Category Archives: Reviews

Machias Valley Harvest Fair adds craft beer to tasting event

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The inaugural Machias Valley Harvest Fair last year included a wine tasting held in the town’s historic railroad depot, Station 1898 and was well received even though the location wasn’t very accommodating for the event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 and has been taken up a notch with the […]

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 […]

The easiest “lawn mower” beer I’ll enjoy this year

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“Lawn Mower Beer” is a description of a beer that I don’t mind using, especially when the description stems directly from an experience, a moment in time, an activity. I also understand that one person’s lawn mower beer may be someone else’s golfing beer or hammock beer and they can call it whatever they like. […]

Maine Craft Brewers Guild study finds estimated $189 Million economic impact on Maine’s Economy

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In a press release from the Maine Brewers Guild today, May 15, 2014: “Maine’s Craft Beer industry poised for 200% growth in next 4 years” A lofty prediction that is supported by a study provided by economists at the University of Maine. The study found that Maine breweries sold $92.6 Million worth of beer in […]

Portland brewery recognized for environmental excellence

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Governor Paul LePage and Maine DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho presented four Maine businesses with Environmental Excellence Awards at a ceremony held in Newport, Maine at the Vic Firth Company. Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine was the recipient of one of the Environmental Excellence Awards in the “Businesses with 20-99 […]

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America is coming to Maine this August

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When I woke up this morning I wasn’t expecting to book a hotel room and buy bus and Brewfest tickets, but that’s what ended up happening. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company based out of Chico, California announced their Beer Camp Across America Festival Tour. A seven city whirlwind Brewfest tour that will land in Portland, Maine […]

Coaster Critique: Baxter Brewing Tarnation

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Name: Tarnation Brewed By: Baxter Brewing Company Style: California-style lager ABV: 5.3%   Tarnation pours a bright copper color with shimmers of red and gold as the light hits it, pour produced a frothy white head that lingered the entire glass. Nose is malty, biscuits and yeast with just a touch of earthy hops in […]

Coaster Critique: The Shed Brewery Nosedive

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Name: Nosedive Brewed By: The Shed Brewery (Otter Creek Brewing Co.) Style: Porter ABV: 6.75% Nosedive is black, when held to the light it takes on a deep crimson color; pour produced a short khaki colored head. The smell immediately reminds me of a freshly opened bag of coffee beans, baked bread, dark chocolate and […]