Sunday, December 8, 2013
Hoppy Happenings is a weekly segment providing brief updates on the Maine craft beer scene and news.
If you're looking for something to do on Friday night that's a little outside of the ordinary, head over to East Bayside and show up at Bunker Brewing Company around 9pm. They're having a "Funk the Bunk" night of music and beer, featuring DJ Hi-Duke. Bunker Brewing Company has put themselves on the Portland brewery scene in a way that other breweries have not - by becoming an occasionally late-night hangout spot where good beer, food and tunes can be spun. Should be a great night to look at the stars and drink local beer.
Also beginning on Friday and continuing through Saturday is Cask at Novare Res Bier Cafe. If you are a fan of casked beer of any kind (traditional, sour, funky, experimental) you should probably spend your weekend hanging out at Novare Res. Maine's largest cask festival will feature more than 40 cask-conditioned beers from around the world. A full list won't be available before the event, but a few of the leaked casks on the list include some rare Allagash Brewing Company sours and other small batch beers from local and international breweries.
On Saturday, Rising Tide Brewing will be releasing their latest barrel-aged project, Figue. The beer is a saision aged in cabernet barrels, aged with figs and honey. From 12:00-7:00pm the beer will be available at the brewery to taste and by the bottle ($8 for the 375 ml). There will also be fig truffles on hand from La Creme Chocolat. Having had some inspired and divine La Creme Chocolat beer and chocolate pairings before, I'd recommend that you seek them out if you stop by for the release.
Teamwork is a wonderful (often tasty) thing. Oxbow Brewing Company will be releasing their latest beer, Stillbow Oxtisanal which is the product of a collaboration between Oxbow and Stillwater Artisanal Ales out of Maryland and according to the release party flyer, the partnership "represents what we both hold sacred in artisanal beer production: quality, creativity and patience." Having tried many beers from both breweries I can confirm that they are on the same wavelength, and this should be a treat. The beer is a blonde saison with Brettanomyces yeast, aged for 20 months in Maine Blueberry wine barrels. This 6.5 % ABV beer will be released at the brewery in Newcastle from 12:00 - 5:00pm on Saturday, October 5th. As a bonus, there will be tacos from Hella Good Tacos and brewers Brian & Tim will be acting as DJs for the event.
An event a little further down the road to jump on is Maine Beer Company's first "Do What's Right Night." Maine Beer Company has lived up to this motto, printed on each of their beers, by donating a portion of all their beer sales to specific charities. This event will be a benefit for the Freeport Conservation Trust, an organization with the goal of conserving and connecting land in the Freeport area. The extremely limited event (25 tickets total) will feature a meet and greet with the owners and brewers, a tour of the Freeport brewery, snacks, and fresh Maine Beer Company beers included in the ticket price. For $50 you can enjoy the evening and know that 100% of the ticket price is going to the Trust. Tickets will be sold in the tasting room in Freeport, or can be purchased by phone (207-221-5711). Because this is in the middle of Portland Craft Beer Week, it is sure to be a hot ticket, so you may want to get in on this as early as you can.
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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.
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