This past weekend, head brewer Ezra, assistant brewer Nate, and taproom bartender Amanda represented First Mile Brewing at the Bangor on Tap beer festival on Saturday, February 8th. One of over four dozen represented brands from all over the state (and some from away,) First Mile beer was enjoyed by hundreds of eager, and eventually intoxicated, beer enthusiasts over the course of two sessions, lasting all day. The takeaway: people love FMB beer!
Having braved the trip south, through blizzard and hardship, the crew were immediately faced with trials and tribulations leading right up to the beginning of the event. Fortunately, with a bit of quick thinking, some Yankee ingenuity, a package of Hand Warmers, and a slow caffeine drip, the trio was soon pouring avidly to the multitudes of connoisseurs, excited to see what the hype about that one brewery "from up North" was all about.
First Mile Brewing featured three beer options at this event: something light (House Beer), something dark (Deviator Doppelbock), and something hoppy (Valley Haze NEIPA). All three were exceptionally popular, but the two real MVPs of the day were the spread of FMB merch, especially the hats, and (would you belive it) the rinse spigot and dump bucket, situated quite conveniently adjacent to our taps. Between the beer, the swag, and the singular sanitation station, our booth was never once empty of curious onlookers and eager tasters.
A few special thanks go out to Lubec Brewing and 2 Feet Brewing, for being exceptional neighbors, as well as Footbridge Brewing, for coming to our rescue with a roll of duct tape when our handy rinse spigot sprung a leak prior to second session! And of course, a great big huzzah to Amanda, Nate, and Ezra for representing First Mile Brewing at a wildly successful opportunity that brought some well-deserved southern exposure to our humble County-based gem.