Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

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The King’s Head opens with interesting, hard to find beers

Friday was a night that I just couldn’t let myself stay home. The sea breeze was a perfect compliment to the nice weather, and the city of Portland seemed like it was buzzing with anticipation for the weekend’s events. From an online tip, I had heard that there was a new bar opening up – The King’s Head – and felt motivated to take a walk to go and check it out. [Read more…]


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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

This Saturday, there’s a beer release going on that you shouldn’t miss. It embodies the entire Maine craft beer scene’s attitudes of collaboration and neighborly love. The weather’s going to be gorgeous and it’ll get you a little outside of the craziness going on downtown for The Old Port Festival. The beer is Prince Tuesday – a collaboration beer brewed by Allagash Brewing Company, Maine Beer Company and Rising Tide Brewing. Named after the character from Mr. Rogers, the beer captures the neighborly spirit from when the three breweries used to be literally neighbors on Industrial Way.

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Daughters of Poseidon collaboration brings together brewers, oysters

This weekend, I drove to Lewiston – yes, on purpose – and stopped by Baxter Brewing Company for a release of a new collaboration beer. The event featured the release of Daughters of Poseidon – a Black IPA brewed with local oysters. Baxter Brewing Company collaborated with DC Brau – a relatively young brewery in the Washington DC area (the first production beer in DC, in fact). When planning the beer, the brewers were both looking for ingredients local to their respective breweries. The answer? Oysters. [Read more…]


Maine Craft Beer Road Trip : Freeport & Brunswick

There’s a lot more to Maine beer than what’s going on in Portland. A lot. But how do you visit and check out what’s going on in craft beer when the breweries are all so spread out, and trend towards rural, hard-to-reach locations? Well, you get a few friends together and you plan some day trips. I’ve put together some combinations that are do-able in a day – and can make for some fun beer adventures.

There are more reasons to visit Freeport than to take your picture in front of the L. L. Bean boot – and it has turned into a little hub of interesting beer and alcohol related stops. This trip has three stops, two in Freeport and one a few minutes north in Brunswick. [Read more]


The rise of “session” beers

What’s a session beer? What makes a beer sessionable? A session beer is one that’s under 4.5% ABV (some extend that to anything under 5%) and is easy to drink more than one in a “session.” Lately it’s become a catch-all phrase for easy-drinking beer, but in the strictest sense, it’s use refers to flavorful, low alcohol beers. Let’s explore some of my favorite local session brews. [Read more]

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