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Rolling on the River

The inspiration to build a brewery commonly strikes while people are drinking beer. In the case of Dirigo Brewing Company, the seeds of partnership and possibility presented themselves during an appointment for a new set of tires. Last year, Mark ...

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Dank IPA – Bluegrass Brewing Co. – Review

This week I picked up a howler of Dank IPA at the BBC in St Matthews, the oldest current brewery in the city (and state). I spoke with head brewer David Pierce about the beer. He said he was shooting ...

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48 Hours in Portland Maine

Despite being the historic home of Neal Dow, the father of the Prohibition statute known as The Maine Law, Portland, Maine, is far from being dry today. There are now nearly a dozen breweries in the immediate Portland area, and ...

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Death by a Thousand Cups

A bartender’s hand slips off a freshly washed pint glass that falls to the floor with a crash. The sound of its destruction triggers cringes from patrons, some uttering small groans of disapproval. The expense of replacing a pint glass ...

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I’ve Got My Beer To Keep Me Warm

There will always be a place in my heart for high-strength beers and an ideal time to enjoy them: in the darkness of winter in Maine. I first discovered the warming power of alcohol when my grandmother splashed a tiny ...

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Palate Experiment: IPA-free January

Living in the land of Lunch, Calcutta Cutter, Epiphany, and Swish, it’s far too easy to end up drinking hoppy beers by default – and I’m beginning to worry that my hoppy “habit” is causing me to miss some of the ...

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The Beer Babe’s Best – 2015 (The Bollard)

“What’s your favorite beer?” is the most loaded question a beer writer can be asked. I view it as highly conditional. Do you mean the beer I most like to sit on my porch and sip? The beer I’d drink to ...

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Ale-Soaked Apple Pie

Ale-Soaked Apple Pie It took me far too long to combine two of my favorite culinary loves: beer and pie – but now that I have, I wanted to share this recipe with you. This recipe – modified from my ...

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Najaar Winter Saison by Monnik – Review

Final Word: Najaar (Dutch for autumn) is a winter saison from the soon-to-be-open Monnik Brewing Co. in the Schnitzelburg area of Louisville. Saisons are one of brewer Scott Hand’s specialties/favorites, and having been pleased with his true-to-style and ginger versions, ...

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Can Women Be Heard In a Bar?

Whenever I am asked about being a woman in the “male-dominated beer industry” I always get the sense that the person asking the question is waiting for me to respond with a story featuring an egregious act of discrimination based ...

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