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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 28, 2014

Hoppy Happenings

Tonight: Pages and Pints – Author Josh Christie at Lewiston Public Library

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.

All the Marshall Wharf Beer You Could Want and Then Some

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.

Rising Tide Hosts Pancake Race for Fat Tuesday

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.

Baxter Brewing Ups its Capacity, like, a lot

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.

Bissell Brothers Cans Debut

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 TideSebago 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.



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