Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category

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.

Allagash Helena Bottle Release

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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.

Craft Beer Competition

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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.

Under Construction: Battery Steele Brewing

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

img_2610A 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.

Under Construction: Nonesuch River Brewing Co.

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Construction is underway for Nonesuch River Brewing (facebook) in Scarborough. The owners hope to have the brewery built and in operation in time for summer.

The Forecaster published an article about Nonesuch in April when the brewery was approved by the planning board.

Bottle Release of Chaga Stout

Friday, October 28th, 2016

chagastoutLone Pine Brewing is releasing a new beer, Chaga Stout, today. It will be on tap and for sale in bottles at their tasting room on Anderson Street. Chaga Stout is a collaboration between Lone Pine and North Spore.