Here is a comment a reader recently left on my post 'Always Remember, It's Just Beer.' In my post, I lament the oft nauseating approach some beer drinkers take to craft beer. There is a reverence given to certain bottles and cans of beer that makes us forget that it's just friggin' beer. I, too, … Continue reading A Reader Demands that We Stop Being Beer Elitists
You've seen the green school bus driving through Portland's Old Port. I know you have. You've watched people board this bus and thought, "What is that? What kind of magical place are those people going to?" And if you're a local, you've probably let the thought pass like a cumulus cloud floating through a summer's … Continue reading Let The Maine Brew Bus Drive You To Maine Beer Bliss
Two weeks, 64 beers, and 1,524 votes later, we have our 2014 Maine Madness Beer Tournament Champion: Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale. MITA received 76% of yesterday's vote, giving it a landslide victory over Allagash Curieux, a mighty, mighty opponent. Rising Tide fans got out the vote and made it happen for this tasty, … Continue reading Final Results and Analysis of the Maine Madness Beer Tournament
Someone commented after yesterday's Elite Eight round that they felt like a traitor voting against any of the remaining beers. But voters steeled themselves and made the hard choices, and we have our Final Four Lineup: Maine Beer Company Peeper (2) vs. Allagash Curieux (9) Maine Beer Company Lunch (1) vs. Rising Tide Brewing Maine … Continue reading Results and Analysis of the Elite Eight
The Final Round of 64 of the Maine Madness Beer Tournament played out on Friday, and it was a burner. The Maine IPA round saw a record number of votes; so many, in fact, we had to close voting early. This state loves their IPA's! (Click here to view full updated bracket.) One of the … Continue reading Results and Analysis of Round One: Maine IPA’s
Rationale After a year of writing a beer blog and drinking my way through New England, it occurred to me that the great state of Maine is fertile with good beer right now. And it's only getting stronger with new breweries opening up every week. So when I saw the NCAA Men's Basketball bracket, I … Continue reading Participate in the Joy that is the Maine Madness Beer Tournament
No world class beer comes without a storied journey. Whether it's a Pliny the Elder being smuggled to the east coast in a suitcase, a trip to the heart of Vermont's North East Kingdom for a taste of Hill Farmstead Abner, or a well-packaged six-pack of Zombie Dust arriving in the mail, getting your mitts … Continue reading Lawson’s Double Sunshine IPA Completes the Holy Trinity of Vermont Beers
I spot it in the cooler next to the other Lagunitas beers. I've heard of this seasonal brew from the California beer company, but I've never tossed one down my grocery hole. I place a six pack on the counter, pay, and race home to try the legendary Lagunitas Sucks. I pry open the lid, … Continue reading Lagunitas Sucks! Lagunitas Sucks!