Sunday, December 8, 2013
Hoppy Happenings is a weekly segment providing brief updates on the Maine craft beer scene and news.
When the leaves are bright and the frost comes out, I start looking for darker beers to warm me up and protect me from winter's oncoming chill. One of my favorite winter seasonal beers is Rising Tide Brewing - Ursa Minor - a wheat stout that is returning to the lineup this week. On Thursday night, Andy's Old Port Pub will be hosting a Rising Tide Pint Night (5:30 - 7:30) where you can meet the brewers, order pints of Rising Tide beer and get samples of Ursa Minor.
Vermont-based brewers Lawson's Finest Liquids and Otter Creek Brewing have been brewing excellent beers for years in Vermont, and many have made the pilgrimage to the green mountain state to bring home some of their tasty creations. If you want a chance to get some closer to home - here is your first chance. Friday at LFK, there will be tapping "Double Dose IPA" which is a collaboration between Otter Creek Brewing and Lawson's Finest Liquids. This double IPA (8.5% ABV) is a blend of both brewer's house ale yeasts, water from both brewery locations, local barley as well as a "double dose" of hops including some that were grown in Vermont. The brew starts flowing at 5pm on Friday.
A big welcome to Gneiss Brewing who will start officially selling their beer at their brewery in Limerick on Friday from 2-7pm. Can't wait until Friday? The beer is also on tap at the Springvale Publick House starting on Thursday, as well as at Woody's in Waterboro, Mulligan's Tavern at Providence Lake Golf Course and the Cornish Inn. The Gneiss Weiss that will be pouring will be their flagship - so I know at least I am very excited to get a chance to try it.
Allagash Brewing Company will be releasing their latest in the 'coolship' series of beers on Tuesday, October 15. Coolship Resurgam will be on sale at the brewery only, with a 4 bottle limit (double the typical 2 bottle limit). These spontaneously fermented beers are brewed in an open vat called a "koelship" or "coolship" (below) and tend to have layers of complex tartness and unique characteristics from the wild yeasts.
This week is the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, CO - the largest and probably the most important beer festival in the U.S. In addition to the festival, there are competitions for best beer in their respective styles and awards for breweries as well. Marshall Wharf Brewing and Shipyard Brewing will be representing Maine, so best of luck, brewers!
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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.