Wednesday August 21, 2013 | 06:17 PM
Hoppy Happenings is a weekly segment that will be posted on every Wednesday to provide brief updates on the Maine craft beer scene and news.
Gneiss Brewing (pronounced like "nice") is a brewery in planning located in Limerick, and takes its name from a geology term describing a metamorphic rock. According to their Facebook page, they've recently taken delivery of new brewing equipment which puts them one step closer towards their goal of opening in late fall of this year. They describe themselves as a German-style Weizen Brauerei that plans to use many ingredients grown at the farm property where the brewery is located. Those look like some "gneiss" hops, they've got there. Can't wait to taste some of their beer.
Foundation Brewing, another brewery in planning, this time right here in Portland, has just ordered their equipment and put in their application to the Tax and Trade Bureau, a crucial step. Foundation will be operating at the Industrial Way complex - that has birthed other greats like Rising Tide and Maine Beer Company. They hope to open sometime "later this year." When opening a brewery, paperwork can be half of the battle, so I wish them lots of luck!
Shipyard Brewing has announced the addition of a Mint Chocolate Stout to the line of Pugsley Signature Series Beers, starting in November. It is described as "a dark, silky beer with aromas of chocolate and licorice," with "notes of chocolate and coffee upfront followed by a subtle spearmint finish." I'm a little intrigued by the spearmint and not peppermint used to add the mint flavoring. I think balance will be key with this one, as I've found that even a tiny amount mint can sometimes overwhelm the earthiness of even a rich, dark beer. I'll be curious to try it, for sure.
Peak Organic Brewing has teased fans with a picture of the newest beer in their lineup - Fresh Cut. Sporting a clean, modern label, this beer is slated to be a dry-hopped pilsner. There is very little information out about this, but there are teasers and a few spots in NYC where it's been seen on tap. I'm hoping that it'll make its way up to us as well, it sounds pretty refreshing.
In other news, Funky Bow Brewing
has been quite successful in its efforts to sell shares of its CSB (Community Supported Beer) program. There are less than fifteen shares remaining, providing the father-and-son team with enough additional capital to make a few updates to their equipment and tasting room as they continue to brew. You can read more about this effort here
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