Participate in the Joy that is the Maine Madness Beer Tournament

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

Watch out, Heady Topper, Maine Beer Company Shows Us It’s Time For Dinner

I'm on a journey to drink them all.  And on this journey, I've drank a lot of them.  Heady.  Pliny.  (The Elder, not the Younger.  Yet.)  Double Sunshine.  Hill Farmstead Abner.  Zombie Dust.  90 Minute.  60 Minute.  Smutty.  Lunch. On this path to IPA enlightenment, I've tasted greatness.  So strap in tight and hold on … Continue reading Watch out, Heady Topper, Maine Beer Company Shows Us It’s Time For Dinner

Letter to the University of Southern Maine: Save the Stone House!

(Note: this is a letter I sent to the University of Southern Maine to urge them to keep the Stone House.  This is a house in Wolf's Neck in Freeport overlooking the ocean.  The property is used by the Stonecoast writing program where I received my MFA.  The school is considering selling this piece of … Continue reading Letter to the University of Southern Maine: Save the Stone House!

Concert Review: Avett Brothers at the Cumberland County Civic Center (3.3.14)

It wasn't until I saw the Avett Brothers live that I understood the big fuss surrounding this stripped-down roots band.  The recorded songs I liked from 2009's I and You and Love I attributed to Rick Rubin's studio wizardry, not to the magic of two North Carolinian brothers. After giving a good vinyl listen to … Continue reading Concert Review: Avett Brothers at the Cumberland County Civic Center (3.3.14)

Rising Tide Brewing Company Teaches Us How to Truly Drink Responsibly

For a long time, I've wanted to write about Rising Tide Brewing Company's Zephyr.  It's an autonomous IPA, a true original in our beer-scape of citrusy West Coast knockoffs.  It tastes more of pears than grapefruit or pine.  It hits the pallet with something unique. But I have something more pressing on my mind.  Something … Continue reading Rising Tide Brewing Company Teaches Us How to Truly Drink Responsibly

Maine Beer Company’s Lunch is the Best Beer in Maine

Yeah, bold title, but it's true.  Maine Beer Company's Lunch is the best tasting beer in the great state of Maine.  And that's saying something in a state that boasts a deluge of world class brews. The new hip beer on the scene is the sweet/sour, yeasty saison.  In Maine, craft beer disciples are gushing … Continue reading Maine Beer Company’s Lunch is the Best Beer in Maine

A Disturbance in Frenchville, Maine: Part II

Herman and his friend make the journey back to Herman's camp a week after the first disturbance.  During the seven hour trek of driving up 95, four-wheeling narrow logging roads, and hiking the final two miles, Herman and his friend speculate endlessly about what threw the boulder at their canoe. "A hermit," Herman says. "A … Continue reading A Disturbance in Frenchville, Maine: Part II