I have been smitten with Rising Tide Brewing Company since I first tossed a cornhole bag in their East Bayside brewery while holding a tasting glass of the well-crafted Daymark Pale Ale.
Their beer has a signature crisp freshness that is distinctively the voice of head brewer and co-owner Nathan Sanborn. They are a model citizen of small businesses in Portland per the vision of both Nathan and his wife and co-owner, Heather Sanborn. And the vibe of the tasting room on Fox Street is industrial brewing chic. There’s always music playing, tasting room attendants offering witty banter, beers a-flowing, and more often than not, a food truck parked out front. Oh, and did I mention cornhole?
Great beer, respectable business ethos, and a hip vibe. What more can you ask for? How about a great party to celebrate their fourth anniversary?
On Oct. 26, the Rising Tide crew is hosting a party at the brewery that will include all the amenities of a great shindig – delicious food, great music, a new beer, and a pickle contest judged by local foodie celebrities.
The food: Pig and poultry raised on spent grain from the brewery on a menu created by local chefs.
The music: Funky dj’ing from Mozart 212 throughout the day.
The beer: Corvus, a limited release IPA brewed especially for the event. (Be sure to ask Stasia Brewczynski, the affable tasting room manager, for the story behind the name of the beer.)
And the pickle contest: Well, it’s a pickle contest, and it will be a riot to watch. I’m thinking it will be a mix between “Top Chef” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
Continuing with their commitment to doing what’s right, Rising Tide will donate a portion of the $45 ticket price to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
In other important Rising Tide news, they released their popular double IPA, Calcutta Cutter, earlier this month. Cutter can now be found in four packs of 12-ounce bottles. But mind you, this beer is brewed in small batches, so don’t dawdle if you want some. And believe me, you want some.
Cutter makes me wish I wrote a scratch-and-sniff column. When this beer gets within a foot of your nose, the citrus aroma from the gluttonous amount of hopping and dry hopping hits your nose. I could spend a minute just taking in the bountiful bouquet pouring out of this beer. Maybe not a full minute, because ultimately beer is for drinking. And this is a drinkable double IPA. The Citra hops impart lush grapefruit and passion fruit flavors. Cutter has a clean malt finish with a touch of bitter. Despite its hefty 8.7 percent ABV, this beer doesn’t have a palate-crushing alcohol flavor like some Imperial IPAs.
Between the fourth anniversary party on Oct. 26 and the release of Calcutta Cutter, Rising Tide needs to be on your craft-beer radar this fall season.
WHERE: 103 Fox Street, Portland
WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 26
WHAT YOU GET: Food, two drink vouchers, and a special-edition anniversary glass to take home
FOR TICKETS: risingtide4th.brownpapertickets.com
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If you haven’t tried this Tripel Ale aged in bourbon barrels, then the time is now. Curieux has been a Maine favorite for a decade and was the runner up in last year’s Maine Madness Beer Tournament (an NCAA-style bracket beer tournament). It has refined sour notes and a delicious bourbon finish. The 10th anniversary release is available in 1.5L bottles for $50.
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Shahin Khojastehzad of Novare Res Bier Cafe dreamed up the idea to get Bill Murray (yes, that Bill Murray) to come to Portland Beer Week in November. The social media blitz is churning. A number of Portland breweries are concocting Bill Murray beers for the occasion. Now we just need Bill! The campaign is abuzz on Twitter. Use #BillMurrayBeerWeekME and do your part.