Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category

Neighborhood Breweries & Maine Foodie Tours

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

MaineBiz has published a feature on three brewers and the steps they take to be part of the communities and neighborhoods in which they’re located.

And while both men like the popular IPA ales, when they did taste-testings in their neighborhood, they discovered they were not popular. “So we listened to our customers,” Dingman adds. The brewery is making Double C.R.E.A.M., Old Smokey pale ale, plus a hoppy season ale and rye brown ale.

The plan is to get people in the door to both taste their beers and then buy and take them home in growlers. And the men welcome other breweries in the area.

“This street is vivacious,” says Dingman, referring to the three restaurants and other businesses on the block. “Hopefully we’ll get more brewers here. The more we build up the community, the better.”

MaineBiz has also published an interview with Pamela Laskey, owner of Maine Foodie Tours.

MB: What’s the reaction to the tour?
PL: When we take people into K. Horton Specialty Foods [Portland], we serve some of the American Cheese Society’s gold award-winning cheeses and people are shocked. I remember my very first customers were from Wisconsin. I took them to K. Horton, and Kris Horton blew them away. They were ordering wheels of cheese like there was no tomorrow. I did like impressing a family of cheddarheads. I tell people the cheese in Maine is like the wine in Napa. The best stuff never makes it out of the state.

Brewery Snack Sales to be Allowed

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that the City has decided to allow snack sales at breweries and may create a separate $500 city license to for breweries, distilleries and wineries that operate in Portland.

City officials this week reversed a previous determination that breweries located in industrial zones could not sell prepackaged snacks in their tasting rooms.

The move will allow Allagash Brewing Co. to begin selling snacks from Portland Fruit and Nut Co., Coastal Maine Popcorn and Maine Vintage Kitchen as soon as next week. The request to sell snacks to beer tourists was made so the brewery can help temper the effects of alcohol on customers who might spend an afternoon visiting the half-dozen breweries on Industrial Way.

Fore River & Bissell Brothers

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

The Portland Phoenix has published an article on the remarkable growth and success of Bissell Brothers since their launch 2 years ago,

So what’s the endgame? Is the new location the first stepping stone towards an even larger-scale brewery? Cool your jets. Both brothers made it clear that their first priority is to meet demand here at home. From the beginning the goal has been to focus on Portland first, and then push out into Maine. They’ve done the latter admirably, but even with the expansion and the increased capacity, they’re still a comparatively small brewery. Peter explains, “We certainly want to grow, but of equal value to us is the social currency of always being able to control our product, to be able to touch where it goes and the people it goes to, and do our best to be a hometown beer that people here are excited to drink.”

and the Press Herald has a report on Fore River Brewing, which recently  opened their doors in South Portland.

Standing in the brewery with LeGassey and Hansen, the only word to describe the new tasting room is “gorgeous.” Mainly the work of Alex Anastasoff, the room is industrial-rustic-chic: all warm woods and concrete floors. Wood beams abound. A wood stove burns next to a brick chimney. Handcrafted light fixtures blink on the walls. Custom wood boards line the ceiling. I know I write about beer, but the tasting room alone is worth the visit.

Own a Piece of Oxbow

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that Oxbow Brewing is seeking to raise $850,000 in equity investment funds, presumably to expand their business.

Oxbow filed a Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities form, signaling that it intends to solicit investments in exchange for shares in the company. The brewer indicated that it would accept amounts as little as $5,000 per investor, and that it expected the offering period to last more than a year.

Mockingfish Bottle Release

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

mockingfishRising Tide  is holding a bottle release on January 15th for Mockingfish, their tequila barrel-aged Gose.

Draft magazine included Mockingfish  in their list of the Top 25 Beers of 2015.

The release begins at noon and there will be a 12-bottle limit.

Best Beer City: Portland

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Confirming what those of us who live already knew, SmartAsset has declared Portland the Best City for Beer Drinkers.

The nation’s top beer city is Portland, Maine. The city is home to 17 microbreweries, one for every 4,000 residents – the highest per capita microbrewery rate of any U.S. city. Perhaps the most well-known of Portland’s breweries is Allagash Brewing Company, which reintroduced Belgian style brews to America in the mid-90s.

SmartAsset based the rankings on the number and per capita ratio of breweries, bars and brewpubs, the average Yelp scores for the breweries, and the average price for a pint of domestic beer.

Beer Can Supply Shortage

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Today’s Press Herald reports on changes in wholesale beer can supply market that are impacting Maine brewers.

All of that has created a growing demand for craft beers in 16-ounce cans and strained the segment’s primary supplier, Pennsylvania-based Crown Holdings. Normally, beer can suppliers deliver a minimum order of 155,000 cans – the payload of a conventional 18-wheeler. But Crown, a metal can manufacturer, developed a niche business catering to those small brewers who only needed half-truck orders.

A few months ago, word started trickling out that Crown would no longer offer half-truck orders, and was dropping some customers entirely – even if they ordered full truckloads.

Serious Eats: Best New Beers

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

A pair of Maine beers have been included in the Serious Eats list of the Best New Beers of 2015: Super Fresh from Peaks Organic, and Cuvée D’Industrial from Allagash Brewing.

Fore River Brewing Co.

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Bangor Daily News has published an article on Fore River Brewing Co.

Since the spring, LeGassey and his two business partners, Alex Anastasoff and TJ Hansen, have worked around the clock converting a former salt storage shed into South Portland’s newest commercial brewery and tasting room. The space, created with salvaged materials that include 200-year-old bricks and wood milled from local trees, is a fitting setting for a modern Maine beer company.

The brewery is planning to open later this month.

Under Construction: Mast Landing Brewing Co.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

mastlandingThe American Journal has published an update on Mast Landing, the new brewery under construction at 920 Maine Street in Westbrook.

Dorsey, the president and CEO of the company, and business partner Neil Fredrick were already hard at work Tuesday, creating their first “pilot batch” brew in the company’s new 12,000-square-foot space at 920 Main St…When work is complete, Mast Landing Brewing will open a tasting room, another first for the city, but it will also have room to expand. The Westbrook Planning Board approved a special exception for the building on Nov. 17 to allow it to be used as a microbrewery. Dorsey estimates the tasting room would be ready in three weeks.

Under Construction: Mast Landing Brewing Co.

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

The Press Herald reports that Mast Landing(website, facebook, instagram) is under construction at 920 Main Street in Westbrook. Owners Ian Dorsey and Neil Fredrick hope to open in January.

The nautical theme is carried by the names of the company’s brews. Its flagship beer, the Tell Tale Pale Ale, is a reference to a ribbon of the same name that’s tied to a sail, indicating the direction of the wind.

It’s fitting, [co-owner Ian] Dorsey said, as the company will look to that beer’s reception as an indicator of whether it’s going in the right direction.

The company also has two India pale ales, a blonde ale, an amber ale, a milk stout and a peanut butter stout.

Under Construction: Fore River Brewing

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Fore River Brewing(twitter, facebook, instagram) received license approval from the South Portland city council Monday evening.

Co-owner John LeGassey tells me they have a few last tasks to complete to make the brewery operational and hope to start brewing their first official batch two weeks from now. If all goes according to plan, they will open to the public sometime in December.

Draft Top 25: Mockingfish & Beer II

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

draftmaptop25Two Maine beers are on Draft magazine’s list of the Top 25 Beers of the Year:

  • Mockingfish from Rising Tide “The tequila barrel’s earthy, agave character zips in at the finish to punctuate the tart lightly lemony sip. Unlike other tequila barrel-aged beers we’ve tasted, the spirit doesn’t contribute any alcohol prickle here, allowing the gose’s wispy salinity to bubble in the center of the sip like a breeze of ocean are.”
  • Beer II from Maine Beer Co. “The session IPA can be just as wonderfully flavorful as its high-octane cousin, and Beer II is proof. The flavorful turns of juicy grapefruit, fresh pine, grass, sweet tangerine and fennel are stunningly complex: just a touch of bready malt holds it together before a quick whip of bitterness pulls it to a pleasant conclusion.”

Rising Tide plans to have a new batch of the tequila barrel-aged available next year.

Portland Beer Week Nov 1-7

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

static1.squarespace.comToday marks the first full day of Portland Beer Week. Dozens of tap takeovers, beer tours, dinners, classes andd presentations are taking place at restaurants and bars all over Portland for the next 7 days.

Check out the full schedule on the PBW website.


Tour of the Maine Malt House

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

If My Coaster Could Talk reported on his tour of the Maine Malt House in Mapleton Maine.

The Maine Malt House is a pretty impressive operation, these guys were selling their barley to malting companies out of state, they knew they had a great product and they figured out what made it great and how to process it themselves. With an ever increasing demand on malted barley they were able to keep a homegrown product close to home and in turn closer to Maine brewers. It was kind of a wild, beer geek moment to be standing on the malting floor drinking a Geaghan Brothers Hop Harvest that was brewed with grains that had been harvested just outside and malted right where I stood.