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This Summer, Explore Portland's Craft Beer Scene

Please note, this article is sponsored content from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   It’s festival season in Portland.  Each summer the weekends are jam-packed with fests of every sort, celebrating our rich food heritage, tall ships on the waterfront, the local art scene and everything that makes Portland unique.  Set against a backdrop of 19th century architecture, landmarks and seaside charm, these festivals add even more flavor to the quintessential Maine experience for visitors and residents…

Quadrupel it!

This season, we're sipping beers of Belgian origin. We've slurped singels, drunk dubbels, and tanked tripels. We're moving on to the logical conclusion of this advancing series, loyal reader: drinking 200 proof grain alcohol from an enormous bucket! I jest. We'll actually be trying the strongest of the so-called “Abbey Ales.” These beers are known as a quadrupels, or quads, if you're a serious beer geek that would rather use your oxygen for alcohol metabolism,…

Belgian Tripels: Part Deux

This Spring, we're tasting styles of beers from Belgium. Last week, we sipped some tripels straight from Belgium. The dry, refreshing character of these beers, the ambitious alcohol content (often 9% or more), and the surprisingly light body all conspire to make tripel a tremendous style for cold, wet weather. To really enjoy a tripel, you need to embrace one of the more fussy aspects of Belgian beer: specific glassware. Many Belgian brewers recommend a…

Don't be intimidated by these Belgian Tripels

This spring, we're sipping Belgian styles of beer. We've started with traditional Trappist Ales (singels, dubbels) and now we're on to tripels. Last week's tripel tasting got me thinking. “Seth,” I thought (I often address myself in this manner), “these tripels are heavy duty beers! They are 9 percent alcohol. But, oddly they are light, dry and super drinkable. What gives?” Upon further reflection, I realized that many wines (like Vinho Verde, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer)…

Tripel From America

This Spring, we've been sampling beers from Belgium. We've tasted our ways through table beers (a/k/a singles), and dubbels, and this week, we're launching into an exploration of tripels. It's worth pausing to consider the differences between these styles before we start drinking. The singles we tried were spicy and mild, mostly around 5% ABV. The dubbels were darker, richer and stronger – many with ABV's exceeding 7%. Tripels are the pinnacle of this particular…

Drinking from the Source: Belgian Dubbel

This month, we're taking a spring trip to Belgium, and savoring styles of beer from this small country with a remarkably diverse beer culture. This week, we'll sip some dubbels from Belgium. Dubbel is typically a darker, heartier style, with moderate ABV (6-8%). Dubbels typically feature sweeter flavors that arise from the dark candi sugar used to make them – and relatively small quantities of hops. Dubbel pairs well with rich, hearty meals – beef…

Dipping into Dubbel

Welcome to Belgium, loyal reader! We're spending the spring tasting beers from this small country. Last week, we tasted Belgian “table beers”; this, we're moving onto dubbels. This style (like many of the others we'll taste over the next several weeks) has its roots in the traditional brewing culture of the Trappist, a Christian monastic order that originated in La Trappe, France.   Dubbel has an oddly specific origin — it can be traced back…

Swilling Maine Singles

  Close your eyes, loyal reader, and join me on a magical journey. We're going to a tiny country, approximately the size of Maryland, that nonetheless supports three official languages. Citizens here consume an average of 84 liters of beer per year. We're going to Belgium!   Despite its small surface area, Belgium is a giant in the beer world. With a beer culture that predates the crusades, it's no surprise that this tiny country…

Over a Barrel with Maine Stout

  Last week's tasting of Barrel Aged Stout was supposed to mark the dark climax of a month-long exploration of darker beers. Then, a blast of frigid air descended, weakening my resolve, and the combined opportunity to taste local stouts, and use the phrase “dark climax,” proved too much. This week, I'll be sipping several local barrel aged stouts. These intensely aromatic beers benefit from a wide -mouthed glass (like a snifter, or a chalice)…

Imported from Brooklyn: De-lax and enjoy at Drifters Wife

With Brexit, the British have made their stand against free immigration. Soon enough work will begin on Trump’s wall. Is it time we Mainers made a stand against unwelcome migration as well? It does no good to pretend that we don’t have a problem. These quickly accumulating castoffs from Brooklyn threaten to fundamentally change our culture. And since people from Brooklyn don’t care about anything they can’t put in their mouths, it is our culinary…
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