WATERBORO – We live in a world where things change pretty fast. No matter what business you’re in, you have to be flexible and willing to adapt to whatever the marketplace is throwing at you.

It’s as true in the craft beer world as anywhere else.

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And we are back!

For those of you just tuning in, this is sort of an ongoing thing we have here, and while I am usually the inclusive type, at this point you’re too late. Go back to the beginning of the series and catch up. Maybe see you next week? I’ll wait.

(Editor’s note: No. No, you won’t.)

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Welcome back intrepid home brewers, curious readers and anyone else who finds themselves reading this because they finished reading all the interesting stuff Allen wrote about! In this edition of “FTHBQ,” we will look into the final production step of your home-brewed beer - carbonation!

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Volume 4 of our ongoing series is upon us, and it comes with a bitter attitude and a powerful aroma. We are taking about IPAs today – specifically, how to describe the type of IPA flavor you are looking for. We now turn to Mike Fern for the setup question. Take it away, Mike.

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And we are back to our longitudinal series “First-time home brewer questions!” In this edition, I give Mike the cold shoulder as I discuss the differences between Ale and Lager and what to keep in mind when brewing a lager at home! On to the good stuff…

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:22

Three Pint Stance - A whirlwind of a weekend

On most days, my job is pretty cool. If you haven’t read the italicized text at the end of the article in a while, I spend my working hours selling and marketing beer for the brewery I co-founded, Gneiss Brewing Company in Limerick, Maine.

So, back to my job being cool. Usually, I have mundane things to do, clients to visit, invoices to create, marketing materials to prepare, sales reports to analyze, yada yada yada. Sounds like a regular job, right? It pretty much is, but I get to do all of these things while surrounded by really tasty beer and people who LOVE really tasty beer. This is what makes my job pretty cool, and if you disagree, I look forward to reading your column about that.

Last weekend (beer industry weekend, so Thursday through Sunday), however, my job was EXTRA cool.

(If you are sick of the bragfest, I’ll see you back here for the continuation of my “Questions from the first-time home brewer” column. If you are waiting for a dentist appointment and your phone is dead and this is the best you have, STRAP IN!!!)

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Last week, we brought you the first installment in a series where I answer questions for the first-time brewer.

For context, my former pay check autographer and the Publisher of these fine pages (physical or internetish as they may be) Mike Fern has taken the plunge and started brewing with his newly acquired friend, Mr. Beer.

Forever in his debt for putting up with my office antics for nearly half a decade, I agreed to lend as much “expert guidance” as I could to Mr. Fern. Ever the egalitarian journalist of the people, Mike suggested we publish these tips here for all to enjoy.

With that needlessly verbose context in hand, I present you with “First-time home brewer questions, Vol 2 - Electric Brew-galoo” (it has nothing to do with electricity, but I wanted to make a “Breakin’ 2” reference and I figured if I put it in the title, Allen can’t take it out. He still might. Only I will know if he does.).

(Editor’s note: Like I’m going to pass on an opportunity to reference the second-greatest breakdancing movie in the history of the genre. Have you met me?)

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Last week, Maine Edge publisher Mike Fern – the Big Cheese - called me and said “I have a few questions for you…” in that vaguely threatening yet oddly friendly way that only someone from Philadelphia can pull off. My mind raced – had he finally found out about all of the money I embezzled? The statute of limitations is up in less than a year!

When he followed up with, “I received a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas…” I was instantly relieved! I’m not made for life on the run.

It turns out that my old boss has decided to take the plunge and make some homemade suds. As I do with all friends, I offered to help in any way possible. To that end, Mike sent me a few questions that he had as a beginner in the process and asked if I would answer them – not only for him, but for you all as well! So for the next few weeks – it’s Q&A with 3PS!

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:49

Three Pint Stance - Winter Session thoughts

So the 2018 Brew Fest season, unofficial as it may be, kicked off with a couple events around Maine last weekend, including the Maine Brewer’s Guild’s First Annual Winter Session at the Brick South building on Thompson’s Point in Portland.

(I’m not usually one to write a recap of events gone by, because I sometimes feel like that is only interesting to the people who went, and I want everyone to be interested in my column! However, this fest felt a little different, so I’m gonna talk about it and YOU ARE GOING TO LIKE IT!)

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 14:11

Three Pint Stance - New Beers Resolutions 2018

A new year is upon us, and similar to other lazy, phone-it-in columnists around the globe, I have opted to write about some arbitrary New Year’s resolutions that neither you nor I will follow. And there goes my resolution to be less cynical.

Trying this again…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

It’s a new year filled with endless possibilities, yet-to-be-discovered adventures and most importantly, NEW BEERS! Here is a list of beer-related resolutions for your 2018. Instead of setting unattainable goals and drowning in the inevitable impossibility of lofty personal ambitions, try these easy-to-follow New Beers Resolutions for a quick buzz and a shot of dry-hopped self-esteem!

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