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WHAT: New Maine Breweries Tour 2.o
WHEN: Friday, July 8, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Portland, Maine
TICKETS: $95. Grab them here.
A couple of years ago we hosted beer author and columnist Joshua M. Bernstein aboard The Maine Brew Bus for an afternoon of exploring the brand new breweries in the area. That memorable day featured visits to Banded Horn, Bissell Brothers, Foundation, and Austin Street. Josh was able to be part of that wave of craft breweries, and he is coming back to Portland this July for The New Maine Breweries Tour 2.0!
Our first stop is Dirigo Brewing Company. Tom Bull has been in all phases of the business. He is a former homebrewer, bar manager, commercial brewer, and has even worked delivering beers for a distributor. After a successful run with his previous brewery called Bull Jagger, Tom is back with his new brewery called Dirigo Brewing Company in a section of the former Biddeford mill complex. His specialty is lagers, but he knows how to brew great ales as well. Visit the impressive tasting room overlooking the Saco Falls and learn about this brewery that is not quite open to the public.
Next we head to a special brewer’s lunch at Foulmouthed Brewing. Veteran homebrewers Craig Dilger and Bill Boguski have joined forces to bring Foulmouthed Brewing to life in South Portland. Their brewpub has been built inside a former auto and boat repair facility, and the brewery is also well designed for large scale production. Opened in June of 2016, Foulmouthed provides a unique assortment of beers that have been crafted to pair with the food turned out from their sunny kitchen. Learn about the origin of the name as you tour one of the newest breweries in Maine.
After lunch we check out Mast Landing Brewing Company. They were college buddies home brewing in a garage in Freeport, now they co-own the very first brewery ever in the City of Westbrook. Mast Landing Brewing Company was founded in March of 2016 by Ian Dorsey and Neil Fredrick, two University of Maine alums. They are focusing on brewing very small batch ales that are light in malt character but full on flavorful hops. Their location in a former tire manufacturing facility will give them plenty of space to grow as they move forward.
Back to Portland we go to visit Lone Pine Brewing. After working in the retail side of beer for over a decade, Tom Madden decided that the time was right to break into producing his own beer. A long-time home brewer and Certified Cicerone, he reconnected with his longtime friend John Paul who had been working in the music industry in California. Together, they opened Lone Pine in March of 2016 in a former countertop production space in Portland’s East Bayside, and they are churning out American-style Pale and Wheat Ales for retail sale and enjoyment in their elevated tasting room.
Our next stop is Gruit. Inside Portland’s Urban Farm Fermentory is an experimental brewing lab. This new grain fermentation facility called Gruit is producing alternative styles of beer called gruit and braggots. Gruits are an ancient version of beer that replaces hops with roots, herbs, and other ingredients to create unique flavor combinations. Braggots are grain beers fortified with honey making delicious and tasty variations. Continuing the tradition set by Urban Farm Fermentory, this new operation is turning out some truly memorable beverages in East Bayside.
If time and logistics permit, there will be one other special preview of a new brewery in Portland.
WHAT: Return to Cold
WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Crown Finish Caves (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
TICKETS: $55. They go on sale Wednesday, July 6, at 12 p.m.
Let’s face it: Summer in New York City is a real stinker, humidity and heat a wet blanket on fun.
That’s why this afternoon we’re descending 30 feet underground, to the cold confines of Crown Finish Caves. Here in the 1850s brewery’s subterranean tunnels, where lagers were once aged, the weather stays 50 degrees year-round. It’s the perfect temperature for slipping on a sweater and sipping a beer. Or four.
This afternoon, we’re inviting three of the region’s best breweries to pour lagers and pilsners, paired with cheese aged in these very same caves. You’ll be drinking beers from Long Island’s Barrier, Massachusetts’ all-lager Jack’s Abby and Keg & Lantern, the best Brooklyn brewpub you haven’t heard of—yet.
They’ll be served with cave-aged selections, as well as conversations with the brewers and Crown Finish Caves’ affineurs (translation: the folks that skillfully age the cheese). Your host is beer expert Joshua M. Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course.
It’s a frosty rebuttal to summer, set in the coolest location in town. Space is limited to 60 tickets.