Swine & Stein Brewfest in Gardiner, Maine

Event Info

All-day sampling of beers, wines and spirits.
Succulent pork. Epic bands. Quirky games.
All in Gardiner’s historic downtown!

Swine & Stein Brewfest in Gardiner, Maine
Gardiner’s Swine & Stein Brewfest 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. Gardiner Main Street’s annual fall beer festival also includes a full line up of great music, tasty food vendors, fun games and activities all day long.


Established in 2009, Swine & Stein Brewfest celebrates the diversity of Maine’s craft beverage producers. Over twenty breweries, wineries, distilleries, and meaderies will be serving samples in the open air beer garden 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, mead, and craft spirits will also be on tap. Enjoy local favorites like Bateau Brewing, Cushnoc Brewing and Chadwick’s Craft Spirits, 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.

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 Scolded Dogs will take the stage from 12:30-1:30pm, The Shakes perform from 2-3:30pm, and Astroplanet closes out the event from 4-5pm.

Crowd pleasing quirky games will include favorites and new additions. For the 9th year, participants 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.

Try your luck or test your skills at the intense Rock Paper Scissors Championship, Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Giant Pass The Pigs games or the Frozen T-shirt Race.


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.

Join us for Gardiner’s best event of the year on Saturday, October 7th, 2023!

Event is Rain or Shine  


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.

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October 7, 2023

Swine & Stein Brewfest is and outdoor, urban beer festival in one of Maine's most charming main streets!

20+ Brewers

All-day sampling from Maine breweries, wineries and distilleries included with admission - from old favorites to newcomers from across the state

Live Bands

Outstanding lineup of Maine's best and emerging bands all day long

Food Trucks

An array for tasty food options featuring local pork dishes and other delicious options from food truck and local eateries

What's on Tap

With 20+ Maine craft beverage producers, there's a variety of options to choose from: beers, wines, spirits and meads. Each vendor is bringing multiple varieties to our downtown Gardiner event on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Plan your day to sample your favorites!

Brewer Lineup

Check out the variety Maine craft beverage producers poring samples all day long:


Footbridge Brewery

Boothbay Harbor, ME

Penobscot Bay Brewery

Winterport, ME

Winterport Winery

Winterport, ME

Trinken Brewing Co

West Bath, ME

Absolem Cider

Winthrop, ME

Flight Deck Brewing

Brunswick, ME

Run Amok Mead

West Gardiner, ME

Outland Farm Brewery

Pittsfield, ME

Bath Ale Works

Wiscasset, ME

Cushnoc Brewing Co

Augusta, ME
Olive Pit Brewing

Olive Pit Brewing

Lisbon Falls, ME
Black Pug Brewing

Black Pug Brewing

Brunswick, ME
Bateau Brewing Logo

Bateau Brewing

Gardiner, ME

A Downtown Celebration

Our restaurants and merchants will join in the fun by offering out special menus, events and sales during the event. You can also explore dining and shopping options in our downtown. Easily exit and re-enter the beer garden using your event wristband at several re-entry gates. 

Food Trucks & More

Food trucks set up inside the beer garden
More local food options to explore throughout downtown.

2023 Swine & Stein Brewfest Sponsors

This event is made possible with support from our amazing sponsors

Swine & Stein Brewfest is presented by

Taster Sponsor

VIP Sponsor

Designated Driver Sponsor

Band Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors


Brewfest Sponsorship Opportunities Are Still Available

A limited number of exposure opportunities will be offered to businesses who would like to show their support for the Gardiner community to a crowd of up to 2,000 attendees. View our sponsorship opportunity information to find more details, marketing benefits and more. 

Not only is Swine & Stein Gardiner’s biggest party in the street, it is also Gardiner Main Street’s largest fundraiser, ensuring we can continue our mission to support a vibrant downtown. 

Don't Miss Out!

A Limited Number VIP Tickets Available



Exclusive early access to premier tastings from breweries, distilleries & wineries for VIP hour from 12pm-1pm. Includes complimentary tasting glass, live music, entertainment and food vendors.

Limited quantity available!


General Admission


1pm entry with access to samples from breweries, distilleries and wineries, live music, entertainment and food vendors. Includes complimentary tasting glass.

Save $5 off the gate price by buying in advance.




Non-drinking admission. Includes unlimited soft drinks and water, live music, entertainment and food vendors.

May enter at 12pm when accompanied with VIP ticketholder, otherwise general 1pm admission.