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

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Sebago Brewing Company – Bonfire Rye bridges summer and fall

This past weekend, Sebago Brewing Company hosted a group of fifty beer bloggers and writers as part of a Beer Blogger’s Conference taking part in Portland and Boston, MA. Sebago Brewing sponsored a well-organized and impressive beer pairing event, to the delight of bloggers. The last pairing in the lineup was a surprise, as it came with Sebago’s new seasonal release the Bonfire Rye. Not officially released until the beginning of August, this beer was given to us as a sneak peek before being released to the public.

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Summer Session from Peak Organic Brewing

Many craft brewers have acknowledged the role that seasons play in the styles of beer that they brew, and summer is no exception. With the increase of the number of brands and individual beers available, I have been remiss in keeping up with all of the options available for summer beer enjoyment – and Peak Summer Session is one that I recently tried that is worth adding to your list.
Peak, like many other breweries, has several beers that they release only seasonally, and their summer beer is named, simply, “Summer Session Ale.”

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So, I’ve been Drink’n and Think’n

I was lucky enough to be invited on a Maine-based beer podcast called Drink’n Think’n. Ben, Ryan and Tony were amazing to chat with, and we shared a lot of beer (and non beer) geekery together.

Topics of discussion included (but was definitely not limited to): Guinness floats (spoiler alert: yum), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, lobster doughnuts, women and beer, and fireworks. I had a lot of fun with it and I hope you enjoy listening. There is some profanity in the podcast, so that’s my official warning on that. :)

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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 …