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Food Trucks & Beer

Until recently, Maine has not been able to enjoy the creative and funky foods from mobile vehicles. But recent rule changes have allowed a small fleet of trucks to start spreading out throughout the city, albeit to limited locations and times. As exciting as that is, it takes a few more partnerships before the “food truck culture” will sweep Portland. And this weekend, I think I witnessed a perfect union between two community-focused businesses – breweries and food trucks – as executed by Rising Tide Brewing in East Bayside.

Bunker Brewing - 122 Coffee IPA

The best kinds of bitterness in Bunker Brewing’s 122 Coffee IPA

Now, before you spit out your coffee (or beer) when you hear the terms “coffee” and “IPA” in the same beer name, this perhaps isn’t such an insane idea. After all, coffee stouts blend their own roasted bitterness with the sharp coffee notes to great success – why shouldn’t this other bitterness found in strong hops work just as well?

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Tapping Portsmouth

Four Portsmouth breweries – The Portsmouth Brewery, Redhook Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Co., and Earth Eagle Brewings — are working together with Strawbery Banke Museum to present this year’s special exhibit, “Tapping Portsmouth: How the Brewing Industry Shaped the City,” opening May 1, with additional sponsorship from Kennebunk Savings Bank.

Strong Brewing Company

Strong Brewing Meets Fundraising Goal

You did it again! Strong Brewing Company (profiled in this post on the Portland Press Herald) successfully hit and exceeded their fundraising goal. 155 people pledged a total of $8385 to help this Sedgewick, ME brewery take its first step. Congratulations, Strong Brewing Co. and thanks to everyone that supported them!