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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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The Festival Wrap-up – Part 2: The other side of the table

After thinking about all of the things that made the festival enjoyable for participants, it is now time to turn to the ever-growing list of complaints that have been coming from brewers, organizers and volunteers – specifically about Maine beer festival laws.I will preface this post by saying that I am not a legal expert, but I have looked over these legal matters with several people more knowledgeable than myself. The confusing and sometimes overlapping beer laws in Maine are a murky swamp to wade through, so I am sure there are elements I may not have completely correct. But the mere fact that they are murky is a problem in and of itself.