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21st Amendment Brewery Maine launch events

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco has expanded distribution into Maine.The brewery was founded in 2000 by Nico Freccia and Sean O’Sullivan. The canned beer has already started showing up on store shelves around the state and three launch events are planned for this week and next. Official Launch Party …
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Portland bar invites actor Bill Murray out for drinks

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, Maine doesn’t mess around when it comes to craft beer and craft beer events, you never quite know what’s coming down the line until the poster is revealed and the next great event is in the works. This is the newest poster, an open …
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What is a Growler? and other growler questions answered

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
In the past I’ve written about laws concerning growler fills, how to clean your growler and I’ve even reviewed a stainless steel growler but I haven’t spent any time explaining “what is a growler?” and some of the basics surrounding them. Growler: A reusable vessel that’s purpose is to transport beer …
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French Island’s dark past: Illegal homebrew during prohibition

on Sept. 04, 2014, at 7:08 a.m.
Maine’s prohibition history dates between 1851 and 1934 , considerably longer than Federal Prohibition that lasted from 1920-1933. It appears that some ambitious homebrewers played an unsavory role during Maine’s dry years. While browsing through Penobscot Times archives online I found an article written nearly 74 years ago by Stan …
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Vacationland Distributors bringing Newport Storm to Maine

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
Newport Storm out of Newport, Rhode Island has signed with Vacationland Distributors. Newport Storm will debut their beers in Maine this coming weekend (Friday August 29th and Saturday August 30th) at the Portland Brew Festival. Newport Storm beer will become available to purchase in early September. The Founders of Newport …
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Goodnight Brew: a beer geek bedtime story

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Recently I received an offer from Bailiwick Press to check out a digital copy of “Goodnight Brew” by Ann E. Briated with illustrations by Allie Ogg, an adult parody of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon”. Having two kids I’ve read many offshoots of the book so I was interested …
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D.L. Geary Brewing Company tasting room opening in Portland

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
Soon there will be a new brewery tasting room in Portland. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, on the company blog, D.L. Geary Brewing announced that they are in the process of building a tasting room at their Evergreen Drive location, just around the corner from Allagash, Foundation, Bissell Brothers and Austin …
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Farmers market sampler plate may be the perfect date night

on Aug. 10, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
Date nights are few and far between when you have two kids, I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong if there’s a beer event happening my wife is more than understanding and I can go and vice versa for her but the two of us don’t get to hit the …
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Coaster Critique: Austin Street/Bier Cellar – Bier 2 Cellar

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
Name: Bier 2 Cellar Brewed by: Austin Street Brewery in Collaboration with the Bier Cellar Style: India Pale Ale conditioned with Brettanomyces ABV: 6.5% Bier 2 Cellar is a shadowy copper color that shimmers with red and gold highlights when held to the light, cloudy in the glass with a …
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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp: The best 5 hour summer camp ever

on Aug. 03, 2014, at 8:15 p.m.
I’ll cut right to the point, if you didn’t attend Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America on Thompson Point in Portland, Maine this past Friday, August 1st, you missed out on a killer brewfest. The venue, the food trucks, the vendors, the beer, the weather. Perfect. Aside from a couple …
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Coaster Critique: Sierra Nevada – Allagash Brewing Myron’s Walk

on July 30, 2014, at 5:34 a.m.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company released a limited edition Beer Camp 12 pack this year, it contained 12 different beers brewed in collaboration with breweries from across the country. One of the collaborations included was brewed with Maine’s own Allagash Brewing Company. Name: Myron’s Walk Brewed by: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company …
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The Koelschip behind Allagash Coolship beers

on July 25, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
A few weeks ago I made my first visit to Oxbow Brewing Company for samples and a quick brewhouse tour, on the way inside the brewery I spied a Koelschip sitting out front and realized I haven’t done a blog post about them yet. Koelschip or Coolship is a large, …
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Coaster Critique: Oak Pond White Fox Ale

on July 23, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
Name: White Fox Ale Brewed By: Oak Pond Brewery Style: IPA ABV: ? (Not listed on label)   White Fox Ale pours a bright copper color with golden highlights, vigorous pour produced a short white had that fell to a thin layer that lasted the remainder of the glass. Aroma …
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Building a brewery: Orono Brewing Company

on July 18, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.
If you haven’t caught it on the news in the past couple days, there’s a new brewery coming to Orono, Maine, the Orono Brewing Company is currently in the building phase in the basement space below Verve Burritos. I took the opportunity to stop in and check out the progress …
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Refunds and Upgrades for Kahbrewfest ticket holders

on July 17, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
  Due to unforeseen events the venue for the Kahbang Music and Arts Festival has had to change and will now be taking place in Portland, Maine instead of Bangor, Maine. Due to difficulties in switching venues at such short notice the Kahbrewfest will unfortunately have to be cancelled this …
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A look behind the scenes at Marshall Wharf Brewing

on July 14, 2014, at 8:53 p.m.
I find myself in Belfast, Maine three or four times a year, but almost always during the winter for a trip to the Belfast Curling Club, this past weekend we decided to head down and check things out when it’s warmer and people are actually out and about. Naturally a …
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Celebrate Shipyard’s 20th with beer bash on Maine State Pier

on July 10, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
The Shipyard Brewing Company is celebrating their 20th anniversary in Craft Beer by throwing a party. Saturday July 12, 2014 on the Maine State Pier from 11am-10pm will be live music, local vendors, food trucks, a health and fitness expo including registration for the Shipyard Old Port half marathon and …
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Coaster Critique: Shiner Ruby Redbird

on July 09, 2014, at 6:50 p.m.
Name: Shiner Ruby Redbird Brewed By: Spoetzl Brewery Style: Summer Seasonal brewed with Ruby Red Grapefruit and Ginger ABV: 4.01%   Pours a bright golden color with a short fizzy head that dissolved quickly, the beer is crystal clear in the glass. Ruby Redbird smells of fresh grated ginger and …
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Limited release beer named in honor of Appalachain Trail founder

on July 05, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
A beer geek quiz: What do the Asheville Brewers Alliance, Ballast Point Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Firestone Walker, New Glarus Brewing, Ninkasi, Oskar Blues, Russian River, 3 Floyds and Victory Brewing Company have in common with Allagash Brewing Company this summer? Answer: They are all breweries that collaborated …
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Lobster Pound Brewpub, why didn’t I think of that?

on June 28, 2014, at 7:57 p.m.
Back in January when the news came out that The Lobster Pound in Lincolnville was going to partner with Andrews Brewing Company also of Lincolnville and open this season with a new brewpub I knew that I would find my way there. It wasn’t a direct trip; we had to …
 
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