December 15, 2011

What Ales You: Bangor pub tries brewing, gets off to a strong start

Geaghan's, which opened in 1975, just started serving beer brewed on-site this month.

By TOM ATWELL

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But Geaghan says he is not totally satisfied yet.

"It is certainly well balanced," he said, "and one of Jason's gold medals from GABF (the Great American Beer Festival) was for an American brown, but we want to rein in what we would call some sloppy bits. There is a big learning process for me going from a home brewer to commercial brewing, and Jason has a learning curve with the new equipment."

The other local brew on the menu is MacGeoghan Irish Red Ale, which Geaghan brewed with Tim Gallon at Blackbear Brewing Co. in Orono before Courtney joined the Geaghans.

"We wanted to have one English-style ale to go along with our American-heavy line," Geaghan said, adding that Blackbear is producing a lot of good beer in Orono.

MAINE DISTILLERIES doesn't make any beer, but it does create some very good potato-based vodka and gin, and has launched a good charitable promotion.

For every bottle of its products sold in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in the first quarter of 2012, Maine Distilleries will donate a pound of potatoes to a food bank in the state where the bottle is sold.

That is good for the Maine potato industry, the food banks and Maine Distilleries.

Tom Atwell can be contacted at 767-2297 or at:

tomatwell@me.com

 

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