Articles by Chad Lothian

 
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My takeaways from judging the Maine Homebrewers Competition

on March 24, 2016, at 5 p.m.
I was excited to help judge the Maine Homebrewers Competition this year, The Greater Bangor area has produced some solid professional brewers over the past couple of years – Joel and John of Foundation, Clay at Marsh Island, basically everybody working in the Geaghan Brothers Brewhouse to name a few …
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Maine Homebrew Competition winner to be announced Friday

on March 22, 2016, at 5 p.m.
The Maine Homebrewers Competition judging has come to an end, 41 beers were entered into this year competition, the first round of judging narrowed the field to 10 finalists. This years finalists: Jerry Robichaud – Hilda’s Wheat Beer Jerry Robichaud – Bangor Dunkel Marlon Arce – Cucumber Pils Dave Rocker …
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Cold beer and hairy competition in Portland this weekend

on March 17, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
If you’ve ever attended a brewfest you’ll understand what I mean when I say it often feels like you’re attending a beard competition. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, the beer community and the beard community are pretty tight knit, which is why the Bearded Brewfest makes …
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Allagash to collaborate with New Belgium Brewing, but will we see it in Maine?

on March 16, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
New Belgium Brewing Company out of Fort Collins, Colorado, has announced in a press release that they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary by releasing a collaboration “Riff-Pack” with Avery Brewing Company, Firestone Walker, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Rhinegeist Brewery and Maine’s own Allagash Brewing Company. The Riff-Pack will feature collaboration …
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Mason’s Brewing Company build out “progressing smoothly”

on March 03, 2016, at 5 a.m.
It has been four months since Masons Brewing Company broke ground on the waterfront in Brewer and I hadn’t been to the site yet, so I got in touch with Chris Morley, owner of Masons and set up a tour of the progress. The brewery is at the end of …
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Mast Landing Brewing Co. opening in Westbrook

on March 01, 2016, at 7:48 p.m.
I meet a lot of people with big dreams in Maine, aspiring brewers around every corner and when it’s all said and done only a couple have actually seen those dreams come to fruition. Last summer at the Maine Brewers Guild Summer Session brewfest I met one of those brewers, …
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Allagash Brewing wants you to #DrinkItNow

on Feb. 20, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
I have never committed myself to growing an extensive collection of cellared beers, I do enjoy picking up barleywines and imperial stouts or the occasional wild beer to stash away for a year or two to see how they develop. I have a couple small verticals (bottles in consecutive years) …
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Sebago Brewing threw me a curveball with Idaho 7

on Feb. 02, 2016, at 6:52 p.m.
Sebago Brewing Company reached out to me recently, I’m pretty certain they’ve figured out that I like hoppy beers and they asked me to check out Idaho 7, a single hop IPA featuring Idaho 7, an experimental hop from a breeding program at Jackson Hop in Southern Idaho. Idaho 7 …
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14 Breweries lined up for inaugural brewfest in Old Town

on Jan. 31, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
I’ll be honest, when I heard the Old Town Elks Club was hosting a brewfest I was a bit skeptical, it seems everyone is attempting a brewfest these days, but I paid the Elks a visit recently to find out what they are planning and this festival seems to have …
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New England Brewfests – 2016

on Jan. 01, 2016, at 8 a.m.
It’s 2016 — start marking your calendar with the region’s best brewfests!
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New England Brewfests – 2016

on Jan. 01, 2016, at 8 a.m.
My fourth annual New England Brewfest list, this has been a fun project year over year, the list seems to grow every year, this year a handful of events have dropped off and new one have taken their place. Like in years past this is work in progress, some events …
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Some of my favorite search terms of 2015

on Dec. 31, 2015, at 8:39 a.m.
Last year I had fun looking at the search engine terms that brought people to my blog so I thought I’d give this year’s searches a look and see how people found me in 2015 and what they were looking for. There were thousands of search engine terms this year …
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Three new beer releases to ring in the New Year

on Dec. 30, 2015, at 6:46 p.m.
Last year at this time I visited Orono Brewing Company, they were still putting the finishing touches on their tasting room, the bar top hadn’t even arrived but they were excited to open their doors on New Year’s Eve, it’s hard to believe it’s been 1 year already. This Thursday, …
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A chat with Square Tail’s new Head Brewer

on Dec. 21, 2015, at 7:36 p.m.
I sat down with Ray Edgar the new Head Brewer at Square Tail Brewing Company in Amherst, Maine. Gary and Sharon Cresswell, the Owners of Square Tail announced they were looking for a new Head Brewer on Facebook on November 19th and by November 24th had announced that an offer …
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Following resignation, Square Tail hires new Head Brewer

on Dec. 19, 2015, at 4:31 p.m.
In November of 2014 I wrote about Square Tail Brewing for the first time, I drove out to meet Wes Ellington and tour a half assembled brewery and learn what he was all about. In February of 2015 I was back out in Amherst to check out the finished brewery and …
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Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce to host inaugural Winter Brewfest

on Dec. 14, 2015, at 8:52 a.m.
It can be hard to get motivated to leave the house in the middle of January, it’s cold and blustery and often there’s not much to do. The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce intends to change that and to lure you out to the Island by hosting a new Brewfest. …
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The Maine Homebrewers Competition returns in 2016

on Dec. 09, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
After a two year hiatus, Central Street Farmhouse has announced the return of the Maine Homebrewers Competition. Central Street Farmhouse will begin accepting submissions on February 22, 2016, you can find info and submission forms on their website, the deadline for submissions is March 4, 2016 at which time judging will …
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Barreled Souls Brewing to headline a pair of events in the Greater Bangor area

on Dec. 07, 2015, at 7:32 a.m.
Since opening three years ago, The Family Dog in Orono has filled their 6 draft lines with Maine craft beer, during the Greater Bangor Beer Week they changed their lineup from Greater Bangor breweries to breweries from around the state and on Wednesday, December 9th they will be hosting their …
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What year did a whiskey bottle walk in the Thanksgiving Day Parade?

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 3 a.m.
A bit of Thanksgiving Day trivia for you, What year did a large red whiskey bottle walk in the Thanksgiving Day Parade? The Answer is 1913, I’ve been watching the parade for years and I can’t remember ever seeing liquor or beer present in the parade but in 1913 it …
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The Bangor Symphony Orchestra celebrates 120 years with a beer

on Nov. 03, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
The Bangor Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1896 and is one of the oldest continually operating orchestras in the United States. The BSO’s 120th birthday is fast approaching and to celebrate they have teamed up with Geaghan Brothers Brewing to brew up a special release beer. Maestro’s Märzen will be …