The Beer Babe

Carla Jean Lauter

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Maine Breweries Make Top Beer, Brewery Lists

I talk about how impressive beer brewed in Maine is all the time – whether I’m in the state or outside of it. Sometimes, I get the sense that people don’t necessarily believe me. They look at me and nod, saying “Oh, yeah, I’m sure you’ve got some good beer going on way up there.” Every once in a while, though, I get a little external validation to brag about. [Read more]


Oxbow Winter Classic

It is hard to beat an afternoon of hockey, bonfires, beer and general camaraderie. Saturday brewers and staff from Allagash Brewing Company, Portsmouth Brewing Company, Smuttynose Brewing Company joined Oxbow Brewing at their brewery in Newcastle for some good old-fashioned pond hockey. The sun made an appearance for most of the afternoon – and comments about the warm above 30 degree temperatures were heard. [Read More]

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Beer-Inspired Jelly Beans

I’m not usually a sweets person – give me a great plate of cheese and meat and I’ll be your friend for life. But when I saw the press releases floating around about new beer flavored jelly beans from Jelly Belly, I knew that I had to get some. After some reaching out, Jelly Belly sent me a care package with the new flavor and a few extra flavors to create recipes with. [Read more]

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A package full of summer

I like winter, but this one is really beginning to wear on me. Some days it’s just important to remember that we do still have summers here in Maine (really, we do). Thankfully, D.L. Geary Brewing is here to remind us – if only briefly – that summer will be coming back, and is using young talent to do it. Each year, Geary’s has asked Maine College of Art (MECA) students to compete to design packaging for their summer ale. The task is for undergraduate students to design packaging for bottles, six and twelve pack cartons. Though the contest has been run for the past 15 years, it has only recently become a required project in MECA graphic design courses. [Read more…]


Rum, whiskey, coffee, cranberries… Allagash keeps us guessing (and happy)

Allagash Brewing Company is best known nationally for it’s flagship beer – White – that makes up a majority of its sales and allows the brewery to experiment in lesser-known styles. While the rest of the country may know Allagash for its accessible Belgian-style beers, locals know it as the producer of the funky, sour, barrel-aged and just downright interesting. There is usually a bit of a pattern to the releases of beers like Hugh Malone, Victor, Victoria, and the unforgettable Curieux.

After a successful expansion earlier last year, Allagash seems to have hit the ground running with a steady stream of interesting brews – some that have been fermenting for months and others that are fresh out of the brewery. In all honesty, I’m having a lot of trouble keeping up – and that’s a great thing. [Read more…]

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