Have you recovered from the long weekend yet? We have to admit we’re still losing track of the days a bit. Luckily, we remembered in time to round up the latest beer releases and lovingly curate them all, just for you, dear readers.
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
If you’re a fan of IPAs, then you’re going to love this week’s upcoming releases. We’ve got IPAs dropping from Mast Landing (who are also opening up a brand-new location in Freeport!), SoMe Brewing, Flight Deck, and Maine Beer Company. Had it with hops? Don’t worry, there are also lots of other beers out this week, including a Gose, Blonde Ale, Amber Ale, a pair of Sours and more!
Thursday, July 8
15 Ocean St., South Portland
Foulmouthed has three freshly canned releases dropping today, starting with fan-favorite Ume (4.8%), a Gose brewed with umeboshi and plum.
Local Beer (5.2%) is an American Blonde Ale with all local hops and malts; refreshing and delicious.
Limited Addition (4.8%) is a Pale Ale brewed with pink guava. It’s refreshing, tart (but not too tart), and easy-drinking.
Mast Landing Brewing Company
920 Main St., Westbrook and 200 Lower Main St., Freeport
Sanctuary, IPA (7%) & In the Zone, Double IPA (8.1%)
Sanctuary is brewed with Citra, Rakau, El Dorado, and Strata hops, which bring notes of pineapple, clementine, orange, lime, and red berries for a smooth, full body. A touch of bitterness brings the beer together and helps round out the big notes of citrus.
The latest edition of Mast Landing’s “From the Vault Series” revisits In the Zone, a single IPA, and doubles it up with Citra, Mosaic, and Rakau hops. This double dry-hopped Double IPA comes in at 8.1% ABV and is available at both the Westbrook location and Mast’s brand-new Freeport location starting today.
SoMe Brewing Company
1 York St. #3, York
Apostrophe IPA (7%) & Agamenticus Amber Ale (4.7%)
Fresh cans of SoMe’s flagship beer, Apostrophe IPA, feature mosaic hops with notes of pine and tropical fruit. Agamenticus Amber Ale is also available now on draft. This American-style Amber is malty and smooth at 4.7% ABV.
Friday, July 9
Definitive Brewing Company
35 Industrial Way, Portland and 318 US Route 1, Kittery
Portals: Strawberry, Sour (6.3%) & First They’re Sour, Then They’re Sweet, Sour Ale
Portals: Strawberry is a fruited dream that tastes and smells like a tower of strawberry shortcake, freshly cracked vanilla beans, and strawberry fields forever.
First They’re Sour, Then They’re Sweet is a Sour Ale inspired by the brewers’ favorite sour gummy candy. With the tasty additions of mango, passionfruit, pineapple and marshmallow, and brewed with loads of sour gummy candy, FTSTTS will bring you back to childhood car rides and movie theater snacks while satisfying all of your fruity cravings. Both are available Friday in Portland, Saturday in Kittery.
Flight Deck Brewing
11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick
Change of Course Mark XIV, IPA (4.8%)
Flight Deck’s latest iteration of Change of Course, their ever-changing IPA, is a session IPA clocking in at 4.8% ABV. It was dry-hopped with two New Zealand varietals, Moutere and Wai-iti, which offer floral and lime notes and a slight grassiness.
Tuesday, July 13
Maine Beer Company
525 US-1, Freeport
Another One, IPA (7%)
Another One is brewed with Cascade, Citra, and Simcoe hops, giving it aromas of pineapple, mango, and guava.
Release Date Not Stated (but coming at ‘ya soon!)
Banded Brewing Co.
32 Main St., Bldg. 13-W, Ste. 102, Biddeford and 82 Hanover St., Ste. 6, Portland
Stynax, Pale Ale (5.4%)
Stynax is a West Coast Pale Ale single hopped with Amarillo and has the perfect balance of bitterness and crystal malt sweetness. The hops are citrusy and piney, but subtle. A light juiciness plays well with gentle notes of honey and caramel from the malts. This beer is big on two things: balance and crushability. An ode to the classics, Stynax is a nod to both the classic West Coast Pale Ale and Banded Brewing’s beloved Ford Econoline, “Stynax.”
Corner Point Brewing
1 Sullivan St., Berwick
Hefen Help Us, Hefeweizen (5%) & Wick City Lager, Vienna Lager (5.2%)
Hefen Help Us is part of Corner Point’s rotating label series. Each year the label changes to depict current events. From what we can spot, this year’s edition gives nods to the shortage of workers and gas, and the abundance of UFOs that keep punkin’ us. Although the label changes, what’s inside doesn’t. Each can provides a perfect blend of German malt and Hallertau hops, along with a classic yeast strain that provides a touch of banana and clove.
We didn’t receive a description for Wick City Lager, but we’ll just assume it’s wick-ed awesome. Did you see what we did there?
Fogtown Brewing Company
25 Pine St., Ellsworth and 33 Cottage St., Bar Harbor
Foglight, Pilsner (6.5%)
Foglight is brewed with 100% Maine-grown ingredients from Aroostook County. Local Pilsner malt give this a nutty, grassy Maine terroir, and local Cascade, Mt. Hood, and Centennial hops provide a bitter balance.
There’s a little something for everyone this week, including a Porter, Pastry Sour, Lager, Scottish Session Ale, and lots o’ IPAs. Drink up!
Bath Brewing Company
141 Front St, Bath, ME 04530
Weisenheimer, Hefeweizen (5.5%)
A crisp brew with characteristics of banana and clove and comes in at 5.5% ABV! It’s light and perfect for a summer day. Now on tap.
Battery Steele Brewing
1 Industrial Way, Units 12 & 14, Portland
Vagabond Dreamer, IPA (7.2%)
Excessively hopped with Vic Secret and Citra, this beer is oozing with notes of melon, stone fruit, and berries, and gives way to a resinous, deep citrus finish.
Belleflower Brewing Company
66 Cove St., Portland
Beach Bloom, Double IPA (8.3%)
Beach Bloom is a Dreamsicle Double IPA that was brewed in collaboration with Vitamin Sea Brewing. It contains orange zest, tangerine, and Madagascar vanilla from Mad Spice Company. Beach Bloom pours golden orange with massive amounts of tangerine and vanilla in the aroma. The first sip brings gobs of sweet orange-y goodness that is softened by luscious amounts of vanilla, and rounded out by a 100% Motueka dry hop addition. This is pretty much the perfect brunch OR beach beer.
Bissell Brothers Brewing
38 Resurgam Place, Portland
Edward Lawrence, Porter (6%)
Edward Lawrence is named after a six-masted schooner that went down in Casco Bay in the 1920s. The resulting beer is well-balanced and easy to drink, but doesn’t compromise on the roasty richness of a traditional Porter. Part of the “You Earned It” program in which Bissell team members take turns brewing a small batch of beer on the pilot system, a portion of the sales from draft pours and cans sold of Edward Lawrence will be donated to the Dempsey Center.
Blaze Brewing Company
28 Pearl St., Biddeford
Blazing Love Raspberry, Pastry Sour (7%)
Blazing Love is a collaboration with Branch and Blade Brewing conditioned on raspberry, vanilla, cinnamon, and marshmallows. It smells and tastes like raspberry pie.
Foundation Brewing Company
1 Industrial Way #5, Portland
Call of the North, New England IPA (6.6%)
Call of the North is a New England IPA named for the loon’s iconic cry over the lake waters of our home state of Maine. Call of the North features El Dorado and Vic Secret hops, for big berry blast and bright citrus notes, rounded out by the signature Aussie dankness from Vic Secret that we all love. At 6.6% ABV, this one’s majorly crushable — just the thing for long, lazy days soaking up the natural beauty of Maine.
Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company
396 Fore St., Portland; 187 Lower Main St., Freeport; and 68 Main St., Auburn
Party Time, Session IPA (5.5%)
By combining three different hop varieties from three separate continents, Gritty’s created a hop-forward beer with a solid malt backbone. Intense flavors of marmalade, graham cracker, and pine can be found partying inside ever glass of this delicious Session IPA.
Lone Pine Brewing
219 Anderson St., Portland and 48 Sanford Dr., Gorham
Bleacher Buddy, American Lager (4.8%)
From the front row back to the nose bleeds, Bleacher Buddy American Lager has got you covered regardless of the number on your ticket or the patch on your jersey. Elegant, faded gold with a slight haziness and medium density, the newest of Lone Pine’s American Lagers carries aromas of cracked wheat, bread crust, crackers, and mild floral spice. Flavors of wheat thins, mild lemon, and cornflakes are complemented by a gentle carbonation, soft bitterness, and a crisp, clean finish that make Bleacher Buddy an exceptional game-time companion.
616 Main St., Gorham and 65 Portland Rd., Kennebunk
Fell & Found, Scottish Session Ale (4.5%)
Fell & Found is a small-batch rustic Session Ale made with Vollkombrot (aka rye bread) and cascara (dried coffee fruit skins). The process for making this beer involves a traditional technique that incorporates leftover bread into the mash — in this case, traditional German brown rye — which gives it bready aromas while increasing the body and fermentability of the beer. After the boil, the wort was steeped with cascara, giving the rustic session ale its distinctive ruby color and herbal characteristics. Brewed with Cascade, Hallertau Blanc, and Tettnang hops, Fell & Found has a quenching mouthfeel and nuanced flavors like berry, Rainier cherry, and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as unique floral and herbal tea aromas. Fell & Found is currently available on draft (and in howlers and growlers) at the Tasting Room in Gorham and the Kennebunk brewpub.
86 Newbury St., Portland
The Swallows, IPA (6%)
A hazy New England IPA boasting tons of smooth citrus flavor, The Swallows features two experimental hops by Yakima Chief Hops.
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.
Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way, Portland
- Tripel, Belgian-Style Golden Ale (9%)
- River Trip, Belgian-Style Session Ale (4.8%)
- North Sky, Stout (7.5%)
- Little Sal, Sour Red Ale (6%)
- Helena, Flemish-Style Sour Red (5.7%)
- Curieux, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Golden Ale (10.2%)
Foundation Brewing Company
1 Industrial Way #5, Portland
- La Luz, Mexican-style Lager (4.8%)
- Let’s Do Brunch, French Toast Milk Stout (6.3%)
- Cosmic Bloom, Pale Ale (5.5%)
- Bocce Pils, Pilsner (4.5%)
- Radiant Waves, Hefeweizen (4.7%)
- S’More Love, Milk Stout (6.3%)
Norway Brewing Company
237 Main St., Norway
- Left Turn, Pale Ale (5.3%)
- Life’s A Beach, Farmhouse Ale (3%)
- Lust for Gold, IPA (6.5%)
- Bam’s Brown, Brown Ale (5.6%)
- Little Bear, Farmhouse Ale (7.5%)
- Lao Coffee Stout, Imperial Stout (8%)
Maine Beer in the News
Freeport is making major beer moves, with scads of new breweries joining flagship brewer Maine Beer Company, and the media is taking notice….
Chef Christian Noe, “Nighthawk,” will serve the brew pub’s customers from a food truck before moving to the second floor of the establishment at Freeport Crossing.
With Maine Beer Co., Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub and Stars & Stripes Brewing Co. already in place on the U.S. Route 1 corridor and Brickyard Hollow downtown, there will be two newcomers.
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