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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.
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?
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.
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.
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!