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Dark Heart of the Wood: Barrel Aging Page 6 Core Values: Norumbega Cidery Page 20 Using Hops in Your Homebrew Page 28 Winter Destination: Shipyard Brewhaus at the Sugarloaf Inn Page 31

Regional TASTING ROOM

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LOCATIONS Fall/Winter 2018 / 2019

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FALL/WINTER 2018-2019

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The Dark Heart of the Wood BY Matthew

H. Brown

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A Peek Behind the Curtain Lone Pine Brewing Co.

13

HIKES & BREWS IN THE COUNTY

Brew Events Calendar

FROM BINE TO GLASS

14 Camaraderie on Tap

See page 29

with the Maine Beer Box BY Kay

Stephens

16 Maine Distilleries

Make Mine from Maine

20 Core Values

Norumbega Cidery BY John

Breerwood

22 Maine-Made Sodas Fizz With Flavor

THE HUMBLE BROWN ALE

BY Kate

See page 34

28 From Bine To Glass

Cone

Using Hops in your Home Brew BY Matthew

H. Brown

34 Overlooked

The Humble Brown Ale is Poised for a Mighty Comeback BY Dave

FEELIN' FLANNEL

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See page 16

hikes & brews Pairing regional hikes with nearby breweries, see page 47

tasting room directories

4 Southern Maine 8 Greater Portland 26 Western Maine 32 Greater Bangor pop-up reviews

What’s New

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37 Central Maine 42 Midcoast 43 Downeast 48 The County See pages 19, 21, 24

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The Business of Brewing

41 Beer Necessities MAINE BEER BOX

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44 Fogtown Brewing Co. BY Carey

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southern maine

Note: Hours were accurate as of printing.

Before heading out please check ahead to confirm hours.

tasting room directory NAME

CITY

S

M

T

W

TH

F

S

Banded Brewing Company

Biddeford

12 - 8

4-9

4-9

4-9

4-9

12 - 10

12 - 10

/bandedbrewingco

Barreled Souls Brewing Company

Saco

12 - 8

4 - 10

4 - 10

4 - 12

12 - 12

/barreledsouls

Blue Current Brewery (Sake)

Kittery

1-5

1-6

1-6

1-6

1-6

/BlueCurrentBrewery

Corner Point Brewing Company

Berwick

12 - 5

3-8

3-8

3-8

12 - 8

/cornerpointbrewing

4-9

4-9

4 - 10

2 - 10

/dirigobeer

1-9

1-9

/funkybowbrewery

11:30 12:30

11:30 12:30

/GarysOldeTowneTavern

2-8

12 - 7

/gneissbeer

12 - 9

12 - 9

Dirigo Brewing Company

Biddeford

12 - 6

Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company

Lyman

1-5

Gary's Olde Towne Tavern (formerly Bray's Brew Pub and Eatery)

Naples

11:30 - 11

Gneiss Brewing Company

Limerick

12 - 5

Hidden Cove Brewing Company

Wells

12 - 7

1-6

11:30 - 11

1-6

11:30 - 11

3-8

3-8

11:30 12:30

11:30 - 11

3-8

3-8

/hiddencovebrewing

Kennebunkport Brewing/ Federal Jack's Restaurant

Kennebunk

10 - 1

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

11 - 1

Maine Mead Works

Kennebunk

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 8

/honeymakermead

7 - 10

12 - 10

/nutsandboltsbrewing

11:30 - 1

11:30 - 1

11:30 - 1

11:30 - 1

11:30 - 1

11:30 - 1

11:30 - 1

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 12

11 - 12

11 - 12

11 - 12

Nuts & Bolts Brewing

Biddeford

Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery

Saco

Sebago Brewing Company

Kennebunk

/feberaljacks

/sebagobrewing

Shipyard Brew Pub

Eliot

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 10

11:30 - 10

/ShipyardEliot

SoMe Brewing Company

York

12 - 6

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 9

12 - 8

12 - 9

12 - 8

/somebrewingco

Theory Brewing Company

Wells

Tributary Brewing Company

Kittery

1-6

Woodland Farms Brewery

Kittery

12 - 6

York Beach Beer Company

York Beach

fall / winter 2018-2019

/theorybrewingcompany

Opening soon 12 - 8

12 - 8

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12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

/tributarybrewingcompany

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 9

12 - 9

/woodlandfarmsbrewery

Opening soon

/yorkbeachbeerco

seating with views overlooking the Saco River and the up-and-coming mill district. Smaller and more intimate than its southern counterpart, ‘The Cup’ is located in the heart of Hallowell- a vibrant, historic town. Both feature hand crafted beer and home-style food surrounded by distinctive architecture and old world charm in rustic brick & mortar structures. Our pub style menus feature an array of lighter fare, hearty entrees and creative specials made from fresh, local ingredients. To wash it all down, we use the finest malts and hops to create 25 varieties of craft beer which flow directly from our in-house breweries.


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TULLY’S BEER AND WINE in Wells, opened in May 1997 with a mission to expose the world of specialty beer and great wine to the residents and visitors of Southern Maine and beyond. With the enormous selection of craft beer, Tully's prides itself on service, selection, and product knowledge. They also sport a mighty fine wine selection, 6 humidors of premium cigars and a huge selection of home brew supplies.

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The Kennebunkport Brewing Co. Shipyard Store Featuring Shipyard bottled beers Growlers from Kennebunk Brewing Co. Shipyard brew wear and accessories Maine made gifts and souvenirs Authentic ship models, toys and books Internet Access

Located below Federal Jack’s or visit us online at:

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the dark heart of the wood

By Matthew Brown

While the concept of using wood as a primary vessel for beer making isn’t novel, it certainly isn’t in fashion these days. Chris Schofield, brewer and part owner

has gained a reputation for a lot of

of Barreled Souls in Saco, took some

interesting beer choices of late.

time with me to discuss his unique

The use of wood as a medium in

showed me around the newly

approach to brewing – using only

brewing goes as far back as beer

fashioned brewhouse in late August.

wooden barrels to ferment his beers.

itself, but the role of the barrel has

After quaffing a few unique blends

undergone a resurgence here in

(aged over pistachio nuts, no less) they

definitely more risk than working with

Maine. Intermingled with the vast

both expressed their love of barreled

stainless, but I believe it makes better

stainless-steel vats and piping that

beers. “It’s the aroma and the flavor

beer and I managed to convince my

one will see on nearly any beer tour,

of what was in the barrels, and now

partner and our employees, so here we

more and more barrels are being used

the beer, that I love . . . people think a

are,” he said. Perhaps that’s why his

as vessels to impart flavor, aroma,

barrel-fermented IPA is strange, but we

brewery has undergone expansion and

and mouthfeel to the beers coming

like it a lot,” said Koelker.

“It’s complicated, and there’s

out of the Pine Tree State.

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Assistant cellarman at Barreled Souls Jesse Koelker and Justin McNelley

fall / winter 2018-2019


The influence of wood can change the flavor of a beer drastically. Each has its own characteristics that can even alter the fermentation occurring in a barrel. The type of wood, where it came from in the world, what it was used for prior to holding beer, and the barrel’s maintenance history, are all considerations in the process. For example, if the barrel was originally used for a distilled spirit, then initial beer introduction can

55-gallon wine barrels hold fermenting beer at Barreled Souls. The buckets above the barrels act as yeast harvesting devices and airlocks. PHOTO BY MATTHEW BROWN

have a very powerful flavor of the original spirit. If there is char inside the barrel, it can act as an agent to help clarify the beer through a small amount of filtration, as well as mellow a beer’s sharp bite, while impacting a rich, earthier note. Some barrels that housed wines will react differently and can grant fruitier tangs or even spice notes like vanilla and cinnamon. The environment within a barrel can

“when something bad gets into the barrel, you can’t get it out.”

also be exceedingly complex. In fact, Jesse Koelker pours a blended beer sample aged over pistachios for sampling PHOTO BY MATTHEW BROWN

PHOTO COURTESY BARRELED SOULS

Barrel use for primary fermentation,

many of the barrels for farmhouse and

no longer useful and often repurposed

wild style ales can create a sustained

into a kitschy Adirondack chair or bar

biome within the wood itself, allowing

stool. Brewers must be vigilant in how

spontaneous fermentation for many

they maintain their assets, or they

years. Often this is used in many

stand to lose potentially expensive

unique Belgian styles like lambic and

product to carelessness or just being

geuze and the bacterial cultures in the

unlucky. “I’ve had to dump entire

barrels often impart a terroir that can

barrels of our Stay Puft,” remarked

be unique to a brewery. Cellarmen are

McNelley, “but when something bad

often employed to help care for, and to

gets into the barrel, you can’t get it

assist with, blending of many barrels,

out.”

or secondary conditioning, can

since creating a uniform flavor year

enhance many aspects of beer or lend

after year is a uniquely challenging

barrel aging and fermenting beer can

itself to risks with contamination.

task. It is not uncommon for some

change the entire product you drink

Schofield went on to remark that “the

sour beers to be aged for years in oak

from something commonplace to

challenges have mostly had to do with

casks or barrels before being blending

something uniquely inspired. As you

essentially inventing the process. Not

and bottled for consumption.

select your next craft brew this fall,

inventing barrel fermentation itself .

And finally, there is one other

Provided it was maintained correctly,

try something touched by a barrel’s

. . but inventing, for Barreled Souls at

factor that brewers with traditional

influence and see how it strikes you.

least, processes, methods, equipment,

systems don’t have to worry about:

You may find yourself pleasantly

and a production facility to make it all

the cleanliness of the barrel itself.

surprised.

work. There’s been a lot of trial and

While stainless-steel can be scrubbed,

error, but as of today, four years and

chemically scoured, boiled, and

almost 1,000 batches in, we’ve got it

otherwise sterilized to make consistent

fairly figured out.”

product over and over, if a barrel breaks down or becomes contaminated, it is

Matthew Brown is a Certified Beer Server, a member of the American Homebrewers Association, and recently studied brewing in Belgium. He lives and works in Portland.

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greater portland

Note: Hours were accurate as of printing.

Before heading out please check ahead to confirm hours.

tasting room directory NAME

CITY

FACEBOOK

S

M

T

W

TH

F

S

Allagash Brewing Company

Portland

11 - 5

11 - 6

11 - 6

11 - 6

11 - 6

11 - 7

11 - 7

/allagashbrewingcompany

12 - 5

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

/austinstreetbrewery

Austin Street Brewery

Portland

Austin Street Brewery (Fox Street Location)

Portland

Battery Steele Brewing

Portland

12 - 5

Bissell Brothers

Portland

12 - 7

Brickyard Hollow Brewing Co

Yarmouth

11:30 - 9

3-9

Opening Soon 12 - 7

Bunker Brewing Co

Portland

12 - 9

12 - 9

D.L. Geary Brewing Co

Portland

12 - 5

2-6

Definitive Brewing Company

Portland

12 - 6

2-7

Fore River Brewing Company

South Portland

12 - 8

Foulmouthed Brewing

South Portland

12 - 10

3 - 10

Foundation Brewing Company

Portland

12 - 5

12 - 7

Goodfire Brewing Company

Portland

12 - 7

12 - 7

/austinstreetbrewery

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

/batterysteelebrewing

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 8

11 - 8

/bissellbrothers

3-9

3-9

3-9

11:30 - 10

11:30 - 10

/brickyardhollow

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 10

12 - 10

/bunkerbrewingco

2-6

12 - 7

12 - 7

/gearybrewingco

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 8

/definitivebrewing

2-7 2-7

2-9

2-9

12 - 9

/frbco

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 10

12 - 10

12 - 10

/foulmouthedbrewing

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

/foundationbrew

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 8

/goodfirebrewing

Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Freeport

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

/grittymcduffs

Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Portland

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

/grittymcduffs

4-8

4-8

4-9

12 - 8

/islanddogbrewing

12 - 11

12 - 11

12 - 11

12 - 11

12 - 1

12 - 1

/liquidriot

Island Dog Brewing

South Portland

12 - 6

Liquid Riot Bottling Company

Portland

12 - 11

Lone Pine Brewing Company

Portland

12 - 8

2-8

2-8

2-8

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 9

/lonepinebrewing

Maine Beer Company

Freeport

11 - 5

11 - 8

11 - 8

11 - 8

11 - 8

11 - 8

11 - 8

/mainebeerco

11 - 8

Maine Mead Works

Portland

11 - 8

Mast Landing Brewing Company

Westbrook

12 - 6

11 - 8

11 - 8

11 - 8

11 - 8

11 - 8

/honeymakermead

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 9

/mastlandingbrewing

Nonesuch River Brewing Company

Scarborough

11 - 8

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 10

11 - 10

Oxbow Blending and Bottling

Portland

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 11

12 - 11

12 - 1

12 - 1

2 - 5:30

2 - 5:30

2 - 5:30

2 - 5:30

12 - 5

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

/risingtidebeer /seadogsouthportland

/oxbowblending

Portersfield Cider (seasonal)

Pownal

Rising Tide Brewing Company

Portland

/Portersfield Cider

Sea Dog Brewing Company

South Portland

9-1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

9-1

Sebago Brewing Company

Gorham

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 12

11 - 12

11 - 12

11 - 12

/sebagobrewing

Sebago Brewing Company

Scarborough

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

/sebagobrewing

Sebago Brewing Company

Portland

11 - 12

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

/sebagobrewing

Sebago Brewing Company (Brewery)

Gorham

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

/sebagobrewing

Shipyard Brewing Company

Portland

11 - 5

9-6

9-6

9-6

9-6

9-7

9-7

/Shipyardbrewing

Shipyard Inn on Peaks Island

Peaks Island

11 - 8

4-8

4-8

4-9

11 - 9

/innonpeaks

Stars & Stripes Brewing Company

Freeport

Urban Farm Fermentory + Gruit (Kombucha, Cider + Beer)

Portland

12 - 5

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

/urbanfarmfermentory

Yes Brewing

Westbrook

12 - 6

3-8

2-8

12 - 8

/yesbrewing

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12 - 7

12 - 7


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a peek behind the curtain with

Lone Pine Brewing Co. The Maine Brew Guide sat down with Lone Pine Co-founders Tom Madden and John Paul for a Q & A update on where they are after six months of moving into Sebago Brewing Company’s previous facility in Gorham, Maine.

Pine Brewing Co. will potentially double

MBG: HOW ARE YOU HANDLING THE GROWTH?

their current packaging capacity by

TOM MADDEN: Growth is exciting,

streamlining infrastructure, adding

but it’s not without its challenges,

fermentation volume and renovating

and this has been a learning

layout to accommodate the increased

experience. From March to

volume. Plans also include adding three

now we have increased from

to four more production and sales

seven employees to 21. Tripling

positions by next summer.

the staff in six months poses

With the new expansion plans, Lone

the challenge of organizing

MBG: NOW THAT YOU HAVE SETTLED INTO YOUR NEW BREWERY, WHAT’S NEW?

operations around on boarding

TOM MADDEN: We will be opening a new

quickly and effectively. The

tasting room in Gorham this fall. Our

benefit and challenge to having

vision is to provide an all-encompassing

new staff with various levels of

experience with interactive, tactile

brewing backgrounds is how to

tours, where visitors can see, taste and

matriculate their ideas and utilize their

smell the process of brewing our beers.

unique skill sets they bring.” The recently STANDARDS WITH INCREASED PRODUCTION

It is being built for visitors to enjoy and

added staff include brewing talent

VOLUME?

stay for awhile—not necessarily just for

from the likes of Brooklyn Brewing Co,

TOM MADDEN: Consistency is a top priority

people to come in for a taste, pick up

Trillium, Stone Face, Shipyard, Sebago

and in order to not sacrifice quantity

cans and leave.

and Dorchester Brewing.

for quality, we invested in a number of

new staff and defining roles

The current layout allows for about

MBG: HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR QUALITY

tools we to use in our own lab, such as

a 50-person capacity and there will a

JOHN PAUL: A whole new scale of growth

dissolved oxygen meters to help with

designated retail area for merchandise

requires a business plan that constantly

the quality control.

sales as well. We plan to open starting

changes with demand. We operate on a

this November, from Thursday to

set distribution plan in place, then the

Sunday. Food trucks will be on site

next week, we enter into a new market

MBG: WHICH NEW AND OLD BEER STYLES ARE COMING FOR FALL AND WINTER?

during those days and the new location

and that plan is out the window, so we

TOM MADDEN: Besides our core products:

will be an added stop on the Brew Bus

need to make a new one.

Portland Pale, Brightside and

tours.”

10 fall / winter 2018-2019

Tessalation, we will re-introduce


Samara Brown and move our Chaga Stout into cans for winter and Maple Sunday will back in March. Plus T-Shirt Cannon and Onsie will be in the rotation. We are doing a wet-hopped Grisette made with local malts and feature hops from the hopyard, right here in Gorham. And, of course, we will have fun stuff for one-off styles to keep

MBG: WHAT HAS BEEN THE PUBLIC RESPONSE?

JOHN PAUL: It still feels surreal to walk

TOM MADDEN: “The response from the

Pine and hear people talking about the

public has been overwhelming. It’s

beers. We appreciate the people who

great to see the positive feedback from

started with us since the beginning and

interacting with people in our tasting

it is certainly an effort that is bigger

room and seeing the enthusiasm for

than the two of us.

into bars and hear people order Lone

the work we are doing. We appreciate

the locals entertained.

the supportive response from other

The recent expansion has allowed

breweries, which have helped us grow

Lone Pine to keep their creativity

MBG: WHAT ARE YOUR EXPANSION PLANS FOR THE NEXT 6 TO 12 MONTHS?

to where we are. We’re grateful to be

and continue their exploration into

a part of the collaborative community

new styles of craft beer. Even with a

where it feels more like peers than

background in finance, Tom Madden

competitors. It’s rewarding to be in

could not have dreamed that their

a position now to give back to the

business plan would evolve and take

community and donate to charities

off so fast. They wake up every day

such as Ales for Tails.

and do something that they enjoy and

JOHN PAUL: Currently we are pacing at

7,800 barrels and hope to continue to fan out distribution to other states. However, the demand right here in Maine is absorbing most of our beer production and making it difficult to reach further destinations. We want to

which brings joy to others in forms of delicious craft beer.

find the saturation point for our core brewing products, so they are fully accessible in Maine first.

219 Anderson Street #4 Portland, ME info@lonepinebrewery.com

GORHAM TASTING ROOM COMING SOON! For Tasting Room Hours and Canning Release Schedule, Visit

LonePineBrewery.com

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Old School has never been so cool.

EST.

1983

Local before it was a catchphrase. Sustainable before it was a movement. Micro before it was craft.

Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pubs

Craft Beer I Fresh, Local Pub Fare PORTLAND I FREEPORT I AUBURN I www.grittys.com

GEARY BREWING CO. Fads come and go, but fresh, true-to-style beers will always have their place and a home at Geary’s. Visit their 35 year old brew house right in Portland, Maine to learn more about the first craft brewery on the east coast. At this dynamic brewery you can sample traditional English ales brewed in open fermentation, contemporary beers brewed in closed fermentation, take a tour of the historic site, and learn how the brewery helped shape American craft beer!

Since 1988, GRITTY’S has been creating fine, handcrafted ales and traditional pub fare. From humble beginnings as a small brew pub in Portland’s Old Port, they have grown to become a brew pub of choice for many Mainers and folks “from away.” From the start, Gritty’s was at the forefront of the brewing renaissance in the Maine. Founders Ed Stebbins and Richard Pfeffer had two simple goals in mind: to create a true, English-style pub serving fresh ales and great food, and to have fun doing it. With three brew pubs now: the original location in the old port section of Portland, another pub in Freeport and the “new one” on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Auburn, Maine. Gritty’s now has three brew pubs: the original location in the Old Port section of Portland, one in Freeport and the “new one” on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Auburn, Maine. www.grittys.com, www.facebook.com/ grittymcduffs, or www.twitter.com/grittys

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maine brewfests & beer events october 13  AROOSTOOK COUNTY BREW FESTIVAL Presque Isle 14  BREWS & BBQ FEST Boothbay 16-22 BANGOR BEER WEEK

november 4  FRESHMAN ORIENTATION Portland. Meet the people behind the newest Maine breweries 4-10 PORTLAND BEER WEEK

10  INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL Featuring Maine Beer Box from U.K.

december 8  MIXERS & MERRIMENT AT THE MUSEUM Bath. Meet and toast Maine’s craft distilleries

january 19  BAR HARBOR WINTER BEER FEST Atlantic Brewing Co.

5-7 OGUNQUIT BEER FEST THE GREAT LOST BEAR has become a Portland institution since opening in 1979. The Bear is located about two miles from Portland’s touristy Old Port but well worth the journey across town to the Mysterious Woodford’s Area. The Great Lost Bear features an enormous, eclectic menu with something for everyone, all served in an entertaining atmosphere. They have added more taps as new breweries open throughout the Northeast. Now, with the Craft Beer Revolution in full throttle, GLB offers 80 beers on tap with more than 50 of them brewed from Maine. Come taste some of the freshest local beer around at the GLB!

THE

GREAT LOST BEAR 80 BEERS ON TAP INCLUDING 50 LOCAL FRESH MAINE BEERS 540 FOREST AVENUE PORTLAND, ME 207-772-0300 www.greatlostbear.com

When you shop for beer at RSVP DISCOUNT BEVERAGE, on Forest Avenue in Portland, you’re immediately struck by two things: RSVP’s overall beer selection and their CHILLED beer selection. RSVP has filled the entire side wall with beers and added 19 beer coolers to the back wall of the retail store. Stocking the latest beers from local Maine and New England breweries, all the way to Belgian ales made by Trappist monks, (as well as hard cider, wine and spirits), RSVP always has the adult beverage you want. www.rsvpdiscountbeverage.com

Tasting Room Hours Mon, Wed–Sat: 12-7pm Sunday: 12-5pm For can & draft availability, please visit our website at foundationbrew.com For new releases, follow us on social media @foundationbrew

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By Kay Stephens

Earlier in September, The Maine Beer Box, a unique, custom-built, 40-foot, refrigerated shipping container holding 78 taps from Maine breweries, got shipped over to the U.K on a freighter ship and debuted at the 7th annual Leeds International Beer Festival (LIBF). The Maine Beer Box is only two years

‘pull’ effort— and opportunity for

old, but has become internationally

Maine brewers to export not only

renowned for being a drinkable

their product, but provide a taste of

passport to Maine, fully capable of

the experience of what Maine’s beer

delivering beer anywhere by land or

community is all about,” said Sean

sea, ensuring that Maine craft beer can

Sullivan, Executive Director, Maine

be transported in ideal conditions, and

Brewers' Guild, adding, “Maine was

served fresh off the tap.

well represented overseas with not just

At the Leeds Festival, nearly 100 representatives and brewers in the

beer, but with people.” In November, the Maine Beer Box

Maine industry flew over to hobnob

will come back with beer and a hearty

with many of the brewers in the U.K.,

representation of brewers from

celebrating with a number of English

England, Northern Ireland, Wales

style ales and signature Maine flavor

and Scotland for the Winter Session,

politicians would do well to consider

profiles.

November 10 at Thompsons Point.

this as a way to get people of all

“While the Maine Beer Box effort

This collaborative spirit has been

different cultures and backgrounds to

might seem like a ‘push’ effort to

such a gesture of goodwill between

clink a glass and learn the new slang

encourage our brewers to think about

the U.S. and other countries (including

for “cheers” in different languages and

exporting, what it has become is a

Iceland, its inaugural visit) that

accents.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAINE BREWERS’ GUILD

Camaraderie on tap with the Maine Beer Box


Sebago Brewing serves up small batch beers and seasonal favorites People know well Sebago Brewing’s classic beers like Frye’s Leap and Runabout Red, or seasonal favorites like Bonfire and Slick Nick. But Sebago is also creating small batch beers that are innovative, unique, and delicious. Since the new Destination Brewery opened in February 2018, Sebago has released more than 16 new small batch beers: Saison Saisoff, Danquito, Blazing Summer, TriCitraHops, and County Brown, to name just a few. The beers have ranged from a barrel-aged sour (Bog So Hard) to a tart wheat ale with a frozen hop twist (On the Grind). Sebago has also teamed up with other brewers, like with Norway Brewing Company on Humlevenner, a 9.1% ABV double rye IPA. A collaboration with Honest Weight Artisan Beer from Massachusetts resulted in Buddy System, a crisp IPA featured at the Maine Brewers’ Guild Summer Session.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SEBA GO

BREWING CO.

Stop by Sebago’s Tasting Room to try some one-of-a-kind small batch beers. Brewery tours are free and there’s a full-service restaurant. Small batch beers are sometimes available at Sebago brewpubs too. Don’t forget your growler! Find out what’s on tap at the Tasting Room at PHOTO BY KEVIN DEPOT

www.sebagobrewing.com/pours.

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maine

distilleries

make mine from maine the art of craft distilling is alive & thriving in vacationland

PHOTO BY TONY GIORDANO

FEELIN’ FLANNEL 1 Oz. Gunpowder Rye 1½ Oz. Verjus Rouge ½ Oz. Cinnamon Syrup ¾ Oz. Egg White Dry shake all the ingredients without ice to emulsify the egg. Then shake again with ice. Double strain into a coupe, then sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Mmmmm, warm and cozy! Original recipe by Jessie Hobgood from New England Distillling

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From Brewer to Biddeford, York to Gouldsboro, and Freeport to Union, Maine you can traverse our beautifully scenic state sampling some of the finest hand crafted, small batch spirits anywhere in the world. Now, along with Maine lighthouses and lobster shacks, the Maine Distilling Industry is chockablock full of adventure and reward. Like many of our amazing restaurants where you’ll find a bevy of locally raised, grown, sourced – even foraged ingredients on their menus, you’ll find the same attention to both detail and the use of local agricultural products in the craft spirits made by members of Maine’s Distillery Guild. MAINE CRAFT DISTILLING used over 300,000 pounds of Maine-grown malted barley, and uses over 20,000 pounds of Maine blueberries annually in its blueberry Blueshine, and apples from Doles Orchard in Limington to make their Whipple Tree Apple Brandy. LIQUID RIOT BOTTLING uses hundred of pounds of Maine grains in its whiskeys each year, including Mainegrown rye and buckwheat, and even some homegrown sweet Maine corn in their bourbon. COLD RIVER VODKA sourced and distilled over 1.4 million pounds of Maine potatoes for their vodka and gin. SPLIT ROCK DISTILLING in Newcastle make a horseradish vodka using horseradish grown on Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield.

Their blueberry vodka is made with wild, lowbush organic blueberries from Elderflower Farm in Lincolnville. SWEETGRASS FARM WINERY & DISTILLERY goes through 70,000 pounds of Maine-grown fruit and grains each year including apples for their cider and apple brandy from Hope Orchards, blueberries for their award-winning Back River Gin from Blueberry Valley Farm in North Union, and over 3,500 pounds of cranberries for their cranberry gin from growers in Washington County. Many of the herbs and botanicals used in TREE SPIRITS award-winning absinthe such as — anise, fennel, wormwood, petite wormwood, hyssop and lemon balm — are locally sourced. BARTLETT SPIRITS of Maine uses local apples, pears, berries and other fruit that make their way through crushing, fermenting and distilling grown in Maine. Nothing but 100% pure Maine maple syrup is used in CHADWICK CRAFT SPIRITS. Some distilleries use Maine-grown, Maine-made white oak barrels to age their spirits to capture the best possible flavor of Maine. All while using some of the cleanest, best tasting water on the planet. Consider visiting some or all of us on your next trip to Maine. We’d love to see you.


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1. Bartlett Spirits of Maine

175 Chicken Mill Pond Road, Gouldsboro, ME (207) 546-2408 | www.bartlettwinery.com

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2. Chadwick’s Maple Craft Spirits

29 Chadwick Lane, Pittston, ME 04345 (207) 592-9080 | www.chadwickscraftspirits.com

55 Baker Blvd, Brewer, ME 04412 www.twenty2vodka.com

10. Round Turn Distilling

32 Main Street, Building 13W, Suite 103, Biddeford, ME (207) 370-9446 | www.roundturndistilling.com

11. Sebago Lake Distillery

463 Water Street, Gardiner, ME 04345 (207) 808-0379 | www.sebagolakedistillery.com

3. Hardshore Distlling Company

12. Split Rock Distilling 16 Osprey Pt, Newcastle, ME 04553 (207) 563-2669 | www.splitrockdistilling.com

4. Liquid Riot Bottling Co.

13. Stone Fort Distillery 26 Pearl Street Suite 204, Biddeford, Maine 04005 (207) 590-3528 | www.stonefortspirits.com

53 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 536-0592 | www.hardshoredistilling.com 250 Commercial St, Portland ME 04101 (207) 221-8889 | www.liquidriot.com

5. Maine Craft Distilling

123 Washington Ave., Portland, Maine (207) 536-1043 | www.mainecraftdistilling.com

6. Maine Distilleries, LLC | Cold River

437 US Route One, Freeport, ME 04032 (207) 865-4828 | www.coldrivervodka.com

14. Stroudwater Distillery

4 Thompsons Point, Portland, ME 04102 (207) 536-7811 | www.stroudwaterdistillery.com

15. Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery (2 locations) 347 Carroll Road, Union, Maine 04862 | (207) 785-3024 324 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101 | (207) 761-8446 www.sweetgrasswinery.com

7. Mossy Ledge Spirits 1097 Lakins Rd, Etna, Maine (207) 269-2244 | www.mossyledgespirits.com

16. Tree Spirits of Maine

8. New England Distilling 26 Evergreen Drive, Portland, ME 041013 (207) 878-9759 | www.newenglanddistilling.com

17. Wiggly Bridge Distillery Barn 441 US-1, York, ME 03909 (207) 363-9322 | www.wigglybridgedistillery.com

152 Fairfield Street, Oakland, ME 04963 (207) 861-2723 | www.treespiritsofmaine.com

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS Muddle 5 mint leaves Shake with: ½ cup pink grapefruit juice 2 oz simple syrup 2 ounces vodka ¼ ounce Tree Spirits' Absinthe Ice Strain Garnish with mint leaves

After TREE SPIRITS owners Bruce Olson and Karen Heck realized they were spending too much on other people's wine, they decided to make their own. After a few years of experimentation with grapes from away, they concluded locally sourced products would be more satisfying to produce. Since they had friends who owned an orchard and friends who owned a sugar shack, that problem was solved. Tree Spirits winery and distillery was born. TREE SPIRITS OF MAINE distills its apple, pear, and maple wines into 80-proof brandies and produces the region's only absinthe and limoncello. They encourage experimentation with their other products and thanks to loyal customers, they have discovered combinations like absinthe and hot chocolate; limoncello with absinthe; absinthe, grapefruit juice, vodka, and mint. And for the fall, applejack in cider hot or cold; a Knotted Maple hot toddy; and Pear Brandy in ginger tea. Their tasting room in Oakland is open most of the year and private group tastings are always available.

Recipe & photo courtesy of Tree Spirits

Rich with History. Just like Maine.

tours & tastings on the hour M-F 12-5pm, sat 10-6pm 26 evergreen Drive, unit B Portland, Me * 207.878.9759

Visit our tasting room: 1 industrial Way, Portland newenglanddistilling.com

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Located in Portland’s original brewing neighborhood in the Riverside Industrial Park, NEW ENGLAND DISTILLING is Portland’s first distillery since Prohibition. The distillery was founded by Ned Wight, former Allagash head brewer, and a descendant of several generations of whiskey distillers. Ned brings his brewing background and family distilling heritage together to produce high quality spirits that are unique and delicious. New England Distilling is known for their traditional, low-tech approach to making spirits. Starting with grain or molasses, they make a mash, which is then fermented to produce a beer. The beer is distilled using simple pot stills which are heated with direct fire, resulting in uniquely flavorful spirits. Their award-winning spirits are Ingenium Gin, Eight Bells Rum, Gunpowder Rye Whiskey, and Tidewalker Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Each is intended to be sipped on their own, but are excellent in cocktails as well. Look for their highly anticipated small batch spirit releases, the first of which, Rack IV Saison was distilled from Allagash Saison and matured more than two years in new oak barrels. Interested in seeing their process first hand? They love to show off the distillery and explain their production methods. For tour information, see www.newenglanddistilling.com


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distilleries LIQUID RIOT’S roots date back to 2001 when

CHAGA CHAI KOMBUCHA

Eric Michaud’s homebrewing filled his parents'

Urban Farm Fermentory

basement in Yarmouth, Maine, with batches of newly created beers. Today his and his team's

Brimming with chai spices, lively probiotics, and a subtle tart bite, Chaga Chai Kombucha is great cold weather libation. The first sip offers notes of fresh cinnamon and soft vinegar undertones indicative of kombucha. The use of wild foraged chaga mushrooms from Maine imparts a refined earthiness that warms the palate. The spicy flavors of this kombucha are reminiscent of orchard-fresh apple cider. If you’re looking for an outside-the-box fermented beverage this fall, reach for a bottle of Chaga Chai Kombucha.

passion for brewing exceptional beers and distilling outstanding spirits pairs perfectly with the great food served at this Portland Brewery-DistilleryResto-Bar, which opened in 2013. Liquid Riot maintains 16 house beers on tap and has a cocktail list featuring drinks made with house spirits. Blushing Star barrel aged lager with peaches earned Gold at the ’16 World Beer Cup in the Brett Beer category; Fernet Michaud earned Double Gold at the ’17 American Distilling Institute in the Specialty Spirit category; and Liquid Riot Old Port Bourbon just earned Gold at the ’18 SF World Spirits Competition. Enjoy Liquid Riot beers and spirits onsite and packed ready to-go at 250 Commercial St., Portland, Maine 04101.

www.liquidriot.com

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core values Norumbega Cidery

Norumbega Cidery, nestled in the

It’s hard to think that

rolling farmlands of New Gloucester,

Maine’s prolific craft beer

Fralich, Norumbega’s owner and

is keeping the tradition alive. Noah cider maker, said, “It was the original colonial drink. People grew apples for

industry is only a few

livestock feed and then, for pies and cider.” Even homestead laws and land

decades old. The

ownership sometimes correlated with orchard acreage at that

mighty cider,

time. It took Prohibition and a few intense winters in the

however, has

early 20th century to hurt that iconic tradition. “People tore up their

been around for more

orchards, and many varieties of apples

than a few centuries,

for us, Maine has since championed

inspiring founders like

demise.

are gone now,” Fralich said. Lucky the growth of its craft culture, not its Fralich grew up in New Gloucester, and Norumbega is located on his

John Adams, who allegedly

family land. “It’s hard to know where the bug came from, but we planted

consumed a tankard of hard

some trees and had some blending parties,” he said. “It’s a family endeavor

cider each day. Hard

and we all dove right into it.” Fralich undertook an apprenticeship through

cider was the first juicy

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners

“New England Style”

some cider-making classes taught by

Association (MOFGA) and attended Peter Mitchell, a renowned cider expert. Founded in 2013, Norumbega

beverage long

has remained a grassroots business, and yet, has been

before the hazy

expanding its distribution range throughout Maine. Originally

IPA swept the

bottled in 22 oz. bottles, Norumbega cider has since transitioned to cans

region by tempest.

and kegs, which has been more

By John Breerwood

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lucrative. As of now, Ricker Hill


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Noah Fralich, Norumbega’s owner and cider maker.

PHOTOS BY JOHN BREERWOOD

Orchards, which also makes local hard

also has tastings at the Brunswick

cider, supplies Fralich with pressed

Farmers Market every Saturday.

juice to keep up with the demand.

Though it is not as prolific as the

Unlike many ciders, Norumbega

Maine beer industry, the local cider

ferments the sugars completely in

scene is strong and growing. “I don’t

order to achieve a crisp, clean, and

think the interest is going to wane

dry flavor. “I’m inclined to think that

anytime soon, especially with cider

palates are drying out,” said Fralich.

being gluten free,” said Fralich. “But,

“People are looking for things that are

cider is still not in the average person’s

more refreshing, not as sweet.” The

vocabulary when shopping, so a lot

four core brands are: the Original, the

more growing can be done.”

Honey (dry with a gentle softness from

Some of the earliest colonial maps

Maine honey), the Berry (dry with a

of New England and Maine refer to

slightly tart finish due to the ghost

this overall region as Norumbega,

of the mixed Maine berries), and the

a mythical city of riches. The term

Spice (pleasantly balanced with fall

has since become associated with

spices). Small batches of specialty

tradition, regional pride, and a hopeful

ciders are available at the cidery such

eye towards the future. And, that’s

as a ginger cider, an orange cider, and a

Norumbega Cidery at its core.

bourbon barrel-aged cider, which is set to release in November. As of now, the cidery is not open daily; however, it hosts monthly events from May to November. “Each month we have a food truck and live music,” said Fralich. “We throw the doors open,

John Breerwood currently works as an Ed Tech at Lewiston High School. He has worked as a brewer and cellar man for Abita Brewing Company and Shipyard Brewing Company. His first novel is planned to be independently published in early 2019.

ARONIA Portersfield Cider, Pownal

Deep red and packaged in a handsome swingtop bottle, Portersfield Cider’s Aronia is a sterling replacement for wine on your fall dinner table. Starting with a blend of some of the 225+ varieties of apples grown on Portersfield’s Pownal property, Aronia is then augmented with elderberry and tart aronia juices. The result is a dry, bright, rich cider that recalls rosé and pairs well with tons of different foods.  

have a little bar, and people love it. It’s always pretty chill.” The next events are October 7 and November 3. Norumbega

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PHOTO COURTESY GREEN BEE

maine-made sodas fizz with flavor By Kate Cone

Who remembers those joyful moments as a kid when your dad handed you a frosty glass of bronze-colored soda? You took a big chug because you were thirsty, the cold liquid running along your tongue and the thrill of the resulting fizz went up your nose.

No matter what you call it: soda,

tonic, “Coke� or pop, that delightful tickle of carbonation never ceases to spark the senses. And bronze-colored no more, the carbonated beverage craft movement in Maine now offers hues of blue, yellow and green, along with the infused flavors of blueberry, ginger, lemon and green tea among others. Never fear though, the bronze of a

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beer from his father’s cellar and sell it to his friends. Fred Forsley, co-founder and President of SHIPYARD BREWING COMPANY wanted to memorialize his dad, who went on to become a medic in the Navy during World War II, earned a master’s degree and PhD and opened PHOTO COURTESY COCA-COLA NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND

and ran a home for disabled veterans in Gray, Maine. And all the while, he still brewed his own root beer. In 1996, Fred Forsley began serving a version of the root beer out of kegs at Federal Jack’s Brewpub in Kennebunkport, where Shipyard’s first iteration, Kennebunkport Brewing Company, still brews. Capt’n Eli’s root beer became so popular that Forsley decided to begin bottling it. The rest is history, as they say, as the brand has grown to nine flavors. [ SEE “FIZZ,” PAGE 24 ]

great root beer still exists, but it’s not A&W. Maine’s official state drink: The iconic gentian root-infused Moxie comes to mind first and its “roots” are deeply set in Maine’s imagination. Created by Union, Maine native Augustin Thompson, a doctor living in Lowell, Massachusetts interested in naturopathic medicine, Moxie Nerve Food was patented in 1885 and claimed to be the first bottled carbonated beverage in America. It never took off in the U.S. except in the northeast and in 2005, officially became Maine’s official state drink. Subject of its own movie, It’s a Maine Thing, and honored at the annual Lisbon Falls Moxie Festival, the drink will always be dear to the hearts of Mainers and fans everywhere. In 2018, the brand was acquired by the CocaCola Company. Ahoy, Captain! The introduction of Capt’n Eli’s sodas would never have happened if in the 1920s a young Eli Forsley didn’t pilfer homemade root PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPT’N ELI’S SODAS & BEV

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[“FIZZ” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 ]

Sailing Downeast: Old Soaker, a line of

Maine in the world: Now available in over 7,500 locations all over the

sodas named after an island off the

world, MAINE ROOT, the creation of

shore of Acadia National, has been

former Flatbread pizza maker Matt

made by ATLANTIC BREWING COMPANY

Seiler began when he wanted to

since 1998. The root beer, made with

make an organic drink to round out

natural quillaja extract from the bark

the restaurant’s already-organic

of the yucca plant, “ yields a full flavor

food menu. Maine Root now makes

and creamy head.” Atlantic Brewing Co.

11 flavors of sodas with all organic

also produces a blueberry soda, tasting

ingredients and with fair trade certified

like foraged Maine blueberries on a

cane sugar. Try the Maine Syrup Lemonade

summer day.

with Maine harvested maple syrup.

Buzz in Brunswick: When a Maine dad was concerned by the ingredients in commercial sodas, he decided to do something about it. Enter GREEN BEE, a natural soda business located at the old Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick. Chris Kinkade was a beekeeper among other things and while harvesting honey, he was stung by the Muse: why not tinker with juices mixed with his honey and create drinks he would be happy to serve his three kids? The kiddos loved it and Lemon Sting became their flagship soda. Infused with lemon, honey and a touch of rosemary, it’s not just for kids. Five other flavors

All of these brands can be purchased online MOXIE

www.drinkmoxie.com

CAPT’N ELI’S

www.captnelishop.com

OLD SOAKER/ ATLANTIC BREWING COMPANY www.atlanticbrewingonline.com

GREEN BEE

www.drinkgreenbee.com/honey-sodas

MAINE ROOT

www.maineroot.com

round out the sodas and they recently added a line of flavored sparkling waters.

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By Kate Cone

Kate Cone is the author of What’s Brewing in New England: A Guide to Brewpubs and Craft Breweries (Down East Books, 2016).

MAINE ROOT BLUEBERRY SODA Mainers never tire of local wild blueberries, vaccinium angustifolium. Native to Maine, they are the official state fruit. They’re in pie, beer, jellies and jams, barbeque sauce and, now—soda. On the palette, Maine Root’s blueberry soda has the tart and sweet pop of blueberries off the bush, and a note of Concord grape. It’s sweet, but not cloying and highly drinkable. It can take the place at the table, or the bar or tasting room with the best alcohol-free drinks available. Perfect for kids if you have them along, or abstaining adults, Maine Root hits the mark for a luscious zero-ABV drink.


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western maine Maine's western lakes and mountains are home to four seasons of recreation — skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, boating and fishing in the summer, and hiking, biking, and hunting in the shoulder seasons. It's little surprise that breweries have sprung up among the lakes and mountains, catering to thirsty locals and visitors alike. In fact, it's hard to think of a sporting destination in the area that doesn't have an accompanying craft brewery to visit at the end of the day. Visiting this vast area, it is comforting to know that great Maine beer is never far away. By Josh Christie

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Bag & Kettle Brewpub

Carrabasset Valley

12 - 8

Bear Bones Beer

Bridgton

1-7

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

The Forks

7-9

Norway Brewing Company

Norway

11 - 9

Saco River Brewing

Fryeburg

12 - 5

Steam Mill Brewing

Bethel

12 - 8

Sunday River Brewing Company

Bethel

6 - 11

Tumbledown Brewing

Farmington

1-7

Bissell Brothers Three Rivers

Milo

12 - 5

7-9

6 - 11

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/barebonesbarrels

/thebagandkettle

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/kennebecriverbrewery

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/norwaybrewingco

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/sacoriverbrewing

4-8

12 - 8

6 - 11

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, when historic downtown Skowhegan will host the fourth annual SKOWHEGAN CRAFT BREW FESTIVAL—one of the only festivals in the state to feature all Maine beer, wine, cider, spirits, and food. In 2018 the festival drew more than 1,200 attendees—up from approximately 1,100 in 2017 and 800 in 2016—from across the country and Canada. With 30 brewers anticipated, the event will kick off with a VIP hour featuring specialty brews and local food samples not available during the general session. The general session will include an array of Maine-crafted libations, and merchants will offer farm-totable fare such as organic tacos, barbecue, and poutine. Live music and guided tours of Maine Grains will round out this Labor Day weekend event, making for an unforgettable close to summer. Tickets will be available at SkowheganCraftBrewFest.com in April. VIP tickets have sold out every year, so get yours early!

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12 - 6

/bbbthreerivers

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By Matthew H. Brown

using hops in your home brew 28 fall / winter 2018-2019

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALNA HOPYARD

from bine  to glass


Hops (humulus lupus) those papery, puffy cones of green, go into almost every conceivable beer in some way, shape, or form and if you are a homebrewer or simply a lover of good ales and lagers, you know how sensational the appetite for hop-forward beers has been in recent years. Cultivated over two millennia for

hops possessed a preservative nature

medicinal use prior to ever finding

to beverages. And, while generally

their way into a brewery, hops are now

more bitter than the gruit, techniques

commanding greater demand than

to limit bitterness began to arise with

ever in brewing. Hop cones, pellets,

experimentation. In 1516, Germany even

cryogenically derived powders, and

put forth a law known as reinheitsgebot,

extracts can be sourced both locally and

or a purity law, that is still in force today.

from away.

That is – beer must only be made using

Hops were not the first herbal

hops, water, yeast, and malt. No other

supplement to beer. In fact, gruit

ingredients were allowed in a German

Alna Hopyard is a modest two acres of

brewing (or beer brewing without hops)

beer. Inherent in this limitation came

cultivated farmland, but it’s clear that

was the first true brew in Medieval

the vast array of permutations regarding

the hopyard has made an impact on the

times. The Catholic Church even saw

just how to put hops into your brew.

locavore movement in both product and demand.

a profitable advantage to enacting a

Hops in Maine have started seeing a

gruit tax as a major force of revenue

sizeable uptick in production because

“Hops were produced here over a

during these times. Use of hops as an

of the demand. I caught up with Mike

century ago, fell off, and then came

agent of flavor in the beer excluded the

Barker owner and farmer of the Alna

back,” said Barker. “Brewing is a

brewers from such a tax and thus the

Hopyard in Alna, Maine recently during

complicated process and getting

resourcefulness (and hatred of undue

his delivery day of almost 200 pounds

the right characterization of hops is

taxation) slowly turned the tide to favor

of wet (meaning fresh and undried)

important.” One of the important

hop additions. It was soon found that

Cascade hops to Oxbow Brewery nearby.

aspects of brewing with hops is that the geographic area in which they’re grown. Location can impact the aromas, bittering capacity, and other elements of their use in beer. For instance, the hop named Fuggles (commonly found in British brewing that seeks earthy, spicier notes) when grown in Alna, evokes a kiwi fruit nose uncommon to the strain. Maine’s soil and environment didn’t get the memo that this wasn’t right, so the hops they use locally sometimes take some recalibration of brewing recipes. According to Barker, the biggest strain on brewing with hops is capacity and supply-chain logistics. Some major IPAs brewed locally and year-round take serious hop doses to complete. For instance, the late-stage hop additions in some of Freeport’s Maine Beer Company’s hop-forward offerings can & BEV

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forward ales and lagers without the bitter or citrusy qualities. Yet, even here, hops play an important role in preserving the beers you love best. The trick lies in two parts: understanding the strength and nature of the ingredient and timing. Each varietal of hop has its own unique properties. The cones that we trim from their bines (not vines) contain acids and oils of differing amounts. Most commonly, brewers refer to the Alpha Acid (AA) of a hop, which is the general bittering agent. When we put hops into a beer during the boil phase of brewing, the heat extracts these acids and infuses the liquid with it. However, the longer the hops stay in a rolling boil, the more the boil drives away some of the oils and essential elements that give hops their aroma. We generally consider early additions of hops to be those that give the beer bitterness. Mid-stage additions can be said to grant more flavor to the beer, and late stage (near the end of the boil) almost universally gives the beer the nose and aromatics many of us love in something like an IPA. If you’re interested in learning more about the use of these amazing flowers in your beers, or to simply add to your be hundreds of pounds per brew. The

citrusy, or bitter beers persists. I would

own education, I’d recommend “For the

demand for consistent supply outstrips

surmise that over time, Mainers will

Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to

the available local market, and hops

take back to the fields as we once did,

Aroma, Bitterness, and the Culture of

can take a few years or better to

but instead of potatoes or lumber,

Hops” by Stan Hieronymus, or simply

truly mature. “There are, by my last

flowering plants become the hot

“How to Brew” by John Palmer. And,

count, only 27 acres of land in Maine

commodity in the state.

of course, I would always recommend

dedicated to hop production and some

Now, let’s talk about how to best

varieties of hops yield only 700-800

coax hops’ better natures into

pounds of hops per acre,” noted Barker.

your homebrew or at least better

It doesn’t take long for the math to

understand what is in your glass.

show that these hops, harvested in

First, I recognize that not every

the fall, are quickly scooped up by

homebrewer is a “hop head.” You

the market and organizing a regular

may not all seek out the tart, citrusy

supply-chain isn’t yet feasible.

notes in the nose, or the piney sharp

However, new hop yards are coming

element on the tongue, or even that

into the foreground across the state

bitter backbone in the throat. Some of

as people’s insatiable desire for floral,

my closest friends prefer rich, malt-

30 fall / winter 2018-2019

dropping by your local homebrewing supply store for more personal advice.

Matthew Brown is a Certified Beer Server, a member of the American Homebrewers Association, and recently studied brewing in Belgium. He lives and works in Portland.


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greater bangor

PHOTOS COURTESY OF GREATER BANGOR CVB & JENNY WEBBER PHOTOGRAPHY

In recent years, no part of the Maine brewery landscape has been more exciting than the Highland region. While the Queen City of Bangor and surrounding towns have long played second fiddle to the brewing scene in Southern Maine, an influx of talented brewers has seriously upped the area’s reputation. Now, while relaxing at a local beer bar like NOCTURNEM DRAFT HAUS, you can enjoy beer brewed by GEAGHAN BROTHERS, ORONO BREWING COMPANY, MASON’S BREWING, or a number of other Bangor-area brewers. Hardly also-rans, these beers handily compete for the title of Maine’s best brews.

tasting room directory NAME

CITY

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3 - 11

3 - 11

In Planning

FACEBOOK

207 Beer Company

Brewer

2 Feet Brewing

Bangor

12 - 6

Bangor Beer Company

Bangor

12 - 9

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 11

3 - 11

3 - 11

12 - 9

/bangorbeer

Black Bear Brewing Company (Pub)

Orono

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 12

3 - 12

2 - 12

/blackbearmicrobrew

Black Bear Brewing Company (Taproom)

Bangor

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 12

3 - 12

2 - 12

/blackbearmicrobrew

Blank Canvas Brewery

Brewer

4 -9

4 -9

4-9

/blankcanvasbrewery

Blaze Brewing Company

Camden

3-9

3-9

/blazebrewingcompany

Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company (Tasting Room/ Brewery)

Brewer

11 - 4

/geaghanbros

11 - 11

11 - 11

/207BeerCo

3-8

3-8

3-8

12 - 8

11 - 11

11 - 11

11 - 12

11 - 12

/2feetbrewery

Geaghan's Pub (Restaurant)

Bangor

Mainiacal Brewing Company

Bangor

Marsh Island Brewing

Orono

12 - 8

4 - 10

4 - 11

4 - 11

4 - 12

3 - 12

12 - 12

Mason's Brewing Company

Brewer

10:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 10

11:30 - 10

Orono Brewing Company

Orono

12 - 7

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 12

3 - 12

/oronobrewing

Orono Brewing Company - Downtown Bangor

Bangor

12 - 7

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 10

3 - 12

3 - 12

/oronobrewing

Sea Dog Brewing Company

Bangor

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

/seadogbangor

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11 - 11

3-9

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overloo The Humble Brown Ale is Poised for a Mighty Comeback

PHOTO BY DAVE PATTERSON

By Dave Patterson

34 fall / winter 2018-2019


oked While IPAs inspire wrap-around lines

brown ales exude a number of different

outside of breweries and sour ales

flavors: toasted cereal, sweet raisin,

bring beer lovers to Maine in droves,

roasted coffee, and milk chocolate.

the brown ale has become a forgotten

Unlike porters or stouts, brown ales

beer style. I mean, even the word

generally have a crisp ale finish from

“brown” inspires as much excitement

the use of American or English ale

as a pair of chino pants.

yeast.

I bet you’re so meh towards brown

Maine brewers are such a talented lot

ales that you even considered

that when they start making a style, I

not reading this article when you

take notice, even if it isn’t something

discovered it was focused solely on

that typically makes my palate tingle

browns. But it’s time to rethink your

with anticipation.

relationship with the modest brown ale. Over the past few years, Maine

The first Maine-brewed brown ale that caught my attention was the

brewers have begun releasing delectable

Burnside Brown from FOUNDATION

brown ales that highlight the vast

BREWING.

spectrum of flavors found inside this

Poured from a can, Burnside has an

malt-forward style of beer, causing me

opaque mocha hue. Putting my nose

to reconsider my own blasé stance on

right into the glass, I pick up nutty

brown ales. So, as the cold air of fall and

notes with hints of nutmeg. A swig of

winter approaches, let’s give props to

Burnside releases flavors of freshly

the oft-overlooked brown ale.

roasted coffee beans, subtle molasses,

Taking a deep dive into the world of

PHOTO COURTESY OF FOUNDATION BREWING.

Here’s a statement I’ve never heard in all my years of covering Maine beer: “I just love brown ales.”

Foundation Brewing’s Burnside has a mocha hue and hints of nutmeg.

and a delicate undercurrent of cocoa.

browns, you find it’s not an easy style

As the beer warms up, it releases bigger

to define. The brown ale is wedged

milk chocolate notes on the palate. Like

or coffee flavors, they will like

somewhere between amber ales and

any brown ale worth its weight in malt,

Burnside,” said John Bonney, co-owner

porters. They are generally, well, brown

Burnside has a beautiful finish of brown

of Foundation Brewing. “People who

in appearance, ranging from a golden

sugar and crisp ale yeast. Crushing a

sometimes find a full pint of a brown

hazel to deep walnut. Getting the bulk

few Burnsides by a fire this fall should

ale too sweet by the end of the glass

of their character from roasted malts,

be at the top of your priority list.

usually don’t have that problem with

“If someone likes darker chocolate

Burnside.”

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PHOTOS THIS PAGE BY DAVE PATTERSON

Bunker Brewing’s Libbytown Brown Ale is an expresso brown with notes of dark chocolate. At my local beverage store a few

The first words that come to mind

months ago, I spotted a four-pack of

when describing Libbytown Brown Ale

browns. Dry-hopped with American

Libbytown Brown Ale from BUNKER

are luscious and decadent. Descriptors

hops, Bangor Brown Ale from GEAGHAN

BREWING. Known for their artfully

I never imagined using for a brown ale.

BROTHERS BREWING will satisfy beer

crafted lagers and ales, such as the

Ever.

lovers looking for a hopped-up brown.

much-lauded Machine Czech Pils, I

Libbytown pours an espresso brown

boasts a number of other noteworthy

The new ownership at GEARY’S

knew I had to give Bunker’s brown ale

and emanates notes of dark chocolate

BREWING has released a brown ale lush

my attention. And damn if this beer

and subtle roasted malts. Swishing

with molasses notes and a clean finish.

didn’t wrap around my tongue like a

a gulp of this brown ale around my

And Samara Brown from Lone Pine

velour suit.

mouth releases traces of cocoa nibs

Brewing clocks in at seven percent,

and brown sugar. The real pièce de

brewed with coffee beans from Bard

something great about leaving the hops

résistance for this beer is its mouthfeel;

Coffee in Portland.

in the background and really letting

it is so creamy and silky that it borders

the malt character of a beer shine,”

on a stout feel on the tongue. But the

brown ale is kind of like that nerdy

said Bunker brewmaster and owner,

finish is all ale yeast and chocolate

girl in an ‘80s movie who takes off her

Chresten Sorenson, when asked what

milk. Libbytown is the kind of beer all

glasses and is suddenly transformed

inspired the addition of a brown ale to

browns should aspire to be.

into a total babe. As the winter months

“We all love IPAs but there’s

Bunker’s portfolio.

In addition to these fine brown ales from Foundation and Bunker, Maine

Maine brewers have shown that the

inspire you to seek malty brews, reach for one of Maine’s beautifully crafted brown ales to see what you’ve been missing.

writers wanted CONTACT: CONTENT@ACTIVITYMAINE.COM

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Dave Patterson is a novelist and freelance writer from Cape Elizabeth with a mighty thirst for craft beer.


PHOTO: THOMAS-JOHN VILLEUX, MAINE UAV

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tasting room directory NAME

CITY

Baxter Brewing Company

Lewiston

S

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Bear Bones Beer

Lewiston

Bigelow Brewing Company

Skowhegan

Cushnoc Brewing Co (Restaurant)

Augusta

11 - 10

Cushnoc Brewing Co (Tasting Room)

Augusta

12 - 5

Grateful Grain Brewing Company

Monmouth

12 - 4

Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Auburn

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery

Hallowell

11 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 9

Lost Valley Brewing Company

Auburn

Oak Pond Brewery

Skowhegan

Outland Farm Brewery

Pittsfield

Ricker's Hard Cider

Turner

Side By Each Brewing Company

Auburn

Two Gramps Brewing

Gardiner

Waterville Brewing Company

Waterville

12 - 6 11 - 10

11 - 10

3 - 5:30

3 - 5:30

11 - 6

11 - 6

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3-9

3-9

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4 - 10

4 - 10

4 - 10

4 - 10

/barebonesbeer

3–8

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/bigelowbrewingco

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

/cushnoc

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 10

12 - 10

/cushnoc

3:30 - 8

12 - 8

/gratefulgrainbrewing

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

/grittymcduffs

11:30 - 9

11:30 - 10

11:30 - 10

/theliberalcup

5 - 10

5 - 10

1 - 10

3 - 5:30

3 - 5:30

12:30 - 5:30

11 - 6

11 - 6

11 - 6

4-9

11 -10

11 - 10

/twogrampsbrewing

4-9

12 - 9

/therealwatervillebrewingcompany

3 - 5:30 Opening soon

11 - 6

11 - 6

4-9

4-9

/lostvalleybrewingco /oakpondbrewery /outlandfarmbrewery

Opening soon 12 - 7

FACEBOOK

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midcoast tasting room directory NAME

CITY

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Before heading out please check ahead to confirm hours.

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Bath Ale Works

Bath

Bath Brewing Company

Bath

Boothbay Craft Brewery

Boothbay

Flight Deck Brewing

Brunswick

12 - 7

Footbridge Brewery

Boothbay Harbor

In Planning

Lake St. George Brewing Company

Liberty

12 - 8

Liberty Craft Brewing

Liberty

11:30 - 8

Maine Mead Works

Rockland

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company

Belfast

11 - 4

Moderation Brewing Company

Brunswick

12 - 7

Monhegan Brewing Company (seasonal, May - Oct)

Monhegan

North Haven Brewing Company

North Haven

Odd Alewives Farm Brewery

Waldoboro

12 - 7

Oxbow Brewing Company

Newcastle

12 - 7

Penobscot Bay Brewery/Winterport Winery

Winterport

Rock Harbor Brewing Company (taproom)

Rockland

1-7

Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery

Rockland

11:30 - 11

11:30 - 11

Sasanoa Brewing

Westport Island

Sea Dog Brewing Company

Camden

11 - 12:30

Sea Dog Brewing Company

Topsham

10 - 1

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11 - 7

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 10

11 - 10

/bathbrewingcompany

12 - 4

12 - 4

12 - 4

12 - 4

12 - 4

/boothbaybrewery

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 9

12 - 9

/flightdeckbrewing /footbridgebrewery

12 - 8 11 - 7

12 - 8

12 - 8

12 - 9

12 - 9

/LakeSt.GeorgeBrewing

11:30 - 8

11:30 - 8

11:30 - 8

/libertycraftbrewing

11 - 7

11 - 7

11 - 7

11 - 7

11 - 7

/honeymakermead

11 - 4

11 - 4

11 - 4

11 - 4

11 - 4

2-9

2-9

12 - 10

12 - 10

/moderationbrewing /monheganbrewingcompany

4-7

4-7

4-6

/northhavenbrewing

3-8

3-8

12 - 8

/oddalewives

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 9

12 - 7

/oxbowbeer

11 - 5

11 - 5

11 - 5

11 - 5

11 - 5

2-7

2-7

2-7

1-7

11:30 - 11

11:30 - 11

11:30 - 11

11:30 - 11

11:30 - 11

/rockharbor.me

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

11 - 12:30

/seadogcamden

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

11 - 1

/seadogtopsham

12 - 7

In Planning

/rhbrewing

/sasanoabrewing 11 - 1

11 - 1

Varies (Call Ahead)

Varies (Call Ahead)

10:30 - 6

10:30 - 6

10:30 - 6

4-8

12 - 8

12 - 8

/thepourfarm

Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company

Whitefield

Ship City Brew Pub

Bath

Simplicity Brewing Co and Supplies

Warren

The Fat Friar's Meadery

Newcastle

The Pour Farm

Union

12 - 4

Threshers Brewing Company

Searsmont

12 - 7

3-7

3 - 10

3 - 10

12 - 10

/threshersbrewingco

Threshers Brewing Company

Searsmont

12/07/18

03/07/18

03/10/18

03/10/18

12/10/18

/threshersbrewingco

In Planning 11 - 5

12 - 6

/shipcitymaine

56 Crawfordsburn Lane • Union, Maine 207-785-0028 • thepourfarm.com

/simplicitybrewingco

12 - 5:30

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE POUR FARM

12 - 5:30

Brewery and Friendly, Rustic Tap Room Along Crawford Stream

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12 - 6

THE POUR FARM in Midcoast Maine opened in 2018, and is gearing up to grow hops and botanicals for the beer in 2019. The brewery features a three-barrel electric system, a friendly, rustic tap room, and a beer forest along Crawford Stream. The lakes and rivers of Union are a great place for kayaking, and the town also has wealth of local farms, wineries, and a distillery.


downeast

PHOTO BY CAREY KISH

In this stretch from Bucksport to Lubec, you'll find a mix of Maine's brewing originators and innovators. Mount Desert Island is home to Atlantic Brewing Company and Maine Coast Brewing Company, two of the oldest breweries in the state, while Airline Brewing Company, Lubec Brewing Company, and Strong Brewing Company have all opened in recent years.

By Josh Christie

tasting room directory NAME

CITY

Airline Brewing Company (Brewery)

Amherst

12 - 8

Airline Brewing Company (Pub)

Ellsworth

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

Bar Harbor

10 - 6

10 - 6

Atlantic Brewing Midtown (seasonal)

Bar Harbor

11 - 9

11 - 9

DeepWater Brewing Co (seasonal)

Blue Hill

Fogtown Brewing Company

Ellsworth

Atlantic Brewing Company (seasonal, Memorial Day - mid-October)

Jack Russell's Steakhouse & Brewery Bar Harbor

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12 - 8:30 4-9

Lubec Brewing Company

Lubec

Machias River Brewing Company

Machias

3-8

Strong Brewing Company

Sedgwick

12 - 7

4-9

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4 - 10

4 - 10

12 - 10

/airlinebrewingcompany

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

11 - 10

/airlinebrewingcompany

10 - 6

10 - 6

10 - 6

10 - 6

10 - 6

/atlanticbrewing

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 9

11 - 9

/atlanticbrewingmidtown

4:30 - 8

4:30 - 8

4:30 - 8

4:30 - 8

4:30 - 8

3 - 8:30

4 - 10:30

4 - 10:30

12 - 10:30

12 - 10:30

4-9

4-9

2 - 8:30 12 - 7

FACEBOOK

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12 - 7

4-9

4-9

4-9

2 - 8:30

2 - 8:30

2 - 8:30

4-1

4-1

4-1

4-1

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

12 - 7

/DeepWaterBrewingCo /fogtownbrewing /jackrussellssteakhouse

/strongbrewingcompany

AIRLINE BREWING COMPANY is a rural Maine brewery specializing in Britishstyle beers and Real Cask Ales. Airline Brewing is expanding its brewing system with a refurbishment of the rural Paul Bunyan furniture mill located on Route 9 in Amherst. Stop by and try a flight of beers and get a tour of the new system. The brewery serves the Downeast community of Maine and is located on the scenic Airline Rd (Route 9) in Amherst between Bangor and Canada. You can stop by the brewery tasting room and have a pint with the locals and take a growler out to camp. Or sample our full range of beers and tasty grub at our English Pub-themed tasting room in downtown Ellsworth, where people come to relax and socialize with friends, family, and strangers.

& BEV

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fogtown brewing Jon Stein and Ian Heyse turn a pipedream into reality

FOGTOWN BREWING COMPANY

25 PINE ST. (front door is the corner of Hancock & Elm St.) ELLSWORTH, ME 04605 (207) 370-0845 www.fogtownbrewing.com

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By Carey Kish


There’s an old brick warehouse on a neighborhood street two blocks from downtown Ellsworth that’s gotten a new lease on life, thanks to the vision and determination of Jon Stein and Ian Heyse, two longtime friends turned business partners, who opened Fogtown Brewing Company in January 2018. A storage waystation for railroad equipment, boats and lumber early on, the two-story building was a Greyhound bus

and biology. After graduation, both men worked

service facility in the 1940s, then a telephone

construction and a host of seasonal jobs,

parts warehouse, and later a print shop. For

and traveled extensively. Stein ended up

the last 20 years, it has languished, filled to

in Christchurch, New Zealand working at a

the rafters with storage. Today, you can belly

brewery. He swabbed the decks and cleaned

up to the beautiful wood-topped bar or relax

kegs before moving into brewing and bottling

at the picnic tables and enjoy a great menu

and getting hooked on the business. A couple

of craft brews.

years ago, he ended up on the Maine coast

“We spent 21⁄2 months cleaning up the place and moving stuff out, then another

PHOTOS BY CAREY KISH

biochemistry, while Heyse studied ecology

helping Heyse with a building project. “We talked about our shared pipedream

year and a half designing and building the

of brewing,” Stein said. Soon enough, the

new interior,” said Stein. “We did a lot of the

two settled on Ellsworth, which they both

work ourselves, the timber framing, drywall

agreed was “a great town for a brewery.” Town

and such, but we had plenty of help from

officials were excited about the idea and

friends too, and hired professionals to do the

provided much-needed assistance in turning

plumbing and electric.”

the proposal into reality.

Stein and Heyse are enthusiastically

On nice days the big garage door is hoisted

brewing a variety of different styles, and

up and you can sit outside on the street front

with a dozen taps, there’s always something

patio. Indoors, it’s a rustic living room of

new to sample. Opening in the depths of

sorts, a comfortable space with warm lighting

winter gave the pair some time to ease into

that’s welcoming to locals and visitors alike.

the operation, to talk at length with local

Eclectic music plays in the background, but

patrons, to see what kinds of beer they

you won’t find a television or Wi-Fi. There’s

enjoyed, and then add those to the mix.

live local music on occasion, and a regular

The popular favorites include the Maine Coast session IPA, the kettle-soured Yellow Submarine, a Maine pilsner known as Foglight,

round of food trucks for sustenance, in addition to the popular popcorn machine. “It’s family friendly place where you can try

the Night Nurse chocolate stout, and Clockwork,

a new brew, talk about beer and meet other

a blood orange and grapefruit IPA.

people,” noted Stein. By the way, the name

There’s also an amber rye, a Belgian IPA,

Fogtown? It’s from a poem that captured the

a farmhouse IPA, and a brew made with

imagination of both guys. “It provides a sense

Thai chilies, lime and coconut, among

of place that people can connect with.”

other interesting offerings on an everchanging list. Stein grew up in Pennsylvania and has been homebrewing since high school. Heyse spent his youth in the Ellsworth

Carey Kish of Mt. Desert Island is an avid beer drinker, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, and author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast.

area before heading west to attend Colorado College, where he met Stein and became friends. Stein majored in

& BEV

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Atlantic Brewing Co

2019 Visitbarharbor.com Grab your mittens and hats, it is time to get outside and have a beer with us at the fourth Annual BAR HARBOR WINTER BEER FEST! Come celebrate Downeast Maine’s craft beer scene outside at Atlantic Brewing Company. There will be warming stations to keep you toasty warm while you work your way through all the craft beer samples. Get your blood and adrenaline pumping by joining in on the keg stacking relay and cornhole games. There will also be food and live music. For more information and a list of brewers, go to visitbarharbor.com.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF BAR HARBOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

PHOTO_CAREY KISH

Bar Harbor

January 19, 2019

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hikes &

PHOTOS: CAREY KISH

brews

By Carey Kish

aroostook

EXPANSIVE AROOSTOOK COUNTY FEATURES GREAT HIKES AND FINE CRAFT BREWS

Aroostook County is known as the “Crown of Maine” for its

resources

vast area of 6,830 square miles across the northern part of the state, an area larger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. Expansive forestlands, scattered mountains, sparkling lakes, pristine rivers and verdant farmlands of potatoes and broccoli characterize this tranquil, picturesque region. The scenic Aroostook landscape is home to many miles of pleasant trails suited for hikers of every interest and

HIKE

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ability level. The County also features two fine brew pubs for quenching your post-hike thirst in the company of friendly local folks. Pair a couple of fun hikes with some good craft beer (recommendations below) and you’ve got a recipe for great weekend road trip adventure. Traveling on I-95 north of Bangor, be sure to pull off for the fabulous vista of majestic Katahdin en route (watch for signs). From Houlton, continue on U.S. Route 1 into the heart of the County, following the planets of the solar system, fun, roadside three-dimensional scale models from Pluto to the Sun, for the next 40 miles. In busy Presque Isle, grab a bite, then continue on to Caribou and Route 163, right to Russell’s Motel, where innkeeper Donna Murchison will take real good care of you. The place

Northern Maine Brewing co-owner Chris Bell shows off his Austrian Fleck's Brauhaus Technik brewing system

is squeaky clean and quiet, with beautiful blue quilts on the beds handmade by Donna’s mom. Before hitting the trail in the morning, head downtown to the popular Reno’s Restaurant for breakfast.

Arookstook National Wildlife Refuge and Northern Maine Brewing Company Five miles of colored-coded footpaths crisscross the Greenlaw Brook unit of the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, 7,750 A flight of Northern Maine Brewing Company beers

acres that were once part of the former Loring Air Force Base. & BEV

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drinkable beers. The flagship beer is the

Born out of the Old Potato House

Maine Logger, a clean, crisp Pilsen-style

Brew Gang and a dream of starting a

lager, while the Farmer’s IPA is a great

brewery, five friends opened FIRST MILE

entry-level IPA. The stylish restaurant

BREWING COMPANY on U.S. Route 1 in

features top-notch food, from pub fare

Fort Kent on Thanksgiving weekend

to plated specialties.

in 2017. The tasting room has a rusticindustrial look and feel, with reclaimed

Fort Kent Trails and First Mile Brewing Company

hardwood from the basement grain bins, stainless steel fixtures (TIG-

The pretty village of Fort Kent on the

welded by the head brewer), and a

border with New Brunswick, Canada

beautiful granite bar top. Eight taps

features a sweet four-mile system

feature something refreshing for

of trails that wend through some

everybody, from Something Wit, a

surprisingly wild sections of town.

Belgian witbier, to First Snow, a New

Start at the granite marker denoting

England-style double IPA, to the

the first mile U.S. Route 1 (it extends

Backwoods Amber Ale. Three local

2,369 miles to Key West, Florida) and

restaurants deliver to the pub when

make your way along the scenic St.

the munchies strike.

John and Fish rivers via greenways and parks. En route, pass the historical

Co-owner Travis Jandreau serves up a flight of First Mile brews

blockhouse, a remnant of the bloodless 1839 boundary skirmish between Great

Start at the trailhead (kiosk and map)

Britain and the U.S., known as the

on West Gate Road in Limestone, which

Aroostook War. Complete the fun loop

diverges from Route 89 just over the

hike with a stroll along the multi-use

Caribou line. Combine all or portions

St. John Valley Heritage Trail.

Carey Kish of Mt. Desert Island is an avid beer drinker, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, and author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast.

of the 13 Beaver, Loop, Powerline and Spruce Hill trails and the Swamp Road for a lollipop circuit of about four miles. Chapman Pond, Greenlaw Brook and Lost Pond are the scenic highlights en route. At the south end of Caribou, near the junction of U.S. Route 1 and Route 163, is Northern Maine Brewing Company. Established in 2016, the brewpub has become a destination, changing beer palates in the region one pint at a time. The brewery uses a semi-automated Austrian brewing system to craft a

Fort Kent Riverside Trails start at the start of US Route 1 in Fort Kent

consistent, quality product line of very

the county

tasting room directory NAME

CITY

First Mile Brewing Company

Fort Kent

Naughty Donkey Brewing Company

Houlton

Northern Maine Brewing Company

Caribou

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3:30 - 9

3:30 - 9

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In Planning

4-8

4-9

FACEBOOK /firstmilebrewing /shiretownbrewing

4-9

4-9

4-9

/NorthernMaineBrewingCompany


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