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Carla Jean Lauter

Carla Jean Lauter is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog 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] or on twitter at @beerbabe. Subscribe: RSS Feed for The Beer Babe

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Posted: March 13, 2014

Hoppy Happenings

Maine Beer Company rings the ‘Dinner’ bell

If you blinked, you might have missed that on Tuesday Maine Beer Company released “Dinner” – a hopped up double IPA. The label of the brew, which was released only from the brewery’s tasting room, features a plea that anyone who buys it should consume it as fresh as possible. Sometimes, the popularity of a beers distributed outside of the state can make it seem like there’s not enough beer left for us.  I’m hoping that because of the brewery-only release and the subsequent warning that a majority of bottles of this beer were enjoyed in state for the hop lovers among us – which makes my Maine beer loving heart smile.

Banded Horn showcase at the Great Lost Bear

If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit or find Banded Horn on tap yet, you’ll want to head down to the Great Lost Bear for their brewer’s night this Thursday night. Pepperell Pilsner, Veridan IPA, Bineary DIPA, Norweald Stout, The Mountain (Russian Imperial Stout) will be pouring whlile the snow is blowing. Sounds like a good reward for all that shoveling, no?

Visit Maine’s other beer town: Bangor

Want a different way to experience Maine beer? How about a trip to visit Bangor’s bourgening beer scene. On Sunday the 16th, The Maine Brew Bus will be taking folks from Portland (and a few other pre-arranged stops) up to Bangor, where stops will include breweries, beer bars, and great food establishments. Beer blogger Chad Lothian and brewer Tim Bissell of Gneiss brewing will be on hand as guest tours. More details here.

Strong Releases California Common

On Wednesday the 19th, Strong Brewing Company (who got their start through a successful Kickstarter campaign) will be coming down to Portland to celebrate the release of Localmotive! a California Common. The event will go from 5-7pm at the Great Lost Bear. Interestingly, the California Common style is the same style used in Baxter Brewing’s newest release, Tarnation. Should be interesting to try both of these relatively uncommon styles. 

Keg label for Bigelow Brewing – brewery in planing in Skowhegan, ME. (Photo: Bigelow Brewing)

Brewery planned for Skowhegan

Hello, Bigelow Brewing Company! I didn’t see you there. I somehow managed to not get this brewery in planning on my radar until I saw an announcement that they’d joined the Maine Brewer’s Guild. According to a post on the Guild’s site:

“Founded by husband and wife team Jeff and Pam Powers, Bigelow Brewing will be opening their gorgeous barn to visitors very soon to offer tastings and growler fills of their Lying Bastard Pale Ale and Dementia Dog Double IPA.”

While not quite operational yet, their Facebook posts are filled with tantilizing photos of their tasting room and brewery being built. I’ll keep you posted after I find out more about them!

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