Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category

Fermentation News: Rising Tide, Bunker, Foundation, NED, One Eye

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Urban Eye reports that Rising Tide will be expanding into the adjacent space in their building on Fox Street

To meet demand for its core beers like Zephyr and Maine Island Trail Ale, while making way for new barrel-aged creations, co-owners Heather and Nathan Sanborn are moving into the Maine Craft Distilling space next door and taking over the now-shuttered Portland’s Greener Cleaner around the corner.

The Blueberry Files has posted an update on Foundation’s expansion, New England Distilling’s tasting room and Bunker’s new brewery.

The Press Herald has published an article on One Eye Open Brewing,

Word began to circulate that three University of Southern Maine grads were starting a nanobrewery in Portland’s fermentation-heavy East Bayside neighborhood, just a bottle cap flick from Rising Tide, Lone Pine, Urban Farm Fermentory and Oxbow Bottling and Blending.

After a yearlong process of renovating the mid-20th-century shed, Lucas Marks, 27, Brett Barrett, 26, and Charlie Partridge, 25, have released two IPAs to the Portland market.

Allagash Helena Bottle Release

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Allagash is holding a bottle release on Saturday for Helena.

Helena is modeled after a traditional Flemish-style sour red. In the first sip, aromas of apple and pear combine with hints of caramel and fruit. The beer finishes with clean tartness. We brew Helena with Special B, Munich, raw wheat, and our 2-row barley blend. Hopped with Hallertau, we first ferment this beer in stainless with our house yeast, before transferring it to an oak foudre where Lactobacillus and Pediococcus are added.

Craft Beer Competition

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that Geary’s sales have dipped as the result of competition from newer breweries.

While restaurants and bars across the region dump national brands in favor of Maine-made craft beers, the trend has skipped over one local brewer – Geary’s, the brewer that started it all.

Under Construction: Battery Steele Brewing

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

img_2610A new brewery Battery Steele Brewing (facebook, twitter, instagram, website) is under construction at 1 Industrial, the home of Foundation Brewing and Austin Street as well as the location where Bissell Brothers, Rising Tide and Maine Beer Company all got their start.

The cover letter for Battery Steele’s liquor license application includes this statement,

At this location we plan on turning 1,500 square feet into a small brewery and tap  room. Our brew house will be a 10bbl system. WE plan on having a small area for people to congregate. Initially we plan to open Wednesday through Sunday. Normal operating hours would be from noon  to 6pm. Day to day operations will be executed by Jacob Condon and Shane Noble. Both Jake and Shane  previously worked at Gritty McDuff’s. With 25 years of combined experience in the beer business and a team of wonderful assets we feel we are well positioned to continue the wonderful reputation that Portland is known by in the craft beer market throughout the world.

Under Construction: Nonesuch River Brewing Co.

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Construction is underway for Nonesuch River Brewing (facebook) in Scarborough. The owners hope to have the brewery built and in operation in time for summer.

The Forecaster published an article about Nonesuch in April when the brewery was approved by the planning board.

Bottle Release of Chaga Stout

Friday, October 28th, 2016

chagastoutLone Pine Brewing is releasing a new beer, Chaga Stout, today. It will be on tap and for sale in bottles at their tasting room on Anderson Street. Chaga Stout is a collaboration between Lone Pine and North Spore.

Interview with Peter Bissell

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Great Beer Adventure has published an interview with Peter Bissell, co-founder of Bissell Brothers.

Peter and his brother Noah have come a long since first opening Bissell Brothers at 1 Industrial Way. They’ve relocated to Thompson’s Point and…But locations aren’t all that have changed for Peter and his brother. Their relationship had to evolve and be reshaped during the 2 year process of getting their brewery up and running. Peter goes in depth on what it takes to handle the stresses of opening a brewery while learning to accept a new concept of his brother and a new concept of himself as well.

Sleek Machine Distro

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Thursday’s Press Herald includes a report on Sleek Machine Distro, a new beer distributor set up to distribute Bissell Brothers beer.

It might not look like much, but Schlesinger’s tiny company represents change in Maine’s craft beer industry. While there has been explosive growth in breweries – the state counts at least 84 – there wasn’t any change in how locally crafted beer was distributed until Schlesinger and the Sleek Machine hit the streets.

Under Construction: Yes Brewing

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

yesbrrewingA new brewery called Yes Brewing (facebook, instagram) is under development in Westbrook. Owner John Bigelow plans to start off using a “1 barrel wort/8barrel ferment system”.

The American Journal reports,

Yes Brewing, owned by John Bigelow of Portland, is looking to operate the new brewery at 609 Main St., Unit 2, which is behind Mister Bagel. City Planner Jennie Franceschi said the unit is roughly 2,400 square feet.

The Planning Board will host a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and could vote to approve the project that night. If approved, it would mark the second new craft beer tasting room downtown since early 2015, when Mast Landing Brewing Co. opened at 920 Main St. Since that time, Mast Landing has become a popular destination in the city.

Beer in the Classroom

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Today’s Press Herald reports on an innovative collaboration between USM and Maine breweries.

She began using beer as a testing medium to teach chemistry. Now Benedict is in charge of the school’s new Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Research Laboratory, which started with a $488,514, three-year seed grant from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund. The lab has partnered with the Maine Brewers Guild to provide testing and training for breweries and brewmasters.

Dirigo Brewing Opens in 1 Week

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Maine’s newest brewery, Dirigo Brewing Co. (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) is set to open one week from today on August 19th.

Please join our brewmaster Tom Bull, his wife Molly, and their partners Mark and Meesha Paulin on Friday, August 19th to sample Dirigo Brewing Company’s first three offerings: a German Pale Ale; a Rotbier (red ale); and a Schöps Bier (chocolate wheat ale derived from a 16th century Polish recipe).

Dirigo is located in downtown Biddeford in the Riverdam Mill. The doors open at 11am.

Frosted Glasses & Gruits

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The Beer Babe column in The Bollard explains why frosted beer glasses are not a craft beer’s best friend,

Across a busy table of work colleagues I tried, in vain, to gesture for the server to stop — to prevent the exquisite and complex taste and aroma of the beer from entering into an unholy communion with the frosted vessel. While I helplessly watched, she poured the beer directly into the glass, which was so cold that the edges of the beer’s head turned to spiky ice crystals. I grimaced.

and the beer column in today’s Press Herald reports on the gruits being produced by Urban Farm Fermentory.

A gruit is a beer flavored with a variety of spices and herbs instead of hops. Gruit recipes date back thousands of years and remained en vogue throughout Europe until hops became the flavoring ingredient of choice around the 1200s.

Maine Beer Co. Expanding

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Maine Beer Company is in the early stages of planning to quadruple the size of their brewery in Freeport, according to a report from the Press Herald.

The expansion would add a large production and office building and expand the existing tasting room, outdoor seating area and parking lot. In a sketch plan submitted to the town, the company said the expansion is needed to meet demand for its beers, which have gained a national reputation and a legion of dedicated fans.

Beer Advocate Profile of Bissell Brothers

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Beer Advocate magazine has published a profile of Bissell Brothers authored by Adam Callaghan.

In two and a half years, the Bissells have positioned themselves as pioneers pushing limits: their own, their customers’, the beer world’s. Their company’s design and mentality seem to appeal to fans as much as the actual product does. Theirs is a lifestyle brand, selling a signature triangular logo and the image of the carefree cool crowd, which happens to drink dank, hoppy beers that are hazy as hell.

Draft 100: Novare Res

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Draft magazine has recognized Novare Res in their annual list of the 100 Best Beer Bars in the nation.

The 33 draft lines give diverse attention to hoppy American gems from Night Shift and Sierra Nevada, German classics like Einbecker Pils and Kultbücher Monchshof Schwarzbier, plus Belgian darlings and “best of” Maine breweries. You could also go for the 500-deep bottle list, or the seasonal proprietary beer brewed by Liquid Riot…