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.
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.