Beer is fermenting and drinkers elate.
2015, oh what a year,
Mainers were privy to world-class beer.
Patrons they stood outside in long lines
For bottles and cans to reach for cloud nine:
Mott the Lesser and Dinner and Allagash Coolship
Incited big crowds along with Bissell Brothers’ Swish.
Foundation released cans of Epiphany,
Their Maine IPA is a passion fruit symphony.
This summer the gose took center stage,
A thousand-year recipe became all the rage.
Rising Tide and Barreled Souls each mashed their own style,
The salty, tart brews made beer lovers smile.
Speaking of summer I hope without question,
You attended the Maine Brewers’ Guild: Summer Session;
This brewfest was hailed as the main beer event,
Great beer was imbibed by all those who went.
2015 saw many brewfests,
With six to attend, Mainers were blessed.
Portland on Tap, Great Falls and Maine Lakes
Your cravings for festivals were easily slaked.
Tributary and Austin Street observed their first anniversaries
Of performing the ancient art of commercial zymurgy.
Allagash celebrated 20 long years
and threw a big party with plenty of cheer.
In’finiti did change to become Liquid Riot,
But their beers are the same: quite loud, never quiet.
Banded Horn brewed their Green Warden Ale,
A beer made with spruce tips surely can’t fail.
Maine Island Trail Ale defended its crown
In the Maine Madness Beer Tourny by taking Lunch down.
But Maine Beer Company has no reason to fret,
Winning Paste magazine’s blind tastings many times yet,
And Dinner gave hop lovers a tropical fix,
While on Beer Advocate’s big list it reached No. 6.
In the north the brew scene keeps growing and growing,
Bangor Beer Week had the beer world crowing.
Blank Canvas, Marsh Island, Geaghan Bros, Orono,
Are making their mark in that northern borough.
The Hop Yard did harvest acres of hops,
Maine IPAs abounded with plenty of pop.
Novare Res turned a young seven years old;
their list of rare beers is more precious than gold.
You can now ride on a ferry to Monhegan Isle,
To drink Dan McGovern ales and live an island lifestyle.
Portland did celebrate another Beer Week,
Tap takeovers, bowling and beers at their peak.
Your Beer Muse rang in a full year of columns,
What a pleasure to watch the Maine beer world blossom.
New brewers get ready to enter the ring:
Foul Mouth, Fore River, Norway, Dirigo are ready to sing.
In 2015 Maine beers flowed without end,
But 2016 will be even bigger, my friends.
More brewers, more beers and more innovation,
Vacationland will sound with raucous elation.
But ere 2015 disappears out of sight,
Enjoy a Maine beer on this holiday night.