BANGOR — Bangor’s Craft Beer Festival is back — and it held 30 vendors Saturday afternoon right by Bangor’s waterfront.
From Orchard Girls, to Belfast Bay, and 2 Feet Brewing Company — the ciders and craft beer vendors were able to make it out from different parts of Maine. One family run company called Freedom’s Edge Cider started a couple years ago and the two brother in laws made it to the festival to have people try the beer for themselves.
“Maine grows some of the best apples in the world honestly and we thought we could make a good cider based on what Ned used to make in his garage. So we’ve been out there for about a year selling to the public. We’re based in Albion, Maine which is at the edge of Freedom, Maine,” said Andy Kaplan, co-owner of Freedom’s Edge Cider.
Bangor on Tap featured over 100 beers with folks diving in to try a taste of as many as they could get their hands on.
“What you’ll notice about our ciders is that they are more on the dryer end of the spectrum so there are some good sweet ciders being made in Maine but there is nothing that we liked on the dryer side,” said Ned Ervin, owner of Freedom’s Edge Cider.
He said most of the ciders that are put on draft in Maine are not coming from the leading state, he said its mainly Massachusetts or Vermont or New York.
The festival lasted 8 hours and the next beer festival is scheduled for March inside of the Cross Insurance Center.