Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category

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.

Rob Tod’s 10 Beers

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

First We Feast has posted an interview with Rob Tod in which he talks about the 10 beers that have had the biggest impact on his career in the beer industry.

“I love the creative process, and I’ve always loved working with my hands. Before beer, I didn’t think there could be one profession that embodied both.”

From epiphanies with Scotch ales, to mishap that spawned one of Allagash’s most innovative brews, here Rob Tod details the 10 beers that shaped his career.

Imbibe: The Maine Event

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

imbibe2015ndImbibe magazine has published a feature article on Portland in the November/December issue of the magazine. The article addresses Portland evolving cocktail scene, distilleries and breweries as well as touches on coffee roasters, retail shops and restaurants.

Mentioned in the article are: Allagash, Austin Street, Bissell Brothers, Bunker, Central Provisions, Cold River, Eventide, Foundation, Geary’s, Gritty McDuff’s, Hunt & Alpine, Liquid Riot, Maine Maine Craft Distilling, Mead Works, New England Distilling, Novare Res, Rising Tide, Shipyard, Sur Lie, Tandem Coffee, The Bearded Lady, Three Dollar Deweys, Urban Farm Fermentory and Vena’s Fizz House.

Vena’s Fizz House has a small stack of the new issue on sale at their Fore Street store.

Wild Beers in America

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Food Republic has published an article on the origins on wild-fermented beers in the US. The article relays details on a seminal trip in 2006 by the owners of 5 American breweries to Cantillon in Belgium: Allagash, Dogfish Head, Russian River, Avery and The Lost Abbey.

[Russian River Brewing owner Vinnie] Cilurzo wasn’t the only brewer inspired on that voyage. In 2008, Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine, became the first to utilize a coolship, a large pan used for open-air “wild” fermentation. As Allagash brewmaster Jason Perkins recalls, shortly after the trip, “[owner] Rob Todd came in, and basically said, ‘Fuck it, let’s build a coolship. And let’s do it right.’” The brewery had been emulating old-world Belgian brewing techniques for decades, but had never taken on an experiment like this.

Maine’s Craft Beer Industry

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Business section in today’s Press Herald features a report titled “Maine’s craft beer boom shows no sign of going flat“.

When it opens, Fore River will be the newest player in Maine’s exploding and intensely local craft beer scene. As of 2014, the state had the sixth-most breweries per capita in the nation, according to the Brewers Association, a national group. In 2013 and 2014, nine new breweries and brewpubs opened in greater Portland alone. There are currently 52 breweries in the state, but that number is set to jump even higher in 2016, and existing breweries are expanding.

The article includes details on Fore River Brewing(twitter, facebook, instagram) which is opening later this year in South Portland.

Maine Malt House

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Bangor Daily News has published an article on the Maine Malt House, which supplies malted Maine grown grains to brewers in the state.

Aroostook County is not home to the bustling craft breweries that have sprouted up across Maine, New England and other parts of the country. A brewery and pub that opened in Presque Isle in 2004, Slopes Northern Maine Restaurant and Brewing Company, closed for lack of business not long afterward. But, 10 years later, the Buck brothers are not trying to sell beer locally; they want to produce and sell malts across the state through an integrated farm and malthouse business.

100 Best Beers

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Men’s Journal has included Allagash White, Allagash Coolship Resurgam, Mo from Maine Beer Co. and Bissell Brothers Substance in their 2015 list of the 100 Best Beers in the World.

Under Construction: Lone Pine Brewing

Monday, October 5th, 2015

lonepine_logoA new brewery called Lone Pine(website, facebook, twitter, instagram) is under development in East Bayside, according to a report from Eater Maine. The brewery is going in at 219 Anderson Street at the former location of Pistol Pete Upholstery Shop.

Lone Pine Brewery is the project of Tom Madden from Madden Beverage in Saco. He hopes to open Lone Point this winter.

Need to get caught-up on all the new places under construction? Check out the our Under Construction list for the latest details.

Growth of Maine Beer Industry

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

The Bangor Daily News has published an article on the growth in the Maine beer industry.

New crowds are trekking to hidden places across the state, such as Bigelow Hill in Skowhegan, where chocolate chili stout is paired with wood-fired pizza, and to Marsh Island Brewing Co., which is located in an Orono auto repair shop where wheels are aligned and Downrigger IPA is brewed and bottled under the same roof.

Breweries in Maine are revving up so fast and furiously that Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, is having a hard time keeping up with marketing material.

New Geary’s Brewer

Friday, August 14th, 2015

The Press Herald reports on Geary’s new brewer Ben Rossignol.

When I visit the brewery to talk with Geary and Rossignol there’s a session IPA brewed with Jarrylo hops and American ale yeast on draft at the tasting room. It’s the first beer brewed with American ale yeast since Geary’s opened in 1986. This single-hop IPA has a fruity aroma of pears, bananas and oranges. The flavor is a fruit cocktail mixture that Rossignol says tastes like a “Dole fruit cup.” I agree. And it’s good.

The next experimental beer that will be on tap at the tasting room is a saison brewed with seventy pounds of strawberries from a farm in Limington. A saison? From Geary’s? With strawberries? Yes, yes and yes.

Celebrator Beer News

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

celebratorThe August/September issue of Celebrator Beer News includes a survey of the Portland beer scene (page 21).

 When many people hear “Portland craft beer,” they immediately think of Portland, Ore. But New England’s Portland also has a great deal to offer. For the first few months of this year, I found myself working on a project in our country’s original Portland during its stormiest winter in years.

The article mentions Geary’s, Allagash, Bissell,  Rising Tide, Foundation, Austin Street, Great Lost Bear, Novare, Bunker, Maine Craft Distilling and many more brewers, brewpubs and restaurants.

Mockingfish Tequila/Gose

Monday, August 10th, 2015

mockingfishRising Tide Brewing will be releasing a new beer called Mockingfish this week. Mockingfish is a tequila barrel-aged gose-style beer.

The release is taking place Thursday noon at the brewery on Fox Street. There will be a 4-pack limit per person.

Interview with Heather Sanborn

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The Portland Phoenix has interviewed Heather Sanborn, co-owner of Rising Tide.

KB: You have a small rack of barrels aging in the back of the brewery. Will that be a bigger part of your model going forward, or are your barrel-aged beers more of a side project?
HS: I think that remains to be seen. Right now we don’t have more space for barrel aging, but that’s about to change. We have a 8,000 square foot warehouse in Westbrook that’s coming online in about three weeks. We just hired somebody to manage it and we leased a box truck that we’re going to use to bring things back and forth. So we should have a lot more space for barrel storage soon. Then it’s really just a process of ramping up that barrel program over time. It takes a long time to build up a successful barrel program at any kind of scale.

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015

cantillonzwanzeNovare Res is one of a select list of bars worldwide participating in this year’s  Cantillon  Zwanze day. Get to Novare early on September 19 to try this year’s beer.

Peak Organic’s National Reach

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Boston Globe has a report on Peak Organic’s expansion into markets across the country.

Peak products are now available in cities beyond New York; they’re all along the East Coast and in California, reflective of their 29 percent overall growth in 2014. Cadoux credits the expansion to thriving restaurant scenes in Miami, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Boston, and a sales staff focused on selling the brew as a good beer for food.

Under Construction: Fore River Brewing

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Forecaster has published an article about Fore River Brewing(twitter, facebook, instagram) and the new brewery they’re building in South Portland.

Anastasoff, the former landscape contractor, owns the property and used to store up to 1,600 tons of salt during the winter. After selling his business and repurposing the space, the garage will eventually serve as the brewing area, which will be fronted by a large sliding barn door, in keeping with the “rustic, industrial look,” he said. 

According to the article, Fore River hopes to open in October.