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A Whole Other Kettle

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?

Swig of the Month

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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.

Hardshore_Distilling_Company

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For a winter belly warmer, Hardshore barkeep Travis Gauvin makes what he calls the Pear Necessities.

Fernet Michaud

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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.

Maine Juice Co

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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 Maine Brewing Co

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Northern Lite has an alluringly hazy amber complexion and a fortifyingly grainy, earthy flavor — a refreshing bridge between micro and macro brewing styles.

Split Rock Distilling blueberry vodka being used an a blueberry martini

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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.