Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

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A Tasting Room Walks Into A Bar

“So, where can I get a local beer around here?” asked the forty-something when he saw me walking around the Old Port wearing a BEER ME shirt. “Any good bars?”

I opened my mouth to answer, and then stopped mid-word as I took stock of his simple question. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what to tell him. It was that the first suggestions I thought of weren’t bars at all. [Read more…]

What about Novare Res Bier Café?

A postscript on “24 Hours in Portland” and why Novare Res Bier Café didn’t make the list.

Yesterday, I posted a list of breweries, bars and brewpubs that you should visit if you’re only in Portland Maine for part of a day – and have limited time to get the sense of Maine’s craft beer. Among the feedback that I got was the criticism that the well-known beer bar, Novare Res Bier Café wasn’t on my list – which people assumed I’d forgotten or perhaps had something against it.

I’m here to say that omitting Novare Res from that particular list was a conscious decision – and should (I hope) be taken as a compliment for a couple of reasons. [Read more…]

24 Hours in Portland, ME

It is easy to miss some of the best beer in Portland if you only go by what you’ve heard about. Due to the insulated nature of our state – most breweries (especially the crop that have opened in the last three years) keep their beers in Maine or New England, and many are on-premise or growler only, which doesn’t make it easy for non-locals to find them. The places or beers that out-of-state visitors have heard of are a combination of those that have a) been distributed the farthest, b) have been in existence the longest, or c) are the most sought after or talked about. That doesn’t necessarily mean that those are the first places that should be on a visitor’s list, however. [Read more…]

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