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Ain’t No Party Like a Craft Beer Party

You’ve dragged your patio furniture out of the shed, dusted off the umbrella, and now you want to throw a party. Maybe it’s a barbeque. Maybe it’s tacos and a rousing round of Cards Against Humanity. Craft beer is a ...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Buttery

Originally published in the April edition of The Bollard. As we begin the annual ramp-up toward the busy summer season in Maine, there are a few issues on the tasting-room table that warrant some attention… The Good This summer will ...

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Beer Festivals in Maine – Summer Edition

An attempt to collect information about beer festivals happening in Maine in summer 2017 (May-August) all in one post. Am I missing something? Let me know in the comments. Last updated: April 4, 2017 MAY Black Fly Brewfest May 20, ...

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Surrender to the Dark Side

Porters and stouts are polarizing. Start talking about a craft beer made in those styles and you’ll likely hear one of two responses: “Does it taste like Guinness?” or “I don’t really like dark beers.” The post Surrender to the ...

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

I am used to getting asked questions about the best breweries to visit in Portland, but lately I’ve fielded a few unexpected inquiries that had a common theme: “Where are the best family-friendly tap and tasting rooms?” The post You’ve ...

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2017: In like a lion, out like a… lambic?

One of the benefits of having nearly 90 breweries in Maine is that you can, at least in theory, satisfy a craving for any beer style without leaving the state. This maturing, critical mass of breweries is also large enough ...

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The Beer Babe’s Best – 2016 (The Bollard)

Regardless of your feelings about 2016, we can all savor the fact that it was an incredible year for Maine craft beer. The post The Beer Babe’s Best – 2016 (The Bollard) appeared first on Carla Jean Lauter. Carla Jean ...

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Taste Blind, and Now You’ll See

You’ll be amazed by what’s revealed when you stop looking and start tasting. The post Taste Blind, and Now You’ll See appeared first on Carla Jean Lauter. Carla Jean Lauter

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Smashing Pumpkins

Originally published in the September issue of The Bollard You’ve done it, beer fans! You’ve survived “peak pumpkin spice.” Last year may be remembered as the apex of an obsession that manifested itself in everything from pumpkin spice lattes to ...

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