurants, local restaurants…you really don’t have a lot going on like this, especially in February,” said Stormi Henderson, live events coordinator for Town Square Media.
“We’re going gambling after!,” said Lisa Jacunski.
“We’re going to make some money, start our own beer thing after,” said Kathie Dunphy.
No matter what county they’re from, the dozens of brewers present believe it’s is a growing industry in Maine.
“It seems like everywhere you look there’s a new brewery opening every other day,” said Guy.
“The craft beer scene just seems to be hyped up all the time, the clout is as big as lobster now, it’s just it’s fun,” said Josiah Hartley, the co-owner of 207 Beer Co. in Brewer.
More than one thousand people were expected to come through the event’s second session for Saturday night.