December 26, 2013

What Ales You: Sampling some SoMe suds at the new brewery in York

The new brewing company opened Dec. 14.

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Dave, left, and son David Rowland, partners in the new SoMe Brewing Co.

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SoMe brews offered during the grand opening included Whoopie Stout, Box the Compass, Crystal Persuasion and Sweet Solstice.

The blackboard of beers said that beers on deck will include York Gold, a session rye ale; Destroyer, an experimental black IPA; Snowy Day, a winter warmer and Black Sky Rye, a hoppy black rye ale.

It looks like there will be plenty of reasons to stop by again.

THE THIRSTY PIG on Exchange Street held the launch party for Bissell Brothers Brewery while I was away, but since Peter Bissell still works and Noah Bissell used to work at the restaurant, I figured they would have some of the beer when I got back.

They did.

The Substance, coming in at 6.6 percent ABV, was $6 for 16 ounces and was poured into an attractive Bissell Brothers glass.

Although the bartender called it an IPA, Peter Bissell told me when I interviewed him in November that it was going to be a hop-forward American Ale. It was hoppy but not assault-your-tastebuds hoppy with a good amount of malt.

It is a beer I plan to drink a lot of over the next few years.

This is the company’s flagship, and is expected to be available in 4-packs of cans in January.

Tom Atwell is a freelance writer living in Cape Elizabeth. He can be contacted at 767-2297 or at:


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