Portland, ME

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Event Overview

Join us on August 18 as the Craft Brew Races return to Portland! Featuring dozens of local breweries, this craft beer hotspot is a highlight of the season. The Craft Brew Race consists of a relaxed 5k (walkers welcome) around beautiful Back Cove followed by a beer festival with upwards of 40 craft breweries, all set in picture-perfect Payson Park.


Edward Payson Park

700 Baxter Blvd.
Portland, ME 04103 (map)


Saturday, August 10, 2019

10:00 AM: Onsite registration & bib pick-up
11:50 AM: Onsite registration closes
12:00 PM: 5k Race start
12:30 PM: Festival gates open
3:50 PM: Beer Festival last call!

Please arrive early and allow yourself ample time on race morning to park and check in at registration. 


Registration and tickets are now available for the 2019 Portland Craft Brew Race. Secure your spot and the best prices by registering early! Online registration closes Friday, August 9 at midnight.

Ticket Type Thru 6/10 6/11 – 7/10 7/11 – 8/9 Onsite
5k & Beer Fest $50 $55 $60 $70
5k & Designated Driver $40 $45 $50 $60
Festival Only $40 $45 $50 $60
Designated Driver $15 $15 $15 $25


All 5k participants and festival-goers receive a pint glass and entry to the festival — including beer sampling, live music, vendors and food trucks selling onsite. All Designated Drivers ticket holders receive a different bracelet at registration. They are welcome to enjoy the festival and designated snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Sign Up As a Group and Save!

Gather your friends, get organized and sign up for the Craft Brew Races together for a group discount price! Groups of 5 or more, email us at info@graymattermarketing.com for instructions on how to receive your 15% group discount.


We are honored to offer all active and retired military and their spouses a discount off of all event tickets as our way of saying thank you for all your have done for us and for our country! Please email us for the military discount code.

Event Details

Onsite Registration and Bib Pick-Up

All runners must check in prior to the run at registration from 10:00 – 11:45 AM to receive their race number, timing chip and 21+ bracelet. Registration will be held at Edward Payson Park (map).

Please note that Designated Driver and Festival Only ticket holders check in at the festival gate at 12:30.


Event day parking will be available onsite at Edward Payson Park. Please allow yourself ample time on race morning to park and check in at bib pick-up. Please follow signs and the directions of the race volunteers on where to park.

What to Bring

ALL ticket holders need to bring an ID in order to receive their 21+ bracelet when they pick up their race bib prior to the race. The bracelet must be worn during the race and presented for entry into the Festival. Festival Only and Designated Driver participants must present their ID and their Eventbrite ticket at the gate of the Brew Festival at 12:30 PM, following the race for access to the festival.

Food vendors will be onsite selling, so cash is also recommended.

Enjoy Responsibly

The Craft Brew Races urge all attendees to enjoy their time responsibly. We recommend participants designate a sober driver or arrange transportation. We are happy to offer designated driver tickets whereupon they can enjoy the festivals’ great atmosphere, food and live music and offer you a safe ride home.

5k Course

The Portland Craft Brew Race course is full loop of Portland’s Back Cove. The run/walk follows Baxter Blvd. and the Back Cove Trail with waterfront views throughout.

Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up to be a volunteer at any Brew Race venue to help with race registration and/or course marshalling and as soon as the run is complete join your running buddies at the festival! All volunteers get a T-shirt AND entry to the Brew Fest. Space is limited! Email us for more information at volunteer@craftbrewraces.com.

Attending Breweries

2018 Breweries below. 2019 breweries announced weekly!

Artisan Bev
Trout River
Liberty Craft Brewing
Hidden Cove
Rising Tide
Foulmouthed Brewing
SoMe Brewing
Lord Hobo
Grateful Grain
Norway Brewing
Fore River
Bantam Cider
Woodland Farm
Tumble Down
Stowe Cider
Ragged Island
Downeast Cider
Clown Shoes
Citizen Cider
Jacks Abby
Black Hog
21st Amendment
Sam Adams
Angry Orchard
Truly Hard Seltzer
Southern Tier

Attending Vendors

Fishin’ Ships
Gunthers Goodies
Gotta Q BBQ
Cafe Crepe
Mr Tuna

Charitable Partner

Maine Brewers' Guild

The Maine Brewers Guild is the charitable beneficiary of the Portland Craft Brew Races. We proudly donate a portion of all proceeds to The Guild.

Contact Us

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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