Have you dug out your car yet, bub? We hope so because there are a LOT of events and beer releases that you’re not going to want to miss this week. Oh, and we have a feeling some of them will pair well with any sporting event you might decide to flip on this weekend. Just don’t ask us which one pairs best with BETRAYAL (Tom Brady, how could you…). Ahem, but we digress.
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
It may look different this year, but it’s time for one of our favorite annual events —Allagash’s Wild Beer Round-Up, er, Drive-Up. Read all about it, along with the deets for Maine Beer’s next Dinner drop and new releases from Blaze, Definitive, and Fore River.
Thursday, February 4
Blaze Brewing Co.
28 Pearl St., Biddeford
Percolate, Imperial Stout (8%) & Interchangeable #7, Pale Ale
Percolate is a maple, pecan, and coffee Milk Stout brewed with a plethora of dark malts and conditioned excessively on an opulent bed of coffee, pecan, and maple syrup. Percolate pours a brilliant jet black with a latte-like head and smells and tastes like praline and chocolate chip pancakes smothered in maple syrup. Perfect for a relaxing night or slow morning.
Interchangeable #7 is part of Blaze Brewing’s constantly rotating, always-in-flux Pale Ale series. Interchangeable #7 was dry-hopped succinctly with plenty of El Dorado and Southern Cross and smells and tastes like mango sorbet, sugar baby watermelons, and fresh citrus. Its drinkability makes it perfect for a leisurely Sunday afternoon.
Friday, February 5
Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way, Portland
From Maine With Love #1, Wheat Beer (5.3%)
Part of Allagash Brewing’s hyperlocal, limited-release series of small-batch beers, From Maine With Love #1 is a Wheat Beer aged on raspberries that had previously been used in Coolship Red, their spontaneously fermented raspberry beer.
Definitive Brewing Company
35 Industrial Way, Portland and 318 US Route 1, Kittery
Spirals, Double IPA (8.2%)
Spirals is re-joining Definitive’s line-up this weekend. Let’s see if this batch can keep us spinning just like the last! This Double IPA features traditional Citra hops and Citra cryo hops. It’s a real hazy powerhouse that tastes and smells like lemon-lime meringue, yellow cantaloupes, and crushing the winter blues. Available in Portland on Friday, Kittery on Saturday.
Fore River Brewing Co.
35 Park Ave., South Portland
Strata Magnolia, Double IPA (8%)
Strata and Galaxy hops. Golden Promise base malt. Sweet aromas of tropical fruits and berries, beautifully complemented by a balanced, bitter backbone, and that classic hazy and juicy DIPA feel that we all know and love. This is Fore River’s second EVER Double IPA, drinking at 8% with a soft, golden yellow color and bright white head, and features a label designed by Fore River employee, Mark Nardo.
Maine Beer Company
525 U.S. 1, Freeport
Dinner, Double IPA (8.2%)
Dinner is served tomorrow! Maine Beer Company’s original Double India Pale Ale, Dinner has notes of intense mango, passion fruit, and pineapple, undertones of garlic, onion, and pine, and sweet aromatics of malt and caramel. It features Citra, Falconer’s Flight, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.
Saturday, February 6
Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way, Portland
Wild Beer Drive-Up, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Allagash Brewing will be releasing 70+ different rare and wild bottles, not to mention new, limited beers to-go by the growler in one of their biggest events of the year. All beers will be first-come, first-served (first-sold?). On top of the mammoth list of 375ml bottles available for purchase, there will be rare, wild growler pours, prizes, giveaways, and much more fun stuff in the store.
Groundhog Day has come and gone (unless you’re still reliving it, in which case we guess you’ll be reading this email every day for a while, enjoy!), but you may feel like you’re getting a sense of déjà vu when you peep the latest beer in Sebago’s lineup. Liquid Riot has us nervous to find out “What’s in the Box” and Foundation has done it again, cramming a beloved dessert into a beer can.
Battery Steele Brewing
1 Industrial Way Units 12 & 14, Portland
Flume Cubed, Triple IPA (9.5%) & Roving Jewel, Oat IPA (7.6%)
Flume Cubed is making a comeback just in time to cure those mid-winter blues. But this version is a wee bit different than the usual Anniversary Edition. The brewers at Battery Steele found themselves craving the palate-wrecking tropical fruit aromas of the traditional Flume Cubed, but still longing for that piney and resinous Flume finish. Instead of adding Galaxy to the dry-hop, they kept the hop profile loyal to that of Flume. With aggressive amounts of Citra and Mosaic, expect notes of ripe papaya, mango, and tangerine, with a subtle piney finish. This Triple IPA is truly a cranked up rendition of Flume.
Roving Jewel, a new Oat IPA, draws its most defining characteristic from the massive addition of oats to its grain bill. To push it even further, the brewers added a liberal dose of oat cream and a touch of milk sugar. The result is a pillowy soft, ultra-creamy mouthfeel that carries with it the intense flavors from generous additions of Citra, Galaxy, and Motueka. Expect bold notes of passion fruit, lime, peach, and the apricot lending way to a clean dank citrus finish, just begging you to crack open another can.
25 Granary Way, Boothbay Harbor
Tequila Mockingbird (5%)
This limited-edition brew only has 240 bottles!!! Tequila Mockingbird was aged for 11 months in Reposado Tequila barrels. It starts with notes of agave that melts into gentle oak hues as the jalapeños and habaneros build a gentle heat. The rich golden color unveils the Passito wine mouthfeel.
Foundation Brewing Company
1 Industrial Way #5, Portland
Pie Anyone? Key Lime Pie, Fruit Beer (6.5%)
When dreaming this one up, Foundation Brewing took all the elements of one of their favorite desserts and brewed a beer that would live up to the transcendent joy of tucking into a slice of key lime pie. Pie Anyone? Key Lime Pie was mashed with graham crackers, brewed with milk sugar, and fermented with lime, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s a dreamy dessert in a can.
Liquid Riot Bottling Company
250 Commercial St., Portland
What’s in the Box?, Double IPA (8.5%)
What’s in the Box? is a Double IPA that uses Citra, Mosaic, Southern Cross, and Galaxy hops.
103 Main St, Brunswick
Large Marge, Stout (7%)
Large Marge is Moderation’s collaboration with their local coffee shop, Dog Bar Jim. Styled after their Cafe Nico, this luscious stout is brewed with espresso, orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon, and cacao.
Sebago Brewing Co.
616 Main St., Gorham
Saddleback Ale, Blonde Ale (4%)
Saddleback Ale has been a fan favorite since Sebago Brewing started brewing beer back in 1998. The lager was originally called Portside Pilsner until it was renamed Northern Light Ale when they started bottling it, and then it was re-renamed Saddleback Ale, which is what most people know it by.
Sebago just released it in cans for the first time ever, in part to celebrate the reopening of Saddleback Mountain after a five-year hiatus. This all-malt crisp beer is super light and drinkable. Their brewers have also evolved the recipe to include more Maine-produced malt and a portion of Maine-grown Cascade hops.
SoMe Brewing Company
1 York St. #3, York
Peanut Butter and Jelly Whoopie Pie Stout (6.3%), Tailwhip IPA (7.5%), & Foghorn Robust Coffee Porter (7.2%)
First SoMe Brewing Company created Whoopie Pie Stout. Then they doubled down and gifted us with Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie Stout. After that, it was Raspberry Whoopie Pie Stout. Then they decided the natural progression was to concoct Peanut Butter and Jelly Whoopie Pie Stout. We have to say, we agree with this line of thinking…
The big brother of Mainely, Tailwhip IPA is a Citra-Galaxy dry-hopped American IPA that gives you a nice kick of citrus with bready malt undertones and a lingering bitterness that keeps it very balanced.
Foghorn Robust Coffee Porter is a smooth-bodied Porter that delivers just the right amount of local Anthony’s roasted coffee.
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.
Island Dog Brewing
125 John Roberts Rd., Unit 15, South Portland
- Salted Caramel, Amber Ale (5%)
- Collaboration, IPA (6.5%)
- Smokey Ale, Copper Ale (5%)
- Angry Nun, Rye IPA (6%)
- Black Forest, Porter (5.2%)
1771 US Route 201, Forks
- Sledhead Red Ale (5.2%)
- Penobscot Porter (6.6%)
- Whitewater Wheat (5.5%)
- Big Mama Blueberry (4.7%)
- Magic Hole IPA (5.9%)
- Northbound Pale Ale (5.4%)
Mast Landing Brewing Company
920 Main St., Westbrook
- Igloo City, Imperial Porter (9%)
- Green to Green, IPA (7%)
- Out Here, IPA (6.5%)
- Anorak, Stout (7%)
- The Good Light, Farmhouse Ale (4.7%)
Rising Tide Brewing Company
103 Fox St., Portland
- Daymark, American Pale Ale (5.5%)
- Mountainside, New England IPA (6.0%)
- Cutter, Double IPA (8.0%)
- Cherry Squadron, Sour (5.7%)
- Course Made Good, Double IPA (7%)
Maine Beer in the News
This week we’ve got a few rundowns of where you can get out and enjoy Maine brews, news of a collab with a Canadian brewery, eh, and a look at how Maine brewers are going green.
Their efforts include recycling programs, solar installations, and capturing carbon dioxide.
Despite the bitterly cold weather Friday night, some people supported local restaurants and ate outdoors.
There are still many options for getting out of the house for some relatively safe, cold-weather eating, drinking, and merrymaking.
2 Crows Brewing has announced details of two collaborative beers that were surprise dropped over the weekend to wrap-up a series of 4th-anniversary releases.
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