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Portland Maine Trivia Nights Updated!

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In the winter months especially we all need to get out of the house and hit some great local bars to take on some trivia!  Leave your cell phone off please, and use your team and wit to win some great prizes!

Trivia nights are a great way to catch up with old friends and also make some new ones!  Check the list below!

Monday:

Location- Sebago Brewing Old Port

Date of event: Every Monday

Time of event: 7 pm

Event Address: 211 Fore St, Portland, ME

Description: We pack the house at our Portland and Kennebunk brewpubs.  Get a team together or come solo for the best quiz night in town!

Tuesday

Location- Binga’s Stadium, Portland- Stump Team Trivia!

Date of Event- Every Tuesday

Time of event: 8pm

Event Address: 77 Free Street, Portland, ME

Description: Stump!  Trivia bring your friends and win some money!

Location: Dogfish Cafe Trivia Night!

Time of event: 8pm

Date of Event:  Every Tuesday until March 31st 2015!

Event Address: 128 Free St, Portland, Me

Description- No cover charge, giving out a wide variety and best prizes in Portland!  Think you know trivia?  Come test your knowledge with us!

Location:  Trivia Tuesday at Rira!

Date of Event:  Every Tuesday

Time of event: 8:30pm

Event Address:  72 Commercial St, Portland, ME

Description:  Portland’s award winning trivia night.  Come see who comes out on top!

Wednesday

Location/Name:  Brian Boru Trivia Night!

Time of event- 7pm

Date of Event:  Every Wednesday

Event Address: 57  Center St, Portland, Me

 

Thursday:

Location: Bugaboo Creek’s Throwback Thursday Trivia (New)

Name of Event: Throwback Trivia

Date of Event: Every Thursday

Time of Event: 7 pm

Event address: 264 Gorham Road, South Portland

Description: Pop culture trivia from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

 

Location:  Margarita’s Trivia Night!

Date of Event:  Every Thursday

Time of Event: 7:30pm

Event Address:  Margarita’s.  11 Brown St, Portland, Me

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If you’re aware of any other trivia nights in Greater Portland that we may have missed or that bars/restaurants have recently added, please let us know by Suggesting an Event. Thank you! – See more at our older link- http://www.iloveportlandmaine.com/2010/08/23/portland-maine-trivia-nights/

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Peloton Speaks tonight in Portland ft Spose/Luke Livingston! 1/21/15

Peloton Speaks

Peloton Speaks

A new business themed event has sprung up in Portland!  It began last month in a city that seems to have so many great options for business owners and entrepreneurs to network and meet one another.  The monthly event takes place at Peloton Labs and is put on by Katalyst and Dream Local Digital as part of the collaboration series.

The event however is unique in a sense that it encourages those who attend to really be honest about their business and their fears.  The first event featured some well known business owners like Chris Avantaggio of LiveME and Emily Straubel of The Red Lipstick Project.  They told their stories of taking a leap, and facing fear.  The event then allows the audience to ask questions and three audience members are drawn at random for those who want to speak.  These attendees tell their story and get instant audience feedback.  

This month’s theme is:  Getting through tough times.  The event will feature Maine hip hop artist Spose, Baxter Brewing founder Luke Livingston and Peloton’s founder Liz Trice.  These three featured guests will tell their stories in a very honest environment.  The event features Beer with from Baxter Brewing, food from Slab Sicilian Street Food and music by Dj Mosart.  A unique atmosphere to network and here some great guests tell their stories.  Come check out Peloton Speaks tonight 6-8pm at 795 Congress St at Peloton Labs.

 

When:  January 21, 2015

Time: 6-8PM

Tickets are available online at until 4pm at: pelotonspeaks.eventbrite.com

Then at the door for $8.  Ticket includes admission and Beer and Food!

 

 

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Portland On Tap- January 24, 2015!

Courtesy of Portland On Tap

Courtesy of Portland On Tap

Portland On Tap will be this  Saturday, January 24th from 2:30PM to 6PM at the Portland Company Marine Complex.  The great event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries.  Those in attendance will receive an unlimited sampling of beers, and a great array of live music.  Their will also be great good available for purchase and awesome vendors!

 

 
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased HERE, and they are going fast!

 

 

Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door so get yours early!

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

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Winterfest Weekend 2015 begins January 23!

Courtesy of Portland Downtown District

Courtesy of Portland Downtown District

Winterfest weekend begins on January 23rd in Downtown Portland.  On Friday there are many FREE family friendly outdoor winter activities and then again on Saturday!  A Winterfest scavenger hunt will also take place throughout the weekend with a chance to win many great prizes!

 

Come out and enjoy the best family fun in Portland this winter this upcoming weekend!  

 

 

Some featured events-

WinterFest Rail Gym

WinterFest 2015 Snow Sculptures

Portland Pirates Hockey Shot

Winterfest Scavenger Hunt

Full List of Sponsored Events Link/Information

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Guster returns to State Theatre! 5/2/15

Guster's "Evermotion"

 

 

Tickets for Guster’s return to the State Theatre go on sale Friday January 9th!  As an added bonus each ticket comes with a download of their new album “Evermotion” available on 1/13!  Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at Cross Insurance Arena, or online at http://www.statetheatreportland.com/

 

 

Don’t miss an opportunity to see a favorite in Portand over the years and also get their new cd with your ticket!

 

 

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Our vote for best pizza of 2014: SLAB

Courtesy of I Love Portland ME

Courtesy of I Love Portland ME

 

We figured just incase you haven’t heard of what Slab is offering yet since it’s opening this past early Summer, we got you covered.  Portlanders will always debate who has the best pizza in town.  Our vote goes to SLAB.  In it’s very first year alone SLAB has already achieved a great following and attracted national attention.  Of course there’s the original hand slab, but it’s menu goes far beyond that.  For your first time there, you know what to do:  Hand Slab and some of the best local beer around.  After that go nuts.  The menu ranges from Italian styles sandwiches, meat and cheese plates, and probably the best puff pastry desert you will ever try.  Our recommendations would be a Hand Slab, Meatloaf meatball, Puff pastry (Girelle) and finish it off with any local brew. 

Check out SlabPortland.com for full menu and check them out on Facebook.

 

With so much great food and pizza going on in Portland these days it was hard but SLAB for us here at ILPM takes 1st place! So if you’re in the mood for mouth watering Pizza and Sicilian style street food, head down and check them out at 25 Preble St in Portland!

 

 

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New Year’s Eve 2015 in Portland!

Each year here at ILPM we try and highlight some of our favorite New Year’s events!  It’s becoming harder and harder each year to talk about/cover all of them in a city that does so much for one night!  Here are a few of our favorites for the big night as we say goodbye to 2014!

 

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-Grace New Year’s Eve Bash

Location:  Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland.

Time:  9pm

Tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/956418

This is the 6th New Year’s Eve Bash Grace as had!  This year they are changing it up a bit to provide the best possible party!  This will be a ticket only event, so you can avoid the lines!  You will be greeted with a champagne toast upon arrival, dance the night away with a fantastic DJ and ring in the new year with us and 250 new friends.  Again, this will be a ticket only event with proceeds of the ticket sales going to support the important work of Good Shepard Food Bank!

 

 

 

 

 

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Children’s Museum New Year’s at Noon and New Year’s at 2. 

Location:  Maine Children’s Museum, 142 Free St, Portland.

Time:  10AM-12PM

This is family friendly version of a New Year’s Eve Celebration!  The Museum will host their annual New Year’s Party for kids.  New Year’s at Noon (starting little early this year) will feature lots of fun for the little ones, along with 500 balloons!  The New Year’s PJ Party is free with Admission.

From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM…

If you want to celebrate New Year’s in a quieter fashion with “hat-making and merriment”.  The event is free with Admission. Please note…

For more information visit:  http://www.great-maine-vacations.com/new-years-eve-maine.html#sthash.KueT24cd.dpuf 

 

 

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Midnight Masquerade- Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks

Location- Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, Grand Ballroom, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland.

Time:  Events starting at 6:30pm.

Celebrate the traditions of carnival and Mardi Gras as DJ Brian Zutter and The Bob Charest Band keep you moving all night.  From 6:30-7:30pm enjoy cocktail hour, 7:30-9pm enjoy dinner at the hotel, 9pm-1am enjoy ringing in the new year!  There are multiple ticket options available for this event, and even a ticket option that gets you a special discounted rate for the hotel for the evening!

For Reservations and more Information, call the Marriott Hotline at 207-347-6874, E-mail
banquets@marriott-sableoaks.com
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call The Bob Charest Band at 207-797-3848, E-mail

cindy@bobcharestmusic.com
www.BobCharestBand.com

 

4th Annual All Access Party Pass

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If dancing and moving location to location on New Year’s Eve is your thing then this is the pass for you.

The All Access Party Pass-Downtown puts the hottest spots in the coolest areas of the city all onto one itinerary for New Year’s Eve 2014! Gain entry to the most sought after downtown hot spots, each with NYE perks and amenities including:

-Complimentary General Admission to multiple events. Feel free to party hop all night long so go to one or go to all…the choice is yours!

-Live performances by super hot DJs spinning hip hop, dance, rock, Top 40’s and 80’s

-Festive New Year’s Eve party favors

Gain Access to any of the following bars:

51 Wharf Nightclub
Bonfire Country Bar
Fore Play Sports Pub
Oasis
Red Bull VIP Party

$35.00 All Access General Admission
$70.00 All Access VIP Line Skip

Purchase Tickets- http://nypm.ticketleap.com/allaccess2014/

 

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WCYY New Year’s Eve Bash- Soulive and Rustic Overtones at The State Theatre.

Location-  State Theatre, 609 Congress St, Portland Maine

Time:  Doors:  8pm.  Show: 9pm

If live music is your thing on New Year’s Eve this is the best of the best.  Head into the historic State Theatre to see Maine’s own Rustic Overtones opening for Soulive to ring in the New Year!

Buy Tickets online at http://www.statetheatreportland.com or in person at the Cumberland Country Box Office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is 5 different kind of events, but we want to hear what you are planning!  Have an event that you’re attending or want us to highlight?  Let us know. Email us or comment on facebook!

 

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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Mark Stevens of Maine Beer Tours || Weekend brewery recommendations!

Fall is upon us and I’m sure just like every Saturday and Sunday morning in Portland Maine many will be heading out locally to sample some of the best craft brew this state has to offer.  Our friend Mark Stevens at Maine Beer Tours was nice enough to give us some recommendations before heading out on your own on his own Maine Beer Tour Bus.  Check out Maine Beer Tours online to check out what a true craft beer experience is all about!

I asked Mark to give us his top two if he has to give ONLY two breweries to make sure to hit up this weekend.  Here’s what he said.

 

“I’d love to talk about the guys at Austin Street Brewery and/or Luke Livingston up at Baxter Brewing in Lewiston.  Austin Street is a tiny brewery that is putting out just fantastic beers.”

Austin Street is located in Portland, ME at 1 Industrial Way, Suite 8

Courtesy of Austin Street Brewery's Facebook.

Courtesy of Austin Street Brewery’s Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baxter is a favorite of mine, and I have a bit of a man crush on Luke.  He’s a great guy, doing some really great things up in Lewiston, which is needed”

Baxter is located in Lewiston, Me at 130 Mill St.

Courtesy of Baxter's Facebook

Courtesy of Baxter’s Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Mark Stevens of Maine Beer Tours || Taking the craft beer ride.

Mark Stevens of Maine Beer Tours LLC

Mark Stevens of Maine Beer Tours LLC

 

A few summers ago I was outside on the deck in the middle of a Portland Maine summer at Novare Res Bier Cafe.  I was there with a mutual friend Luke Livingston who at the time had just launched Baxter Brewing Company only a few years earlier.  I was getting ready to call it a night when a friendly couple approached me and asked if I ran a company in town.  I said yes and we began to talk, and they informed me they had just started their own business too.  The couple was Mark and Nichole Stevens.  The company was Maine Beer Tours.  This was right at the time that the craft beer industry in Maine was really taking off.  Me, being very new to any of it and being very ignorant to this happening listened somewhat in awe that people would pay money to be driven to different breweries and learn about them and sample beers all day.  Why wouldn’t they just go to a bar?  What’s so cool about seeing a brewery?  Was there really a market for this, I asked?

Well, two years later I think my questions have been answered.  Portland has almost become a proving ground for the craft beer industry and every few months a new brewery that seems to always make great beer will pop up.  Personal friends of mine are responsible for some of the biggest craft beer buzz in the Northeast.  The culture has exploded and people now want to know exactly how it’s made, meet the brewers, sample beers they may never be released, and most of all: have fun!

As the years went on Mark an I remained friends and shared many mutual friends.  I couldn’t help but want to actually know as much as I possibly could because every single time I see his bus drive by in town.  I think about how him and his wife were so friendly and excited the night I met them about this venture.  I sat down with Mark recently to talk to him about it all, and what they have planned for the future!

 

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So how did this all start?    

Mark-  The whole concept started for me back about 9 years ago.  Some friends and I rented a van, found a friend willing to drive us, and did our own tour of breweries in Maine, New Hampshire and Mass.  As you can imagine, we had a ton of fun, and talked about it for years.  Fast forward to about 2010, as my wife, Nichole, and I discussed the idea of going into business more, we knew we wanted to be a part of the beer scene here in Maine.  We knew we weren’t good enough at brewing to open our own brewery, but kept going back to the tour I did all those years ago.  We wanted others to discover this great beer scene we have here.  We spend a good portion of our free time hanging out at tasting rooms, chatting with people, so the idea that we could introduce both locals and tourists to the exceptional beer culture we have here in Maine was a no brainer.  The next thing you know, we own a bus!  

 

The Maine Beer Tours Bus!

The Maine Beer Tours Bus!

Tell me a little about how you and your wife got into beer, and where you guys grew up.

 Mark-  We both grew up north of Bangor (Nichole is from Old Town, I’m from way up in The County in Fort Fairfield).  Our craft beer options were limited, to say the least.  There were two places in Presque Isle that had a selection that included more than Bud and Michelob.  One was this crazy store that also sold porn and odd kids toys, the other was a pawn shop.  Neither were places you would think of, but they had some interesting beer choices that afforded me the opportunity to try out different things and expand my palate.  Then, at 19 I brewed my first beer at home.  It was awful, but it gave me the itch to learn more about beer.  Since then, I’d say it’s been a bit of a love affair, in a good way.  Since Nichole and I have been together, we have planned every trip around checking out new and different breweries.  For example, while she was on maternity leave, we brought baby Brooklyn to 18 different breweries.  It’s something we love to do.  It’s a very calming place for us, sampling a few different beers and checking out every breweries interpretation of what beer is to them.    

You and your wife run the company, correct?  Have you always loved beer?

Mark-  Nichole and I run the company.  For the first 6 months, it was just the two of us, with friends jumping on the bus to help from time to time.  During this time, we were rapidly approaching the arrival of the newest addition to our family (Brooklyn) knowing that Nichole would need a little time off,  we hired our first employee.  As of today, the Maine Beer Tours team consists of 10 folks that are all just as passionate about Maine’s craft beverage scene as we are.  We are big fans of beer.  We plan vacations around brewery visits, we host a couple of beer tastings at our house every year, and we spend a fair amount of time going to beer events and releases whenever possible.  We are intrigued by the vast differences from one style to the next, or from one hop or malt to another.  It’s been an interest of mine since college, when I brewed my first beer. 

What was the moment you decided to do this, did you feel there was a need?

Mark-  It was back in 2010 when we first discussed doing this.  At that time, there was nothing like it.  Maine Foodie Tours existed, and I was doing the books for them, so I was aware of the tour industry and had an idea of how the numbers might look.  I spent 2011 and the beginning of 2012 working feverishly behind the scenes to figure out licensing, partnerships, routes, calendars, logos, web site design and building relationships with the breweries.  It was the beginning of the brewery boom here in Portland, and the timing was right to really help breweries fill up their tasting rooms.  My concept was less about us, and more about promoting the breweries.  We understand that it isn’t about us, and that we don’t exist without great relationships with the breweries.  We pride ourselves on promoting others as much as possible. The “buy local” premise is big in Maine, and we wanted to further that concept with our tag line “drink local”.  I think we have been helpful to the breweries we visit, and hopefully even some we have yet to visit.  

Courtesy of Mainebeertours.com

Mark and Nichole Stevens.

So take me through what happens when people step onto the bus! 

Mark–  In short, snacks, beer and fun!  To break that all down, we try to really show folks not only just a fun time sampling beers from around the state of Maine, but to teach them all about the great things going on here as well.  We have a 14 passenger bus with lots of storage.  For each and every tour, we pick people up on Commercial Street in Portland, and visit 3-4 different places.  Our tours include all sampling and tours at each location.  Our longer tours include a snack stop (including stops at Salvage BBQ, The Great Lost Bear, Ebenezer’s Brew Pub and Gritty McDuff’s), and our shorter tours include snacks from a variety of local businesses (pretzels from 158 Pickett Street in South Portland, potato chips from Fox Family Farms in Mapleton and popcorn from Little Lad’s in Holden).  A nice little perk about our bus is that it is registered as a limousine, so folks are allowed to sample beers on board.  We typically bring a beer from somewhere we are not visiting, which is a great way to feature another Maine brewery, giving us a wider range of locations to showcase.  We also have bottles of water, because staying hydrated is the key!  A tour with us will feature a minimum of 7 different Maine companies, which is extremely important to us.  Between each stop, we will answer any questions you may have, entertain you with our wit and charm, and provide all the Maine beverage industry information you care to hear.  The idea, for me, is to engage people, but don’t talk over them.  We pride ourselves on fostering a fun atmosphere, and making everyone feel like part of our family, even if it is just for a few hours.

Do you think this would have worked ten years ago, do you think it’s something that is a fad or do you think the craft beer industry is something that will always grow?

Mark–  This may have worked 10 years ago, but it wouldn’t be nearly as strong, obviously.  Breweries have been opening like mad in the past half dozen years, with about 10 just in the past year alone.  I think the timing was right, and this niche is here to stay.  Craft beer is big business, on par with the ski industry here in Maine, which is incredible.  I’m sure that proverbial bubble is hanging out there somewhere waiting to burst but as long as people continue to make solid beer, I think the Maine craft beer industry will continue to grow.   

Do you have any favorite new breweries or ones that you personally love the most?

Mark-  Picking a favorite beer or brewery is like picking your favorite kid.  In all honesty, it changes for me all the time.  I’m really into IPAs and stouts, that much I’ll say.  My taste buds definitely change with the season.  I like flavorful, hoppy beers when the sun is actually keeping us warm, and want dark, roasty stouts when the temperatures drop.  I love the gang up at Baxter Brewing in Lewiston.  I’ve become friends with many of them, and really enjoy spending time up there.  I think Sebago Brewing is absolutely killing it right now.  Their Bonfire Rye, Simmer Down Summer Session Ale and Hop Swap are excellent, and they give an amazing tour out at their production facility in Gorham.  The new guys, Austin Street, Bissell Brothers, Foundation, Gneiss, Banded Horn, Barreled Souls and Funky Bow are putting out high quality products right out of the gate as well.  Seriously, it’s hard to narrow it down for me.

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Personally, I have always respected people with a dream, a vision, a passion for anything.  The first moment I met Mark and Nichole I knew they had the passion to make something special.  They’re friendly, hard working people with an intense love for beer and it shows.  To learn more about Maine Beer Tours and to get some tickets and experience this first hand click below!  Comment or like this story on our Facebook to win a free pair of tour tickets to ANY tour.

 

http://www.mainebeertours.com

https://www.facebook.com/mainebeertours/

 

Take care guys!

 

-Kyle Poissonnier

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Summer ‘Stache Pag to be held at Hadlock Field- July 31, 2014!

courtesy of formstack.com

courtesy of formstack.com

 

After the huge success of the facial hair contests as of late in town it only made sense for the Traveler Beer Company, the Sea Dogs, and the Portland Facial Hair Fest to join forces right?  Right!  This year on opening day at Hadlock the fans will be treated to something quite special before the game!

The July 31st home series against Trenton will feature a full pageant of local folks that all think they have the best mustache.  The winners will be completely voted on by the crowd and there will four categories of beard and mustache greatness!

 

 

Competition categories include”

-Full Beard (6 inches or less)

-Full Beard (6 inches or more)

-Natural Mustache

-Styled Mustache

* A very special Traveler Beer trophy presented during the game to the winners.

The $5 ticket gets you entry into the ‘Stache Pag pre-game event, as well as the Sea Dogs/Trenton Thunder Game starting at 7:00pm.

 

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TRAVELER BEER.

 

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