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Carla Jean 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 Jean Companion
Posted: April 2, 2014

Hoppy Happenings

Atlantic Brewing puts a Spring in their step

Atlantic Brewing Company will be introducing a new beer on Thursday April 3rd at the Great Lost Bear to celebrate spring: a Spring Ginger Kolsch. According to the brewery, the beer is brewed with Hawaiian ginger that is pressed, “using our brewers’ super-secret method (known to insiders as the “Gingermatic 5000″) and then added to the brew process in the kettle.” The beer will come in with an ABV of 4.4%, making it an easy-drinker and a refreshing flavor for spring. In addition to the Great Lost Bear’s showcase debut, it will be popping up at select locations in Portland, Bangor, Bar Harbor and beyond starting this week.

Summer comes for Shipyard

Also on Thursday April 3rd, Shipyard Brewing will be celebrating the return of their Summer Ale at a release party at Threw Dollar Dewey’s. From 5-8 pm you can get pints of the Summer ale for $3, and try to remind yourself that yes, there will be summer in Maine at some point in the future.

Beer and beans blended by Banded Horn

Pairing up with Speckled Ax, Banded Horn Brewing Company has released a beer named The Jolly Woodsman. The beer is a blend of two of Banded Horn’s stouts (the Norweald and the Mountain stouts) and then is enhanced by the addition of some espresso from Speckled Ax. A hearty brew, I enjoyed it thoroughly when I ran into it on tap at Elements in Biddeford this past weekend. Look for this limited-edition release to appear on tap around town – it’s a hearty but not heavy brew, with lots of great coffee, chocolate and roasted flavors.

“Gasharoo” showcases over 26 different Allagash Beers

Sometimes, you just got to have them all. On Saturday April 5th, paired with live music from the Jaw Gems, Allagash beers will be flowing en masse at Novare Res Bier Cafe. Their “Gasharoo” event will feature a near complete tap takeover of Allagash beer, including hard-to-find brews and those that showcase Allagash at its funkiest.

Ebenezer’s Brewpub replaces Brunswick’s Lion’s Pride

After renovations, the installation of brewing equipment, and the proper paperwork. The Lion’s Pride Restaurant in Brunswick has been renamed and reopened as Ebeneezer’s Brewpub – housing Lively Brewing Company. The brewpub, owned by Chris and Jen Lively, has been a sister location to Ebeneezer’s Pub in Lovell, ME, and has now begun serving their beer that’s brewed on premise under its new name. By the end of the week, it is reported that they will have several beers on tap to try. Also hinted are changes in the kitchen and to the menu, so it should be an interesting experience for those of us familiar with The Lion’s Pride. As long as they kept their Belgian frites (which I think are the best in Maine), I won’t complain.

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