Carla Jean Lauter

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Dirigo Brewing Announced, former Bull Jagger brewer Tom Bull at the helm

dirigo1If you are a fan of local beer and traditional, clean beers (including stellar lagers), the unfortunate loss of Bull Jagger brewing from the Maine beer scene in 2013 hit particularly hard. One of my favorite lagers (and one of the only lagers being brewed at the time) – Portland Lager (helles) – faded from the market as the brewing partners parted ways. While some of us pined for these beers fondly, few of us knew if we’d ever see them again.

But today, Tom Bull (ex brewer/owner of Bull Jagger) announced on a Facebook page that his beers were coming back – under the name Dirigo Brewing Company. Bull and partner Mark Paulin (owner of Paulin’s Tire and Auto Care) signed a lease to reside in the Riverdam Millyard in Biddeford, ME and plan to continue to brew traditional styles of ales and lagers. The name and packaging, are inspired by from the Maine motto (which means “I lead” or “I direct”) and  will reflect the star motif found in the Maine State flag.

Bull expressed that he is “psyched and honored, with a healthy dose of nerves” about the return. As for Portland Lager – Bull says it’ll be back, but with a different name under the Dirigo brand.

The Facebook page puts the target opening date towards the end of 2015. “Good beer takes time,” said Bull. I think I can speak for some beer fans when I say that we’re willing to wait a little longer.

 

Tributary Brewing Company beer starts flowing Saturday

One side effect of the rapid proliferation of craft breweries : Breweries in Maine don’t get to hold the title of “Maine’s Newest Brewery” very long. Barreled Souls in Saco opened on July 19 and held the title for three weeks, and Tumbledown Brewing in Farmington reigned as the “newest” for a slightly longer 27 days. And now, the torch is passing to the long-awaited Tributary Brewing Company in Kittery, lead by former Portsmouth Brewery and Harpoon Brewing Company brewer Tod Mott. Tod and his wife and co-owner Galen will open Tributary Saturday, bringing Maine’s total number of breweries to 55. [Read More…]

Barreled Souls rolls out an impressive lineup

There are four primary ingredients in all beer : malts, hops, water and yeast. Some brewers focus on the hops, some build up a very strong malty backbone to their beers. Barreled Souls – a weeks-old brewery in Saco – is all about the yeast. [Read more…]

New Breweries Driving Maine Growth

This week is American Craft Beer Week (ACBW, for short) which is a week organized by the Brewers Association to celebrate all things craft beer in the United States. There are events organized throughout the week everywhere in the country, and it is hard to find tweets that don’t bear the hashtag #ACBW this week.

I usually use this time of year as an arbitrary opportunity to examine where we stand in the craft beer world. It is nice to have some perspective on the size and the magnitude of the craft brewing movement in the U.S., as well as Maine, so that we can reflect on the past and the future of the industry. As of right now, craft beer is continuing to grow in the U.S., and is starting to show some very impressive numbers. [Read more…]

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