The Monktoberfest is being held at the recently renovated Portland Public Library. Main track sessions will be held in its Rines Auditorium, and we’ll have both breakout talks and networking opportunities in the onsite meeting rooms.
Located at 5 Monument Square in Portland, ME, the library is at the top of Portland’s famous Old Port district, which Wikipedia describes thusly: “The Old Port (sometimes known as the Old Port Exchange) is a district of Portland, Maine, known for its cobblestone streets, 19th century brick buildings and fishing piers. The district is filled with boutiques, restaurants and bars. Because of its reputation for nightlife, the Old Port overflows each weekend with revelers.”
For our guided beer tasting and dinner, we will be heading back to the Portland Company complex, which most recently served as the home for Shelton Brothers’ The Festival, one of the most impressive craft beer festivals in the world. Here’s the Portland Company on the facility’s history: ”The Portland Company is a nine acre industrial site with a commanding location on the eastern end of the waterfront. It was established in 1846 as a locomotive foundry to build railroad equipment for the connection between Portland and Montreal. It was a significant New England medium to heavy steel fabricator until 1978. It had a proud history of serving New England manufacturer’s and utilities while building 628 locomotives 160 ships (including Iron Clads), equipment for the Panama Canal and so on.”
The two venues are an easy walk from one another, and there are two hotels conveniently located in between: the Hampton Inn and the Marriott Residences.