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Hooray for Bray’s!

Originally published in the October 2017 issue of The Bollard When Bray’s Brewpub, in Naples, was listed for sale in a small advertisement in the April 2014 issue of Ale Street News, many feared it was a sign of the demise ...

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Into The Woods

Walk into a modern American or European brewery for a tour and you’ll most likely encounter towering steel tanks and a maze of shiny pipes glistening with condensation. For most commercial brewers, the brewing process begins and ends in these ...

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Bring it On Home

Finding local craft beer to take home in Portland seems simple — just go to one of the bottle shops that carry Maine micros. Bier Cellar (299 Forest Ave.) has a highly knowledgeable staff who’ll help you navigate their curated ...

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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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