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ast week, I made a semi-desperate solicitation to you, the reading public, as to where this here beer-themed column should head in the coming weeks, months, years, etc.

To be quite honest, the response was underwhelming, to say the least. Shame on all of you who didn’t reach out. I am hurt, and to be honest a little embarrassed. I put myself out there and you left me out in the cold.

(Editor’s note: Seriously – it’s all we heard about. Tim’s too fragile for this kind of thing.)

So I was thinking. I write this weekly column about beer,and I have fun with it. I try to make it informative, funny and altogether not a waste of your time. And I think I do pretty well with those goals, but you are the final judge of all that, right?

With that in mind, I ask you this. How am I doing? Honestly, the amount of feedback I get on this is quite minimal, so here I am soliciting it (for better or worse.)

It’s tough to think about right now, but the time is coming when the mercury’s going to really start rising. When that time does eventually arrive, the importance of properly chilled beer cannot be understated. Sure, there are certain styles of beer that taste great at warmer temps, but that’s not what we’re talking about right now. In short, I want a bottle of Kolsch and I want it as cold as you can get it!

National Beer Day is cool, but let’s talk about Maine Beer Day

So, as you can probably tell by the cover story that National Beer Day is coming right up – April 7, to be exact. This is observed in recognition of the Cullen-Harrison Act in 19, that redefined what an intoxicating beverage was under the Volstead Act, thus allowing for the production of traditional beer in the USA once again in 1933. While it didn’t mark the end of prohibition, it definitely was an important step along that road and most importantly allowed for the making of beer again! Our long national nightmare was finally over.

(Editor’s note: I literally just told them about this like six pages ago.)

WATERBORO – We live in a world where things change pretty fast. No matter what business you’re in, you have to be flexible and willing to adapt to whatever the marketplace is throwing at you.

It’s as true in the craft beer world as anywhere else.

And we are back!

For those of you just tuning in, this is sort of an ongoing thing we have here, and while I am usually the inclusive type, at this point you’re too late. Go back to the beginning of the series and catch up. Maybe see you next week? I’ll wait.

(Editor’s note: No. No, you won’t.)

Welcome back intrepid home brewers, curious readers and anyone else who finds themselves reading this because they finished reading all the interesting stuff Allen wrote about! In this edition of “FTHBQ,” we will look into the final production step of your home-brewed beer - carbonation!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:32

Three Pint Stance - Bangor On Tap!

The America On Tap series of beer festivals is headed for Bangor!

This Saturday, March 3, the Cross Insurance Center will play host to the 3rd Annual Bangor On Tap Beer Festival. There will be two sessions, one starting at 1 p.m. and going until 4 p.m. and another beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available at americaontap.com through Ticketmaster (fees most definitely apply, because that's just how buying tickets is). With the ticket you get access to the fest and a souvenir (plastic) glass - and you get to be entertained by The Mallet Brothers Band, who will be playing through the festival!

There is also a VIP option for $20 more, which will get you into the evening session an hour early, so you can drink from 5-9 p.m.; you will also get a hat, a food voucher and access to the Stonington's Furniture VIP Lounge during the festival. Not a bad deal if you ask me!

VIP or not, there will be plenty of beer to sample at the event. As of last check, there are about 40 breweries scheduled to be in attendance, and most everyone is bringing at least two styles to choose from, so yeah, there will be a LOT of beer to try. On top of the beer, there are a few cider makers scheduled to attend as well, so there is something for everyone!

Volume 4 of our ongoing series is upon us, and it comes with a bitter attitude and a powerful aroma. We are taking about IPAs today – specifically, how to describe the type of IPA flavor you are looking for. We now turn to Mike Fern for the setup question. Take it away, Mike.

And we are back to our longitudinal series “First-time home brewer questions!” In this edition, I give Mike the cold shoulder as I discuss the differences between Ale and Lager and what to keep in mind when brewing a lager at home! On to the good stuff…

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