Show notes: http://SBLPodcast.com/34
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.
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?
In this episode, we talk about the community and grassroots outreach events that brewers in Mass came together to raise funds for the victims of the Boston marathon bombings. Also discussed are new can designs from A-B, and the American Homebrewer’s Association “Big Brew” events throughout New England.
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.
As idiotic as your state’s beer and alcohol laws may be, they probably don’t compare to Mississippi. It was (until the recent and heroic efforts of Raise Your Pints, a grassroots organization) illegal to homebrew or to sell beer over 5% ABV. We first heard from Craig a few years ago at an earlier Beer Blogger’s Conference, but since then both laws have been changed. We chat with Craig Hendry, founder of Raise Your Pints about what’s next in Mississippi.
The Beer Babe
Carla Jean Lauter is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog www.thebeerbabe.com in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since. She now also blogs about beer for Maine Today.
In her writing, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in New England, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around.
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