Friday, December 13, 2013
Hoppy Happenings is a weekly segment providing brief updates on the Maine craft beer scene and news.
Fall is not just a time for pumpkin beer, but is also the season for ciders. Novare Res Bier Cafe will be hosting their annual event called "The Harvest" on Friday the 18th which will feature American and European Hard Ciders, harvest ales and other fall seasonals. Cider is naturally gluten-free, so if you have any gluten sensitive friends, this is a fun event that they can fully enjoy as well. For those just in it for the carbs, though, I have great news. This year, the donuts accompanying the drinkables will be supplied by The Holy Donut, so it might be worth stopping by just for those.
Ever since I told folks that Marshall Wharf Brewing Company is canning their beers one variety at the time, I've been greeted by a variety of responses. The most common response, however, is "Are they going to can Sexy Chaos??" According to Marshall Wharf's recent posts the answer to that question is now a "yes." Sexy Chaos, the 11% ABV Russian Imperial Stout aged on vanilla beans and oak chips, is a limited favorite in the Marshall Wharf lineup of delicious beers. The only complication is that it isn't coming down to stores, but will be sold at the Belfast, ME brewery only starting on Saturday the 19th at 11am. If you go up to grab some (it's about a two hour drive each way from Portland) you might want to stick around for their 6th Anniversary party/festival starting at 5pm. $30 gets you access to 42 different beers and a tasting glass to keep.
Oxbow Brewing Company has announced the next in their lineup of "Freestyle Series" beers. Freestyle #18 is the first dark beer they've brewed in nearly a year. Described as a "spelt porter" this beer is brewed with Maine-grown spelt - which is a type of ancient grain closely related to wheat and is more commonly used in brewing in Germany and Belgium. It is available in the Oxbow tasting room, or you can look for #18 to begin showing up on taps towards the end of the week.
Biddeford-based brewery in planning Banded Horn Brewing Company has launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds to support building a tasting room. The brewery, which is currently being constructed, would be Biddeford's first craft brewery - and the video on their Kickstarter page highlights the town's enthusiasm for having a craft brewery join their community. The goal of the funding drive is to raise a tool of $20,000 to build a tasting room to accommodate public visits and tastings. For more information on the Kickstarter campaign: click here.
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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.