Three Maine breweries are doing what, a mere decade ago, conventional brewers’ wisdom said was impossible: making spontaneously fermented beer outside the climes of Belgium’s Senne River Valley.
Maine’s whirligig beer scene left D.L. Geary Brewing Company behind. Now, New England’s oldest craft brewery is under new ownership, releasing new beers, and taking a new approach to brewing. Can it attract new drinkers?
To make Blueberry Dream soda taste like blueberries, Green Bee owner Chris Kinkade uses, well, real blueberries, eschewing the concentrates and vague “natural flavorings” in big-brand bevs.
In 2016, Mason Irish and business partner Kevin Antonucci opened Saco River Brewing.
For a winter belly warmer, Hardshore barkeep Travis Gauvin makes what he calls the Pear Necessities.
Stir a spoonful into hot water and — voila! — honey tea.
Traveling in Italy, Liquid Riot owner Eric Michaud fell in love with Fernet-Branca. So he and brother/head distiller Ian Michaud worked out their own version.
Bob Sewall’s Lincolnville farm — Maine’s oldest organic apple orchard — is his life’s passion and a wellspring of innovation.
Maine Juice Co. owners Tim and Michelle Nickerson cold-press their juices and they don’t pasteurize, both to protect fresh-fruit flavor and to preserve nutrients.
Northern Lite has an alluringly hazy amber complexion and a fortifyingly grainy, earthy flavor — a refreshing bridge between micro and macro brewing styles.
And into the black? A pair of winemaking buddies is betting on Maine blueberry bubbly.
It’s unnerving that most fruit-flavored vodkas are as clear as water. But the blueberry vodka at Split Rock Distilling is the color it ought to be.