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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 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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Posted: February 2, 2014

Oxbow Winter Classic

It is hard to beat an afternoon of hockey, bonfires, beer and general camaraderie. Saturday brewers and staff from Allagash Brewing Company, Portsmouth Brewing Company, Smuttynose Brewing Company joined Oxbow Brewing at their brewery in Newcastle for some good old-fashioned pond hockey. The sun made an appearance for most of the afternoon – and comments about the warm above 30 degree temperatures were heard.

The tap room was open, Hella Good Tacos was on hand to keep people fed, and it was pretty much the most fun I’ve had on a Saturday in years. Some well-known faces in the brewery community made an appearance, including Tod Mott (formerly of the Portsmouth brewery, and spearheading a brewery in planning), Rob Todd (Allagash) and Chris Shea (Henniker Brewing).

Using their home turf to their advantage, Oxbow was able to pull out a tight but solid victory – and all the teams vowed to make this an annual tradition. I can not wait for next year.

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