The Industrial Way Neighborhood is the Fertile Crescent of Maine Brewing

(Originally Published in Maine Today Magazine on July 24, 2014.) Everything great has an intoxicating birth story. The Universe has the Big Bang. Life on Earth has the primordial soup. Civilization has the Fertile Crescent. The Beatles have Hamburg. And Apple has a garage in Los Altos, California. As the Maine beer renaissance roars on … Continue reading The Industrial Way Neighborhood is the Fertile Crescent of Maine Brewing

Bunker Brewing Rings in the Summer of India Pale Lagers with Cypher

On my last visit to Bunker Brewing in Portland's hip East Bayside neighborhood, Bunker's head brewer Chreston Sorensen proclaimed, "This is going to be the summer of the IPL." He handed me a sample of their beautifully hopped India Pale Lager, Cypher, and from that first crisp taste, I knew he was right. As an … Continue reading Bunker Brewing Rings in the Summer of India Pale Lagers with Cypher

Simmer Down Brings a Twenty-First Century Flavor to Sebago Brewing Company

In his book Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland - a must read for all Maine beer enthusiasts - Josh Christie asserts, "Sebago Brewing Company is, in my mind, one of the most underrated breweries."  I concur.  When I moved to Maine in 2005, Sebago was the only brewery in this state making high quality American-style … Continue reading Simmer Down Brings a Twenty-First Century Flavor to Sebago Brewing Company

Let The Maine Brew Bus Drive You To Maine Beer Bliss

You've seen the green school bus driving through Portland's Old Port.  I know you have.  You've watched people board this bus and thought, "What is that?  What kind of magical place are those people going to?"  And if you're a local, you've probably let the thought pass like a cumulus cloud floating through a summer's … Continue reading Let The Maine Brew Bus Drive You To Maine Beer Bliss

Final Results and Analysis of the Maine Madness Beer Tournament

Two weeks, 64 beers, and 1,524 votes later, we have our 2014 Maine Madness Beer Tournament Champion: Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale.  MITA received 76% of yesterday's vote, giving it a landslide victory over Allagash Curieux, a mighty, mighty opponent.  Rising Tide fans got out the vote and made it happen for this tasty, … Continue reading Final Results and Analysis of the Maine Madness Beer Tournament