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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.

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What on Earth is Kombucha?

So, while I may have spent an exorbitant amount of time learning about beer and beer styles, I admit that I never came across the word Kombucha until a few weeks ago. Or maybe I had seen it and just not thought it was relevant. But when I was at a local beer store, looking into their cooler at a row of glass bottles from Urban Farm Fermentory – one caught my eye that had lots of words I didn’t know on it.