Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Tom Atwell firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lagunitas is known for its humorous and creative labels, and this fits the bill. So does the beer. It is a rich, dark brown, with quite a bit of sweetness and malt offset by a gentle hoppiness. This is a very pleasant strong brown ale that borders on being a barley wine.
Southern Tier Brewery isn't new to Maine, but Hop Sun is its new summer seasonal, a wheat beer. We split this one four ways, and the drinkers who like sour ales liked this one, with its hint of a sour aftertaste, while those who dislike sour ales did not like this one.
I reported on the revival of Freeport Brewing Co. a couple of weeks ago, and I found growlers of the company's Brown Hound Brown Ale and its Blonde Ale while I was at the Bier Cellar.
At $8.99 for a 64-ounce growler, plus $2 deposit on the bottle, these were a bargain -- especially compared to the beers reviewed above. The company does not list the alcohol content, but these are session beers -- low alcohol and refreshing.
The winner of the two was the brown ale: flavorful, sweet and refreshing but a bit complex at the same time. The blonde was good and refreshing, but did nothing to stand out from the pack.
Freeport doesn't list the alcohol content of these beers anywhere, but I am sure they are low enough to allow you to drink a few.
Tom Atwell is a freelance writer living in Cape Elizabeth. He can be contacted at 767-2297 or at: