Articles by Chad Lothian

 

Want to help out Friends of Acadia and drink free beer?

on April 17, 2015, at 7:01 p.m.
Saturday, April 25th marks the 16th year the Friends of Acadia have gathered together and set out to clean the roadsides around Mount Desert Island and Trenton. The Earth Day Roadside Cleanup event is volunteer based, everyone is welcome to join in the effort. Atlantic Brewing Company and Maine Girls …

Coaster Critique: Rogue Sriracha Stout

on April 12, 2015, at 4:57 p.m.
Name: Sriracha Stout Brewed By: Rogue Ales Style: Chile Stout ABV: 5.7% Pours a deep black color with a thick, milk chocolate colored head. Smells of dark roasted grains with hints of chocolate, roasted red peppers. Smells spicy but not overwhelming. At first sip I’m met with a roasty, grainy …

Three old advertisements that make me want to head to the lake

on April 07, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
It’s National Beer Day, it snowed last night and I’m ready for warmer weather. This combination of things drove me to find some old advertisements that combine beer and the great outdoors. This Ad for Rainier Beer from 1904 ran in the Arizona Republican. “The Strenuous Life requires something to …

Coaster Critique: Banded Horn Pepperell Pilsener

on April 06, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
Name: Pepperell Pilsener Brewed By: Banded Horn Brewing Company Style: Pilsener ABV: 4.6% Pepperell Pilsener pours hazy, with a yellow-gold color with a thick pure white head that leaves delicate lacing down the glass. The nose is a pleasant blend of malt and hops. The malt strikes me first with …

Are you transporting your growlers in a legal way?

on March 29, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
This is a protect yourself blog post, I’ve done quite a bit of reading in regards to Maine liquor laws and at some point I ended up looking at the open container laws and realized that I’ve been in violation without even knowing it. I’m not talking about drinking and driving …

Ten rare beers to be poured at Allagash Event in May

on March 20, 2015, at 3:05 p.m.
Last April I collaborated with beer minded folks from around the state of Maine in The Maine Dream Team-up Project. I asked each participant four questions about who they would like to see in a brewery collaboration, question four was “Free for all! Anything goes here as long as there …

Coaster Critique: Jameson Irish Whiskey

on March 16, 2015, at 7:29 a.m.
I decided I wanted to do a review for St. Patricks Day since I haven’t done one recently. A couple years ago I reviewed Murphys Irish Stout, I was hoping to review Orono Brewing Company Dry Irish Stout but it’s not currently available so I changed gears and did my …

So you want to start a brewery? The Lagunitas story

on March 07, 2015, at 6:51 a.m.
I was offered a copy of “So you want to start a brewery? The Lagunitas story” by Chicago Press Review, and since I’m a fan of Lagunitas beer I accepted, having done no research whatsoever, I assumed (based on the title) it was another “how to” book on the brewing …

House rules: winning team buys losing team a beer

on March 01, 2015, at 7:51 p.m.
Some of life’s greatest highs and lowest lows stem from winning and losing. Winning and celebrating with your team is a great feeling and on the flip-side a loss can be painful. At the Belfast Curling Club in Belfast, Maine beer is the great equalizer. I’ve been making trips to …

American on Tap – Bangor Edition

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 9:05 p.m.
I heard about America on Tap in mid-December, that’s when I started emailing them to find out about their organization and about the two events in Maine – Portland and Bangor – so I could do a lead up blog post. I spent a couple weeks bouncing emails off different …

Maine’s newest brewery opening this Friday

on Feb. 26, 2015, at 8:38 a.m.
I headed out to Amherst, Maine last night to check out Square Tail Brewing Company before their grand opening, the last time I went they were still under construction. Since my last trip they’ve finished the brewhouse and completed the tasting room which has an outdoors theme. A short bar …

Allagash Brewing hosts first event celebrating 20 years of beer

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
My wife and I have been looking forward to a weekend in Portland ever since I got the E-vite from Allagash Brewing Company asking if I’d attend their customer appreciation event. I had planned on writing about all the breweries we visited along the way, and we did visit a …

Hidden Cove Brewing hires former Maine Beer Co. Head Brewer

on Feb. 18, 2015, at 4:05 p.m.
The big stir on the Maine beer scene this week is the news that Kevin Glessing, Head Brewer at Maine Beer Company out of Freeport, Maine has left his position and joined Hidden Cove Brewing Company in Wells, Maine. Kevin was employed by Maine Beer Company for 3.5 years before deciding to join …

Competing Congressional bills take aim at excise tax on beer

on Feb. 09, 2015, at 6:14 a.m.
While lawmakers in Maine are working on bills to help craft beer in Maine, there are two bills also being looked at by Congress that will affect beer nationwide. The competing bills are: The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, or “Small BREW Act”, is cosponsored by Senators Ben …

Tenant brewing and fake pints see legislative action

on Feb. 08, 2015, at 5:53 p.m.
Maine legislature is currently looking at two bills concerning craft beer. One in regards to increasing the number of “alternating proprietors” allowed at an existing brewery and the other concern regulating serving containers. LD 102  An Act To Strengthen the Craft Beer Industry is a bill sponsored by Senator Justin …

Tasting Whiskey

on Feb. 04, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
At some point near the tail end of last year I started talking about adding Whiskey as a topic of this blog. I’m not looking to change focus, Craft Beer is still the main character, but I see this as an opportunity to learn, with more and more breweries barrel …

Ideas for those leftover beers

on Feb. 02, 2015, at 6:22 a.m.
You just hosted a party, maybe it was to watch the Big Game or a house warming or whatever, it’s the day after and you find that your considerate guests have left their beer behind for you, the problem is you drink craft beer and they don’t or worse yet …

Greater Bangor brewery updates

on Jan. 17, 2015, at 7:21 a.m.
I find it difficult to keep up with what’s happening with breweries in the Greater Bangor Area, I follow them all on their social media accounts but tend to miss some updates and announcements. I gathered up what’s been going on for an update on the Bangor beer scene. Cheers …

Goodbye In’finiti, Hello Liquid Riot Bottling Company

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland closed it’s doors in early January for maintenance, they are opening back up tomorrow, January 16, 2015 at 3pm but regulars will notice a few changes. First off, In’finiti is no more, due to other breweries opening in the past couple of years that named …

I support local, but local doesn’t always mean good

on Jan. 07, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
I’ve been trying to decide how to approach this blog post for a while, after sampling some terrible Maine beers recently, I didn’t want to do a full review, I’m not looking to start a smear campaign about breweries, but I am concerned. Part of me is concerned that there …
 
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