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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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Maine. Yes, Beer’s Good Here.

Portland Beer Week, happening Nov. 1-7, is a celebration of the state’s beer scene, a collection of events designed to showcase the best brews, encourage experimentation and collaboration, and rekindle the camaraderie local craft brewers famously share. There are opportunities ...

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Finding great fall beer — without the P-word

How do you mark the change of seasons into fall? Do you order pumpkin-spiced lattés and put your favorite sweater back on? Or do you curse every time you see a new pumpkin-flavored product cross your path? Many of my ...

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The Session #104 – Don’t Stop The Music

  I’m starting with a plea: Please, if it doesn’t have to end, don’t stop The Session.  The Session has been in existence as long as I’ve been a beer blogger, and has provided me with points of view and access ...

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Am. Pale on Brett by Akasha – Review

Final Word:  Akasha Brewing Co. is still in its infancy as a business (they don’t have official operating hours yet), but what I tasted at a temporary opening was evidence of practiced hands, like musicians who have spent decades with ...

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