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 …

IXNAY: D.L. Geary’s Gluten Free Triumph

“I’m old school,” D.L. Geary says from behind his desk.  His crystal blue eyes make him look boyish, despite the white hair, ruddy complexion, and outdated office decor. I’ve been invited to his brewery to try IXNAY, a gluten free beer that by all accounts actually tastes like beer.  But before we can get to …

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, …

Results and Analysis of the Final Four

This tournament has been a whirlwind ever since voting started two weeks ago in the Round of 64.  If Warren Buffet offered a billion dollars to anyone who could pick a perfect bracket in the Maine Madness Beer Tournament, I have a feeling that he wouldn’t have to pay up in our tournament either. If …

Results and Analysis of the Elite Eight

Someone commented after yesterday’s Elite Eight round that they felt like a traitor voting against any of the remaining beers.  But voters steeled themselves and made the hard choices, and we have our Final Four Lineup: Maine Beer Company Peeper (2) vs. Allagash Curieux (9) Maine Beer Company Lunch (1) vs. Rising Tide Brewing Maine …

Results and Analysis of Sweet 16

Karin put yesterday’s Sweet Sixteen Round of the Maine Madness Beer Tournament perfectly when she commented, “Daymark or Zoe?!  You are killing me!”  We feel the same way, Karin.  And so did a lot of voters by the results of yesterday’s voting. (Click here to view full bracket.) By far, the most enjoyable voting to …

Results and Analysis of Round Two: Maine Darks, Strong Ales, and Ales

Hot damn!  Things just got real here in Round Two as the big boys squared off in the Darks, Strong Ales, and Ales categories.  As one voter put it, “It is getting harder to choose.”  And it will only prove harder as the rounds progress.  Remember, in less than a week, we will have our …

Results and Analysis of Round One: Maine IPA’s

The Final Round of 64 of the Maine Madness Beer Tournament played out on Friday, and it was a burner.  The Maine IPA round saw a record number of votes; so many, in fact, we had to close voting early.  This state loves their IPA’s!  (Click here to view full updated bracket.) One of the …

Results and Analysis of Round One: Maine Seasonals

Day three of the Maine Madness Beer Tournament brought some of the most eclectic match-ups we’ve seen thus far.  We had pumpkin beers going up against summers and summers going against winters.  However, I find that when you combine unlike pairs, sparks fly. And sparks certainly flew yesterday in the voting. The closest race came …

Results and Analysis of Round One: Maine Dark Beers and Strong Ales

Round One action for the Maine Madness Beer Tournament was something to watch.  There were some brews that blew away the competition, while other races stayed neck and neck right to the final vote. (Click to see updated bracket.) The closest race was between two titans: Maine Beer Company’s Mean Old Tom Stout and Allagash …