The Clink (17)

Getting to know Battery Steele Brewing Company

“So this is our Flume Double IPA,” Shane Noble begins, “you can take the bigger glass.” We’re off to a good start at Battery Steele Brewing Company, the newest addition to the One Industrial Way complex, alongside Austin Street and Foundation. The brewery is named for the titular WWII-era gun battery fortification out on Peaks Island. The fort is a spooky, powerful place, you can get lost in the tunnels and find pitch-black darkness at…

Please, Pour Some Head Into Your Beer

I’ve just seen yet another Instagram post I “may like” from a guy who scored some great beer. In this case, it’s Elaborate Metaphor, a delicious American Pale Ale from Burlington Beer Company. This guy has poured his beer into a 16 oz glass, but rather than leaving a bit of space at the top, and pouring vigorously, he has painstakingly set about having the liquid beer itself fill 100% of the vessel, eclipsing the…

Talking Barrel Aging with Barreled Souls

When Chris Schofield and Matt Mills started Barreled Souls and poured their first beers in 2014, they were still a full year out from serving a barrel aged beer. The brewery and taproom in Saco are distinct in that it ferments all of its beer in oak barrels, a technique first pioneered in Burton-on-Trent England in the 1800s, but fermentation and aging are two different things. It wasn’t until the one-year anniversary party that they…

The Clink: Checking in with Mast Landing Brewing Company

We’re now up to 89 breweries and counting in the state. While the concerns about an eventual craft brewery “bubble” make for interesting dinner conversation, the industry in Maine has shown admirably few growing pains. It would be one thing if the recent spate of brewery openings was watering down the standard of quality in the state, but what has happened is close to the opposite. The Maine beer industry is now a thoroughly collegial…

The Clink: Checking in with Gneiss Brewing Company

Of all the considerations that go into starting a new brewery, location is one of the most central. Most brewers opt for a spot near the heart of a populous area and do so for two obvious reasons: increased foot traffic and proximity to more draft accounts.   But when Dustin Johnson and Tim Bissell, founders of Gneiss Brewing, started brainstorming locations in 2012, they decided to go in a more pastoral direction. The brewery…

The Clink: Getting to Know Dirigo Brewing Company

If I told you twenty years ago that Biddeford was on its way to becoming a culinary and cultural destination, you probably would have laughed me out of the room. But here we are in 2017 and the “Biddosance," as I like to call it, is in full swing. With outstanding food spots like Palace Diner and Custom Deluxe, galleries and boutiques moving into once-shuttered storefronts on Main Street, and, most importantly, the revitalization of derelict…

The Clink: Getting to know Fore River Brewing Company

Throw a rock in Portland, and you’re likely to hit a brewery. The city now boasts over a dozen commercial operations that have made it an international beer destination. Double digit breweries in Portland, while South Portland has a grand total of (drumroll ...) one. The newly opened Fore River Brewing Company sits just off 295 and route 1 in SoPo, and I visited last week to get the rundown on their burgeoning operation. The…

The Clink: Checking in with Banded Horn

Steeped in Norse lore, shaking loose the rust of history, wearing super legit beards. Banded Horn was founded by cousins Ron Graves and Ian McConnell about a year and a half ago in the Pepperell Mill in Biddeford. Prior to returning to Maine, McConnell was head brewer at Sixpoint in Brooklyn, a well established and highly regarded outfit. But he knew from the start that he wanted to run a shop of his own. So…

The Clink: Southern Maine’s most underrated beers

This is an article I wouldn’t have been able to write as of about two years ago, and that’s telling. The proliferation of breweries here at home means it’s never been easier or more satisfying to shop local for whatever style you happen to be craving. Beers like Bissell Brothers’ Substance, Maine Beer Company’s Dinner, Allagash’s Coolship Series, and Tributary’s Mott the Lesser have gained well-deserved attention beyond Maine’s borders, and remain some of the…
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