Thursday, April 5, 2012

Maine Breweries of the Week: Allagash~ Andrews ~Atlantic

This weekly blog series will feature each of our member breweries located throughout the state of Maine. We invite you to grab a pint, sit back and relax, while we fill you in on the lively brew scene in our state.

Who: Allagash Brewing Company, located in Portland Maine, has been pleasing its fans ever since founder Rob Tod sold his first batch of Belgian Style beer in the summer of 1995. Over the past 17 years, Rob and his brew team have paid enormous tribute to Belgian brewing traditions and have been key players in the introduction and success of the Belgian style Beer movement in the US.

What: The Allagash brew team certainly doesn’t fall short when it comes to creativity either. A perfect example is their current featured beer, Allagash Black; a Belgian style stout with descriptive that includes ‘a generous portion of carmelized candi sugar’ and ‘coffee and dark chocolate notes expressed throughout…’ Yum! I’m thinking the adult version of a Root Beer Float?

When: Join Allagash Brewing and 17 other Maine breweries in Augusta this coming Saturday, April 7th, for the 4th Annual Central Maine Brew Fest. FMI go to

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Who: Andrews Brewing Company, located in picturesque Lincolnville Maine, boasts 15 years in operation as the 5th craft brewery in the state. The brew team might attribute part of their inspiration to the beautiful part of the world in which they brew… 9 miles inland from Lincolnville Beach, with views extending to Cadillac Mountain and Little Deer Isle. Spending their days brewing beer, surrounded by all of that natural beauty; is that where the infamous Maine tagline ... The way life should be comes from?

What: A review on Beer Advocate appropriately defines why the brewery is celebrating 15 successful years in operation. After polishing off a pint of their English Pale Ale, the expert taster had this to say ‘…This is a great session beer. I should really drink this more often. The subtleties of this beer are easily overshadowed by Maine's more adventurous and better funded brewers, but this is an exceptional brew. If British session beers were as popular as the average Russian Imperial stout, people would be lining up at Andy's door for this beer. Highly recommended.’

When: Andrews Brewing Company will join the Maine Brewer’s Guild family at the Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay event on July 14th. Tickets are on sale now for this sell out event, featuring a huge collection of some of the finest brews on the market, a traditional New England BBQ, awesome music and tons more.

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Who: Atlantic Brewing Company, located in well known Bar Harbor Maine, has been brewing fine ales for well over a decade, reaching retailers in select areas across the country. Their brews boast number one positioning in the entire Bar Harbor Region. The Brewery recently moved into its new facility that was built on the site of an old farm a few miles from downtown Bar Harbor and designed to ‘create a more visitor-friendly environment similar to country wineries and breweries found throughout Europe.’

What: In early 2012 the brew team announced the release of a new IPA to the Manly Men Beer Club Series, Big Wicked IPA. In their eloquent words: ‘The Manly Men Big Wicked IPA is like any other IPA, only more so. This is the big brother to our New Guy IPA and is similar in many ways. It uses Columbus Hops. Columbus has a 15% Alpha Acid and is earthy, spicy, pungent, with some citrus over tones. We also decided to balance these hops with more malts, resulting in an AVB of 6.8% and a powerfully pleasing IPA that may make you forget your Mama's name, or, at least any other IPA.’ Big Wicked IPA is available in draft only and distributed by Wicked Wines of Bangor.

When: 7 Days a week, Memorial Day to Columbus Day, All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Saturdays.
The Knox Road Grille is home to Mainely Meat Barbecue offering pulled pork, sausages, ribs and chicken, as well as baked beans, cole slaw and potato salad. The Atlantic Brewing Company's full line of ales, (as well as Seasonal Specialties), are available on tap at the bar. You can enjoy a pint and a great meal in the restaurant, or take it outside to sit in the sun in the courtyard. FMI call: 207-288-9200

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