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It seems that every time I look, there is a new fad taking hold in the craft beer scene. Lately, these fads have been centered around the ever-present and ever-popular IPA-style of beer. This latest beer craze is no different.

Enter the Milkshake IPA.

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ORONO – You see the sign and make the turn off Orono’s Main Street, but you’re not quite sure where the road leads. A few small yellow signs assure you you’re in the right place. You drive down a hill and the woods open up and you see a broad, squat, colorful building surrounded by parking lot and trees.

You’ve arrived at your destination, 61 Margin Street, the brand-new home of Orono Brewing Company.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 11:58

Celebrate Octo-beer!

BANGOR – Here in 2018, the Bangor-area beer scene continues to blossom.

The craft beer scene in the greater Bangor region is as robust as ever these days. Over a dozen breweries are plying their trades in the vicinity, bringing delicious beer to the masses. Plenty of thirsts are being quenched as these businesses – some just a few years old, others with decades-long histories behind them – offer up a wide variety of tasty brews.

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An interesting headline came across my screen this morning when I was perusing the latest in beer news online. It seems that in the ever-simmering battle between the interests of small, independent craft breweries and the big powerful multinational big breweries, the big boys can claim a regulatory victory in the state of New Jersey.

Recently, the State of New Jersey’s Division of Alcohol Beverage Control passed a “Special Ruling” further clarifying and codifying what a “Limited Brewery” or small brewery, can do in their tasting rooms in terms of special events.

The Special Ruling is available here: https://www.nj.gov/oag/abc/downloads/Special-Ruling-Authorizing-Certain-Activities-by-Holders-of-Limi.pdf

If you are into reading legal stuff, I say go ahead and read it. If that sort of thing bores you, I’ll try my best to sum up the key points.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:35

Three Pint Stance - Situational beer enhancement

That’s right – situational beer enhancement. It’s a thing!

So, I often talk here about new beers, local beers and usually talk ill about drinking mass-marketed beer from giant corporations. Yeah, I’m one of those “fight the power/stick it to the man” types when it comes to my fermented beverages.

That being said, there is an exception to every rule; even I have my soft spots for some of the first beers I drank that turned me on to the world of “craft beer.”

So, in the next few paragraphs, I am going to shrug off my usual big beer cynicism and tell you why I always have, and always will love Guinness Stout.

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:08

Three Pint Stance - The joy of reruns

If you are a reader with a decent memory and a keen eye, you may have noticed that from time to time that the Three Pint Stance is much like today’s modern aluminum cans - often recycled. So sue me. I am a busy person who stays busy by constantly making sure to tell people how busy he is. It can be exhausting, but I manage.

I bring attention to my penchant for playing tracks from the old albums for a reason. You see, most of you probably don’t realize that the article is a rerun (unless you read the thing telling you it was a rerun, because Allen has no chill and always blows up my spot, as the kids would say), because a rerun - when applied in the right situation - can actually be a wonderful thing.

(Editor’s note: I have plenty of chill. And I did not now, nor have I ever, “blown up your spot.”)

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So you’re having some friends over for an end-of-summer blow out party and you are going to go stock up on beer for the occasion. With the vast array of breweries all around the state and region offering a multitude of styles in all kinds of convenient packaging, it can be tempting to just start buying all kinds of different beers and offering a wide assortment for your guests. That’s totally acceptable and everyone will love you for it.

However, if you are like me and don’t want to deal with the added cost, the “fallen soldiers” (half-finished beers) in the morning and the inevitable redemption center smell that will take over your house if you get lazy about cleanup, I have a better solution.

Enter the beer keg. 

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 14:50

Three Pint Stance - What’s in my cooler?

Summer time is special in so many different ways, but one of my favorite summer activities is loading up a cooler with a few choice cold ones and having a little beer adventure. With so many local breweries canning their beer now, it has never been easier to load up the Yeti (or in my case the $10 Ocean State Job Lot oversized lunch bag) with some great, fresh local suds.

So, what is in my cooler at the moment? Here’s a quick rundown. 

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Holy cow, hard to believe that Summer Session has already come and gone! The annual Maine beer celebration at Thompson’s Point in Portland was much anticipated, well attended and perfectly executed!

Here are some of my takeaways, presented in a brief stream of consciousness because I need to get back to the brewery floor to help get this first run of Gneiss Weiss cans out the door!

(Editor’s note: Since I too was in attendance at this year’s Summer Session event, I will be sharing my thoughts along with Tim’s thoughts, because I’m the editor and I can do what I want.)

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BUCKSPORT – Bucksport’s Main Street played host to a few members of Maine’s burgeoning craft brewing scene last weekend, thanks to the efforts of everybody’s favorite beermaking friars.

The Friars’ Invitational Brewfest took place on July 21 as part of the Bucksport Bay Festival that took place all weekend. A number of local craft breweries set up tents and offered up samples of their delicious brews for a few hours one warm afternoon.

The participating breweries were: Friars’ Brewhouse (of course), Airline Brewing Company, Blank Canvas Brewery, Lake St. George Brewing Company, Penobscot Bay Brewery, 2 Feet Brewing and Waterville Brewing Company.

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