Thursday, December 5, 2013
Hoppy Happenings is a weekly segment providing brief updates on the Maine craft beer scene and news.
Some shutdown-related updates: Portland-based Austin Street Brewery is now back on track with their plans to open in late winter or early spring of this year after being stalled by the shutdown. A little further south, SoMe Brewing Company in York just received their brewer's notice after fearing that they would be kept waiting because of the backup. As with many of the other brewers that were affected by the shutdown, both breweries have expressed relief and gratitude that they can get back to work, including in the 'To Do' list at Austin Street Brewery.
Maine's newest operating brewery, Gneiss Brewing, is hosting a grand opening event on Saturday at the brewery in Limerick. The Gneiss Weiss, a German-style Weissbier and the brewery's flagship offering will be pouring as well as the Tectonic Tomahawk (a "Single Hop Wheat IPA") and Obsius (a Weizen Stout). The Portside Picnic Food Truck will also be on hand during the event which runs from 11:30-5pm.
The Maine Beer Mavens, a group of Maine women who love beer, brewed a pilot batch at Rising Tide Brewing earlier this week. Their Maven Voyage Saison will be released on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 pm at the Maven's First Anniversary Party hosted at Rising Tide - and both men and women are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15 and are available now in the tasting room or $18 at the door. Tickets include cheese pairings and a flight of beer samples.
The much-anticipated return of Portland Beer Week begins on November 1st featuring tap takeovers, brewery and restaurant events and special beers pouring all week long. The "week" is actually 10 days and covers two weekends, so there will be no shortage of things to do if you are interested in craft beer. Event listings and details are posted at www. portlandbeerweek.org. Look for additional details here next week.
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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.