UPDATE: The Who's Your Daddy Beer Dinner At Gritty's has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6.
ARTS DISTRICT — Beer geeks will descend on the city Nov. 2-3 for the 19th annual Maine Brewers Festival at the Portland Expo on Park Ave. New this year is an intimate, "Evening with the Brewers" on Friday night at The Thirsty Pig on Exchange St., which is limited to 70 people and includes a pig roast. Beer-flavored cupcakes from Love Cupcakes food truck are among the offerings at the festival, says Tom Atwell of The Portland Press Herald's What Ales You column. [EaterWire]
PORTLAND — The organizers of Portland Beer Week (Nov. 4-11) have really ramped it up for the second annual celebration of the state's ever-growing craft beer industry, according to Meredith Goad of The Portland Press Herald. One of the events is "brinner" at Nosh Kitchen Bar on Nov. 4. From 4-7 p.m. Jason Loring will offer "Founders Breakfast Stout, brewed with flaked oats, chocolates and Sumatra and Kona coffees" with specials like "Holy Hand Grenade: a bacon cheeseburger between two donuts from Holy Donuts, with a little maple syrup and Nosh's signature bacon dust." [PPH]
OLD PORT — As a preview of sorts to both big beer events, friends and Maine's oldest brewers, Gritty McDuff's and Geary's will co- host a "Who's Your Daddy Beer Dinner" at Gritty's Brew Pub on Thursday, Nov. 1. Between courses, Gritty's Brewmaster Ed Stebbins will talk about the history of Maine brewing, beer and food pairings, etc. The cost is $45 per person. [EaterWire]