An Insider’s View of the Intriguing World of Craft Beer

Thursday, June 21
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

There has never been a better time in human history to be a beer drinker. With over six thousand craft breweries in America, and nearly 100 in Maine alone, brewers are constantly pushing the boundaries of craft beer. From its humble beginnings as nourishment for the working-class, beer now rivals wine and spirits in sophistication and complexity.

In this talk, beer critic, Dave Patterson, will explain how beer evolved into the booming culture it is today. This presentation will highlight the vast flavor profiles of different beer styles to prove that there is a beer out there for everyone. Over his five years of writing about beer, Patterson argues that in this golden age of beer production, you can no longer say that you don’t like beer. 

As a special treat, we’re bringing in Otto’s Pizza to snack on during the talk. We can’t serve beer, but we can serve pizza! After the talk, join Dave at the Fore River Brewing Company in Portland to continue the beer adventure!

More about Dave 


Dave Patterson is a novelist, musician, and freelance beer writer and critic from Cape Elizabeth. From 2014 to 2018 his weekly Beer Muse column ran in Maine Today Magazine. His musings about beer have also appeared in the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Sunday TelegramActivity Maine, and Maine Brew Guides.