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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: June 05, 2017, 12:30:48 PM »
I just did a whole bunch of research in advance of my roadtrip next week.... and yeah, it looks like 3 Dollar Deweys, Gritty's, and Shipyard should be skipped!  I find it very interesting that the only ~10 breweries and dive bars that existed in Portland just ~16 years ago are now pretty much ALL rated at the VERY BOTTOM of the list ('cept for Allagash)!  Survey says I should visit the following, and in approximately this order:

Austin Street
Bissell Bros

And maybe the Great Lost Bear if I want to make a trek uptown.  Most everything else pretty much looks skippable.  Please correct me if I'm wrong!  I might still have to make a short stop at Dewey's, just for the nostalgia.  :)

Thanks for the input, blatz and all, and sorry I wasn't of more pertinent help earlier!  It pays to look these things up.  BeerAdvocate actually is a pretty good resource, not the only one but one of my primaries.  TripAdvisor too.

If you are coming on a Saturday, move Allagash to the top of the list since they open at 11am and Austin and Foundation open at 12.  Also, keep an eye on what Bissell is releasing for cans that day...sometimes they open at 11am for cans and expect a line.  Bissell is now downtown-ish too at Thompsons Point.

The Great Lost Bear isn't too far down Forest Ave from Allagash/Foundation area, and there's a couple good bottles shops near there.  You won't be in the Old Port area if that's what you're looking to avoid.

If you feel adventurous, there are a few great breweries outside of Portland.  Maine Brewing about 45 minutes north and Banded Horn, SoMe, Woodland Farms and Tributary to the south along the coast.  Woodland Farms, Kittery outlets area across from Kittery Trading Post and Tributary (Tod Mott's brewery) are the furthest but definitely worth the trip.

The Pub / Re: NBA Finals
« on: June 02, 2017, 05:09:09 PM »
All I know is it's one game closer to being over :P

Hockey and Basketball in June just doesn't seem right.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: May 18, 2017, 07:12:50 PM »
Near Allagash (across the street) is Foundation and around the back of that building is Austin Street Brewing.  There's another one in planning (Battery something I think, but not sure if it's open yet).

On the way downtown via Forest Ave is The Great Lost Bear (good beer annd great food - Almighty Cheesus mmm) and the Bier Cellar just down the street from there (decent beer store).

Now for the goodies.  Shipyard is in the Old Port section and honestly, could be missed.  A little hard to find is Novre Res...excellent bar with tons of Belgian choices.  $3 Dewey's is ok, but I'd skip if time is limited.  Also in Old Port is Liquid Riot, a brewery and distillery.  They do half shots there, which is nice.  Other options are Rising Tide, Oxbow Blending and Bottling Room.

Down at Thompson's Point (near the train station) you'll find Bissell Brothers (one of the best in the area) and Bunker Brewing.

Foul Mouth is across the bridge, but it's the only one out there so it really depends on time.

Here's a photo to give you an idea of the layout of Portland:

If you're still in the market for a grainfather, Northern Brewer has a code they just released today, "BEER" that can be used on the GF.  Brings the cost down to $832 ($712 if you want the previous version that doesn't have the BT controller). 

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Pump
« on: May 15, 2017, 12:41:59 PM »
I like that I can upgrade my current pump.  Will definitely check this out at NHC in June.

The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:18:03 PM »

The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:08:42 PM »
Can't wait to see the haters' heads explode over this one:


I sent a message to the Portland Mashing Maineiacs Facebook page, in case they don't have anyone on this forum. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: May 09, 2017, 02:56:38 PM »
Just received another email that they are still working on the site.

The Pub / Re: Lagunitas to be wholly owned by Heineken
« on: May 05, 2017, 06:30:34 PM »

 ;D ;D ;D

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:12:26 PM »
I think in protest, everyone should send their WW beer to be disposed of.  Send me a message for my, um I mean, the disposal address. :)

We haven't had any acquisition news in a while, but this is a big one!

The Pub / Re: Congratulations...You're Old
« on: April 27, 2017, 07:03:12 PM »
I have shoes older than Harry Potter.  Probably a few t-shirts, too.

At least you didn't say Underwear (and please don't if you do :) )

All Grain Brewing / Re: Does recirculation lower mash efficiency ...
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:09:01 PM »
I think the directions for the Blichmann Brew Easy say to stir the top 1/3 of the mash 15 minutes in (and maybe every 15 minutes...not sure about that one) so maybe this would help.

I use a grainfather so there's a top plate that disperses the recirculation evenly onto the grain bed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Big Brew May 6
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:06:26 PM »
Our club is setting up at Woodland Farms Brewery in Kittery, ME.  This brewery just opened a few months ago, and set up right in the middle of the Kittery Outlets...Genius!

Not sure any of us are brewing the offical recipes but we plan on participating in the official toast.

Beer Travel / Re: Nashua, NH
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:00:40 PM »
Oh.  Well in Nashua, this would be a good place to start:

Mass is just over the border and they may have some other offerings we can't get in our state (stupid liquor laws and the ton of paperwork the state makes you go through).

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