November 1, 2012

What Ales You: November's flash of genius? Beer Week, of course

Portland Beer Week opens Sunday, runs through Nov. 10, and has something for everyone who loves beer or might like to try it.

By Tom Atwell tatwell@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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The Oxbow curiosity night might be the most interesting of the seven. Tim Adams, Oxbow's brewer, said some of the "curiosities" will be sour beers created during the year as well as older beers from the company's Freestyle series.

Adams; Geoff Masland, co-founder and business manager; and the company's new brewer, Mike Fava; will be on hand. Adams said the company has grown so quickly in its first year of business that a new brewer was justified. 

ALL THE ABOVE events cost money -- although for some of them, it is just the price of a beer.

But there are also events where you get free beer -- tastings at beer stores, for example.

One is a beer and chocolate tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Bier Cellar, 299 Forest Ave. (200-6258).

Beer and chocolate might seem like an unusual combination, but Greg Norton, co-owner of the Bier Cellar, said it is not.

"Beers have roasted barley," he said, "and roasting barley creates the same chemical reaction as roasting coffee beans, and chocolate as well."

Norton said local chocolatier Dean's Sweets makes four different truffles using Allagash beers, and the tasting will pair those candies with the beers from Allagash.

Other free events include an Allagash beer tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Downeast Beverage, 79 Commercial St. (828-2337), and a Whole Foods Tasting, also with Allagash beers, at 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Whole Foods, 2 Somerset St. (774-7711).

For more information about Portland Beer Week, go to portlandbeerweek.org

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

tomatwell@me.com

 

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