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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]

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A package full of summer

I like winter, but this one is really beginning to wear on me. Some days it’s just important to remember that we do still have summers here in Maine (really, we do). Thankfully, D.L. Geary Brewing is here to remind us – if only briefly – that summer will be coming back, and is using young talent to do it. Each year, Geary’s has asked Maine College of Art (MECA) students to compete to design packaging for their summer ale. The task is for undergraduate students to design packaging for bottles, six and twelve pack cartons. Though the contest has been run for the past 15 years, it has only recently become a required project in MECA graphic design courses.