Lyme TV

Tuesday March 10th, 2020

Where: Think Tank

533 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

5:30 pm

$10 when you bring your own drinking vessel, $12 if you need to borrow one of ours


Please leave the pups at home / human babies are welcome if you wear ’em




Portland Greendrinks is part of the international Greendrinks network — an informal, volunteer-managed social networking group built around a common interest in the natural environment. It occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, starting at 5:30 pm. The goal of Greendrinks is pretty simple: good times shared among people working in, or interested in, environmental and sustainability issues. Portland Greendrinks is a project of the Maine-based non-profit, The Triceratops Group, founded by Elliott May in January 2010.
Portland Greendrinks is dedicated to creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable community by supporting local organizations, businesses, and green initiatives.
What began in 1989 in a pub in Northern London has now spread to over 488 cities in 49 countries — and it’s still growing! Greendrinks brings together a lively mix of people from all walks of life: academics, NGOs, local businesses and government agencies. The goal is to create an organic, self-organizing network where everyone is welcome. It’s a great way to catch up with people you already know, as well as an opportunity to meet new people and make new connections. These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had their own share of “aha” moments. For more information on Greendrinks International, visit

Our Partners




Hardshore Distillery

Foundation Brewing


If you have a large venue located on the Portland Peninsula and you’d like to reach a great audience of young professionals compelled to do good in the world, please let us know!

Your venue must be able to hold 250-500 people. We’d love it if you already hold a liquor license, but even if you don’t we’d love to talk to you. Please email us!

Please note we plan for our year in the Fall (2020 will be planned in fall of 2019, for instance). Around this time we send out messages through Facebook, Twitter, and email. So be on the lookout in the fall for when we put out a call for interested nonprofits!

If you or your organization are interested in becoming a featured nonprofit, we’d like to know!


We’re looking to support Maine-based non-profit organizations that contribute to economic, social, or environmental sustainability of our community. 


Pro tips: We love if you have access to a venue, but it’s not a necessity. And while we wish we could support all non-profits; political, religious, and child advocacy groups are not part of this organizations sustainability mission.


Do you have an idea for a project that will make your community or neighborhood a better, greener, more sustainable place?

Portland Greendrinks is proud to announce the launch of its Micro Grant Program. These community micro grants are available to anyone who has a project that will further the Greendrinks mission: To create a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable community by supporting local organizations, businesses, and green initiatives.

  • Funding is available for up to $1,000; however, the average grant awarded will be $500 or less.
  • Nonprofits, businesses, schools, and individuals are eligible to apply.
  • Projects must benefit the Greater Portland community.
  • Projects must have a specific and concrete outcome, and be completed within a 12 month timeline.
  • Funding may not be used for general operating support; ongoing salaries; or to support a portion of a larger, ongoing project

Application deadline: Deadline to submit is April 25, 2018, but applications will be reviewed as they are received. Grants will be awarded before our June Greendrinks event.

How to submit: Please fill out the following application, and submit it to Please follow the application instructions carefully. Applications that are incomplete, or include responses that are not within the stated word limits, will not be considered for funding.

Questions? Please email

And in case you missed it in the words above, here again is the application.



Our Team

Courtney Beer, President Courtney moved to Portland in 2004 and attended the first Greendrinks in Portland in 2007 for local beer and great conversation. She has enjoyed watching the group grow so much since. She is excited to be a new member of the Advisory Board. Courtney is an attorney at KIDS LEGAL within Pine Tree Legal Assistance where she represents young (13-24) victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Skiing and bowling occupy her winter while sailing and anything outside occupy her summer.

Ponch Membreño, Vice President Ponch has been involved in the outdoor industry and local Maine businesses for over 20 years. He got his start in his nonprofit and outdoor career working for the Chewonki Foundation as an environmental educator and wilderness trip leader. He has been director of an out-of-hospital birthing center, opened stores for Patagonia in NYC, and traveled a bit. Though he’s been forced to move to Santa Barbara, CA and NYC among other places, he and his family always find their way back to the Portland, ME area. Ponch, his wife, and two daughters live on Peaks and just love it. He currently works for Horny Toad and Nau – running the shop in Freeport, setting up warehouse sales and strategizing for those two West Coast brands on the East Coast. One of his favorite things to do is connecting good folks with other good folks.

Maddison McKinley, Secretary Maddison moved to Portland during a snowy December back in 2014 from Texas, and she hasn’t had a single regret since. Joining the Greendrinks Board has been a fantastic experience where she’s not only had the opportunity to learn about some of the great non-profits throughout Maine, but she’s also had the chance to meet wonderful people.

Alexander Green, Treasurer

Cory Schnaible A Cape Codder washed ashore in Maine, Cory has lived in and around Portland since 2005. For him, it was love at first taste with Greendrinks and he’s excited to help the movement grow. When he’s not busy being a copywriter at Ethos, Cory runs, jumps, and writes some more. He loves his dog, his wife, his identical twin baby schniblets, and always sneezes into the inside of his left elbow.

Callan Kilroy, Brewery Partnerships Liaison

Shanna Walker is a native Mainer who immerses herself in Portland’s culinary scene as the social media manager for Maine Foodie Tours, beer geek at the Craft Beer Cellar Portland and server at the Porthole. She first learned about Greendrinks when a friend invited her out for a beer, but brought her to a GD event. She quickly came to appreciate the culture of learning, networking and community the organization represented and had to be a part of it. In her spare time she enjoys crosswords, crocheting and working on completing her Maine Brewers Guild beer trail map.

Lauren Girouard is a born and bred Maine native. She loves everything Maine. After moving away for school, she’s been back ever since living and learning about the all the awesomeness the thriving city of Portland has to offer. Introduced to Greendrinks by a friend a few years back, Lauren regularly attended events and loved how the Portland branch found a way to incorporate some of her favorite things into one event; good people, good causes, and great local beer! Lauren is thrilled to be a member of the Greendrinks board. When she’s not organizing the heck out of digital marketing accounts at Page One Web Solutions, she can be found enjoying all that Maine has to offer with her double doodle pup Ellie by her side!

Ben McCormack, Treasurer Ben was first introduced to Portland Greendrinks at Sebago Brewing company in 2010. He observed through subsequent events that Greendrinks is a supporter of many of the same organizations that define what is great about Portland to him (MITA, Portland Trails, Reverb, et al.). Naturally, he embraced the opportunity to help the board support the mission of the organization. Ben has lived in Maine for 12 years (yes, a transplant) and runs the North American division for a London-based software organization when he’s not enjoying the Maine outdoors or serving as the Treasurer for Greendrinks.

Sarah Longley, Secretary A born and raised Maine-iac, Sarah began attending Greendrinks when she moved home after college in 2010. She loves the ease with which the events connect people to each other and the community and, for someone whose personal mission is to meet every person in Portland, joining the board was a natural fit. She spends her days at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and plans all free time around food, friends, and the endless pursuit of adventure.

Colleen Croteau Shortly after moving to Portland, Colleen attended her first Greendrinks in June 2008 at O’Naturals.  Seeing awesome people working together to help worthy organizations and discover interesting places led her to join the board in 2010.   She still enjoys planning and attending monthly events, and is proud of the support that Greendrinks has been able to provide for a variety of nonprofit organizations.  As Director of Business Operations at Maine Beer Company, Colleen is active in the local beer community, and enjoys working with the beverage partners and guest brewers that generously support Greendrinks and the community each month.

Tom Marczack Tom’s first Greendrinks was at Sebago Brewing Company’s Gorham brewery benefiting Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Not long after he helped found Portland Greendrinks’ inaugural board. A native Mainer having returned to Portland in 2003, Tom acts as a liaison to Greendrinks’ beverage sponsors and assists with liquor liability and other legal issues for the group. His day job is being an attorney specializing in municipal and professional liability and employment defense. When he’s not working or plotting for Greendrinks he enjoys hiking and fishing.

Brian Kowtko Brian moved to Maine 17 years ago and fell in love with the state, its people, politics and natural beauty. His first Greendrinks was in August 2008 at The SOAP Group. As a chef and caterer, his daily work keeps him grounded in Portland’s local farming and green business community. Brian believes in promoting sustainable communities by connecting small businesses, entrepreneurs and local producers to each other and the people they serve. When he’s not planning, prepping or plating, you can can find him enjoying Portland’s many acclaimed restaurants, vibrant music scene, or talking someone’s ear off about our amazing little city. Brian lives in the West End with his beautiful wife, Jenny, and his awesome dog, Geronimo. He is still amazed at how rad Portland is.

Emily Brostek Current town: Portland, Maine Emily attended her first Greendrinks at the Maine Gulf Research Institute in 2011, and has been hooked ever since. A native Mainer, Emily moved to Portland in 2010 after venturing south for a few years to attend grad school. Emily is Associate Director at Consumers for Affordable Health Care, and can tell you more about the Affordable Care Act than you would probably ever want to know. In her spare time, you can usually find Emily running (slowly) around Portland, searching for the perfect lobster roll, or spending time with her two cats.

Oakley R. Dyer Current town: Cousins Island, Yarmouth Oakley became involved with Greendrinks after hosting an event at Portland Stage in December of 2008.  Soon after that he helped form Greendrinks first Working Board in 2009, where he served until moving to the Advisory Board in 2014.  He runs the M&A group at Diversified Communications, media and technology company headquartered in Portland. 

Andrew Burke Andrew has been calling Portland home since 2006. Exploring all that Maine has to offer with his two sons. He first attended Greendrinks in 2010 and amazed the way the events brought people together to network and have fun while raising awareness about sustainability in the community. As an energy efficiency engineer and LEED accredited professional with Groom Energy Solutions, Andrew has dedicated his career to reducing building energy consumption. Wanting to help contribute to the great work of Greendrinks, Andrew joined the board in 2011.

Emily Baer Emily attended her first Greendrinks in the summer of 2010. A recent transplant, she was looking for a new to connect with like minded Portlanders and friends. Four years later she still looks forward to Tuesday nights and is excited to join the team makin’ it all happen. Emily works at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland’s vibrant arts district and sits bench for Horny Toad Activewear in Freeport. When not at Salt or Horny Toad, Emily can be found playing with paints in her studio, jumping docks in the warmer months and always on the look out for the next great adventure.

Past Events




 Venue  Non-Profit
December TBA TBA
November TBA TBA
October TBA TBA
September TBA TBA
August Sail Maine South Portland Land Trust
July Audubon Wild Seed Project
June Cow Island Rippleffect
May 511 Congress St. Greater Portland Landmarks
April Gear Hub Gear Hub
March Mariner’s Church Maine Tool Library
February Custom House Portland Downtown
January Portland Club Grow Smart
December Port City Music Hall Reverb
November Portland House of Music Maine Share
October Urban Farm Fermentory Maine Water Environment Association
September Thompson’s Point Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust
August Green Dinner Wolfe’s Neck Farm Wolfe’s Neck Farm>/td>
August SMCC – Conferences & Events Woodard & Curran Foundation
July Maine Audubon The Telling Room
June Harborview at Jones Landing Friends of Casco Bay
May 58 Fore St. Maine Coast Heritage Trust
April 84 Cove St. Greater Portland Sustainability Council
March Portland’s Ocean Gateway UMaine 4-H
February Mariner’s Church Maine Surfrider Foundation
January Port City Music Hall Maine Academy of Modern Music
November Teens to Trails
October Thompson’s Point Chewonki
September Portland House of Music Micro-Grants Program
August Urban Farm Fermentory Ruth’s Reusable Resources
July Maine Audubon Maine Rivers & Trout Unlimited
June Victoria Mansion Conservation Law Foundation
May Maine College of Art Green Space Bicycle Coalition of Maine
April Mariner’s Church Furniture Friends
March Circus Concervatory Micro-Grant Program
February TIdeSmart Global Environmental & Energy Tech Council of ME
January Ferry Beach Ecology School
 Venue  Non-Profit
December Port City Music Hall Portland Music Foundation/Portland Creative
November Take Action Portland
October Peaks Island Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative
September Thompson’s Point Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
August Maine Audubon
July  Victoria Mansion  Learning Works
June  Portland Food Co-op  Maine Farmland Trust
May  Portland Yacht Services  SailMaine
April Asylum Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
March Cumberland County Civic Center Hurricane Island Outward Bound School
February Empire Chinese Kitchen Women, Work, & Community
January Ocean Gateway Consumers for Affordable Healthcare
December Port City Music Hall Portland Music Foundation
November Mariner’s Church Banquet Hall Natural Resources Council of Maine
October Urban Farm Fermentory Bicycle Coalition
September East End Beach Friends of the Eastern Promenade
August Deering Oaks Park Friends of Deering Oaks
July Maine Yacht Center Rozalia Project
June Bayside Bowl Long Barn
May Portland Yacht Services/ Portland Company Maine Island Trail Association
April Portland Flea-For-All GrowSmart Maine
March Port City Music Hall Common Good Ventures
February No event
January MECA Preble Street Resource Center
December State Theatre Portland Music Foundation
November Portland Yacht Services Surfrider Foundation, Maine Chapter
October Peloton Labs/ SOAP Maine Center for Clean Elections
September Inn on Peaks Island Island Institute
August Maine Green Building Supply Portland Trails
July Gulf of Maine Research Institute
June Compass Project
May Portland Flea-For-All, EMS Appalachian Mountain Club
April El Rayo Taqueria
March CIEE Goodwill Industries of NNE
February Mariner’s Church, The Salt Exchange
January The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies SMRT
December The State Theater Portland Music Foundation
November Asylum World Affairs Council of ME
October Sebago Brewing Company Portland Buy Local
September Diamond’s Edge on Great Diamond Island MOFGA
August Maine Green Building Supply Portland Trails
July Gulf of Maine Research Institute Maine Businesses for Sustainability
June Rippleffect, Cow Island
May No Greendrinks
April Port City Music Hall Cultivating Community
March Empire Dine & Dance Environmental Health Strategy Center
February JoyCott Portland Public Market House
January CIEE WinterKids
December State Theater Portland Music Foundation
November Portland Children’s Museum
October Port City Music Hall Reverb
September Bayside Bowl League of Young Voters
August Portland Yacht Services Friends of Casco Bay
July Maine Green Building Supply Portland Trails
June PowerPay United Way
May Sebago Brewing Company Novare Res
April Portland Museum of Arts Konbit Sante
March 645 Congress St Condos Portland Greenstreets
February No Greendrinks
January The VIA Group Maine Magazine
December Gulf of Maine Research Institute Repower Maine
November Grace Wayside Soup Kitchen
October Headgames Tri-Maine
September Green Design Furniture Madgirl
August Empire Dine & Dance 317 Main St
July Sebago Brewing Company Lawyers for the Arts
June Portland Trails Gorham Bike & Ski
May Space Gallery Goodwill
April O’Naturals Planned Parenthood
March MECA Maine Island Trail Association
February Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
January CIEE