Living in the middle of such a productive beer community has it’s benefits and it’s drawbacks. Wherever I go, when I tell people I’m from New England I am immediately asked about The Alchemist’s Heady Topper(a super-hoppy canned Vermont beer), and when I mention I’m in Maine, their first inquiry is about Maine Brewing Company’s Lunch – their west-coast style IPA that has taken the beer trading world by storm. IPAs have enjoyed a sustained popularity growth over the last five years – so the craving for lots of hops in the craft beer loving community is no surprise.
As much as I do enjoy Lunch, I want to tell you about another beer by Maine Beer Company that’s recently won my heart – MO. Named as a nod to brewer Daniel Kleban’s twins Madeline and Oliver – this one is not an IPA but instead an American Pale Ale, and hasn’t reached the level of national fame that Lunch has.