Machias Valley Harvest Fair adds craft beer to tasting event

The inaugural Machias Valley Harvest Fair last year included a wine tasting held in the town’s historic railroad depot, Station 1898 and was well received even though the location wasn’t very accommodating for the event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 and has been taken up a notch with the addition of craft beer to the tasting event and an upgraded location.

Currently five craft breweries have signed on to pour a variety of beers at the event alongside the wineries in the Lee Pellon Center. The breweries currently attending; Atlantic Brewing Company, Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams), Sebago Brewing Company, Baxter Brewing Company and Geaghan Brothers Brewing with a possibility of a sixth brewery in the works.

Attendance to this event is set at two price points:

Wine only sampling or Beer only sampling – $15

Wine and Beer combination – $20

Included in the price of admission for the sampling event is an etched sampling glass that you can bring home and add to your collection.

For parents who would like to attend there will be a staffed child care area outside the Lee Pellon center. Food vendors will be in attendance and there will also be appetizers available in the Lee Pellon center during the tasting event, provided by The French Cellar, Monica’s Chocolates, The Talbot Inn, Garden Side Dairy, Skywalker’s Bar and Grille and Pat’s Pizza.

Proceeds from the event benefit Station 1898 Railroad Depot, a historic landmark in Machias, the money will go towards restoring and maintaining the station as well as part of the train.


Brewers Attending:

Atlantic Brewing Company

  •     Real Ale
  •     Bar Harbor Blueberry
  •     New Guy IPA
  •     Ellen’s Coffee Stout

Boston Beer Company

  •     Beer not announced

Baxter Brewing Company

  •     Hayride
  •     Stowaway IPA

Sebago Brewing Company

  •     Runabout Red
  •     Frye’s Leap IPA
  •     Others To Be Determined

Geaghan Brothers Brewing

  •     Beer not announced

Pats Pizza MACHIAS WINE & BEER FEST 2014 art

Machias Harvest Fair Saturday, September 27, 2014

Schedule of Events

7 a.m. Pancake breakfast, Centre Street Congregational Church.

9 a.m. Color Dash, University of Maine at Machias gymnasium parking lot to Station 1898 – sponsored by Washington County: One Community, For More Info

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Welcome tent at UMM, refreshments

10 a.m. Pumpkin Chucking into Machias Bay, public boat launch at causeway

11 a.m. Vendors open, including Kiddie Korral

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Homecoming and Family Weekend Picnic, $7 adults, $5 children under 8 (cash only)

12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Wine and Beer Tasting in Lee Pellon Center

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family Fun on the Mall, University of Maine at Machias, games and activities

1 p.m. Women’s Soccer at UMM soccer field, Car Bash between games sponsored by Psi Delta

3 p.m. Men’s Soccer at UMM  soccer field

2 p.m. Chemistry Magic, family event, UMM Science Room 207

3 p.m. Science Building renovation open house, UMM

4 p.m. Kayak and canoe paddle on the Middle River, meet at the Sunrise Trail kiosk at the causeway and bring your own boat, sponsored by Downeast Coastal Conservancy

4:30-6:30 p.m. Italian themed dinner, Kilburn Commons, UMM, $8.25 adults, $4.50 children under 8

5 p.m. Clipper Athletics Hall of Fame, honoring Barry Shramban and Dwight Ferry of Men’s Basketball Reynolds Center, UMM

5:30 p.m. Women’s Alumni Basketball game, Reynolds Center gymnasium, UMM

7 p.m. Men’s Alumni Basketball game, Reynolds Center gymnasium, UMM

8:30 p.m. Concert featuring Maine’s own David Mallett, Performing Arts Center, UMM, $20 in advance, $25 day of the show; call 207-255-1312 to purchase tickets.

For more information or to register as a pumpkin chucker or vendor, contact Susan at the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, 207.255.4402.

Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.