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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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 16:01

Three Pint Stance – Is IPA over?

Lately, I’ve been hearing the same basic question at our tasting room and at brew fests over and over and it goes something like this: “So, do you think this hop craze is over?” Some call it by different names, some sound exasperated, others more worried, but the question remains. Is the IPA still the dominant style in the craft beer market and will it remain so?

Obviously, the answers are mostly conjecture and will vary depending on who you talk to about it, but since this is my column, here is my cold, dry-hopped take.

Take the question in its simplest form: is IPA over? No, definitely not.

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The Fourth of July is upon us and that means that the time has come for fireworks and beer and the celebrating of independence!

But this Independence Day can be about much more. Not only can we celebrate our independence from foreign monarchies, we can ALSO be celebrating our independence from foreign brewing conglomerates as well!

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Last Saturday, I had the distinct pleasure of pouring Gneiss beer at the fifth annual Great Falls Brew Fest in beautiful downtown Lewiston, Maine. Now, if you are from Maine and you know the, ahem, reputation Lewiston has, you might think I was being disingenuous. Fear not! Let me assure you, I am 100 percent serious when I say the Great Falls Brew Fest has become one of the very best festivals in the State of Maine.

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Let’s talk nutrition. If you are anything like me, you enjoy the finer things in life like beer, meat and cheese. Fruits and vegetables just don’t have the same panache as something that can intoxicate or slowly choke out your blood vessels’ ability to keep you alive, so I tend to avoid them at all costs. Why choose boring food when you can have not-boring food?

I kid, of course - you should always eat a balanced diet. To take that one step further, you should also DRINK a balanced diet!

With that in mind, here are three beers that have (some sort of) fruit in them, so you can keep your drinking diet good and balanced!

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As a brewery owner, I’d say the number one question I am asked is something along the lines of this: “How long until this whole brewery bubble pops?”

Now, that isn’t a question that anyone can answer with any certainty at this particular moment, but I often offer up something along the lines of “There are still fewer breweries than wineries and Americans drink more beer than wine, so I’d say we haven’t hit the peak yet.”

It’s an honest answer that more or less represents what I think (vaguely) about that (also vague) question.

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BANGOR – Get ready to fill your belly with delicious beer, wine and wings on the Waterfront this weekend.

The Best of the North Festival – an event born of a collaborative effort by the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and the United Way of Eastern Maine - is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Bangor Waterfront.

The festival represents the coming together of three unique events – the CVB’s Wine on the Waterfront and Tap into Summer and the United Way’s Wingfest Maine. The Best of the North Festival will also feature local music and the addition of a kid zone, creating a family-friendly hybrid of both organizations’ events.

All told, there will be 28 brewers, 20 wing vendors and a dozen purveyors of wine and spirits in attendance – more than enough variety for a fan of any or all of these wonderful things. Tickets are $28 per person for just wings, $50 per person for the wings, wine and beer combo ticket or $70 per person for the VIP ticket; they can be purchased at

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 16:31

Three Pint Stance - In defense of cans

Over the past half-decade, many changes have taken place across the craft beer landscape, but none more obvious and ever-present as the switch from glass bottles to aluminum cans.

It used to be popular knowledge that canned beer was cheap beer, and if you were looking for higher quality, you would always find that beer in a brown, glass bottle. Younger craft beer drinkers will be amazed to know that when the local craft boom began, the most commonly found format on store shelves was the 22 oz. bomber! I don’t know about you, but it been a long time since I’ve picked up one of those.

The switch from bottles to cans has been underway for a while now; the logistical reasons for said switch have been discussed at length. However, when talking to customers and beer lovers alike, there is still a very polarized view of which format provides the best taste.

Unfortunately, there seems to be plenty of misinformation about cans and bottles in terms of which container is actually best at preserving a beverage’s flavor and freshness. Let’s try to clear that up a bit.

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Summer is officially less than a month away, but Beer Festival season is off and running!

Here is a list of brew fests coming up around the state of Maine:

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