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Three Pint Stance - Bangor's booming beer business

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Downtown Bangor is swiftly becoming a destination for thirsty beer lovers. With the recent opening of Orono Brewing Company's State Street location and the impending opening of 2 Feet Brewing on Colombia Street, the number of breweries in Bangor has doubled in a matter of months!

2 Feet inches forward

Just this week, 2 Feet Brewing, headed up by co-Head Brewers Cory Ricker and Jerry Robichaud mashed in on their first batch of beer, a Wet Hop Amber Ale. Robichaud said we should expect to see a Shandy, a Mild, a Saison and a Vanilla Porter alongside the Amber Ale over the course of their first few batches.

2 Feet is brewing on a two-barrel (that's 62 gallons) brewhouse, so their batches will be on the smaller scale; this should allow for lots of rotation of styles and experimentation. I would expect their beers to be sold in-house primarily, so you'll have to go right to the source to give it a try. In addition, they are planning to offer a limited food menu, so you can grab a bite with your brew as well.

Your first chance to taste 2 Feet's brews will be at the Acadia's Octoberfest in Southwest Harbor on October 8th. They are hoping to open their Colombia Street location, which is right next to Harvest Moon Deli, soon after the brewfest.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info at www.facebook.com/2FeetBrewery/.

OBC opens Bangor location

Orono Brewing Company opened their Bangor location back at the end of August and have been rocking and rolling in their new space ever since. The aesthetics of the Bangor location are reminiscent of their cozy Orono spot, with a mix of rustic wood finishes and a copper bar top.

The Bangor location brings not only another outlet for OBC to sell their wares, but also for Head Brewer Asa Marsh-Sachs to experiment with small batches and barrel-aged beers. This is definitely an exciting proposition for a brewing company that is less than two years old, yet has already made a giant splash in the Maine beer scene.

In addition to their Bangor location opening up, OBC has recently added a small-scale canning system to their brewery; thus far, they have released a limited run of 16oz cans of Lightning Tree IPA and Ozone IPA. I would imagine that run is likely sold out at this point, but keep an eye out for future canning runs from OBC, as these are not to be missed.

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