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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: February 12, 2014

Hoppy Happenings

Maine regulators see the light after outdated law gets national attention

Ok, this is a past happening but I have to share how incredibly happy I am about it. In response to the recent inflexible expression of enforcement of an outdated law prohibiting the display of ABV on signs and menus (see this for the background), there was an outcry among beer serving and brewing establishments. Only a few days after being picked up in the Washington Post and Boston Globe, Maine regulators announced that the enforcement would be updated. Now, the ABV may be listed on menus or on-premise serving location signs as long as it isn’t “embellished” (for example – Joe’s Strong Beer – 18% ABV!!! GET SUPER DRUNK WITH THIS ONE!!), especially in a way that would lead people to choose the stronger ABV beer for its content alone.

According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations Director Gerry Reid seemed to concede that a change in the policy makes sense

“A simple depiction or presentation of alcohol content, much as it is already presented on labels — the brand name and [alcohol by volume] — should be acceptable, and we should not warn or cite on-premise operators who choose to do that,” Reid said.

Cheers to that.

Luge and Lagers

For Olympics fans (and people who, like me, have dropped paying for cable/TV for Netflix), I have a great tip for you. In’finiti Fermentation and Distillation has put up a temporary – but creative – screen to watch the Olympics projected on it. The best part (in my opinion) is that it’s muted, so you can provide your own color commentary over a tasty beer or cocktail. Last night I had a great time commenting on figure skater’s wardrobes, but I digress. While you’re there, try the new Obscurity Imperial Stout or the Rauchbier to keep yourself warm.

New Beer at Maine Beer Company

A new beer was released at Maine Beer Company earlier this week. The beer, named tiny beautiful something (Yes, the lack of capitalization is intentional) is a pale ale featuring El Dorado Hops, and will be both on tap in the tasting room and in bottles.

‘Bump up February’ campaign continues in Gorham this week

Sebago Brewing Company‘s Feburary community fundraising continues this week at the Gorham Brewpub. This week, 1% of all sales go to The Reed Allen Community Fund, a newly launched Gorham-based organization that aims to help families and individuals in need in the greater Gorham area. As a bonus, any of the Bump Black Ale sold at Gorham on BUMP Day Thursday (February 13) adds an extra $1.00 donation to the cause. This rotating fundraiser will move to the Kennebunk Location next week.

Rising Tide gets Crafty, and Chocolately

On Thursday and Friday, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, Rising Tide Brewing Company will be having a bit of crafty fun in their brewery. Visitors can make their own valentines, munch on delicious chocolate truffles from La Créme Chocolat and even get a chair massage from Bee Well Massage or make your own valentine (so cute!). The event also celebrates the re-release of Calcutta Cutter, which – if I may be so bold  – is even better than it was last year. The brewery will be open from 4-7 on Thursday and 12-5 on Friday for the event. A special package – The Ménage à trois Gift Box Special – includes 4 truffles, 30 minute massage, 2 Rising Tide beer glasses and a 22oz beer will be $50.

Helping Healthy Hearts with Beer & Chocolate

Also recognizing the delicious partnership of chocolate and beer, Allagash Brewing Company will be having a VIP tasting of beer and chocolates from 4-7pm at the brewery on Friday, February 14th. The event is a fundraiser for the Maine chapter of the American Heart Association – and $15 will buy you a taste of three beer and chocolate pairings. The beers are even more special than are usually on tap, and include Old HLT, Midnight Brett, Mattina Rosa and the recently-released Red Howes. La Créme Chocolat and Haven’s Candies will provide the matching chocolates. A photo booth and other activities will also be available for small donations to the Heart Association.

Festively red Ciders, Kombuchas released on Friday at UFF

If chocolate isn’t your thing, you might want to stop by Urban Farm Fermentory (UFF) to try a few tart and interesting goodies that they’ll be pulling out for V-day. The uniting theme is their color – and the lineup includes Ol Cranny, a cranberry cider, and kombuchas flavored with reddening ingredients such as rosehips, red beets or even red chilis. The Bayside brewery is open from 12-7 Friday.



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