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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: January 22, 2014

Hoppy Happenings

Need something to do Thursday night? Rising Tide Beer Dinner in Kittery. Bam.

Thursday evening, Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery will be hosting an all-inclusive beer dinner featuring Rising Tide Brewing Company for $60. Brewery owners Nathan and Heather Sanborn will be in attendance to walk you through some great beer pairings, and Chef Brandon will also be discussing the specially-prepared menu. Beers pouring will include Daymark, Zephyr, Ishmael and Ursa Minor (my personal favorite). To reserve a spot, please call Robert’s at (207) 439-0300

Farm-fresh cheese, beer paired at Little Tap House Thursday

I’m a sucker for cheese. Tomorrow night, I am planning to head over to Little Tap House for a beer and cheese pairing event, featuring Funky Bow Brewery beers paired with cheeses from Swallowtail Farm and Creamery. The event, starting at 6pm, will feature several cheeses paired with 3-4 of Funky Bow’s beer lineup. However, I might be a little late to this one. Save some cheese for me?

 Allagash’s Cranberry-packed stout, Red Howes, debuts Saturday morning

Now, there aren’t many things that will get me out of bed early on a Saturday – but an Allagash Brewing Company beer release is on that short list. This weekend is also the release of Red Howes cranberry stout at the brewery beginning at 8am. Check out this video from Allagash to learn a bit more about its creation, which involved the use of 3,000 pounds of cranberries. Looks quite messy, but sounds delicious. And with 120 barrels made – you should be able to get your hands on a bottle. Come over to Allagash between 8-10am for the brew – and some accompanying entertainment to wake you up.

Arm-wrestling victor’s beer now on tap at In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation

Remember this craziness? Well, the winner of last November’s charity all-women arm wrestling competition – Lumber Smack Sally (who’s real name is Kate Squibb) – now has a beer named after her flowing on tap at In’finiti. The Lumber Smack DIPA debuted on tap earlier in the week and is worth getting, if not just to relive one of the more hilarious events of Portland Beer Week. According to In’finiti the beer is “a huge IPA” that’s 9% ABV and “loaded with piney hops and aged on lumber.” Should be fun to give it a try.

Foundation Brewing starts breaking-in their equipment

This week, brewery-in-planning Foundation Brewing has undergone the process of taking their equipment through “passivation” which readies it for use and protects it against corrosion, similar to seasoning a cast-iron pan (metaphorically – I don’t want to see 100 comments from chemistry students, ok?). What that means in the practical sense is that they have very little left to do before we can start seeing beer flowing from their Industrial Way location.

Foundation Brewing Company tanks during passivation earlier this week. Photo from Foundation Brewing.

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