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

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

Fenix Theatre Co. Brings Shakespeare Back To The People

Quick refresher of what your high school English teacher taught you.  Shakespeare's plays were performed in daylight.  The common folk attended the plays and spent much of the performance eating, drinking, talking, and waiting for one of the Great Bard's dirty jokes -- of which there were always plenty.  In Elizabethan England high theater would … Continue reading Fenix Theatre Co. Brings Shakespeare Back To The People

Concert Review: The Moth Main Stage Event at the State Theater (6.6.13)

The Moth is a storytelling godsend.  For those who haven't listened to The Moth Radio Hour on NPR (Sunday nights at 7 on MPBN), here's how The Moth works: a storyteller takes the stage without any notes and tells a true story for ten minutes or less.  Other than that, there aren't any rules.  Their … Continue reading Concert Review: The Moth Main Stage Event at the State Theater (6.6.13)

Concert Review: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Reach New Heights

If you've found yourself on my blog before, then you most likely read the post where I gush over Josh Ritter.  Gush might be too minor a word.  Lyrically, the guy can ne'er do wrong in my ears.  I'm even willing to let slide the occasional musical shortcoming because atop that shortcoming is usually a … Continue reading Concert Review: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Reach New Heights