[There is just too much beer in the world to only taste twice a month. In the spirit of more is better the Blind Tiger podcast team has decided to add “samplesodes” to the podcast lineup. These mini-episodes will feature only tastings of hopefully unique or exotic beer, often on location to keep your Blind Tiger intake at a more regular interval.]
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the great state of Maine and try out their craft beer (and more!) scene. While some don’t believe it has the pedigree of Vermont, Maine’s beer scene shares many positive similarities and has plenty of fine institutions. Many of these are scattered along the beautiful coast and more than a handful are calling the cosmopolitan city of Portland their home base. Widely known for Allagash and Shipyard, Portland is now home to half a dozen craft alcohol producers, including a distillery, meadery, and cidery, and also has its fair share of exquisite watering holes where one might imbibe a pint. Like Vermont, their is a very proud “buy local” culture and even your basic pizza joint has a couple of local variants on the menu.
Maine also has a very diverse beer scene and it was in this vain that I wanted to explore more in depth and share with Jesse. This past week was a “duosode” featuring him and I and three yeast fermented beverages that aren’t considered beer. Since most of the better beer is not bottled, and the mead was too damn good to not share with others, I presented him with three options, each wildly different.
- Maine Mead Works – Lavender Mead
- Urban Farm Fermentory – Baby Jimmy
- Urban Farm Fermentory – Hopped Kombucha
Yes, that’s right. Even though they may not make a beer proper, The UFF still throws hops into anything including Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage. They also do a hopped cider (or cidah, as they call it) but I missed out on it and settled for the Baby Jimmy, a name that belies its punch. Enjoy this ‘cast where Jesse and I riff on intricacies of each and learn which of us was a little trepidacious about trying the Kombucha.Play in new window | Download