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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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:

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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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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