Back in the United States, reflecting on the fantastic trip… it seemed only appropriate to celebrate the completion of this journey by visiting producers of the other malted barley beverage which I enjoy. Since their product is certainly not as “high-octane,” sampling ales from four breweries in Portland, ME during the course of an afternoon promised to be less exhausting than touring distilleries (especially by bike). A special shout-out to the newest craft brewery back home: I am looking forward to finally tasting your ales and helping out when I return!
a go-to brewery for several years; Daymark (a rye IPA) is a favorite
a new-to-me “small batch” brewery; I finally understand what an IPL is
exterior view… really looks like a bunker
the brewhouse – little bigger than a garage
very active yeast!
only four months old; I actually visited yesterday but came back today to fill a “howler” with their tasty ginger-infused Saison
exterior view (don’t hang your head, your beer is very good!)
the brewhouse (also quite small)
Maine’s largest Belgian-style craft brewer; if you haven’t tried Curieux, you just don’t know (the Prince Tuesday colla”brew”ation with Maine Beer Co. and Rising Tide is also fantastic)
grain milled on site
mash tun, lauter tun, whirlpool – German design!
rows and rows of fermenters
some of the original brewing equipment
active yeast during cask maturation