Cuvee d’ Industrial (Allagash Brewing Company)

Style: Blended American Wild Ale 7.5% ABV From: Portland, ME Brewery’s Note: “Cuvee d’ Industrial is comprised of a blend of select barrels from our wild beer cellar. The barrels chosen for this blend were selected based on the specific unique characteristics that each brought to the blend. The various components range in age from 1-5 years and were aged in a mix of American … Continue reading Cuvee d’ Industrial (Allagash Brewing Company)

New England Brewery Series: Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, ME)

A couple of weekends ago, just before The Festival (see my review here) my girlfriend and I visited the venerable, funky, and scenic Allagash Brewing Company.  Allagash’s brewery is located a short drive outside the city of Portland, ME in a nice little industrial zone with a good amount of forest cropping up around them.  The brewery is made up of a fair amount of … Continue reading New England Brewery Series: Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, ME)

2013 The Festival – Portland, Maine

Last Saturday I attended The Festival in Portland, Maine, and had one hell of a time.  For those unaware, The Festival is hosted by the Shelton Brothers and 12% Imports, two major importers of fine beers from around the world, including Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, de Struise, etc…  The Festival showcases beers, ciders, and meads from small artisanal makers around the world, many of which are hard to … Continue reading 2013 The Festival – Portland, Maine

New England Brewery Series: Oxbow Brewing Company (Newcastle, ME)

Last Saturday my girlfriend and I had the pleasure of visiting Oxbow Brewing Company in New Castle, Maine with our friend.  The first thing you notice about Oxbow as you pull into their driveway is that they are kind of off the map, and tucked into a beautiful shady patch of woods.  The tasting room’s buidling greets you as you drive into the brewery’s parking … Continue reading New England Brewery Series: Oxbow Brewing Company (Newcastle, ME)

Daymark (Rising Tide Brewing Company)

Style: Rye American Pale Ale 5.5% ABV From: Portland, ME Brewer’s Note: “Chart a new course with Daymark as your guide. We start with a classic, clean and crisp American pale ale brewed with spicy Columbus and Centennial hops. Then we accent the grain bill with rye grown on small local family farms right here in Maine and malted to our specifications at Valley Malts, … Continue reading Daymark (Rising Tide Brewing Company)

Lil One (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Strong Ale (It’s really just a Double IPA…) 9.1% ABV O.G.: 1.080 Malt:  American 2-Row, Marris Otter, Victory, Carapils, Caramel 80, Midnight Wheat Hops: Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, Falconer’s Flight Brewer’s Note: “Some may call this a malty double IPA, some a hoppy barley wine.  We prefer that it not be classified.  We think of it, simply, as our strong winter ale.  Intense hop … Continue reading Lil One (Maine Beer Company)

King Titus (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Porter 7.5% ABV Color – Dark Chocolate O.G. – 1.078 Malt – American 2-Row, Caramel 40L, Caramel 80L, Munich 10L, Chocolate, Roasted Wheat, Flaked Oats Hops – Centennial, Columbus Bottled On: 10/27/12 Batch #2 Brewer’s Notes: “Our take on an American robust porter.  Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.” “Titus was a wonderful bold silverback gorilla that led with his … Continue reading King Titus (Maine Beer Company)

Lunch (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American IPA 7.0% ABV Color – Orange O.G. – 1.061 Malt – American 2-Row, CaraPils, Caramel 40L, Munich 10L, Red Wheat Hops – Warrior, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe   This beer’s label is another example of minimalism from the Maine Beer Company.  The whale’s back is a little interpretive as the graphic on this bottle, and I honestly didn’t recognize it was that until I … Continue reading Lunch (Maine Beer Company)

Zoe (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Amber/ Red Ale 7.2% ABV Bottled On: 05/31/2012 This bottle is minimalism at its most perfect.  From the thick recyclable paper of the label to the simple childish smiley face and the very plain font and black and purple letters, this bottle says a lot with very little.  I love how environmentally conscious this company is, as it makes me feel even better … Continue reading Zoe (Maine Beer Company)