Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category

Best Brews: 21 Breweries, 101 Beers, Beer Madness

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Boston magazine has published their list of the 21 best breweries in New England. It includes Banded Horn(17), Marshall Wharf(16), Oxbow(6), Maine Beer Company(5) and Allagash(2).

Men’s Journal has posted their list of the 101 best beers in America which includes Bissell Brothers Substance and Allagash Interlude. Portland’s own Greg Norton, owner of the Bier Cellar helped assemble the list.

Finally, Maine Today has kicked off their Maine Beer Madness bracket survey.

Tenant Brewer Bill

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The Press Herald reports that the state legislature is considering a bill that would enable brewers to lease excess production capacity to up to 9 tenant brewers.

Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, has introduced a bill that would allow large breweries with excess production capacity to form tenant agreements with as many as nine smaller beer companies to lease brewing time on their equipment – large brewers can host only one tenant brewery now. The arrangements would lower overhead costs for host brewers and reduce taxes for tenants.

Interview with Rob Tod

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Eater Maine has published an interview with Rob Tod, founder of Allagash Brewing.

When you started the company in 1995, legend has it you couldn’t give Allagash White away in bars because of the public’s and the industry’s unfamiliarity with Belgian styles. What was the worst response you got?
I used to walk into bars and restaurants with samples and the first thing they said is, “What’s wrong with it?” That was the common response. I got used to it. You just spend time trying to educate people: “Hey, this is a traditional Belgian style beer. It’s supposed to be cloudy ’cause it’s unfiltered and that contributes a lot to the quality of the beer.” Even if I could talk someone into a draft line it was generally the worst selling one. Accounts weren’t familiar with the beer and neither were customers. It was a long slow grind, the first ten years. Probably the first twelve years, really.

The Salt: Brewers Gone Wild

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

NPR’s blog The Salt has posted an article about Allagash and wild fermented beers.

The team at Allagash has been experimenting with Brett and other “nontraditional brewing microbes” (for making wild and sour beers) for about a dozen years. The first time the brewers discovered that an ambient strain of local, wild Brett had contaminated a barrel of beer, “we panicked!” Perkins recalls. “We learned quickly that the character was very unique.” So they isolated it, cultured it and created a small but ambitious wild beer program that puts Brett on center stage.

IPA Releases: Swish & Epiphany

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

swishBissell Brothers will be releasing a batch of their double IPA, Swish, in cans this Saturday starting at noon. They have 80 cases on-hand and their will be a limit of three 4-packs per person. Swish is 8% ABV and is made with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Apollo hops.

Foundation Brewing will have their first production batch of Epiphany on tap at their tasting room starting at noon on Wednesday. Epiphany is an 8% ABV India Pale Ale made with Columbus, Cascade, Citra, Ella and Mosaic hops.

We indulged in our desire to create an IPA that personifies the vivid flavors that can be coaxed from the hop cone, painted on a canvas of soft malt that allows the flavors to shine through.  Extensively hopped in the kettle and in the fermentor, we spared nothing in making this beer.

Bissell Brothers

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

The Business section in today’s Press Herald includes an article about Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

“It was tough going and we’d truly exhausted all the money we started with and were still in a pretty big hole of debt,” Noah said. “It’s kind of cliche, but the only way to make money was to spend money. It was a tough decision at the time to drop 10 or 15 grand on that when we could barely keep the lights on, but we decided it’s what we needed to do.”

The bet, made in only two months after opening, paid off. The third fermentation tank increased their production capacity, but the lines to buy beer at the brewery continued to grow as word spread…

Up and Coming

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

CNN has included Portland in their list of Up and Coming Foodie Destinations.

There are nearly 600 restaurants in the city of 66,000 — one of the highest ratios of any town in the country. Many of them specialize in fresh, local fare.

Five Fifty Five currently has a local beef tartar on the menu, as well as Gulf of Maine cod and truffled lobster mac and cheese. Hugos is doing a tasting menu that includes rabbit with Brussels sprouts, spaetzil and mustard, grilled swordfish and a cream of broccoli soup. And Piccolo is putting an Italian spin on a local pork chop, hake, and an eggplant, tomato and ricotta dish.

20 Best Beers: Coolship Resurgam

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Food Republic has included Allagash Coolship Resurgam in their list of the 20 Big Beers of the Year.

The beer writer Joshua Bernstein introduced me to this older release at a bottle share this fall, and its funky, citrus-forward flavors have lodged firmly in my memory since. Resurgam is part of the company’s coolship program, meaning it ferments spontaneously via interaction with natural yeasts in open-air vats. It won a GABF medal in 2010 and again this year, with silver in the Belgian-style lambic or Sour Ale category.

Best New Breweries: Bissell Brothers

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Paste magazine has included Bissell Brothers in their list of the Best New Breweries of 2014.

The bros actually opened the doors of their nano-brewery late in 2013, but this year has seen them gain considerable momentum; The Substance IPA continues to sate Portland-area hopheads, and hoppy amber Bucolia didn’t do too bad a job either, but Bissell Brothers really spread its wings this past month with the release of Angels with Filthy Souls, an Amarillo-laced milk porter that should immediately assuage any fears of a redundant portfolio on the brewery’s part. If expansion is not on their radar, then the rest of us are worse off for it.

Interview with Fred Forsley

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The Press Herald has published an interview with Shipyard co-owner Fred Forsley.

Q: From the business perspective, is it complicated?
It looks like a simple business, but it can be complicated in the sense of getting a brand to grow and to get more than an initial sampling. From day one, the product was world-class and that made it easier to sell. At the end of the day, sales and marketing is a key ingredient, but it’s the quality of the product.

Bissell Brothers 1st Anniversary Party

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Bissell Brothers are celebrating their first year in business with a party at Empire next week. On tap will be “Substance, Angels with Filthy Souls, SWISH (plenty of it) and I-LUCKY (Our Asian-cuisine-inspired ginger-IPA) all pouring loud and proud“.

Tickets are available online at

100 Best Beers: Mo, Substance, Dubbel

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Men’s Journal has included Bissell Brothers The Substance, MBC Mo and Allagash Dubbel in their list of the 100 Best Beers in the World.

To ensure you can actually find and enjoy these heavenly brews, we eliminated one-off batches and limited the list to beer sold in America and available on shelves and taps beyond the brewery. Our team also balanced entries from the stylistic families of beer — pilsners, wild ales, stouts, to name a few of the 23 official, judged styles — to ensure this wasn’t just a list of IPAs, America’s most popular craft brew. Consider this a to-drink list for year ahead.

Oxbow Tasting Room

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Urban Eye has a report on the new Oxbow tasting room,

The red lettering on the door is the only indication that something new is brewing on Washington Ave. Go behind Coffee by Design and press on through to a world of conditioned ales, barrels filled with aging beer and worldly design. “We are very excited to have this opportunity to be a part of this incredible beer city,” said Geoff Masland, Oxbow co-owner, who opened his doors Thursday.

and Eater Maine has published a Q & A with Oxbow co-owner Tim Adams about the tasting room.

What are you most looking forward to with the new space?
It’s two-fold. One, being able to make a bunch more beer and a lot of the beer that excites us the most: Our aged, bottled, and blended beers. Two, being able to have this retail presence in Portland is huge. I love Portland. I live on the East End and to be able to provide a space like this for all the people around here is pretty cool.

Oxbow Tasting Room Opens Thursday

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014


Oxbow Brewing Company’s new tasting room in Portland is set to open on Thursday at noon. The room is part of a 10,000 sq ft space at 49 Washington Ave that Oxbow took over this summer to use for aging, blending and bottling their beer.

The door to the tasting room is at the back of the driveway to the left of CBD. It’s hand lettered sign (by Will Sears) reads Oxbow Blending and Bottling.

Updated: A Happy Tummy and Maine Today have both posted photos of the new tasting room.

Mainebiz: Business is Brewing

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Mainebiz has published a feature article on Maine’s rapidly expanding brewing industry.

A study released earlier this year by the Maine Brewers’ Guild, the state’s trade group, found that at 2013’s 35 breweries, production was expected to increase by 36% this year and double by 2018, figures that sound a little conservative now, considering this year’s boom.

“Now we’re making up for lost time,” says the Maine Brew Bus tour guide on that fall afternoon, referring to Maine’s Prohibition era, led by “Father of Prohibition” Neal Dow, who must surely be spinning in his grave now.

One Day to Drink

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Read the Beer Babe’s advice on “where to go – and where to skip – if you have less than a day to check out Portland’s craft beer”.

Allagash Wins Silver Medal

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Allagash won a Silver Medal in the Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale category for their Coolship Resurgam over the weekend at the Great American Beer Festival.

Blueberry Files: Geary’s, Eventide, The Well

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

A new post from The Blueberry Files combines a report from the grand opening of the Geary’s tasting room, a review of Eventide and a review of The Well.

My connection to the food scene was obvious in thinking about what makes Portland my home. My love affair with Portland was ignited by the incredible food and drink scene I discovered upon moving here. And nowhere is that sense of place through food expressed better than at Eventide. Local this, local that; in tune with the seasons, the land, and the ocean…and of course, tasting great at every step.

Brewery Tasting Rooms

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The Brew Babe writes about the recent history of brewery tasting rooms and her top 5 reasons for visiting them.

2. Information straight from the source: Do you think an employee at Hannaford is going to crack open a beer and give me a taste to see if I like it before I bring home a six pack? Do you think that guy at the sketchy 7-11 (you know the one I’m talking about) knows what kinds of hops are in a beer?

USA Today: Best Beer Town Survey

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

bestbeerUSA Today has had their “panel of beer experts picked 20 of the nation’s best cities for beer-centric travel” for their Best Beer Town readership survey.

Portland made the list and you can help Portland ride high in the polls by casting your vote for our city. The rules allow for one voter per day until the winners are chosen on October 13.