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Carla Companion

Carla Companion is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog thebeerbabe.com in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since. In her blog, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in Maine, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around. Carla can be contacted at askthebeerbabe [at] gmail.com or on twitter at @beerbabe. Subscribe: RSS Feed for The Beer Babe

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The Beer Babe with Carla Companion
Posted: February 21, 2014

Hoppy Happenings

Banded Horn’s Tasting Room Opens to the Public

Have you been to Biddeford lately? No? Here’s a reason to go. Banded Horn Brewing has just opened their tap room to the public. From 3-8pm on Wednesdays and 2-6pm on Saturdays you can come by, take a look around, try some of Banded Horn’s Beer (I recommend the Pepperell Pilsner – nice and crisp with a decent hop note). They are located at 32 West Main St, Bldg 13-W, Biddeford, ME 04005, which is in one of the mill buildings  that Biddeford is famous for. A map, which serves as a starting point for directions, can be found on their website.

Baxter Brewing to release Tarnation California Style Lager

The folks at Baxter are changing it up and brewing their first lager. In the style of  “steam” beers born in 19th-century California, Tarnation will be available year-round. The style is light and crisp, and if brewed to style will likely be a departure from the more assertive flavors of Baxter’s other brews. Look for it in 6 packs, the mix packs and on draft starting on the first week of March.

Foundation Brewing Prepares for Opening

After much anticipation, Foundation Brewing is ready to let their beer out into the world any day now. Look for Eddy, their debut saision to show up on tap soon – and stay tuned for more details about launch events next week.

Rising Tide Hosts Book Signing

On Sat, Feb 22nd, Ben Keene, author of The Great Northeast Brewery Tour, will be at the brewery during tasting hours (12-5pm) for a book signing. Come grab a beer and a book.

Canning Line Delivered to Bissell Brothers

After being delayed by weather twice in a row, Bissell Brothers Brewing has finally taken delivery of their canning system. All of those cans that have been patiently lining the wall of the brewery can now begin to be filled with The Substance. According to a Bissell Brother’s tweet the cans are due to “hit shelves at the end of next week.” Sweet.

Allagash Brewer named as semifinalist in James Beard Awards

Earlier this week the James Beard Foundation announced their semifinalists for their 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award categories. In the “Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional” category, Rob Tod, owner of Allagash Brewing Company was listed among other brewers and vintners from across the country. The competition includes many restauarants and food awards, with several other Maine establishments being nominated as well (see the full list). Final nominations will be released mid-March, and the awards ceremony will take place in New York City in May.

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