Info from our 2021 event:
Gardiner’s Swine & Stein Brewfest, presented by Camden National Bank and Burke’s Roofing & Masonry features all day samples from some of Maine’s best breweries, wineries and distilleries in an open air beer garden along historic downtown Water Street. Organized by Gardiner Main Street, this annual fall beer festival also includes a full line up of great music, tasty food vendors, fun games and activities all day long.
From barrel aged beers to award winning rum, you’ll enjoy brews and blends not always found at the store, for a true handcrafted, small batch experience. To tantalize all taste buds, hard cider, wine and craft spirits will also be on tap. Enjoy local favorites like Bateau Brewing, Jokers and Rogues Brewing, and Sebago Lake Distillery, as well as established and emerging brewers from across the state – as they pour their best brews. Taste the day away with all day sampling – no beer tickets needed! General admission begins at 1pm, or come early for the exclusive VIP tasting hour at 12pm.
Enjoy all-day tastings from: Bateau Brewing, Jokers & Rogues, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Co., Black Pug Brewing, Chadwicks Craft Spirits from Doom Forest Distillery, Baxter Brewing, Bath Ale Works, Definitive Brewing Company, Blank Canvas Brewery, Sebago Lake Distillery, The Liberal Cup, Outland Farm Brewery, Freedom’s Edge Cider, Threshers Brewing, Mainiac Hard Cider from Ricker Hill Farms, Flight Deck Brewing, and van der Brew.
Beer samples will be 4oz, spirits will be 0.5oz samples and wine will be 1.5 oz samples for responsible enjoyment throughout the event. A complimentary tasting glass is included with admission.
We’re partnering with Johnson Hall to create an outstanding music lineup of Maine’s best and emerging bands. The Oktoberfest German Band kicks off the event followed by Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations to get you dancing in the street with the Ale House String Band wrapping up the event. And for every event ticket sold, Gardiner Main Street will donate $1 to support Johnson Hall’s capital campaign for a fully restored 400 seat theater. Construction on this exciting project begins in April 2022 and donations will be matched thanks to Peter and Sandra Prescott and EJ Prescott Inc, learn more at johnsonhall.org
Crowd pleasing quirky games will include favorites and new additions. For the 7th year, men will groom, style, and dress their facial hair in the hope of being named “best in show” in the crowd favorite Beard and Mustache Competition. The intense Rock Paper Scissors Championship, Corn Hole, Giant Jenga and a Frozen T-shirt Race are joined by newcomer Pass The Pigs tournament!
An array of food trucks and local restaurants will be serving up incredible pork varieties, along with other creative dishes to tantalize your taste buds. The Blind Pig Tavern, hosts a pig roast and they’ll be joined on the street by Pinky D’s Poutine Factory, Smokey & Brines, Kabayan Philippine Foods, M&M’s Ice Cream, soft pretzels from Ruby’s Place Bakery and more.
General Admission tickets are $40 through October 8 and $45 the day of the event. Access the premier VIP tasting hour from 12 to 1pm for $50 through October 8 or $55 the day of the event. Thanks to designated driver sponsor Janet Slade State Farm Insurance, non-drinking tickets online and at the gate are $10 and include unlimited soda and water all day.
Proceeds from Swine and Stein Brewfest support Gardiner Main Street’s mission to grow and sustain our historic downtown while celebrating our unique cultural heritage.
Event is Rain or Shine.
In the event that the event is canceled due to State mandated COVID restriction, refunds will be offered
Our restaurants and merchants are joining in the fun and offering out special menus, events and sales during the event. You can also explore dining and shopping options in our downtown.