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Reviews of the Beer Babe’s favorite thing – beer!

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Adventures in fermentation at UFF and Maine Beer Company

Right now, I am sitting in my living room in a chair, with the small window-unit air conditioner aimed squarely at my back. The fact that my hair is blowing in my face as I am trying to type doesn’t phase me – at least the air blowing at me is cooler than the air in the rest of my apartment. So, when a friend came up to hang around in Portland for a visit this past Sunday which was just as hot, I knew that my usual routine of aimlessly wandering around the Old Port wouldn’t do.

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What on Earth is Kombucha?

So, while I may have spent an exorbitant amount of time learning about beer and beer styles, I admit that I never came across the word Kombucha until a few weeks ago. Or maybe I had seen it and just not thought it was relevant. But when I was at a local beer store, looking into their cooler at a row of glass bottles from Urban Farm Fermentory – one caught my eye that had lots of words I didn’t know on it.

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Maine Island Trail Ale

Every summer I take a vacation with a friend to Vinalhaven Island – the highlight of which is usually kayaking around the …

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Nothing Missing in Omission Pale Ale

I consider myself to be very lucky not to be affected by any kind of gluten sensitivity. Many of the people that I know, however, do have either a gluten allergy, Celiac disease, or some other medical reason that gluten negatively affects them. Unfortunately for the beer lover, this significantly narrows the choices for beers that you can drink. Since May is Celiac Awareness month, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my favorite options for gluten-free beer.

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Happy Sol brings much-needed sunshine to Maine

I recently went on a trip to Cedar City Utah, where I spent four days in sunny, summer-like weather. I even got a bit of a sunburn when I forgot to re-apply my sunscreen on the second day. So my dismay upon returning to the Manchester, NH airport in a downpour only grew when I realized that the chilly rains were going to stick around for days instead of hours.

I returned home and opened my fridge to see if there was anything there that could lift my spirits a bit for the upcoming week of pervasive gloom. I spied a bottle that I had picked up the week before – Somerville Brewing Company’s Happy Sol – and thought it would be a good start.

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The best kinds of bitterness in Bunker Brewing’s 122 Coffee IPA

Now, before you spit out your coffee (or beer) when you hear the terms “coffee” and “IPA” in the same beer name, this perhaps isn’t such an insane idea. After all, coffee stouts blend their own roasted bitterness with the sharp coffee notes to great success – why shouldn’t this other bitterness found in strong hops work just as well?