Female Beer Brewers

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram has an article about the small but growing number of female beer brewers in Maine.

The state’s thriving beer industry mirrors national trends in which female brewers are a distinct minority. But as more women develop a taste for the product, the boys’ club door has been swinging open.

The article indicate that Shonee Strickland will be the head brewer at Brickyard Hollow Brewing Company when it opens in Yarmouth.

Portland Beer Week

Portland Beer Week kicks-off on Sunday. The full schedule more than 50 tap takeovers, lectures, beer dinners, and tours.

It would be close to impossible to get to them all so I’ve made a short list of the ones I’m most interested in getting to:

  • Blind IPA Tasting on Sunday at The Thirsty Pig
  • Early History of Maine Beer Lecture on Monday at The Great Lost Bear
  • Silence of the Lambics on Tuesday at Novare Res
  • Cookie and Beer Pairing on Wednesday at The Thirsty Pig
  • Allagash Mystery Beer Night on Tursday at The Great Lost Bear
  • Goodfire Brewing Launch on Thursday at The Thirsty Pig
  • Oxbozakaya on Thursday at Pai Men
  • Austin Street Beer Dinner on Thursday at Terlingua
  • From There to Here on Friday at Slab
  • Where the Wild Biers are on Saturday at Novare Res
  • Zymurgy Home Brew Tour on Sunday with the Maine Brew Bus
  • Freshman Orientation on Sunday at Bayside Bowl

Bissell Brothers Brewing

Good  Beer Hunting has published a lengthy article about the founding and evolution of Bissell Brothers Brewing.

There are loads of obstacles you don’t see coming when starting a business. “If you go down this road, you will be faced with a million reasons to quit,” Peter says. Questioning the idea, realizing how much more things cost, how much longer everything takes. These are challenges you’ll face as you move forward. How you deal with them is a test of your mettle. “That’s part of the story that I like to think anyone can relate to,” he continues. “That transformation. It’s not just beer, it’s not just starting a brewery—it’s shattering your beliefs of what you think you can do.”

Island Dog Brewing

The Forecaster has published an article about Island Dog Brewing.

Still in its nascent stages, Island Dog Brewing only sells tasting flights, pints, and growlers, although by August they hope to distribute kegs to area bars and restaurants – including Otto Pizza, which is in the same complex behind the Maine Mall, and will deliver pies to the 4,200-square-foot tasting room.

Yes Brewing Opens Today

Yes Brewing (facebook, instagram) is scheduled to open at today at 3:30. They’re located at 609 Main Street in Westbrook behind Mister Bagel.

The American Journal has published an article about Yes Brewing,

“Our whole angle is to brew normal brew styles with out of the box ingredients to keep things interesting,” [co-owner Cameron] Ingrahim said. “We like interesting beers so we wanted to reflect that here.”

While the brewery will have a standard double dry hopped pale ale, it will also serve a pineapple mosaic Berliner Weisse, a jalapeno pale ale and a mint IPA (India Pale Ale). Customers can purchase five- and 10-ounce pours as well as growlers to take home.

Allagash Lieven Release

Allagash is slated to release a new small batch beer on Saturday. Lieven is,

Named for a Belgian barkeep, Lieven is a blend of Flemish sour red and sour brown ale. The sour brown ale aged for four years in an American oak barrel, while the sour red aged for one year in a New England Distilling rye whiskey barrel. In this blend, aromas of strawberry, apricot, and caramelized sugar share the stage with flavor notes of dried fruit, toasted marshmallow, and a delicate hint of oakiness.

Also on Saturday, Allagash will release the 2017 edition of Cuvée d’Industrial.

One Millions Pounds of Maine Grain (Updated)

Rob Tod has committed Allagash to buy one million pounds of Maine grains per year by 2021. That’s more than an eight-fold increase.

In the brewing business, buying locally often isn’t feasible. In Maine, the climate has always been right for growing grain, but the infrastructure just hasn’t been sufficient to meet our needs. Much to our delight, we’ve recently seen a steady and substantial increase in the amount Maine-grown and malted grains. That’s why we’re making the pledge that by 2021, Allagash will be buying one million pounds of Maine-grown grain per year.

Update: Mainebiz has published about Allagash’s commitment to buy more grain from Maine.

Maine Beer Box

The Maine Beer Box, a shipping container beer tap system, is headed to Iceland, reports the Press Herald.

The project is a partnership between the Maine Brewers Guild and Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company that has its U.S. headquarters in Portland. The guild plans to ship the container every year to a different port on Eimskip’s shipping routes. The aim is to market Maine’s craft beer industry overseas and encourage brewers to consider foreign exports as a way to grow their companies, Sean Sullivan, executive director of the brewers guild, said during a send-off event for the beer box at the International Marine Terminal in Portland on Friday.

Under Construction: Brickyard Hollow Brewing

A new brewery called Brickyard Hollow Brewing Company is under development in Yarmouth, reports the Press Herald.

Yarmouth entrepreneurs Brad Moll and Frank Grondin announced Tuesday that they plan to open a small-batch craft brewery and restaurant called Brickyard Hollow Brewing Co. at 236 Main St., now the home of Anthony’s Dry Cleaners. The 2,100-square-foot brewery will seat 60 indoors and an additional 30 on its patio.