June 20, 2013

What Ales You: This weekend's beer Festival puts accent on foreign brews

The event is being held at the Portland Yacht Services complex at 58 Fore St.,


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Greg Norton, the Bier Cellar's co-owner, recommended two other beers that cost less and whose brewers will also be at The Festival.

Evil Twin Brewing was founded by a former partner in Mikkeller who now brews in Stratford, Conn., and is distributed by 12 Percent. Its Lil' B Imperial Porter is 11.5 percent alcohol, and costs $3.99 for a 12-ounce bottle. This is an intense beer -- extremely hoppy, lots of malt and even a bit of molasses.

Prairie Ale, a Belgian-style saison brewed by Prairie Artisan Ales in Krebs, Okla., is a nicely flavorful sour ale, with quite a bit of sweetness up front balanced by the Brett-yeast funk. It's 7 percent alcohol, and costs $12.99 for a 750-milliliter cork-and-cage bottle.

Norton said people should not despair about not being able to taste all the beers at The Festival. Dinges was busy registering The Festival beers for sale in Maine when I called him, and Norton said he will be selling beers brought to Maine that will still be remaining after the event.

For those interested in getting an early start, the Bier Cellar will be holding a tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, featuring three or four beers from Prairie -- depending on how many arrive -- as well as some beers that will be provided by Allagash.

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



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