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New Brews From Away'

We all know about the huge and diverse craft beer scene here in Maine. But there are 49 other states out there awash in delicious beers. Here are a few breweries from across the country with some interesting new offerings.

Von Trapp Brewing (Stowe, VT)

The hills of Stowe, VT are alive with the sound of fermentation! Von Trapp Brewing's Austrian-style lagers are now available in Maine. The family best known for 'The Sound of Music' has been turning out crisp, delicious beers inspired by their ancestral home of Austria since 2010. Their roster of brews include traditional styles such as Weissbier, Helles Lager, Pilsner Lager and Vienna Lager, plus a little American influence with an India Pale Lager that is coming out this summer (though there's no word on whether or not any of that is headed to Maine). Regardless, the timing couldn't be better for this slate of lagers to hit coolers across Maine. All of the Von Trapp Brewing beers are sure to quench the fiercest of thirsts in the coming summer heat.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver, CO)

After Oskar Blues and Left Hand Brewing came from Colorado into Maine, Great Divide was soon to follow, and follow they have with an impressive lineup of beers. Their year-round offerings include Titan IPA, Collette farmhouse ale, Yeti imperial stout among others. It is always great to have more options on the imperial stout and farmhouse ale shelves, and to have them available in cans is an added bonus! Also making their way to Maine are some of Great Divide's Yeti variants and Barrel Aged offerings. I know Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is available out there, as well as Barrel Aged Hibernation, which is an English-style old ale.

Cascade Brewing Company (Portland, OR)

Pucker up, because Cascade Brewing is bringing some impressive sour ales to the Pine Tree State. Solely focused on producing sour or wild beers, Cascade's offerings are definitely for the more adventurous beer drinkers out there. Some examples of what they have sent to Maine so far include: Noyaux, a blend of blonde ales fermented with lactobacillus and aged on raspberries and toasted apricot pits(!); and Blueberry Ale, a blend of wheat beer and blonde ale aged for 6 months in oak barrels and then for an additional 4 months on fresh blueberries. Cascade's offerings definitely come with a bit of a price tag, but remember the amount of time and effort that go into a beer this complex and enjoy with a friend to celebrate a special occasion!

What's In My Glass?

Brewery: Banded Horn Brewing Company (Biddeford, Maine)

Beer: Veridian IPA

ABV: 6%

IBU: 69

The crew at Banded Horn describe Veridian IPA as a 'celebration of hops balanced by barley'; I would emphasize that the key word there is 'balanced.' The beauty of Veridian is that is has all the hop flavor and aroma that any IPA lover could ever want, but paired with a fantastic malt backbone that supports and balances those aggressive hop flavors in an impressive way. Veridian IPA is available year round on draft and in 12oz cans.

(Tim Bissell is the co-owner and Director of Marketing for Gneiss Brewing in Limerick, Maine. Find out more about Gneiss by visiting their website at gneissbrewing.com.)

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