Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

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Maine Craft Beer Road Trip: Go west!

Ok, now that we’ve had the warm up trip a few miles North of Portland, let’s venture west. Like the pioneers before us, there is some unknown territory to the west and south – along with some scenic drives through some more of the open spaces in Maine. On this trip, I decided to hit several breweries that I had never visited, despite them being not too far out of reach than others more familiar to me. The town of Limerick is home to Gneiss brewing, that opened last year, and the Biddeford/Saco area has recently experienced a boom of beer activity (and will soon be adding to its beer landscape with a few more breweries in planning there). [Read more…]

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Anheuser Busch, Miller/Coors list ingredients

A few months ago, a food blogger going by the name of “The Food Babe” posted this article, called “The Shocking Ingredients in Beer.” It detailed the potentially dangerous and/or gross ingredients that could be in your beer – and highlighted the fact that the big brewing companies would not reveal their ingredients. Though most of the writer’s claims were misleading and were debunked (see this for my favorite response) her efforts to get the brewers to reveal the “truth” has not waned. Less than two days after a recent petition lead by the food blogger, got over 44,000 signatures, both companies have released their beer’s ingredients – and they’re decidedly not shocking.


  • Budweiser: Water, barley malt, rice, yeast and hops
  • Bud Lite: Water, barley malt, rice yeast and hops


  • Coors Light: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
  • Miller Lite: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
  • Miller High Life: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
  • Keystone Light: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
  • Blue Moon Belgian White: Water, barley malt, wheat, oats, yeast, hops, orange peel and coriander
  • Coors Banquet: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
  • Miller Genuine Draft: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
  • Miller Fortune: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops

Yep. A-B uses rice as an adjunct, Miller/Coors uses corn (and it’s a liquid-based corn additive, but it’s not high fructose corn syrup, so there’s that). There’s nothing frightening, unknown or new about this, other than that a fear-mongering article forced these companies to disclose their ingredients and that it puts to rest the speculation about most things.

Here’s the big bottom line here. As much as we like to demonize big brewers and big food industries, here’s the simple truth – it’s still beer. While it is good to be an informed consumer, being an educated one is better than being one spreading misinformation. I am sure that this will probably not be end of the line for people applying this type of pressure, but I have to give the big guys credit for simply complying and saying, “Yep, here you go.”


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…]

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