Articles by Chad Lothian

 
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Of Witchcraft, Brewsters and Beer

on Oct. 29, 2015, at 3 a.m.
  February will mark 9 years since the Passing of Alan Eames, the “Indiana Jones of Beer” or “Beer King” as he was often referred. Alan dubbed himself a beer anthropologist, traveling the world digging up the history of beer, he owned and operated Three Dollar Deweys in Portland, Maine …
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A tour of the Maine Malt House

on Oct. 24, 2015, at 5:31 a.m.
On Sunday morning after the Aroostook County Brewfest I checked out of my hotel and headed up to Buck Farms in Mapleton, Maine to tour the Maine Malt House. They were hosting a “kegs and eggs” breakfast at the farm and it was a good opportunity to check out their …
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Aroostook County Brewfest is one to mark on next years calendar

on Oct. 22, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
Lately it seems like all the beer fests I’ve attended have been big, 50+ brewers and hundreds of beers, but I have a soft spot for a small fest, I marked the Aroostook County Brewfest on my calendar the day they announced it as the one small festival I would …
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Mason’s Brewing Company breaks ground on Brewer Waterfront

on Oct. 16, 2015, at 3 a.m.
After many months, weeks and hours of development and design, Mason’s Brewing Company is breaking ground on the waterfront in Brewer, Maine. I sat down with the owner to find out a little bit about Mason’s Brewing Company and about him and his vision for this project.   Christopher Morley, …
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Mason’s Brewing Company breaks ground on Brewer Waterfront

on Oct. 16, 2015, at 3 a.m.
After many months, weeks and hours of development and design, Mason’s Brewing Company is breaking ground on the waterfront in Brewer, Maine. I sat down with the owner to find out a little bit about Mason’s Brewing Company and about him and his vision for this project. Christopher Morley, owner …
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Professional and Amateur brewers battle it out in Bangor

on Oct. 13, 2015, at 5:48 p.m.
The Central Street Farmhouse is hosting Homebrewtoberfest: The Pro-Am Edition on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from Noon-3pm in their pocket park. Homebrewtoberfest is a Pro-Am homebrew event but not a judged competition, so maybe “Battle it out” was a little dramatic but there are still bragging rights on the line. …
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Eat, Drink and be Scary at the Allagash Spooktacular

on Oct. 08, 2015, at 3 a.m.
Allagash Brewing Company is hosting an event double header on Saturday, October 24th that sounds so fun it’s scary. Haunted House and Ghoulschip release If you want these limited release beers you’ll have to be brave and trek through the Allagash Haunted Barrel room, survivors will have a chance to …
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New mixed 12 pack looks like an old fridge

on Oct. 07, 2015, at 7:33 p.m.
Fans of 21st Amendment be on the lookout, the San Francisco based brewery is about to start shipping a mixed 12-pack that includes Brew Free! Or Die IPA, Back in Black IPA, Fireside Chat and a brand new offering El Sully. The mixed seasonal 12 pack will be packaged in …
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Supplemental Brewing takes aim at the fitness market

on Oct. 05, 2015, at 6:56 p.m.
I was contacted recently by a representative from the Supplemental Brewing Company who was looking for help spreading the word about their new kickstarter campaign. I’m not a fan of crowd funding for breweries, I’d rather not gamble on a brewery until I’ve had their beer but that’s just me, …
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Geaghan Brothers Brewing debuts new tasting room in Brewer

on Oct. 02, 2015, at 7:18 p.m.
Geaghan Brothers Brewing has added a tasting room to their Abbot Street brewery in Brewer, Maine. The brewery has an open bay that is used for staging outbound loads and receiving inbound freight that will double as a tasting room at the tail end of each week. The back of …
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5 must-attend events during Greater Bangor Beer Week

on Sept. 30, 2015, at 7:32 p.m.
The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau has released the schedule for the Greater Bangor Beer Week on their website, go take a peek for a full list of events. They are boasting 15 breweries, 11 businesses and 28 official events over the course of seven days, from October 18th …
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A rare date night at Fiddlehead in Bangor

on Sept. 09, 2015, at 5:43 p.m.
Saturday evening my wife and I found a sitter for the boys and broke free for a couple hours. This doesn’t’ happen very often so we decided to make the most of it and try a restaurant that we’ve never been to before, a few options were tossed around during …
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Review: Shipyard’s Little Horror of Hops

on Sept. 04, 2015, at 3:58 a.m.
Name: Little Horror of Hops Brewed By: Shipyard Brewing Company Style: Rye IPA ABV: 5.9%Story continues below advertisement. Pours a dark red-gold color, looks a bit like tarnished copper with hints of gold when held to the light, pour produced a slightly off white head. Nose is hop forward, vegetal, …
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A chat with the History on Tap winner about an uncommon beer

on Sept. 02, 2015, at 8:02 p.m.
Back in July the Central Street Farmhouse was collecting submissions for the History on Tap Homebrew Competition. This collaborative effort between the Bangor Historical Society and Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company asked homebrewers to brew a beer with traditional ingredients, methods or in historical styles. The winning entry would win a …
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I’ve been chasing Rheinaroons

on Sept. 01, 2015, at 5:59 p.m.
While looking at old beer advertisements recently I tripped and fell down the Rheingold Beer rabbit hole and found myself chasing Rheinaroons. That sound a bit crazy I know, but I haven’t lost it, I assure you. Rheingold Beer was introduced in 1883, brewed by S. Liebmann’s Sons Brewing Co. …
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A long time favorite surpassed

on Aug. 30, 2015, at 6:57 p.m.
It’s been a week since I got home,  but It wouldn’t have been a trip to Vermont without bringing back some Heady Topper, I picked up my four pack at the Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, just across the street from the Prohibition Pig where The Alchemist Brewpub used to be …
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Hayseed has an identity crisis

on Aug. 27, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.
On our return trip from Vermont this past weekend we decided to take a route that would bring us to Freeport, Maine so we could finish up some schools shopping for my oldest who’s heading to Kindergarten. My wife suggested we make a detour to stop at Hayseed in Hampton, …
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Sampling Vermont beers in the middle of Lake Champlain

on Aug. 25, 2015, at 5 p.m.
This past weekend I packed up the family and headed to Vermont to attend my Cousin’s wedding. The wedding was Saturday afternoon so we had to some time in the morning to do something around Burlington. We headed to August First in Burlington for breakfast, a great little bakery with …
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Two Ballast Point events and One spicy review

on Aug. 19, 2015, at 6:55 p.m.
Ballast Point Brewing is throwing down a mean block party tomorrow night at Blaze Bangor and Nocturnem Draft Haus then bringing the party to Blaze in Bar Harbor on Friday. The Bangor event is boasting 15 different Ballast Point offerings, 12 of those new to Maine. I had a Habanero …
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That time I had an Existential Crisis and enjoyed it

on Aug. 14, 2015, at 3:30 a.m.
To be clear, I haven’t been pondering my self worth, my direction or what the meaning of life is but I have been sipping beers at Orono Brewing Company again, and their existential crisis is much easier to deal with. Name: Existential Crisis Brewed By: Orono Brewing Co.Story continues below advertisement. Style: …