Happy Portland Beer Week! I hope you have a chance to attend at least one PBW event and bask in the glory of our highly acclaimed beer scene.
Maybe you can enjoy a tap takeover at The Great Lost Bear or drink local brews at Slab Sicilian Street Food with The Maine Brew Bus crew or, perhaps, you’re shining up your bowling ball for Friday night’s tournament hosted by Maine Beer Company at Bayside Bowl. I know that’s what I’m doing.
There’s one PBW event that is so wild it deserves its own column. What is this uncultivated, untamable beer event? It’s Where the Wild Biers Are, Novare Res Bier Café’s annual homage to wild, Flemish, lambic and sour ales.
The fourth annual wild beer celebration takes place this Saturday from noon to 1 a.m. at Portland’s world-class beer bar.
In recent years, wild and sour beers have exploded in America. Only imperial IPA’s garner as much intrigue and demand among beer aficionados. All of the beers served at Novare Res on Saturday have been ‘soured’ by Brettanomyces, lactobacillus or pediococcus.
Brettanomyces is a wild yeast that imparts a range of acidic sour flavors depending on the strain used and how long the beer is allowed to ferment.
Lactobacillus and pediococcus are both “friendly” bacteria that produce lactic acid when added to beer. The lactic acid imparts the sour flavor. By all accounts, pediococcus creates more aggressive, funkier sour flavors in beer than its kin lactobacillus.<
Shahin Khojastehzad, bar manager at Novare Res, explains that for this Saturday’s event, he wants “people to understand that wild biers are more than just sour acidity but a marriage of art, science and flavor.”
Novare Res has become renowned for their ability to acquire impossible-to-get imported beer from the best brewers in the world. Saturday you will see this beer bar really flex its beer-acquiring muscles.
When asked what’s pouring at Where the Wild Biers Are, Khojastehzad replies, “We’ll have Lambics, Flanders ales, Brett IPAs, Goses, Berliner Weisse, funky saisons, wild dark ales and blended barrels projects. We are proud to pour 3 traditional lambic producers this year on draught: Tilquin, Cantillon and Hanssens.”
That lineup is a master’s class in wild and sour beers. Not to mention that it’s one of the best collections of wild beers that will be available at any beer bar on planet Earth this weekend.
In addition to the wild beers from afar, expect Maine brewed sour offerings from Oxbow, Allagash, Liquid Riot and Banded Horn brewing companies.
I suggest you cap off Portland Beer Week with Where the Wild Biers Are this Saturday at Novare Res Bier Cafe. Now stop reading this and get out to another great Portland Beer Week event.
WHO: Novare Res Bier Café
WHERE: 4 Canal Plaza, Portland
WHEN: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday
ON TAP: Wild, Flemish, Lambic, and sour ales from Maine and around the world
COST: Pay as you go
MORE INFO: facebook.com/events/425345444335490
OTHER BEER HAPPENINGS
Allagash Brewing and Baxter Brewing Win Medals at Great American Beer Festival
Read More: greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners
If you needed another reason to immerse yourself in Maine beer on top of the great Portland Beer Week events happening this week, two Maine breweries took home medals at this year’s prestigious Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Allagash won a gold medal in the Belgian-style Witbier category with Allagash White, a beer that continues to be the gold standard for witbiers brewed in America. They also took silver in the Belgian-style Tripel category with Allagash Tripel. Baxter Brewing Company was awarded a silver medal in the Field Beer category for their creamy Window Seat Coconut Almond Porter. Cheers to these breweries. Now seriously, stop reading this and go enjoy a Portland Beer Week event!
22nd Annual Maine Brewers Festival
Session One: 1:30 to 5 p.m. Session Two: 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 239 Park Ave., Portland. $40. mainebrewersfestival.com
There’s a good chance that the first brew fest you ever attended in Maine was the Maine Brewers Festival. I know it was my first Pine Tree State beer fest. Back for another year at the Portland Expo, the Maine Brewers Festival will feature its annual lineup of craft brewers and local music. Expect some local brewers like Funky Bow Brewing, Some Brewing, and Baxter Brewing along with some out of state offerings. Making an appearance this year is Lord Hobo Brewing Company out of Woburn, Massachusetts. Their double IPA, Boom Sauce, is currently one of the hottest beers in New England.