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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…

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:22

Three Pint Stance - A whirlwind of a weekend

On most days, my job is pretty cool. If you haven’t read the italicized text at the end of the article in a while, I spend my working hours selling and marketing beer for the brewery I co-founded, Gneiss Brewing Company in Limerick, Maine.

So, back to my job being cool. Usually, I have mundane things to do, clients to visit, invoices to create, marketing materials to prepare, sales reports to analyze, yada yada yada. Sounds like a regular job, right? It pretty much is, but I get to do all of these things while surrounded by really tasty beer and people who LOVE really tasty beer. This is what makes my job pretty cool, and if you disagree, I look forward to reading your column about that.

Last weekend (beer industry weekend, so Thursday through Sunday), however, my job was EXTRA cool.

(If you are sick of the bragfest, I’ll see you back here for the continuation of my “Questions from the first-time home brewer” column. If you are waiting for a dentist appointment and your phone is dead and this is the best you have, STRAP IN!!!)

Last week, we brought you the first installment in a series where I answer questions for the first-time brewer.

For context, my former pay check autographer and the Publisher of these fine pages (physical or internetish as they may be) Mike Fern has taken the plunge and started brewing with his newly acquired friend, Mr. Beer.

Forever in his debt for putting up with my office antics for nearly half a decade, I agreed to lend as much “expert guidance” as I could to Mr. Fern. Ever the egalitarian journalist of the people, Mike suggested we publish these tips here for all to enjoy.

With that needlessly verbose context in hand, I present you with “First-time home brewer questions, Vol 2 - Electric Brew-galoo” (it has nothing to do with electricity, but I wanted to make a “Breakin’ 2” reference and I figured if I put it in the title, Allen can’t take it out. He still might. Only I will know if he does.).

(Editor’s note: Like I’m going to pass on an opportunity to reference the second-greatest breakdancing movie in the history of the genre. Have you met me?)

Last week, Maine Edge publisher Mike Fern – the Big Cheese - called me and said “I have a few questions for you…” in that vaguely threatening yet oddly friendly way that only someone from Philadelphia can pull off. My mind raced – had he finally found out about all of the money I embezzled? The statute of limitations is up in less than a year!

When he followed up with, “I received a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas…” I was instantly relieved! I’m not made for life on the run.

It turns out that my old boss has decided to take the plunge and make some homemade suds. As I do with all friends, I offered to help in any way possible. To that end, Mike sent me a few questions that he had as a beginner in the process and asked if I would answer them – not only for him, but for you all as well! So for the next few weeks – it’s Q&A with 3PS!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:49

Three Pint Stance - Winter Session thoughts

So the 2018 Brew Fest season, unofficial as it may be, kicked off with a couple events around Maine last weekend, including the Maine Brewer’s Guild’s First Annual Winter Session at the Brick South building on Thompson’s Point in Portland.

(I’m not usually one to write a recap of events gone by, because I sometimes feel like that is only interesting to the people who went, and I want everyone to be interested in my column! However, this fest felt a little different, so I’m gonna talk about it and YOU ARE GOING TO LIKE IT!)

If it’s cold out there, we party inside!

It may be hard to believe, but here we are at just under two weeks into the new year and it is officially time to begin the 2018 Beer Festival Season!

When most people think of a beer festival, a warm summer day with lots of sunshine is what comes to mind immediately. You can’t really fault anyone for coming to this initial conclusion, as the majority of festivals occur during the warm months and take place outside.

That being said, what better thing to do when we are all stuck inside perpetually during the frigid winter than drink MANY TINY BEERS!?!?

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 14:11

Three Pint Stance - New Beers Resolutions 2018

A new year is upon us, and similar to other lazy, phone-it-in columnists around the globe, I have opted to write about some arbitrary New Year’s resolutions that neither you nor I will follow. And there goes my resolution to be less cynical.

Trying this again…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

It’s a new year filled with endless possibilities, yet-to-be-discovered adventures and most importantly, NEW BEERS! Here is a list of beer-related resolutions for your 2018. Instead of setting unattainable goals and drowning in the inevitable impossibility of lofty personal ambitions, try these easy-to-follow New Beers Resolutions for a quick buzz and a shot of dry-hopped self-esteem!

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:55

Three Pint Stance - Beer for your New Year!

As we rapidly approach the New Year, we’ll soon be in need for celebratory beverages for when the ball drops and we sing “Auld Lang Syne” and wear silly hats and all that amateur hour bullcrap. The go-to for most people is champagne, of course, but is that what you REALLY want?

I say no!

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