Category Archives: Education

Brewer apprenticeship: bridging the gap from hobby to profession

A sample Scottish ale aged in a Bowmore Sherry Butt

Orono Brew Company is quickly approaching the point that grains can be mashed in, hops added, yeast pitched and beer consumed. Their brewhouse fabrication is complete and will be arriving any day now, if it hasn’t already, the tasting room is nearly complete, but is the brewer ready? I sat down with Asa Marsh-Sachs at […]

An eye opening visit to Sea Dog Brewing Bangor

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I realized recently while jotting down some notes for blog posts that I haven’t been in to the Sea Dog Brewpub in quite a while, about two years to be exact, not since I did a presentation for Social Media Breakfast Bangor. Admittedly Sea Dog isn’t a favorite of mine, and while the food at […]

What is a Growler? and other growler questions answered

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In the past I’ve written about laws concerning growler fills, how to clean your growler and I’ve even reviewed a stainless steel growler but I haven’t spent any time explaining “what is a growler?” and some of the basics surrounding them. Growler: A reusable vessel that’s purpose is to transport beer (possibly cider, Kombucha) from keg […]

French Islands dark past: illegal homebrew during prohibition

Maine’s prohibition history dates between 1851 and 1934 , considerably longer than Federal Prohibition that lasted from 1920-1933. It appears that some ambitious homebrewers played an unsavory role during Maine’s dry years. While browsing through Penobscot Times archives online I found an article written nearly 74 years ago by Stan Eames, published October 17, 1940, […]

The Koelschip behind Allagash Coolship beers

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A few weeks ago I made my first visit to Oxbow Brewing Company for samples and a quick brewhouse tour, on the way inside the brewery I spied a Koelschip sitting out front and realized I haven’t done a blog post about them yet. Koelschip or Coolship is a large, shallow vessel in which hot […]

Building a brewery: Orono Brewing Company

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If you haven’t caught it on the news in the past couple days, there’s a new brewery coming to Orono, Maine, the Orono Brewing Company is currently in the building phase in the basement space below Verve Burritos. I took the opportunity to stop in and check out the progress and chat with Co-owners of […]

A look behind the scenes at Marshall Wharf Brewing

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I find myself in Belfast, Maine three or four times a year, but almost always during the winter for a trip to the Belfast Curling Club, this past weekend we decided to head down and check things out when it’s warmer and people are actually out and about. Naturally a family trip would include a […]

Why is it I only go to the library when there’s free beer?

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That’s right, Free beer at the library, on Tuesday, June 7, 2014 I took a drive to Pittsfield, Maine. Josh Christie, Author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland was speaking at the Pittsfield Public library about his book and the history of Maine Beer and there were free beer samples. Josh pulls key points from […]