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Coming Soon: Maine-Made Coasters for your Craft Brews

Have you ever taken a moment to consider the importance of the beer coaster? The paperboard circles are ubiquitous, found at both the swankiest craft beer bars and the lowliest dives. Not purely for decoration, their fibers are absorbent, they ...

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Something for Everyone at Foulmouthed Brewing

A regular task that is both fun and gut-wrenching is to be asked by someone from out of town where they should go for beer in Portland, followed by the comment that they’ll only have a day (or less!) to ...

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Beers of Future Past

When I moved to the Brunswick area, I didn’t think I’d ever write a piece about its craft beer scene. While a few passionate restaurateurs were going out of their way to offer great craft beer, few other businesses saw ...

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Not Your Father’s IPA

There are over a hundred distinct styles of beer, but their popularity is not evenly distributed. The vast majority of craft beer sold in the United States is either a pale ale or an India pale ale (IPA). These bitter ...

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Best of ’17

An annual review of Maine beer! The post Best of ’17 appeared first on Carla Jean Lauter. Carla Jean Lauter

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Raising the Twitforks

Today, for the first time, I ran into the idea that there are groups of people?—?and I was called out as one of them?—?that lead Twitter “mobs” to “attack” breweries on their social media accounts. This phenomenon was described as ...

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’Scuse Me While I Kiss the Rye

Of the four primary ingredients in beer — malt, hops, yeast and water — the selection of malts is probably the least understood by beer drinkers. It’s relatively easy to distinguish the effects of various hop varieties in juicy IPAs, ...

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The Freshmen Thirteen

Augusta. Kittery. Bridgton. Ellsworth. Machias. These places have something in common: their first brewery recently opened. In fact, over a dozen breweries have opened in Maine since last November, and only one (Ebenezer’s Brewpub, in Brunswick) has closed. This rate ...

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Born on the Kennebec: Impressions at Cushnoc

My GPS became agitated as I approached the riverfront. It couldn’t seem to decide whether I’d already passed my supposed destination or if I should continue further. As I circled the block, nearly turning the wrong way down a one-way ...

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