Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Category: Maine beer reviews (Page 1 of 16)

48 Hours in Portland Maine

 All About Beer MagazineVolume 36, Issue 6

Despite being the historic home of Neal Dow, the father of the Prohibition statute known as The Maine Law, Portland, Maine, is far from being dry today. There are now nearly a dozen breweries in the immediate Portland area, and over 60 statewide. Beers from breweries spread across the state can often be found on tap somewhere in Portland—saving lots of additional travel to the more far-flung corners of the state. The city of Portland has its own airport and is also easily accessible by bus and rail from Boston—making it an ideal spot for a weekend beer visit. [Read more on All About Beer.com]

A few notes on this article since it went to print:

  • Austin Street Brewery is not as tiny
  • Rising Tide Brewing Co. has a newly expanded tasting room
  • Bissell Brothers has moved to a new location at Thompson’s Point
  • Foundation Brewing plans to expand into the former Bissell Brothers space
  • Urban Farm Fermentory is now brewing beer (gruit) in addition to ciders, kombucha.
  • A new brewery, Lone Pine Brewing Company,  has joined the yEast Bayside neighborhood.

That’s the pace of the changes around here! Cheers!

Rising Tide’s Calcutta Cutter re-awakens hop cravings

Calcutta Cutter is the Imperial India Pale Ale from Rising Tide Brewing Company, and the latest batch was released only a about a week ago. The other night I casually ordered one off the menu at Arcadia National Bar, and it was delivered to me in a mason-jar style glass. I walked back to where my friends were playing Cards Against Humanity before I took the first sip – and then I had a moment. [Read more…]

Barreled Souls rolls out an impressive lineup

There are four primary ingredients in all beer : malts, hops, water and yeast. Some brewers focus on the hops, some build up a very strong malty backbone to their beers. Barreled Souls – a weeks-old brewery in Saco – is all about the yeast. [Read more…]

Allagash taps into Beer Camp with Myron’s Walk collaboration

On Aug. 1, the traveling beer festival sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing company called “Beer Camp” will make it’s fifth stop on a seven-stop national tour in Portland. This epic festival will feature over 100 breweries and will include many amazing beers. In support of the festival, Sierra Nevada also set out to do a collaboration series with eleven breweries and a brewer’s guild – producing a 12-pack of different brews with wildly different perspectives and tastes. One of the breweries featured is Portland’s Allagash Brewing Company – and they brewed a Belgian Pale Ale named Myron’s Walk, after the founder of the Appalachian Trail. I was able to catch Allagash founder Rob Tod before he left for the Beer Camp kickoff celebration in Chico, CA to ask him more about this collaboration.

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