Great Lost Bear on MSN Local

MSN included The Great Lost Bear in an article on bars with “dozens and dozens” of beers on tap.

The GLB features Maine and other Northeast microbreweries and–get this–four hand-pumped, cask-conditioned drafts like Geary’s HSA and Sheepscot Boothbay Bitter. This untouristy tavern’s taps draw from kegs like the Belgian Delirium Tremens, John John Dead Guy (a Maibock), and Gritty McDuff’s Black Fly Stout, a local favorite. What’s to eat? “Hearty, spicy junk food” and related thirsty-making fare. The Bear is about serious beer people who don’t take themselves too seriously.

GLB’s bar manager Mike Dickson was interviewed for the intro.

$1M Allagash Expansion Plans

Mainebiz reports that Allagash Brewing is “investing about $1 million to expand its production facility by 50% and is planning to hire two or three new beer makers by the end of the year.”

“We’re growing significantly. We’re planning to be up 40% this over last year,” Dee Dee Germain, the company’s spokeswoman, says. “The new facility should get us a couple more years at 40% growth.”

Gluten-free School Meals & Beer Primer

Today’s Press Herald includes an article about what local school districts are doing to address the needs of their students who need a gluten-free diet,

Scarborough is among the Maine school districts that are adjusting their cafeteria options for a growing number of students who don’t eat gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, barley and triticale.

and a What Ales You column that explains the difference between lagers and ales.

The first dividing line is between lagers and ales. Lagers are made with yeast that ferments at the bottom of the fermenting vessel and are fermented and conditioned at cooler temperatures. Ales use top-fermenting yeast at warmer temperatures.

Pamola Xtra, Double Throttle IPA, etc

Today’s What Ales You column in the Press Herald reports on some newly released beers including the Pamola Xtra from Baxter Brewing,

The beer — which is 4.9 percent alcohol — has a lot of body, especially for a pale ale. It just felt substantial in the mouth, and had some malt sweetness followed by a slight hop bite at the back end. All three people who tasted this liked it a lot.

Review of Pamola Xtra Pale Ale

Brews and Books has published a review of Pamola Xtra Pale Ale, a new beer from Maine’s newest brewery, Baxter Brewing in Lewiston.

If you’re looking for a hop bomb or a malty mouthful of a beer to impress your beer geek friends, Pamola ain’t it. Even in Maine’s landscape of mild English-influenced ales, it’s a notably subtle brew. Coming into the beer looking for big APA, you might very well be disappointed. If you’re looking for a fridge staple, however, or the fabled “gateway beer” to get non-drinkers in the craft beer camp, you’re in luck. The Pamola Xtra is crisp, light, dangerously quaffable, and tastes wicked good.

Maine Beer: Shipyard

Josh Christie has published the next installment in his series on The Beer of Maine. In part 7 he writes about Shipyard Brewing,

Among all the breweries and brew pubs in Maine, Shipyard is the big momma. Alan Pugsley’s brewhaus isn’t just the biggest in Maine, though it easily passes that test at over 80,000 barrels of beer a year. Shipyard’s massive production scale positions them as the 21st largest craft beer company in the US, ahead of well-known brands like Rogue, Victory and Long Trail. All this from an Englishman with a love for Ringwood yeast.