Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category
The Press Herald reports Maine brewers testified at the Maine State House yesterday in support of legal changes to help Maine breweries continue to expand.
Among other law changes, brewers want to be able to transfer their own ales and lagers between multiple breweries and tasting rooms without fear of violating state law. Other bills before the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee would allow more specialty food stores to hold occasional taste-testings and sample offerings and double the amount of beer, wine or hard alcohol a producer or distributor can provide to a retailer for samples.
The Press Herald reports that D.L. Geary Brewing is slated to be sold to Alan Lapoint.
D.L. Geary Brewing Co. is being sold to a Freeport businessman who has taken over the management of Portland’s first craft brewery and intends to complete the acquisition before the end of the year.
Kelly Lucas, whose parents, David and Karen Geary, co-founded the brewery in 1983, identified the buyer late Thursday evening as Alan Lapoint of Freeport.
Round 1 of the Maine Beer Madness tournament has kicked-off.
It’s finally here, the true Big Dance: the 4th Annual Maine Madness Beer Tournament, where 64 Maine beers compete for glory in a month-long bracketed tournament voted on by the public.
This year’s field of competitors is the best we’ve seen, and it’s all thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in making Maine’s beer scene world-class.
Allagash is releasing their coffee/beer collaboration, Map 40, today at 10 am. The beer is a “Belgian-style stout blended with cold-brewed coffee from” Speckled Ax. It has a “light nuttiness that accompanies tastes of chocolate, raisin, and coffee”
Cardente Real Estate announced Wednesday that it’s leased a nearly 4,000-square-foot space at 219 Anderson St. to Goodfire Brewing LLC for a brewery and 39-seat tasting room. The brewery, located just behind U-Haul on Marginal Way, is expected to open in June.
Beer Advocate has highlighted Foulmouthed Brewing in a list of “34 of the most promising newcomers” as selected by readers from among the 861 breweries that opened last year.
One standout is their take on a wheat Saison named Iron Goddess, brewed with honey and tea. For 2017, “we just started our barrel-aging and bottling program and are planning to set up a solera array for blending Brett Saisons,” Craig Dilger says. “But for now we are draft-only, serving the vast majority of our beer right over the bar in the brewpub.”
The new episode of Great Beer Adventure is an interview with Christie Mahaffey, co-owner of Foundation Brewing, about bringing kids to breweries and bars.
The Press Herald has published an article on Bunker Brewing’s new brewery and tasting room in Libbytown.
A few weeks ago, Sorensen and the Bunker team completed the renovations on the new brewery and tasting room on Westfield Street. As soon as I walked into the spacious, 9,000-square-foot facility, it was clear that the authentic Bunker Brewing vibe was not lost in the move.
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 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.
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.
A 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.