Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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.
Brewery-to-be Austin Street Brewery has just signed a lease for a space at 1 Industrial Way in Portland. This location is proving to be a popular brewery nursery - and will join Bissell Brothers and Foundation Brewing in the complex. Austin Street plans to brew small batch beer, and have just purchased a new 1 bbl brewing setup to start with.
Rising Tide has resurrected Calcutta Cutter, an imperial IPA brewed in a small 7bbl batch back in the spring. Available in small quantities of bottles and draughts, look for the red bottles. Your best bet to get it is to head to the brewery or tasting room itself. It is also available for growler fills if a bottle isn't enough to satisfy your need for hops.
Speaking of hops, there's another chance to dive into fresh hops at Sebago Brewing Company this weekend. On Saturday Sebago is hosting a Hop Picking Party starting at 9:00am at the production brewery in Gorham (48 Sanford Drive). If the aroma isn't enough for you, there's also the promise of "super fresh beers and lunch" to thank the laborers for their hoppy help.
Funky Bow Brewing has teased on their Facebook page that they'll be releasing their F-Hole Smoked Autumn Rye this week. Described as having "20% rye and caramel malts" it is reportedly going to be an "all Chinook hopped beer" and features "a bit of smokiness."
Tonight author John Holl will be at Gritty McDuff's for a book signing in promotion of his latest book. The American Craft Beer Cookbook is a collection of recipes from breweries and craft beer hotspots across the U.S., and includes heir pairing suggestions with every recipe. Holl will be at Gritty's downtown Portland location starting at 5pm.
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Carla Companion is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog thebeerbabe.com in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since.
In her blog, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in Maine, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around.
Carla can be contacted at askthebeerbabe [at] gmail.com or on twitter at @beerbabe.