Monthly Archives: September 2012

306. Breckenridge Brewery SummerBright Ale

Picked up this beer through a local beer trade. Ended up with 2 bottles and my wife actually enjoyed one before I had the chance to review it. This is a summer beer so I was not expecting a lot of flavor.

The beer pours a nice yellow with minimal white head. A fair amount of carbonation but not producing a lot of aroma. Some faint wheat and maybe a bit of lemon but not much in the nose. Taste is what I expect from a Summer brew – mild, pleasant and refreshing. Carbonation seemed a bit heavy and that is really the only thing that is memorable about this beer. It is a Summer beer and if you are looking for something to drink on a hot Summer afternoon this one will hit the spot. 
Refreshing and easy to drink
Cons: Mild in aroma and flavor
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Breckenridge Brewery
Brewers Description: Breck Brew’s SummerBright is the result. The craftsman’s touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest’s most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze.

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Hop picking with Peak Organic Brewing

Each year Jon from Peak Organic travels around the State visiting hop farms to collect locally grown hops for his local harvest series. He asked people to join him at Elm Hill Farm to pick some hops. This was my chance to meet up with Jon and also to talk to Arthur – owner of Elm Hill Farm so I made the trek to Monroe, Maine. I arrived shortly after the 1:00 start time and there were several others on the farm. The weather forecast was for 90 degree heat and sun but when I arrived it was 70 and raining. Guess that is what you get when live in Maine. Arthur has a nice building with for harvesting the hops and had 2 tables setup with some hop vines already cut and waiting for us to pluck. After a short demonstration on how to properly detach the hop from the vine we were ready to go. About 15 people were there and everyone was very friendly chatting about beer, hops and anything else that came up.

There was also plenty of Peak Organic beer which certainly made the process that much more enjoyable. While we were busy in the shed Arthur went out to cut more vines and kept us busy for a little over an hour. At that point we had filled the hop drying bins and we were done for the day. Many of the helpers headed off to Monroe falls for a swim but I headed home as it was Friday and I wanted to start my weekend. Arthur’s farm produces hops that are used by many local breweries. The day before I was there Atlantic Brewing was there picking up their hops and the week before Sebago Brewing took a bunch for their local harvest beer. At this point there are 5 or 6 viable hop farms in Maine producing a very small amount of hops but the brewers seem eager to use everything they can produce in their brewing. Hopefully farmers and craft beer enthusiasts will continue to plant and grow hops in the Northeast so we can be a little more self sufficient and provide the many craft brewers in Maine with a quality product they can use in their beer.

If you have a chance to attend a brewers hop picking party go for it. Sure to be lots of fun as you will be around others that enjoy craft beer.

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Campfire Grille – Bridgton, Maine

The Campfire Grille is located on a busy stretch of Route 302 in Bridgton, Maine. It is located about 5 minutes from Shawnee Peak Ski Area and is on the way to Fryeburg and North Conway, NH. With ski season not far away and the Fryeburg Fair coming right up I am sure many of you will find yourself driving by. Next time you do stop as they have 12-taps – 10 with craft beer and 2 occupied by Bud Light and Eli’s Root Beer. The 10-taps are rotated but owner Michelle tries to keep a good mix. When I stopped by on a Friday afternoon around 2:00 there were only a few patrons which was nice as I was able to talk to the bartender and Michelle for some time while enjoying a few beers. The draft list that day included;

  • tapsAtlantic Coal Porter
  • Tuckerman’s Pale Ale
  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead
  • LandShark
  • Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • Three Head’s Brewing Common Man
  • Unibroue Ephemere
  • Allagash White
  • Smuttynose Old Brown Dog

The variety of styles is very good as is the location of the brewery with some local, national and international options on tap. Even though 10 taps is not a lot compared to some of the large beer bars out there Campfire Grill still has something for everyone. They also have beer events; tap takeovers, dinners and entertainment a couple nights a week. I did not try the food on my first visit but the menu looked appetizing and I will certainly be back soon with the wife and kids. They also have a van for local pickup and drop offs so if you are planning a night out and live or are staying in the area give them a call and make a night of it.

Location: 656 North High St – Bridgton, ME 04009 – Map
11 am – 10 pm (mon-wed) / 11 am – 11 pm (Thu – Sat) / 8 am – 12 pm Sunday
Kid Friendly: Yes
Facebook: Page
Twitter: @CampfireGrille
Menu: Link here
Owner’s Description: Specializing in American Cuisine with an emphasis creative comfort food. Join us in the lounge for one of our 12 beers on Tap featuring local craft beers or a creative cocktails (must try our original S’more Tini). With a beautiful view of Beaver Pond, Outdoor seating available in the summer, this is a place you are definately going to want to “gather-round”!

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