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If you are anything like me, as spring turns to summer and the temperatures continue to climb, beer becomes a much more integral part of your personal hydration and refreshment plan. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to an age-old way to continue your beer consumption, but also ups the refreshment and hydration value of your beverage. Homemade radler!

Time flies when you aren't paying attention.

Last year, on April 13, The Three Pint Stance made its debut on these here pages. Since then, lots of beer has been brewed, packaged and consumed in Maine. Over 15 new breweries have opened their doors and fired up their kettles since this column first began, and it looks like 2017 will bring more of the same. Maine’s beer scene continues to grow larger and stronger, and I couldn’t be happier to bring you news of this exciting industry every week.

In the struggle of small, independent breweries versus the giant multi-national macro breweries, another one of the good guys bites the dust. 

OK, so you chose your kegerator, you have it installed and the first keg is ready to tap. Now what?

Well, first, you have to tap the keg. Using the supplied coupler (the thing that has the beer and gas line coming out of it), twist it onto the keg and pull the lever out while simultaneously pressing down to engage the coupler. This will open the kegs ball valve and allow beer to make its way up to the faucet, one step closer to your glass!

So, you decided to take the plunge and buy a kegerator. First off, I'm so proud of you. Second, let’s find out what you need and where to get it!

I know we haven’t met, but I know who you are. You’ve been drinking craft beer for a few years now, and you have really developed a passion and understanding for good, fresh beer. You’ve done the growler thing, but notice that you fill fewer and fewer growlers. You opt for enjoying your beers out at the pub/brewery or maybe you’re buying more cans/bottles than before. You’ve noticed that sometimes, the beer just tastes better at the bar. 

If you have looked around at your local bottle shop lately, you have surely noticed an increase in the availability and variety of barrel-aged beers.

The tradition of aging beer in oak barrels goes back to the origins of the drink itself. Before modern stainless steel tanks and kegs were made available, beers were stored in oak casks, where the product would continue to develop flavor and alcohol. Some of these flavors were desirable, some less so, but many of the more desirable traits are still sought after today, leading to the creation of a variety of traditional and non-traditional barrel-aged beer styles.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:12

Three Pint Stance – Quick Sips

Sometimes, I have a lot on my mind and it can be hard to focus in on one subject. Instead of fighting it, I’m giving in and just writing a bunch of blurbs this week. It’s basically the beer column version of a sampling flight. Enjoy!

Sick of shoveling yet? I bet you are! With the recent glut of freshly fallen powder clogging up and complicating every aspect of our lives, it can be difficult to see beyond the current situation and imagine a time when the weather will be great and the beer will be plentiful. Have no fear, the Three Pint Stance is here to help you daydream about summer drinking!

So, after you finish clearing off the driveway for the seventh time this week, take a gander at these summer beer events for 2017 and consider clearing your calendar!

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