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BANGOR – There’s no disputing the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on businesses large and small. Everyone has been forces to find ways to adapt, to seek out a new normal and carve out a spot for themselves.

Craft brewing – long a booming industry here in Bangor and all over the state – is no exception.

Here’s the thing: The Maine Edge digs beer. We cover it a fair amount in these pages. We feature it on our cover at least a couple of times a year. We’ve run a beer column in the past. And our editor (also the writer of this piece) enjoys the wares of just about every one of the brewers in the region.

So let’s talk about ways in which we can continue to enjoy those wares while still being responsible and safe, shall we?

Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I am intimately familiar with the protocols in place for every single area brewery. I’ll freely admit that there are some – even on the list you’ll see later in this piece – that I personally have not visited since the pandemic struck. I’ve visited many of these spots, but not all of them, so I can’t speak in absolutes.

What I WILL say is this: Everything that I’ve seen from the places I HAVE visited tells me that the vast majority of the region’s breweries are taking all of this very seriously and doing their very best to follow the rules and keep their patrons and employees safe. Not that it should surprise anyone familiar with the scene – these are all good people who want nothing more than to make good, interesting brews and do right by the world.

And that’s the thing – even in the midst of all this, these people are still making really good beer.

Published in Cover Story
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.

Published in Cover Story

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.

Published in Style

BANGOR – Beer is big in the Bangor region. And it’s never bigger that it is during Greater Bangor Beer Week.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:12

Three Pint Stance - Round ‘em up!

This week’s Three Pint Stance is going to take a quick look at some of the activity going on at local breweries. It’s a chance to see what’s going on with your nearby favorites.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:34

Beer we go again!

Celebrating Greater Bangor Beer Week

BANGOR Beer is big these days and it's only getting bigger.

Published in Cover Story

It seems there are always new breweries opening in Maine, but lately, we have seen a trend of breweries relocating, opening new spots and former brewers getting back into the game.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:45

The Three Pint Stance - 06/01/2016

Blank Canvas changing locations

Blank Canvas Brewery in Brewer just served its last beers at 71 Center Street; they will be closing down for a little over a month to relocate to 46 Betton Street, also in Brewer.

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