Last night I guest hosted #beerchat, a weekly Twitter-based discussion that anyone can join. Every Thursday at 9pm ET, Ben Moore, @activebeergeek asks provocative questions and encourages discussion. This was my first time hosting, and I asked about what people do when they’re talking about what’s not all perfect in the craft beer universe. Using Storify, I put together excerpts from last night’s chat. Enjoy!
As a craft beer drinker, I am always on the look out for the new, the novel, the hard-to-find. Sometimes, I forget that there are beers available that have been around a while and just work, no questions asked. When they are made by bigger brewers or show up on the shelf at the supermarket, it’s easy for me to find reasons to pass them by for the next newest release. While doing some beer and cheese tastings, I picked up a few lighter beers to use for research, and three of them gave me pause because they were just what I was looking for – but on an average day I might not have stopped to try them at all.
The rail system in Maine is limited, but expanding. I can hop on a train and go South to Boston very easily, but only recently have the stations been built to go north of Portland. I hadn’t yet explored any of that leg (which goes all the way to Brunswick, ME currently) so I booked a little trip to Freeport.
I haven’t written much about Bar Harbor based Atlantic Brewing Company because only a few bottles from their lineup tend to trickle down to Portland, but they do occasionally pop up. I was given this bottle as a thank-you and I was eager to try it because it had been so long since I’d sampled any of their brews. The MacFoochie’s Scottish Ale (7% ABV) is described on the label as an “Ale Brewed With Scottish Heather Tips” making its execution very traditional. The Scottish made a name for themselves in brewing history by using a variety of bittering herbs in their beer (hops do not grow as well in Scotland as they did in the England and other parts of Europe) for hundreds of years, including the plentiful heather plants.
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.
On the eve of the fourth annual Beer Blogger’s Conference, I thought I’d give a few words of advice for anyone attending their first this year in Portland/Boston. I have been lucky enough to have attended all of the beer bloggers conferences that have been held since they first began in 2010 – and I have learned a lot along the way. Here are my _ pieces of advice on how to survive (and enjoy!) your first Beer Blogger’s conference.
Show Notes: http://SBLPodcast.com/42 In this jam packed episode we chat with beer bloggers about their blogs and the upcoming Beer Bloggers Conference being held in Boston July 26-28. The first half of the show features Ben from Active Beer Geek, Chad from If My Coaster Could Talk and Josh from Lost in the Beer Aisle….
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Carla Jean Lauter is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog www.thebeerbabe.com in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since. She now also blogs about beer for Maine Today.
In her writing, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in New England, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around.
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