September 13, 2012

What Ales You: Sen. Collins visits breweries, finds out lawmakers can help

By TOM ATWELL

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Rob Tod of Allagash and Sen. Susan Collins during the senator’s brewery tour.

Tom Atwell photo

While Collins was paying close attention to the business and legislative aspects of the breweries, it was also obvious that she likes beer.

"I especially like drinking beer summers at my camp," she said, adding that she also recommends Maine beers to all the establishments she can in Washington, D.C.

Collins seemed most taken during the tour when -- despite wearing high-heeled shoes -- she climbed some grated steps to look down at the foam in the open brewing tanks at Geary's.

She drank parts of three beers during her tour, and seemed to enjoy all of them -- even though they were all different styles.

She had a 4-ounce pour of Allagash White before she started that part of the tour. Before leaving Allagash, she had about 3 ounces of Allagash Coolship Red, a spontaneously fermented ale that is aged for about four months on fresh, local raspberries -- a wonderfully complex beer.

At Maine Beer Co., Collins had a small glass of Peeper, the company's flagship pale ale, which consistently wins high ratings.

At Geary's, David Geary gave Collins a full pint glass of his Autumn Ale, a really good brown ale. That is the one glass that she did not finish.

But when Geary offered to take it back, saying she didn't have to drink it all, Collins said: "I'll keep it a little bit longer."

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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