Well it has been a while since I posted but life has been crazy. Family and work take up most of my time and the blog has taken back seat, but I am back and plan to change things up a bit. Rather than reviewing every beer that I drink I am going to post weekly updates of places I visited, beers I enjoyed and add a fun new feature where I poll my visitors to determine what beer I should pull out of my cellar to drink the following week.
I travel a lot for work and I often stop at out of the way beer stores hoping to find some forgotten treasures. This week I was fortunate to find 4 bottles of 3 Fonteinen. The first two; Oude Geuze and Oude Geuze Cuvee Armand & Gaston came from a local shop – The Vault – in Lewiston (thanks Keith) and then I found a 750 and a 375 of Intense Red sitting on shelf in Southwest Harbor. These beers were expensive but I am sure they will be worth it.
I also purchased the first two canned offerings from One Eye Open Brewing a very small brewery that recently opened in Portland. As of now they do not have a tap/tasting room and are only open for retail sales occasionally. Check their website and social media pages for more info as well as places you can find their beer on draft and see below for a couple of pics and brief review of each.
Relatively slow week for visiting breweries as I was out of the office the week before so spent most of the week getting caught up on emails and paperwork. Friday I did escape the office and ventured up to Bar Harbor to check out the construction progress for Atlantic Brewing Company’s new facility at 52 Cottage St. Doug showed me around the space pointing out where various items will be; a small batch brewhouse, roof top seating, retail area, etc. The space will be great and you can follow the progress by liking the Facebook page for 52 Cottage. This is going to be a very popular spot when it opens and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy a beer.
Rather than posting a full review of each beer I drink I will highlight a few beers that I enjoyed either at home or at a local bar/restaurant.
|Liquid Riot – It’s Another Barrel Aged Saison – Rating 4.25/5
Had this beer at Blaze in Bangor on Friday and it was great. Liquid Riot has really stepped up their game and is making some of the best beer out there right now. If you haven’t tried their beer before or in a while give them a shot.
|Liquid Riot / Orono Brewing Collab – Shaka Zulu – Rating 4 / 5
Didn’t take photo of this one but enjoyed this at Marche in Lewiston. Described as a Nordic Blonde this was a tasty beer.
|Foundation Brewing – Prototype 4 – Rating 4 / 5
Another beer enjoyed at Marche in Lewiston. This is a 6.5% experimental IPA with Galaxy, Amarillo & Azacca hops. Lots of lemon, grass, super aromatic and bright. Slightly bitter finish which leaves you wanting more. Great beer and one I would drink many times over if it became a regular offering.
|One Eye Open Brewing – In Clover – Rating 4 / 5
This is their single IPA and the first beer I had from them at the Freshman Orientation event back in November. Really enjoyed it then and it was just as good in a can.
|One Eye Open Brewing – Anything & Everything – Rating 3.5 / 5
Double IPA from OEO clocks in at 8% ABV and I had high hopes since I enjoyed In Clover a lot. Overall pretty solid start but it was a tad malty, had a huge head when poured into a glass and the alcohol was apparent. Hoping this one improves as they refine thier processes.
|Deciduous Brewing – Morphology – Rating 4 / 5
Another beer enjoyed at Blaze in Bangor. This was super clear just like almost all of David’s beers. Only complaint was a fair amount of alcohol burn. Not surprising for an 8% DIPA.
Weekly Cellar Poll
Hopefully you made it through this rather long post so you can help decide which bottle from my cellar I will open next week. This week I decided to pull out a few Cantillon bottles, whichever one gets the most votes I will open at some point this week and review in next weeks update. Vote below: