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Building a solid Foundation

On one of the many nights that a blizzard covered Portland with snow, I slowly maneuvered my car – down a mostly unplowed road – to Foundation Brewing Company on Industrial Way. I saw a bright glow from the door to the brewery as I slid into what would have been a parking spot if the lines were visible. Inside, I found Joel Mahaffey, brewer and co-owner, taking some gravity measurements. Friendly, but serious, he walked me around the brewery space and told me the story of how he and his co-founder John Bonney conceived of the brewery while homebrewing. With many years of homebrewing experience between them, they eventually outgrew the ambitions that they developed in their local homebrewing club – and the idea for Foundation was born.

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What’s in a name? Blue Lobster re-names beer brewed by former brewer

I have attempted to remain professional and impartial in my discussion of Blue Lobster Brewing Company, in Hampton NH. I have maintained as much neutrality as I could, both as a beer geek and beer writer throughout the process of starting up, brewing, and the recent brewer transition – but today I have to point out something unpleasant. Warning – this post includes the first curse word I’ve put to the page since I began this blog seven years ago – because it is part of the beer’s name.

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A Peek Into Austin Street

A stop on a special “new brewery” tour from The Maine Brew Bus, Austin Street Brewery hosted some guests to try their …

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Oxbow Winter Classic

It is hard to beat an afternoon of hockey, bonfires, beer and general camaraderie. Saturday brewers and staff from Allagash Brewing Company, Portsmouth Brewing Company, Smuttynose Brewing Company joined Oxbow Brewing at their brewery in Newcastle for some good old-fashioned pond hockey. The sun made an appearance for most of the afternoon – and comments about the warm above 30 degree temperatures were heard.

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Beer-Inspired Jelly Beans

I’m not usually a sweets person – give me a great plate of cheese and meat and I’ll be your friend for life. But when I saw the press releases floating around about new beer flavored jelly beans from Jelly Belly, I knew that I had to get some. After some reaching out, Jelly Belly sent me a care package with the new flavor and a few extra flavors to create recipes with. [Read more]