Thursday, June 28, 2012

Featured Brewery: Maine Beer Company

Do you have Maine Beer in your Frig?????
Maine Beer Company has a tag line that pretty much sums up who they are, what they believe in and how they do business: Do What’s Right! They are members of 1% for the planet , an organization committed to carrying forth a mission to teach our population that industry and ecology are inherently connected. And in their words: ‘we try our hardest to make the best beer possible. No cutting corners’. And we truly appreciate everyone who has ever bought a bottle or pint of our beer’. Their response when asked what the coolest thing about being part of the Maine beer industry was? ‘Good beer and great community of beer drinkers’.

Maine Beer Company is two brothers making, testing, packaging and selling beer –literally. Dan and Dave are the founders, the Brewmasters, the Marketing Directors, the CEO’s, the Tour Guides…you get the picture. In his spare time, brother Dan is the President of the Maine Brewers Guild. This is why it is even more impressive that they currently have 5 varieties of kick --- beer, distributed in 6 states, reaching to cities as far and as distinguished as NYC and Philadelphia! As if all of that wasn’t keeping them busy enough, they are currently working on a special pilot batch that will only be available at the Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay Festival on July 14th and will be auctioning off an opportunity to join them for a brew session.

So if you haven’t already…you should definitely hunt down and drink some beer made at Maine Beer Company.  You'll quickly find out what you've been missing!
Find out what the bro’s have brewing next on facebook.

Friday, June 22, 2012

2nd Annual Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay Event July 14th

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Maine Brewers’ Guild to Host 2nd Annual “Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay” Event
Boothbay, ME – June 18, 2012 – The Maine Brewers’ Guild will host the 2nd annual “Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay” beer tasting event in Boothbay, Maine on Saturday, July 14th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  New this year, gates will open at noon for VIP ticket holders to enjoy some ‘back stage time’ with the brewers and be among the first to taste their specialty brews.  In addition to award-winning beer from thirty one Maine breweries, the event will feature special guest brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, New Hampshire’s leading craft brewery, located in the seaport town of Portsmouth.

‘It’s going to be tough to find a better place to be on a July afternoon in Maine’  MBG President, Dan Kleban said of the upcoming event; ‘a scenic outdoor venue, a lively coastal town, great food, music, award winning Maine brewed beer and the best fans in the country!’  

Rare, special and single batch beers will be featured among the brews that will be poured at the event, including a collaborative beer being produced by Boothbay Craft Brewery and Sebago Brewing Company. 

The event will feature a traditional New England Style BBQ prepared by event hosts Boothbay Resort, extraordinary music by Boston based band HDRnB, an exclusive silent auction and a live broadcast with Cumulus Radio Augusta.  Packages and discounts exclusive to event ticket holders will be offered all weekend at many businesses in the Boothbay Harbor Region; to include lodging, dining, shopping and recreation. 

Ticket holders are invited to participate in a golf tournament to be held on Friday evening, July 13th at the Boothbay Country Club, featuring a Maine Craft beer tasting. Golf tournament priced separately at $45.00 per golfer.  FMI call 207-633-6085.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event support the Maine Brewers’ Guild and its continuing mission to promote the craft brewed industry in Maine. 

Participating Maine breweries include:
Allagash Brewing
Andrew’s Brewing
Atlantic Brewing
Bar Harbor Brewing
Baxter Brewing
Belfast Bay Brewing
Black Bear Brewery
Boothbay Craft Brewery
Bray’s Brew Pub & Eatery
Bull Jagger Brewing
Bunker Brewing

D.L. Geary Brewing
Geaghan Brothers Brewing
Gritty McDuff ’s
Kennebec River Brewery
Maine Beer
Marshall Wharf Brewing
Oak Pond Brewing
Oxbow Brewing
Peak Organic Brewing
Penobscot Bay Brewing

Rising Tide Brewing
Rocky Coast Brewing
Run of the Mill Public House
Sea Dog Brewing
Shag Rock Brewing
Sebago Brewing Company
Sheepscot Valley Brewing
Shipyard Brewing
Sunday River Brewing
The Liberal Cup

About “Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay”:
When:  Saturday, July 14 from 1:00 – 4:00pm
Where:  Boothbay Resort, 301 Adams Pond Rd., Boothbay, Maine
Cost:  General admission tickets are $50 and include beverages, traditional southern BBQ, and parking.  VIP tickets are available for $75 and include an early entry at 12:00.  Designated driver tickets are $25. A special commemorative tasting glass will be provided to the first 800 people who purchase tickets.  Tickets are available for sale online and must be purchased in advance.  This is a 21+ event and pets will not be permitted.  This event will be held rain or shine.  Tickets can be purchased at

About the Maine Brewers’ Guild:  The Maine Brewers' Guild is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the craft brewed industry in Maine. Since 1986, Maine has been at the forefront of the craft brew movement.  The state is home to nearly two dozen breweries which produce more than 100 different brands.  More information about the Maine Brewers' Guild can be found at this link:

Friday, June 15, 2012

MBG Brewery of the Week: Kennebec River Brewery

The Kennebec River Pub & Brewery has been serving pints to thirsty woodcutters, rafters, kayakers, hikers, snowmobilers and visitors since January 1997.

The Brew pub is part of the Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks, Maine. NOA Resort owners Suzanne Hockmeyer, Russell Walters and Jim Yearwood have been in operation since 1976.

Brewery founder, Jim Yearwood, was head brewer from 1997 to 2001, at which time brewmaster Mike McConnell took over the brewing reigns. Mike and his father Ray McConnell are considered pioneers in the craft beer scene, dating back to1994 when they ran Rhode Island’s first craft brewery; Emerald Isle Brew Works, located in West Warwick. 11 years later, Mike is still head brewer at Kennebec River Pub & Brewery.

The brewery has over a dozen flavors that are available on tap at the brewery as well as three flagship ales that are available in six packs. The brew pub has a lively event calendar, offers brewery tours and particpates in beer festivals all over New England.

One of their signature events is the very cool and unique Raft n Brew Adventure tour that takes place in the spring and fall. These tours include a raft on the Dead River followed by a cookout at the brewery with brewery tours, $3 pints and all day live entertainment.  Be sure to like them on facebook to find out all there is happening at the Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort and Kennebec Brewery.