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Tag Archives: Maine

• Cider Rules! Cider Fest Coming Up 9/19! Be there!

Cider Rules! Cider Fest Coming Up 9/19! Be there!

Ok, when you think of cider, what comes to mind? Sweet? Martinelli’s? Apple juice? What’s cider? Ok, you need an update. I had the same misconceptions which were mightily corrected when I had a kickass cider tasting with Mark McTavish, President of Half Pint Ciders and I had a personal epiphany. Cider rules! First thing […]

• List beer’s alcohol content? In Maine, that’s illegal. And crazy.

List beer’s alcohol content? In Maine, that’s illegal. And crazy.

Maine brewers and taverns are puzzled by enforcement of an old law that bans the potency numbers from menus and signs. Maine’s beer industry is booming, and at the heart of the craft beer movement is a cadre of brewers who are pushing the limits of what beer can be, with sub-genres, niche products and […]

• Shipyard Brewing pays federal fine

Shipyard Brewing pays federal fine

Portland-based Shipyard Brewing paid a $175,000 fine this summer after the federal government alleged the company altered some labels on its beer bottles. Shipyard Brewing LLC and Pugsley Brewing LLC — the name under which Shipyard brews non-Shipyard beer brands — each paid $87,500 in July in a settlement with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax […]

• Drinking My Way Through 1,000 Belgian Craft Beers

Drinking My Way Through 1,000 Belgian Craft Beers

Charles De Gaulle, who moaned about France, “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheeses?” might have had a nervous breakdown running Belgium, which is smaller than Maine and has over 1,000 different beers. A book on the subject, “All Belgian Beers” by Hilde Deweer is 1,568 pages long and weighs […]

• How Craft Beer Brewers Hope To Help Towns Hit By Hard Times

How Craft Beer Brewers Hope To Help Towns Hit By Hard Times

A new initiative aims to find ways for craft breweries to be the business that powers dying industrial towns. The recession isn’t new to the mill towns of the Northeast; they hit the skids long ago. Decades before the most recent economic collapse, proud, river-encircled cities from Maine to Pennsylvania had faded to mere shadows […]

• Latest sports drink is alcohol-free beer

Latest sports drink is alcohol-free beer

Beer. It’s not just for couch potatoes anymore. A Bavarian brewmeister is touting its no-alcohol beer as the latest sport drink for athletes, handing it out at the finish line of sporting events and touting its regenerative benefits. Unlike Gatorade, Erdinger Alkoholfrei is served up with a frothy head. And it comes in one color […]

• Abstinent Mormon farmers grow barley for beer

Abstinent Mormon farmers grow barley for beer

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo might seem like an unlikely person to be pushing a bill to cut federal taxes on small beer-makers: A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he abstains from alcohol. But Crapo’s effort, with senators from Oregon, Massachusetts and Maine, illustrates the deep bond between […]