This weather has been getting us in the mood for porch drinking. Luckily, we have a lot of great brews coming this week: Sours on Sours on Sours. If you’re not interested in a Sour, then we have refreshing IPA’s and Lagers. Let’s visit the tasting rooms today and Friday, though, before some rain and (possibly) snow?! hits us! Don’t fret, warm weather will be back next week!.
Here’s this week’s guide to the latest beer releases, rundowns of what’s on tap, upcoming brewery events, and a roundup of Maine beer news.
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Upcoming Releases & Events
Foulmouthed Brewing has us thinking about soaking in the sun, Nonesuch River Brewing has combined your favorite beach cocktail with an IPA to create a low ABV, easy-drinking brew, and Allagash is once again bringing the love in this week’s new releases.
Thursday, April 15
Definitive Brewing Company
35 Industrial Way, Portland and 318 US Route 1, Kittery
Sweet Life, Double Fruited Sour IPA (6.3%) & Float, Double IPA (8%)
This newest variant of Definitive Brewing’s 6.3% Double Fruited Sour IPA is made with a refreshing combo of Pineapple, Papaya, and Tangerine fruits, plus Vanilla & Lactose. It’s sweet and citrusy with a creamy finish, like a smoothie-milkshake. Now available in a crowler!!
Float is drifting back to us this weekend! We are so excited to welcome back this 8.0% full-bodied double IPA dry-hopped with Citra and a blend of Simcoe and Loral cryo pellets. Plush on the tongue, this beer tastes and smells like lemon-citrus raindrops, tropical hibiscus petals, and a day floating down the river!
15 Ocean St., South Portland
Fraktur, Kolsch (4.8%) & Sun Soaked, Sour (4.7%)
This German Kolsch style is light and refreshing. Soft and well-rounded malts, with light bitterness. Fraktur pairs well with EVERYTHING.
Sun Soaked is Foulmouthed’s version of a Belgian Wit, brewed with two additions of orange peel for a tart, refreshing, citrusy brew. This sour is bound to be on the top of your Spring tap list.
Friday, April 16
473 Bigelow Hill Rd, Skowhegan
Little Bigelow, IPA (5.2%)
Little Bigelow New England IPA is aggressively hopped after the boil, packed with intense notes of mango, pear, and pineapple. Drinks with a smooth mouthfeel and a slight ending bitterness. A refreshing and easy-to-drink beer!
Island Dog Brewing
125 John Roberts Rd., Unit 15, South Portland
St. Hubbins, Gose Fruited Sour Ale (4.2%)
The incredible St. Hubbins blackberry Gose is back on Friday at 3 pm. This fruited sour ale is a wheat ale with blackberries, mildly sour and salty notes, and a crisp smooth finish. Available on draft and in cans at the taproom!
Monday, April 19
Nonesuch River Brewing
201 Gorham Road, Scarborough
Mojito IPA (5.2%)
Nonesuch is STOKED to announce the return of their Mojito IPA. This beer is a sub-lime, minty salute to the start of summer. It’s aromatic and alluring with a soft, citrusy bite. Made with lime zest and frets mint to accentuate the Citra hops. After its release on Monday, Mojito IPA will shortly be available at your fave craft beer shops.
We have a vast variety of brew releases this week! Wicked Bueno is back for the Spring and Summer, Bangor Beer Co is reintroducing their original Wandering Fruit recipe, and Bath Brewing is here with a New England IPA. PLUS Bath Brewing has reopened after three months of renovations!
Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way, Portland
From Maine With Love #3, Wheat Beer
Fresh on the heels of last week’s release of From Maine With Love #2 comes From Maine With Love #3. This sour and balanced beer makes the most of two unexpected ingredients. Allagash blended a Sour Blonde Ale with juice from Aronia and elderberries to create a beer with notes of raspberry, cherry, and a hint of dried apricot.
Banded Brewing Co.
32 Main St, Bldg. 13-W, Suite 102, Biddeford and 82 Hanover St., Suite 6, Portland
Wicked Bueno, Mexican-Style Lager (4.3%)
Your favorite Spring and Summer seasonal is back! Wicked Bueno is brewed for Spring, a time in the year when we don’t know what weather to expect. This Mexican-Style Lager transports us to the wicked good days of summer.
Bangor Beer Co.
330 Bangor Mall Blvd., Bangor
Wandering Fruit, Sour (5.4%)
Wandering Fruit is Bangor’s rotating fruited sour. This recipe was the first of their fruited sour rotation, Apricot, and Mango. Not be overly sweet and has a dry, tart finish. Available on tap and in cans around the state and of course in our Taproom!
Bath Brewing Co.
141 Front St., Bath
Fat Boi, NEIPA (7%)
Brewed with generous amounts of Citra and Citiva hops and coupled with real mango and lactose, Fat Boi has heavy notes of tropical fruit and citrus.
Baxter Brewing Co.
120 Mill St., Lewiston
Window Seat, Coconut Almond Porter (6%)
Aisle seat, window seat, we don’t care. We are just ready for a tropical getaway! Until then, the next best thing (& the best thing when it comes to your taste buds) is Window Seat. This award-winning porter is a toasty drinkable brew made with real toasted coconuts & almonds.
Available now in 16-oz. 4-packs for a limited amount of time.
Fogtown Brewing Company
25 Pine St., Ellsworth
Disco Eclipse, IPA (6.5%)
Disco Eclipse is back! Just as before, brewed with Maine-grown rolled oats & honey malt; double dry-hopped with BRU-1, El Dorado, and Vic Secret.
Foundation Brewing Company
1 Industrial Way #5, Portland
Pale Blue Dot, NEIPA (8.4%)
Pale Blue Dot was brewed in collaboration with Orono Brewing Company, to benefit Mother Earth. Hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic, Pale Blue Dot is a hazy straw color with a big fluffy head and huge tropical, candied orange, peach, and berry notes on the nose. Each sip is super soft and fluffy with tropical notes soaring through, leaving little to no residual bitterness. This is a damn tasty NEIPA.
A portion of the proceeds from Pale Blue Dot will be donated to Sebago Clean Waters.
Geary Brewing Company
38 Evergreen Drive, Portland
Maine’s Summer Ale, Golden Style Ale (6%) & Pick Me, Blueberry Lager (4.8%)
Summer is back. This version of a British Golden Ale is moderately strong in alcohol, rounded in body, golden in color, and supports slight hints of fruit. Maine’s Summer Ale is remarkably refreshing ale for the dog days.
Pick Me was brewed with fresh Maine wild blueberries (we just can’t seem to get enough of them!). This lager captures the unique, robust flavor profile of those tiny blue miracles with a clean, fresh finish in every sip.
Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company
396 Fore St., Portland; 187 Lower Main St., Freeport; and 68 Main St., Auburn
Strawberry Alarm Clock, IPA
Strawberry Alarm Clock is Gritty’s latest addition to their rotating IPA series. It is a collaboration brew between brewer Larry Hudson & Gina Sterling, Gritty’s Social Media guru. They were hoping to create the perfect springtime IPA by aging this brew on top of 80 lbs. of pureed strawberries! Citra (USA), Mosaic (USA), Hull Melon (Germany) hops were in full swing in this brew. They’re going through this beer like hotcakes (strawberry ones, of course), so be sure to swing by and grab a pint before they move along.
41 S. Water St., Lubec
New on tap this week is Squaison. A Saison-style beer brewed with locally raised and roasted Delicata squash. It is perfect for these sunny spring days.
Marsh Island Brewing
2 Main St., Orono
Puckercrush, Kettle Sour Beer & Vere Diem, Session IPA
The newest version of the popular, Puckercrush, has black currants and pink guava that give your taste buds a little something different. Available on draft and in cans throughout the state.
Vere Diem was brewed in collaboration with Nocturnem Draft Haus’ 10 year anniversary. They brewed TEN different collaborations with TEN different breweries as a way to celebrate TEN years in business. I’ll drink to that!
Mast Landing Brewing Company
920 Main St., Westbrook
All the Way Up, Sour Ale (4.8%)
Fans of All the Way Up will recognize this recipe in its new outfit. The Blueberry & Raspberry version of Mast Landing Brewing’s sour ale is one of the classics, highlighting all the jammy, bright berry qualities that we love about this series.
Available in the tasting room!
SoMe Brewing Company
1 York St., Unit 3, York
Peanut Butter Whoopie, Stout (6.3%)
Whoopie pies and peanut butter go together like flannel and bean boots. When you already make a whoopie pie stout, why not add a peanut butter twist? When it’s your wife’s idea, you don’t even question it! This beer is brewed with lactose, aged on cocoa, vanilla, and natural peanut butter flavoring to pay homage to the decadent treat that we all know and love.
Help support local breweries while sampling these flagship beers and rising stars. Here’s a taste of what you’ll be able to enjoy at select breweries this week.
Bangor Beer Co.
330 Bangor Mall Blvd., Bangor
- Brite, Helles Lager (5%)
- Catchphrase, NEIPA (5.2%)
- Juri, NEIPA (7.3%)
- Oddball, American Stout (5.2%)
- Gather ‘Round, ESB (4.6%)
Rising Tide Brewing
103 Fox St., Portland
- Ishmael, American Copper Ale (4.9%)
- Daymark, American Pale Ale (5.5%)
- Zephyr, West Coast IPA (6.5%)
- Back Cove, Pilsner (5.1%)
- Maine Island Trail Ale, Session IPA (4.3%)
Lone Pine Brewing
219 Anderson St., Portland & 48 Sanford Drive, Gorham
- Quantum Cuddle Kitten, Imperial/Double IPA (7.8%)
- Walk Off, Session/Indian Summer Ale IPA (4.2%)
- Portland Pale Ale, American Pale Ale (5.2%)
- Oh-J, Imperial/Double IPA (8.1%)
- World’s Best Boss, Imperial/Double Milk Stout (7.7%)
Maine Beer in the News
There is a LOT to celebrate this week! We have reopenings, new openings, and anniversaries. So…why not get out and celebrate?!
The award-winning, Westbrook-based brewery, Mast Landing Brewing Company, will open a multidimensional, 11,000 square foot space at WS Development’s Freeport Crossing this Summer, 2021.
They are celebrating with 10 collaborations with 10 different friends!
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