Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category

LD1637 & LD1763

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

If My Coaster Could Talk reports on 2 new Maine laws that impact the Maine beer industry:

  • LD1763 now makes it legal for bars to display the ABV of the beers they serve.
  • LD1637 addresses issues that had made it difficult to run beer festivals in Maine.

Beer Camp Comes to Portland

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

BeerCampSierra Nevada’s Beer Camp, a 7-city traveling beer festival will be coming to Portland this summer. It’s expected to draw as many as 5,000 thirsty travelers to the city.

As part of the event Allagash will be brewing a one-off collaboration beer called Myron’s Walk which will be sold as part of a special 12-pack.

Beer Camp will be held on August 1 at Thompson’s Point. Tickets are now on sale.

For more information see articles by If My Coaster Could Talk, the Press Herald, and the press release from the Maine Brewer’s Guild.

Austin Street Launch

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Austin Street Brewing (facebook, twitter) is launching their tasting room this Saturday, 12 – 5 pm. Wick Good food truck will be on-hand for opening day.

Elements in Biddeford and Outliers Eatery will both soon have Austin Street Patina Pale Ale on tap.

Foundation Brewing

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Beer Babe has published a report on Foundation Brewing.

On one of the many nights that a blizzard covered Portland with snow, I slowly maneuvered my car – down a mostly unplowed road – to Foundation Brewing Company on Industrial Way. I saw a bright glow from the door to the brewery as I slid into what would have been a parking spot if the lines were visible. Inside, I found Joel Mahaffey, brewer and co-owner, taking some gravity measurements.

Maine Madness Beer Tournament

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Beer blogger David Patterson has been running a Maine Madness Beer Tournament and is now down to the Elite Eight. Checkout the full bracket diagram for results of prior rounds. You can read all the articles in the series on his blog.

Reviews: Thai 9, Enio’s

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The Press Herald has published a review of Thai 9,

This time I colored outside the lines of my so-called healthy eating and order Lo Mein with chicken ($8). The portion was generous and the egg noodles were pan fried with snow peas, napa cabbage, carrot, mushroom, onion and bean sprouts. Ah, the sweet taste of redemption.

and a bar review of Enio’s.

Enio’s Eatery in South Portland is the relatively new restaurant of Laura and Bob Butler. Laura is the sole cook and Bob manages the dining room, in addition to selecting the impressive wine list. If you’re not sure where to try next, put Enio’s at the top of your list.

Today’s paper also includes an article about Geary’s new gluten-free beer Ixnay.

Brewer:Farmer Connection at Risk

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News, MPBN and Press Herald have all reported on the impact of proposed federal rules that would limit the ability of farmers to source spent grain from brewers to feed their livestock.

Commercial beer makers are seeking a reprieve from a proposed federal rule that they say will cost them a lot of money, and also hurt local farmers. For centuries, brewers have been handing over their spent grain – a byproduct of the beer-making process – to farmers to use as cattle feed. But they’re worried that mutually beneficial arrangement could soon come to an end.

Women in Maine’s Brewing Industry

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Today’s Press Herald includes an article on the growing role women are playing in Maine’s brewing industry.

[In addition to Shonee Strickland] There are other women working in Maine’s booming craft beer industry, either as brewery owners or brewers, but their numbers are still tiny. Among the most notable: Heather Sanborn owns Portland’s Rising Tide Brewing with her husband, Nathan; she handles the business side of things while he makes the beer. Ashley Fendler does some brewing at Allagash Brewing Co. in Portland, while her primary job is to lead tours and educate customers in the brewery’s tasting room. Stasia Brewczynski, one of the founders of Maine Beer Mavens, holds a similar position at Rising Tide.

Novare Res Uprising App

Monday, March 24th, 2014

theuprisingappJustin Velgos, Mark Woollard and Billy Flaherty have produced an unofficial Uprising iPhone app (websitetwitter) for people who have taken on the challenge of drinking their way through The Uprising beer list at Novare Res.

You can download it from the Apple App Store.

For more info on The Uprising and Novare Res’s Chalice Room see Active Beer Geek.

Brew News: Peak Organic & Bissell Brothers

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

A  pair of Portland brewery updates:

Foundation Brewing & Maine Beer Mavens

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

foundationToday’s What Ales You column writes about Foundation Brewing and their launch last week of their first two beers: Blaze and Eddy.

Earlier this week the Bangor Daily News published an article about the Maine Beer Mavens.

“The stereotype is that a woman is going to go for a glass of wine and guys go for beer,” said Christie Mahaffey, a member of Maine Beer Mavens, gathering in a new brewery for their monthly meetup.

One part girl’s night out, one part beer appreciation club, the Maine Beer Mavens, together since 2012, are putting a new swirl on the craft beer scene.

Allagash Avancé Release

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Allagash has announced that they’ll be releasing the 2014 production run of Allagash Avancé at the brewery this Friday morning. There will be a 2 bottle purchase limit.

Allagash Avance is a product of patience. Aged with strawberries for three years in bourbon barrels, this strong, sour ale has the aroma of strawberry preserves and toasted oak. The oak and berries continue their presence in flavor, and compliment the sweet, warm finish. 10.8% ABV.

Austin Street Bret Beer

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

What’s Brewing in Maine has posted an article about Austin Street Brewery.

Allagash Brewing & Rob Tod

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Maine magazine has published a feature article about Allagash Brewing and its founder Rob Tod.

But, while walking back through the Allagash brewery past a door that reads: “Innovation: Continually pushing the limits of beer and ourselves,” I can’t help but feel that some magic has happened here that, if not found in the chili, must be hiding in that little sugar-hut-looking koelschip building built off the back of the brewery. There, shrouded in clouds of sweaty steam and fed by locally sourced and totally free yeast that comes through church-like stained glass windows near the ceiling, the brown, syrupy wort will be fermented and aged for another two years before being sold in little batches that usually sell out in a couple of days.

Maine’s Newest Breweries: Banded, Bissell, Austin, Foundation

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I had the pleasure of joining in on the Maine Brew Bus new breweries tour this past weekend. We visited Banded Horn in Biddeford, followed by Austin Street, Bissell Brothers and Foundation Brewing on Industrial Way in Portland. It was quite interesting to see how incredibly different the personalities of the breweries were.

Bissell Brothers will soon be canning The Substance, Foundation is about a week or two away from launching their first beer and Austin Street still seems a few months out from selling their beer.

Authors Joshua Bernstein and Kate Cone were special guests on the tour. Berstein has just published The Complete Beer Course and Cone is working to update her 1997 book What’s Brewing in New England.

Local beer writers Carla Companion (aka author of the Beer Babe) and Tom Atwell also joined in. Companion has posted a pair of reports on Austin Street and Bissell Brothers. Presumably the tour will figure into Atwell’s upcoming What Ales you column in this Thursday’s Press Herald.

For some photos check the PFM Instagram page.


ABV Policy Reversed

Friday, February 14th, 2014

If My Coaster Could Talk reports that state authorities have reversed their policy of enforcing the 1937 law that prevents the display of a beer’s alcohol by volume.

The back pedaling started on Tuesday when the Operations Director of the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery announced that under an updated enforcement policy bars, pubs and tasting rooms could begin displaying ABVs (alcohol by volume) in menus and on signage at the bar or in the tasting room. The information is allowed to be displayed as long as it’s not embellished. Basically the information can be displayed as it always was as basic information about the product for sale.

Alcohol % Prohibition

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Press Herald has published an update on the recent enforcement by regulators of a 1937 law which bans bars from displaying the alcohol percentage of the beer they serve.

“(The law is) absolutely asinine,” said Greg Norton, whose store on Forest Avenue in Portland, the Bier Cellar, specializes in small-batch beer and wine. “It’s an important piece of knowledge for a customer, to plan how many beers they’re going to have that night.”

It’s unclear why the restriction was added to state law, which included rules for Maine’s post-Prohibition liquor industry with arcane terms such as “high test,” “high proof” and “pre-war strength.” Legislative documents from the time suggest it was aimed at advertisements that sold beer based solely on its strength.

ABV Prohibition (Updated)

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Maine Today has a report on the Maine law which prohibits bars from posting the alcohol percentage of the beers they serve.

Maine Law prohibits bars from posting the ABVs. (But wait, bars all over the state post the ABVs on tap menus and chalkboards all time. Yeah. But technically, they’re not supposed to.) It’s an archaic law that’s getting a lot of attention on Three Tide’s Facebook page. When David Carlson, an owner of Three Tides, got a call from his liquor inspector saying it’s not OK to list the beers’ alcohol-by-volume numbers, he posted to the company’s page so that customers would know.

Update: See this article in the Bangor Daily News for additional reporting on the law and the efforts to change it.

So far his plea has reached the ears of several lawmakers, including Rep. Louie Luchini, D-Ellsworth, the co-chair of the Veterans and Legal Affairs committee, which deals with matters of alcohol sales. He said Friday that earlier that day he had submitted a bill request in an effort to quickly resolve the legal problem.

Allagash Brewery of the Year

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

World of Beer has named Allagash Brewing their selection for the 2013 Brewery of the Year.

Of course, there were other [beer]s besides, many of them, but these “Best of…” posts aren’t supposed to be about the qualities of individual beers. No, they are meant to highlight the brilliance of a single brewery over the course of a calendar year, and in that regard Allagash achieved in spades, making it my no-doubt pick as U.S. Brewery of the Year for 2013.

Under Construction: Foundation Brewing

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Active Beer Geek has posted an article about Foundation Brewing, including a video interview with co-founder Joel Mahaffey.

Foundation plans on releasing two flagship beers to the market in March. One is an IPA saison called Blaze that is going to be out of this world. It’s a slightly hoppy and funky brew that uses Millenium, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Nugget, Columbus hops making it very tasty. With Eddy you get the floral and slightly funkyness of the saison as well as the flavor and citric hop profile of an American IPA.

Foundation  hopes to start selling their first two beers, Blaze and Eddy this March.