Many of Maine’s top breweries will participate in the Acadia Oktoberfest Oct. 10 and 11 in Southwest Harbor on Mt. Desert Island.
The island is home to one of the nation’s most popular and beautiful parks, Acadia National Park, which is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the Newcastle Inn.
The popular Oktoberfest event is a fund-raiser for the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce. It is held at the Smuggler’s Den Campground and will include plenty of food, music, arts and crafts.
Among the brewers at Oktoberfest will be Allagash Brewing Co. of Portland; Atlantic Brewing Co. of Bar Harbor; Sebago Brewing Co., which operates a brewery in Gorham and four brewpubs around the state; and Baxter Brewing Co. of Lewiston. Other participating breweries are listed on the Acadia Oktoberfest website.
The beer tasting and most other events are on Saturday, Oct. 11, between noon and 6 p.m. Several local restaurants will be providing food, and Russell & Jeff Rock & Reggae and The Peterson Project will perform music on Saturday.
The Oktoberfest kicks off with a wine and cheese from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. The wine and cheese tasting costs $15 a person or $27 a couple. Admission on Saturday is $30 a person, which includes a souvenir beer glass and 10 drink tickets. A limited admission, without the glass and drink tickets, is $10 a person. Food and craft vendors can only accept cash.
Check the availability of a room and schedule your Newcastle Inn stay during Oktoberfest.