Tonight (Friday) at 6pm, join Josh Christie for a two-part book talk and beer tasting. The free event will be held at the Lewiston Public Library in Callahan Hall. The book, which is a go-to for me, is Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland, and I think it should be on all of your bookshelves as required reading. The talk will continue with a tour of Baxter Brewing Company and a reception/beer tasting including cheese pairings from Forage Market. Yum! No registration is required, just show up and check out the book and beer.
Saturday, March 1st will be a treat for us Portland-ers. Belfast-based Marshall Wharf Brewing will be coming down to Novare Res for Marshall Madness – a total tap takeover. Starting at noon, more than 30 Marshall Wharf beers will be featured on tap. To put this into perspective, the greatest number of styles from Marshall Wharf we’ve ever simultaneously had access to in cans down south is three.
Nope, not an autocorrect fail. Rising Tide Brewing Company will be hosting a fundraiser celebrating fat tuesday (March 4) and Portland Restaurant week, and the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers & Big Sisters. For $40, you can enter a team in the “pancake race” which is a fun-spirited event in which costumed racers in a relay pass pans containing pancakes to each other. It has its origins about a housewife running to church with a pan in her hand because she realized she was late for service. This sounds like an amazing event – starts at 6:30 PM at the brewery. Prizes for various things, including best costume, will be awarded. For more information and to register a team, check out this site.
On Tuesday (weather permitting, ugggh) Baxter Brewing will be taking delivery and installing three 240 barrel fermenters. Each of the fermenters has a capacity of 8,000 barrels of beer (which is more than 85,000 cans per tank – WOW). The 30-ft tall tanks will be installed at the Lewiston brewery and completes the two million dollar, 400% capacity expansion. Already in the to 5 in the state for volume, this new expansion will make a significant bump in the state’s overall beer production. Additionally, it’ll catch them up with the demand for their beer from other states, including Massachusetts, Vermont and recently-added New Hampshire.
Now up and running (after a few storm-related delays), Bissell Brothers Brewing were able to get the first cans of their flagship, The Substance, to market this week. After record sales and outpouring of support, the word on the street is that the current supply of canned Substance is getting a little low, but more will be arriving soon. I am not currently in the state, but the fact that you could get fresh Maine Beer Company, Marshall Wharf and Bissell Brothers (not to mention Rising Tide, Sebago and Baxter) all in one place is kind of a dream come true. Maine breweries in planning take note: Clearly, we love taking home beer, think about it! If you are looking for The Substance, Bissell Brothers are doing a great job of keeping the thirsty public informed about supplies on their Facebook page.