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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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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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