Did you miss us? We missed you too! Beer This Week is back and here to give you a weekly download on the latest beer releases, rundowns of what’s on tap, upcoming brewery and other beer-centric events, and a roundup of Maine beer news.
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Upcoming Beer Releases:
If you’ve ever wondered what it would taste like if you mashed up plums with cherries (and honestly, who hasn’t?) then you won’t want to miss our beer release pick of the week, Allagash’s Shiro’s Delight, featuring the flavor combo we never knew we were secretly craving: “Pluerry.”
Wednesday, August 26
Woodland Farms Brewery
306 US Route 1, STE C, Kittery
Woodland Farms Brewery has a whopping FOUR beers returning for purchase in cans this week in their tasting room, including Mars Needs Lupulin (6.9% IPA), Vanguard (7.6% Double Dry-Hopped IPA), Ruby Slippers (4.6% Raspberry Sour Ale), and this year’s batch of Fest Bier (4.2% Märzen).
Friday, August 28
The combination of a plum and a cherry is called a “Pluerry.” The combination of a plum and a Pluerry inside a mixed-fermented beer is called “Shiro’s Delight.” This ruby beer’s base is fermented with two yeast strains: a saison strain and then our house strain of Brettanomyces.
After about eight months of fermentation and aging, Pluerries and plums are added before the beer rests for another four months. The finished beer has a flavor that tastes like a mixture of tart cherry, plum, and tropical fruit with hints of spice and oak.
Bissell Brothers Brewing
4 Thompson’s Point, Portland
Preserve & Protect (7.8%) a Double IPA and 2020’s final drop of Baby Genius (4%), a Blonde Ale, will both be available for pickup in cans at Bissell Brothers’ drive thru.
We get it, you’re busy. And honestly, same. Those new episodes of “The Umbrella Academy” aren’t going to watch themselves, now are they? So, in case you missed it, here are some of last week’s beer releases worth leaving your couch for.
Banded Brewing Co.
32 Main St., Bldg. 13-W, Ste. 102, Biddeford
Charms & Hexes
The newest version of Charms & Hexes (5.2% Sour) is infused with strawberries and lemons and is reminiscent of a strawberry lemonade on a hot summer day. Tart, tangy and refreshing AF. Available on draft and in cans to-go.
Bunker Brewing Co.
17 Westfield St., Unit D, Portland
Country Pop IPA
The Country Pop IPA (5.8%) from Bunker Brewing Co. is hopped with Sabro, Galaxy and Nelson. The “summer sister” to Bunker Brewing’s City Pop but with a lighter, rounder start complemented with a dry finish. The extra fruity flavors make it the perfect summertime sip.
Foundation Brewing Company
1 Industrial Way, Ste. 5, Portland
Call of the North
This 6.6% New England IPA contains El Dorado and Vic Secret hops with bright and juicy notes of berries and citrus, harmonizing with a touch of satisfying dankness. Available on draft on the patio as well as in cans to go.
Goodfire Brewing Co.
219 Anderson St., Portland
This special version of Prime is dry-hopped a second time with a big dose of Citra, Citra Cryo and Amarillo, taking all of the hop character of the OG and cranking it up to 11. Big, zesty orange, tingly mango, and zippy hop resin dominate the palate while maintaining a dry, smooth drinkability.
Rising Tide Brewing Company
103 Fox St., Portland
Rising Tide’s malty Oktoberfest Märzen lager (5.7%) is back and sporting a sassy new dirndl this year. Complex and malty while still being dry and crisp, this Märzen-style lager is a celebration of the crisp weather of autumn. Prost!
Tired of drinking alone or while arguing with your SO over where you should order takeout from for the fourth time this week? Get thee to a brewery! Not only can you enjoy tasty brews in good company, but with several breweries serving food or partnering with food trucks, a brewery visit solves either problem!
Here’s what’s on tap now:
Austin Street Brewing
114 Fox Street, Portland
- Patina, 5.3% Pale Ale
- Proximal, 6.7% Saison
- Ascendant, 5.6% Kellerbier
- Black Is Beautiful, 10% Imperial Stout with Toasted Coconut
- Rally, 3.8% Session IPA
- Bombtrack, 8.5% Double IPA
- Latte, 4% Lager
- Six Grain, 6.4% Milk Stout
- Florens, 6.9% American IPA
Maine Beer Company
525 US Route 1, Freeport
- Bicentennial, 7% IPA
- Black Barn 14, 5% American Wheat Ale
- Dinner, 8.2% DIPA
- Lunch, 7% IPA
- MO, 6% Pale Ale
- Peeper, 5.5% Pale Ale
- Wolfe’s Neck, 6.5% IPA
920 Main St., Westbrook
- Imperial Gunner’s Daughter, 10% Peanut Butter Milk Stout
- Closer to Gold, 11% Imperial Stout
- Pantless Thunder Goose, 8.3% DIPA
- Amsterdam, 5% Red Ale
- Views, 5% Fruited Sour
Maine Beer in the News
Want to impress that cute bartender/server/brewer/fellow barfly you’ve had your eye on? Drop some knowledge by sharing some of the latest news about Maine beer.
Maine craft beer sector No. 4 in national scoreboard
In Maine, the craft brew sector had a 2019 economic impact of $668.13 million, which translates into a per capita amount of $642 per adult of drinking age.
Can shortage concerns local breweries
With keg sales down, and pandemic restrictions still in effect, craft breweries are relying on canned beer sales to stay in business.
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