Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category

Battery Steele Brewing

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The Press Herald has published an article about Battery Steele Brewing.

The brewing world is itching to sample the goods from the latest brewery to boil wort in the now-fabled 1 Industrial Way complex. I refer to this building and surrounding neighborhood as the Fertile Crescent of Maine brewing, incubating Maine Beer Co., Rising Tide Brewing, and Bissell Brothers Brewing, along with the current tenants, the aforementioned Austin Street and Foundation Brewing. With Allagash across the street and Geary’s around the corner, Battery Steele is opening on hallowed ground.

The history of the building isn’t lost on [Shane] Noble or his partner, Jake Condon.

“It inspires us to always be looking for ways to make our beer better,” Noble said.

Battery Steele Opening Saturday

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Battery Steele Brewing (facebook, twitter, instagram, website), Portland’s newest brewery, is slated to open on Saturday.

They are located at 1 Industrial Way, 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.

MBG Beer Box

Friday, March 31st, 2017

The Press Herald and Bangor Daily News have reported on the Maine Brewers Guild collaboration with Eimskip to send Maine beer to Iceland.

The Maine Beer Box, a branded shipping container with more than 50 taps built into its side, is the centerpiece of a multi-year effort between the Maine Brewers’ Guild and Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company, to expose Maine beer to new markets and bring beers from Iceland and beyond back to the state.

Competition in Craft Brewing?

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Press Herald has interviewed the keynote speaker at this week’s New England Craft Beer summit as part of an article on growing competition in the local beer market.

[Bart] Watson says every brewery in Maine will eventually feel the competition. As the Portland market matures, brewers might be forced to look to rural markets to sell their beers.

“There are challenges,” Watson said. “One of my takes is it doesn’t mean there is no growth happening. There’s a lot of growth out there. Rural areas have not been converting (to craft beer) as quickly, so local production has been slower than in metro areas. There’s still a lot of untapped markets.”

The article also reports that Portland’s newest brewery Battery Steele hopes to open next week serving an imperial stout, a saison and an india pale ale.

Interview with Rob Tod

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

All About Beer has interviewed Allagash Brewing founder Rob Tod for their After Two Beers series.

The two discuss how Tod moved from keg washer to brewery owner, and how he came to appreciate and brew beers in the Belgian tradition. Tod talks about some of the beers that influenced him along the way, including one in particular that inspired him to brew Allagash White, a beer that now accounts for around 75 percent of the brewery’s production.

Beer Industry Economic Impact Study

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

The Maine Brewers Guild and the University of Maine have released a report that studies the economic impact of the Maine brewery industry.

Both the Press Herald and Bangor Daily News have published articles about the study.
Here’s a link to the full text of the study.

Brewers Pursue Legal Changes to Support Growth

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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.

D.L. Geary Being Sold

Friday, March 10th, 2017

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.

4th Annual Maine Beer Madness

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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.

Cast your vote in round 1.

Allagash Bottle Release: Map 40

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

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”

Under Construction: Good Fire Brewing

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

A new brewery called Good Fire Brewing (website, instagram, twitter) is under construction in East Bayside, reports the Press Herald.

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.

Best New Breweries: Foulmouthed Brewing

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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.”

 

Family Friendly Breweries

Friday, December 16th, 2016

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.

Bunker Brewing

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

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.

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.