Today we're going to switch it up from talking about eating locally to drinking locally.  When I moved to Portland three years ago, I knew about the amazing local food scene, but I had no idea how many local breweries there are in the area (and all over Maine).  In addition to the bigger breweries like Shipyard, Allagash, and Peak Organic, there seem to be new smaller breweries opening all the time.  Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite local beers.  Beer also makes a great hostess gift for all those holiday parties coming up, and a mix of different beers is the perfect gift for the beer-lover in your family.

My ability to describe the complexities and variations in beer tastes is very similar to Michael Scott's ability to describe fine wines, so bear with me.  If you are looking for a more detailed description, I suggest clicking the links which will take you to the brewery's website.

Stowaway IPA - Baxter Brewing, Lewiston, ME - 6.9% ABV

Hoppy, slightly more bitter than your average IPA.

Ursa Minor Weizen Stout - Rising Tide Brewing, Portland, ME - 6.7% ABV

Dark, rich, perfect for a cold winter night.

Coal Porter - Atlantic Brewing, Bar Harbor, ME - 5.6% ABV

Rich, smoky, slightly bitter.

Nut Brown Ale - Peak Organic Brewing, Portland, ME - 4.7% ABV

Classic and hearty brown ale.

Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing, Lewiston, ME - 6.8% ABV

Thick stout with a chocolate-y twist.

Farmhouse Pale Ale - Oxbow Beer, Newcastle, ME - 6% ABV

A classic farmhouse ale, light but not boring.

These are all Maine beers, but I know there are tons of great beers all over New England as well.  What are your favorite local beers?  Will you be giving the gift of beer this holiday season?


Christine said...

The Shed, established in Stowe VT is a new favorite of ours. When we run out of home brew ale or cider, this is a good second. Currently, we have enough hard cider to get us through this cold and into spring :)

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