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In the craft beer world, flavor fads seem to come and go with relative frequency. We have seen the rise and fall of blueberry beers, pumpkin beers (although those still maintain a certain popularity), black IPAs and more. For every year, there is a style of beer that seems to catch on and “go viral.”

Christmas is creeping up - and the time available for gift purchasing is growing ever smaller. If you are like me, you haven’t even started yet, so let’s just get right to it. What should you get the beer lover in your life? I have a few ideas.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to set sail on a fantastic Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. The boat was amazing, the trip was wonderful and the weather could not have been more perfect.

This being said, I did have one complaint about the trip - and I am now going to rant about it in the form of a letter.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:43

Three Pint Stance - What a brewer is thankful for

I know what you're probably thinking - 'Another Thanksgiving themed column?! Tim is really milking this holiday for content.'

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 13:37

Three Pint Stance - Giving thanks with a beer

The most gluttonous holiday of the year is swiftly approaching, and while most of the focus is usually on the side dishes and main courses, I want to talk a bit about the beverage options at the Thanksgiving table.

Having worked at The Maine Edge back in the mid/late 00s, I know the company policy on political columns. It is with that in mind that I make this one tiny not-really-political political observation - we Americans could use a stiff drink right about now.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:35

Three Pint Stance: Nitro beer - it's a gas!

It's getting to be the time of year where I tend to look less for a crisp, refreshing beer and more for a smooth, rich, satisfying brew. In my salad days of beer drinking, I would commonly reach for Guinness, Boddingtons and even the occasional can of Old Speckled Hen to satisfy this itch. While those three beers range in color from dark as night (Guinness) to light golden (Boddingtons), what they have in common is not a grain or hop, but a certain gas - nitrogen!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:48

Three Pint Stance - Local brewers get canned

Walking into any beer store these days will make one thing abundantly clear - cans are back! While bottles have ruled the realm of craft beer for most of its recent resurgence, more and more breweries are turning to the aluminum can to store their wares.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:09

Three Pint Stance - Beer, weak

As you may have heard, Greater Bangor Beer Week is right around the corner (or currently happening, depending on when you read this). I was going to write a column about the many events planned all over the Greater Bangor region throughout the week, but Allen decided to pull rank and write about it for the cover story. Whatever. I get it.

(Editor's note: Deal with it.)

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:54

Three Pint Stance - What's in a glass?

Let me start by making one thing clear right off the top - there is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking a beer right from the can or bottle. Anyone who casts aspersions on those who do is a beer snob through and through.

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