1. Tonight we have a guest review from my cousin Erin. It's her first review I hope you like it.
    New Belgium Summer Helles Lager.

    It looks very light. Almost like bud light or Coors light but tastes much better. It's not like an IPA but doesn't have all of the floral or lemony taste like a summer ale usually does. There wasn't a lot of head because I had such a fantastic pour. :)
    The bottle says "originally brewed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of telluride bluegrass, our summer helles became a festival favorite worth sharing with everyone. A trio of hops harmonize with German malt and yeast to whet your well tuned whistle."
    It is hoppier than most summer beers but then there is a softer after taste. I guess I would say it smelled like a light lager? I would give it 2 stars out of 5.

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  2. Naukabout Beer Company based in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts has recently announced the release of two new beers in their lineup. This will bring Naukabout Beer Company's lineup to three beers. We at Journey to the Beer Store are excited with this announcement from Naukabout Beer Company and are looking forward to trying Naukabout's two new beers in the near future!

    Naukabout Beer Company's first new beer is called Lighthouse Ale.


    Naukabout describes Lighthouse Ale as the following: "Light, crisp and refreshing Lighthouse Ale is a blonde style beer that goes down easy. If you or your friends are looking for a beach beer or just something that you can enjoy throughout the day then this is the beer for you".  Luckily for you if you are planning your next beach day Lighthouse Ale is available right now!

    Naukabout Beer Company's second new beer is White Cap IPA.

     
    They describe White Cap IPA as a "delicious, hoppy IPA". If you want to try this new IPA don't worry this brew will be available in the next few days!

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  3. Steve Hindy co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery chronicles the turmoil’s and success of the craft beer industry in his new book, The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink. Steve has been collecting the stories for the book for the past 27 years and within eight months he had this amazing collection put together into a remarkable read. I honestly have to say that from the minute I started reading The Craft Beer Revolution I had trouble putting the book down. At Journey to the Beer Store we thought it would be great to interview Steve Hindy, learn why he decided to write this book, learn about some of the behind stories that he chronicled and where he sees the craft beer industry in the next 30 years.

     

    Why did you decided to write The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink?

    I have had the great fortune to witness an amazing triumph of American entrepreneurialism. I started collecting stories for the book literally 27 years ago. The rise of craft beer in America is an incredible business and human story.

    How long did it take you to gather the research and write The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink?

     It took about 8 months to research and write the book.

    In the chapter “The First Generation” you write about the first generations of craft brewers. Where would the craft beer industry be without this first generation?

    The First Generation laid the groundwork for the craft beer revolution by educating millions of Americans about craft beer, and by demonstrating the positive impact a brewery could have on a community.  The First Generation also persuaded hundreds of beer wholesalers across the country that craft beer could be an important part of their portfolios.

    In the chapter “The Class of ’88” you highlight 11 breweries that started in 1988 and are still operational. Are you surprised that your brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, along with the 10 others that you highlighted are still open and have been so successful?

    All of us in the Class of '88 worked tirelessly, and against great odds, to establish our companies.  No one likes to talk about it, but I am quite sure that none of us made much, if any, money in the first decade of our existence.  For all of us, failure was not an option.  It was our passion for beer, and our belief in craft beer, that kept us going.

    In the chapter “Big Money Meets Craft Brewing” you write how you would pin failed breweries on your office wall. Why did you do this and did seeing all these failed breweries on your wall, motivate you and your partners?

    In the 1990s, many craft breweries failed.  Rumors were flying.  The list was my way of sorting the truth from rumor.  I was determined not to join that list.

    If you could have two dream six packs, one from the first generation breweries, and another from the second generation breweries, which six beers would be in each of your dream six packs?

    First Generation: Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Anchor Steam, Abita Amber, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter; Second Generation: Allagash White, Fat Tire, Dogfish 60, Pliny the Elder, Firestone Double Barrel, Lost Abbey Judgement Day.

    Where do you see the craft beer industry in the next 30 years?

    Craft beer will be more than half the US brewing industry in 30 years.

    You have written two books now and are a co-owner of a brewery. Which one is more difficult…opening and running brewery or writing a book on the craft beer industry?

    Starting and running a brewery is much more difficult.  It takes everything you have and many qualities you didn't know you had.  Writing is hard, but I enjoy writing and I get great satisfaction from it.  It helps me keep things in perspective.  
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  4. Somerville, Massachusetts: Somerville Brewing, the makers of Slumbrew beers, is excited to announce the opening of a new outdoor craft beer and dining experience at SomBlox Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts.



    “American Fresh, as a craft beer and food project, has been a dream we’ve had on the backburner for a long time. When asked by Federal Realty to bring Slumbrew and our American Fresh concept to this exciting new area of Somerville, we were thrilled with the opportunity. It’s an exciting time of growth for us.” said Jeff Leiter, co-founder of Somerville Brewing Company.



    “Our business has been growing rapidly over the past three years. We’re so excited about creating a place where people can get a Slumbrew in the fresh air and check out the new Assembly Row neighborhood. American Fresh Taproom will also host a number of art experiences from the local Somerville community. We’re especially grateful for this opportunity to bring a smaller, local business to the Assembly Row campus.” noted co-founder Caitlin Jewell. Jewell and Leiter are a husband and wife team that have co-owned and managed multiple businesses together for over sixteen years.
    Located near LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the AMC Theater and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, this outdoor location will introduce the American Fresh Taproom concept to a variety of guests. “We place a really high value on artisanal products so a lot of planning has gone into the selection of foods and planning the overall experience for our guests. Our food concept is based on working with artisan food suppliers, with an emphasis on local or regional products.” Leiter added. All of the food will be served on compostable dinnerware from Verterra. Food suppliers will rotate on a regular basis, but initially includes Fiore Di Nonno and Great Hill Creamery cheese, Olli and Creminelli Meats, When Pigs Fly Breads, Taza Chocolate, Grillo’s Pickles, soups and sandwiches and, for dessert, the Somerville tradition of a Fluffernutter treat.

    Operating under the name American Fresh Taproom, this new location will pair Slumbrew beers with fresh local food, sandwiches and charcuterie plates in a casual beer garden environment. SomBlox at Assembly Row is a collection of shipping containers that have been converted into retail and food prep spaces surrounding an open beer garden area to create a unique destination in the thriving new Assembly Row neighborhood.

    Presently, a soft opening is planned for July 30 and July 31, but access to American Fresh Taproom will be by ticketed invitation only during the first two days. American Fresh Taproom will be open to the public  Friday August 1, 2014.  Operating hours are expected to be 11am-10pm Monday - Saturday and noon-8pm Sunday.


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    Somerville Brewing Company, Inc., the makers of Slumbrew craft ales, was started in 2011 by Jeff Leiter and Caitlin Jewell out of their Somerville, MA pilot brewery. All of the brewery’s beer recipes have been invented and tested in Somerville and developed for commercial production at Mercury Brewing, while business operations are also run out of Somerville. The company will open its own brewery and the American Fresh Taproom - Boynton Yards later in 2014, in addition to the Assembly Row location. Slumbrew’s core beers include Flagraiser IPA, Happy Sol, Porter Square Porter and Trekker Trippel. Slumbrew is available in 12 and 22 ounce bottles and on tap in six states. For more info please see: www.slumbrew.com | facebook.com/Slumbrew | Somerville Brewing Company, Inc., 1310 Broadway, Somerville MA 02144
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  5. In a couple of days, the Nation's birthday will be here. July 4th is a time when everyone stops what they are doing for the day to spend time with family and friends, eat some great food, go to the beach, the lake or the pool. One essential part of most everyone's July 4th celebration (besides the fireworks) is some great beer. At Journey to the Beer Store we wanted to help you make that hard decision on what beer to bring that next July 4th party. Lets face it you shouldn't show up empty handed to the party!


    Brew Free! Or Die IPA (21st Amendment, San Francisco, CA)

    Lets face it the logo for this is as American as it can get, right?! Brew Free! Or Die IPA is not just a catchy name and logo it's a really great IPA! Your friends might let you stay for a little bit longer if you bring this brew to the July 4th festivities.







    Narragansett Dell's SHANDY (Narragansett Brewing Company, Rochester, NY)

    I have been in love with this beer since I first tried it a few weeks ago on Fathers day weekend. In the Boston area this beer is so popular it is difficult to keep on the shelves at some stores. So after you been drinking

    a few hoppy beers or you want a nice light refreshing beer at your July 4th cookout this is the beer for you! Or if you think you are too of a "manly man" to drink this then pick up a six pack for the females at July 4th party...they will be happy with you.



    

    Lobstah Killah (Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew), Somerville, MA)

    The name says it all with this brew. What a better way to spend the 4th of July with a lobster or two with a Lobstah Killah beer. However, you might want to pace yourself with this Lobstah Killah because at 8% ABV if you drink too many of these at your July 4th party it could be a hangover maker.
    
    
     
    Yuengling Lager ( Yuengling Brewing Company, Pottsville PA/Tampa FL)
     
    Yuengling Lager is one of my favorite beers. It is a great easy drinkable beer and how can you celebrate July 4th without a beer from the Nation's oldest brewery?!?
     
    Dales Pale Ale ( Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO)
     
    Dale's Pale Ale is another great tasting beer. It is always a craft beer staple in my house. A bonus with Dale's Pale Ale and all other Oskar Blues beers is that they only available in cans. So if you want to bring them on the boat, to the beach, or in the pool you shouldn't have an issue.
     
    Fort Point Pale Ale (Trillium Brewing Company, Boston MA)
     
    I have had several of Trillium Brewing Company beers and they are all really good. I recently visited
    Trillium Brewing Company (if you are in Boston you should take a journey to visit them). Fort Point Pale is a great tasting beer. I wish I bought more then a two bottles of it at my visit!Your host will be happy when you bring Fort Point Pale or any other Trillium beers to your July 4th event.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    
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  6. Its been awhile since I did a review. I have been drinking some really good beer lately so I thought it would be a good time to write a review. Tonight review is of Wachusett Brewing Company Summer Ale. Wachusett Brewing Company is located in Westminster MA. Wachusett Summer Ale is a American wheat ale style of beer. Wachusett Summer Ale is 4.7%ABV.


    Wachusett summer ale. Pours a light hazy yellow color a small white head that fades quickly that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is lemon with a wheat and grassy. Taste lemon, wheat and some hints of citrus hops. This was a refreshing drinkable summer beer. This will be one of my handful of beers I will drink this summer sitting my porch.






     

     
     

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  7. Does Luke Livingston mean anything to you? Well if it doesn’t it should. Luke Livingston is owner of one of Maine’s best craft breweries, Baxter Brewing Company. Like many other craft brewery owners Luke was an avid home brewer prior to opening the Baxter Brewing Company however he took a different journey from home brewer to brewery owner. Luke learned a lot about the craft beer industry career when he started the beer website called www.blogaboutbeer.com. After the passing of his mother to breast cancer Luke sold his website and spent his days writing his business plan to open Baxter Brewing Company. We at Journey to the Beer Store thought it would be great to talk to Luke and learn more about Baxter Brewing Company and his thoughts on the craft beer industry.
     
    How did you get into the beer business?

    I learned a lot about the beer business through running a blog—www.blogaboutbeer.com—for several years; including the birth of canned craft beer in 2006-2009 with Oskar Blues, Surly, 21st Amendment, etc. I was also an avid homebrewer, since college, although I’ve never done the brewing at Baxter (I leave that up to folks far more talented than I am). After my Mom lost her battle with breast cancer in January, 2009, I quit my day job to write my business plan for Baxter. A few million dollars and nervous breakdowns later, we broke ground on the brewery in June of 2010.
    Your brewery Baxter Brewing was the first craft brewery in New England to offer all of your beers in cans. Why did you decided to can your beers?
    We can our beer for three reasons. First, cans are better for the environment. Our cans, manufactured at Ball Corp., are made of 50% post-consumer recycled aluminum, and are infinitely recyclable. Americans are at least twice as likely to recycle aluminum as they are glass, so our packaging will continue to help the environment. Lastly, cans require less energy to create than glass bottles and less fuel to ship to the brewery, since empty cans weigh far less than empty bottles. Secondly, cans are better for the beer. The beer in our cans has never seen UV light, which spells death for fresh beer. Every glass bottle, regardless of its color, will let UV light in over time, resulting in “skunked” beer. Anything you drink from a glass bottle will be less fresh than the same beer in a can. Our dissolved oxygen levels are much lower than similar beers in bottles (helping the beer maintain freshness) and our packaging cools down much faster, so you can be drinking the beer sooner! Third, but not least, cans can go where glass cannot. The park, the pool, the beach, the golf course, the disc golf course, the sailboat, camping, hiking, fishing, or just lounging in the hammock. Think about it, cans can go where glass cannot.
    You distribute your beers to Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Vermont do you have any plans to distribute your beer to any other states in the future? 
    We’ve been kicking a few tires lately with distributors in some major markets on the east coast, but aren’t quite ready to go into detail.  And we certainly won’t be making any of those moves until we get through this summer (we recently finished a $2 Million, 400% expansion, and need to make sure our home markets have all the beer they want before we start talking to anyone new).

    You recently came out with a new beer Tarnation California-Style Lager. Do you have any plans to release any new beers in the future?

    We released a VERY limited collaboration beer this week—Daughters of Poseidon—which we brewed with our friends at DC Brau brewing in Washington DC.  DC Brau is the first brewery in the District (where I lived until I was 8, when I moved to Maine) since prohibition; cans their entire line of beers too; and opened just a few months after we did, so we have a lot in common.  The beer is a hefty (8% ABV) black IPA, brewed with Oysters.  We brewed the Maine version with oysters from Glidden Point in Damariscotta, ME and they brewed with Chesapeake Bay oysters from northern Virginia.
    We’ll have another limited release, a Double IPA, coming out in October; a holiday-themed beer released just after Thanksgiving; and a spring seasonal on the shelves in the first quarter of 2015.  So yeah, you could say we’re keeping quite busy J

    What is the most popular that you brew?

    Our “flagship” beer, as much as I hate that phrase, is Stowaway IPA.  It does account for 60% of our total production and is the number one best-selling India Pale Ale in the state of Maine!  But the initial sales rate and rate of growth of Tarnation is definitely well-surpassed our expectations.  It’s off to an incredible start!
     
    I like the names of your beers and your can designs. Who comes up with the names of your beers and your can designs?
    The names have definitely been a collective process; we let everyone at Baxter (there are 27 of us now) throw ideas into the ring and, although I’ve done most of the naming, plenty of people have contributed to the process.  All of our design work to-date has been done by a freelance Maine designer, and close friend of the brewery’s, Josh Fisher.
     
    You recently brewed a collaboration beer called Daughters of Poseidon with Brandon Skall, founder of DC Brau. Can you tell us how this partnership came about?
    As mentioned above, there’s a lot of symmetry between our two breweries.  We got together over beers at the 2013 American Craft Beer Festival in Boston and decided we wanted to brew a collaboration beer together.  We wanted to make something with an ingredient well-known in both regions (New England and the Mid Atlantic) and immediate thought of seafood.  We joked about crustaceans—lobsters and crabs—but knowing that wasn’t feasible, we landed on oysters pretty quickly. Oyster stout is a fairly common style but since both Baxter and DC Brau love pushing the boundaries and we were pretty sure no one had ever put oysters in an IPA, we had to go there.

    Why do you think collaborations in the craft beer world have been so popular recently?
    I think they’re a lot of fun for both brewer and consumer alike. It’s a great time, from our end, to work with other brewers to craft recipes, brands, names, designs, etc. and both parties (or more) usually learn a great deal from one another through that process. It just further exemplifies the comradery and collaborative nature of our industry as a whole.  From the consumer stand-point, it offers a new and usually limited-in-volume beer that is really fun to explore, learn about, collect, etc.  It’s a win-win.
     
    If you could have a dream six pack, what beers would be in your dream six pack?
    I’ll pick only beers that aren’t one-off or one-time productions and aren’t Baxter beers, to make it a little easier… the 6 beers in my dream 6-pack (and please know that this could change at any given time, as I continue to discover new beers—I’m still a beer drinker at heart and love finding new things—and as the seasons and moods change) would be, 1. Allagash Curieux; 2. Alaska Smoked Porter; 3. Something from Cantillion, possibly either Lou Pepe Kriek or Rosé De Gambrinus; 4. Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel; 5. Founders KBS; and 6. and, yeah, probably Westvleteren 12. It is just that good.
     
    Your bio states that you are an excellent juggler. What can you juggle and how many of items can you juggle at one time?
    I used to be much better. I used to practice a lot more too. No coincidence. But I’m sure with a minute to warm up, I could still juggle 3 (with lots of tricks), 4 and 5 balls; clubs; rings; torches; use a diablo (“Chinese yoyo”); etc. When I was in high school, a buddy of mine and I had quite the routine going; we had the central Maine nursing home/birthday party/library/elementary school circuit cornered!
    If you could be a cast members in any TV show in the last 10 years which show would you be on and why?
    Anyone at all involved in Weeds, Californication, or Entourage. Because let’s face it, it’d be fun as hell to film any one of those shows.
     
     
     
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  8. Caitlin Jewell from Slumbrew invited me and my family to this great event in Lexington, MA, that paired great BBQ, local craft beer, music and best of all it was family friendly! Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival benefits the LABBB Collaborative.
    My family and I enjoyed ourselves eating some great BBQ, dancing to great music and most of all drinking some great beer from some of the best local breweries. If you missed the event today, you are in luck because the festival is open tomorrow from 12-4pm. Here is the link to check out all of the great details: http://lexingtonbbqbattle.com/. Enjoy!

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  9. I don’t know about you but I always get excited when I hear about a new series or show coming out about the craft beer industry. Then to realize that show is nothing what you were expecting and doesn’t capture what craft beer is all about, or the show is really good but after a season it goes off the air. I really got excited when I found out about a new web series called American Brewed that will be debuting soon. The two people behind the series are Shane Uriot and Jeremy Quaglia and just happen to both be from Boston. At Journey to the Beer Store we were excited about the series and wanted to learn more…and since the three of us come from Boston I was thinking maybe I could get in episode or two… just kidding (well kind of). Shane just happens to be a film maker and came up with the idea for American Brewed while home brewing with his Grandfather. American Brewed will showcase the people behind your favorite breweries and beers. Along with learning about American Brewed, Shane, Jeremy and I discuss dream six packs and beercations.

    A web series showcasing the craft beer scene in America is such a great idea. How did you come up with the idea to make this series?

    Originally, I (Shane) came up with the concept when I started homebrewing with my Grandfather. I was so fascinated by the craft, I wanted to learn more about it and since I am a film maker, naturally I thought about exploring beer on film. Life happened and the idea sort of fell by the wayside for a little bit until recently. I was helping Jeremy with some media work for the small craft cidery that he owns, Homestead Hard Cider stuff and we were sitting in my room having a few craft beers and we were talking about different craft beers, our likes and our dislikes. Eventually, the conversation lead to some of the projects I had lined up and I told him about American Brewed. I showed him the concepts I had already drawn up and we both decided this was something that we wanted to do and hit the ground running with it.

    Can you tell us more about the series American Brewed?

    We both agree that craft beer deserves better than reality TV and other host driven concepts. It is such an interesting art and it’s filled with creativity and passion and although it is an industry, it is really people and community driven. American Brewed hopes to showcase these people and their beers in an honest light. Although, Shane will be “hosting” the episodes he is really just going to be there in the introduction to kick off the episodes. From there, we are letting the breweries tell their stories with heartfelt testimonies about what goes into their brews, why they brew, what it means to them etc. We will walk through the facilities and then really get into the heart of what makes each beer and each brewery distinct. Visually, it should match the creativity of those on cameras; so again, we don’t want it to look like it is shot like an average TV show. We will use a variety of interesting shots to gain the perspective of the brewers and try to give our viewers a sense of what it means to be a part of their team.

    What breweries will you feature in your first season of American Brewed?

    We are really excited about the list we are currently talking with and scheduling. We are from the Boston and Providence area and since we have such a small budget for the show right now we are going to be showcasing some great companies in the area. As of right now we have Mayflower, Wormtown, Rapscallion, Grey Sail, Foolproof, Blue Hills Brewery, Jack’s Abbey and we are still talking with a few more. The first season will be 9 episodes long.

    I am sure you have learned a lot about the beer industry while filming. What would you say is the most interesting thing that you learned about the craft beer industry that you didn’t know prior to making American Brewed?

    The most interesting thing that we have learned while working on this series is how supportive of a community it is. Every place we go brewers are talking about other brewers in a positive way and suggesting different things to try. Everyone is so passionate about beer, it is really nice to see, especially in business. And the innovation is also really interesting and how it is affected by the communities around them. A lot of places work with local farmers and other companies for ingredients, which gives each beer a real taste of local flavor.

    When can we expect American Brewed to be released and where will people be able to find it?

    Right now release time is planned for September. We will have an actual date we will release in August. We go into production in June and July, so relatively soon! We will release one episode a week on a schedule just like a TV show. All of the episodes will be hosted on our website www.americanbrewedtv.com which we will also be active on with all the production news for upcoming seasons and in the future we plan on doing short little 1 to 2 minute videos on some good smaller breweries that are just starting out. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram @americanbrewed and twitter @a_brewedtv . We update daily with news and behind the scenes photos of the places we go and the people we work with.


    If you could have a dream six pack of beer only from the breweries that you visited while making this series what six beers would be in your six pack?

    Jeremy- Hmm, I definitely like IPA’s and hoppy beers so I think I would choose Wormtown’s Hopulence, Rapscallion Rye IPA, Mayflower Spring Hop, Foolproof Backyard, Jack’s Abby Hopsitute and Grey Sail Flying Jenny.

    Shane- That is tough because they are all so good. I think I would go with Wormtowns Be Hoppy IPA, Rapscallion Rye IPA, Foolproof’s revery (which is a really good Russian Imperial stout) Jack’s Abbey Hoponious Union, Grey Sail Flag Ship, and Mayflower had a Saison when we visited that they were only selling at the brewery for a limited time, its name escapes me but it was awesome and definitely worthy of my six pack!

    Beercations are becoming more and more popular recently. If you could go on a beercation any place where would you go and why?

    Jeremy- Oh, Absolutely. I recently went on a beercation up in Portsmouth, NH. I loved it. There was Smuttynose, Redhook, Portsmouth Brewing Co, and many others. My absolutely favorite was a tiny place called Earth Eagle Brewings. They make incredible beer that is only sold in their taproom which is pretty cool. I would also love to go visit the Colorado beer scene!

    Shane- A beercation sounds awesome right about now. I think if I could go anywhere I would pick Colorado as well. They just have such a great beer scene and Left Hand is one of my favorite companies, I would love for a chance to see their facility. Plus, I am a big outdoors man and it would be great to sip on some craft beer after a long day of fishing and hiking. 

    If the first season is a success will you be filming any more seasons of American Brewed?  (If you are can I come film with you?!?)

    Jeremy and I both plan on doing this long term. Right now we are launching a kickstarter campaign to help us with the initial costs of starting out. Our future is pretty wide open right now, but we hope to grow to the point where we can generate a budget large enough to travel to all different parts of the country and explore those communities and breweries. And you are always more than welcome to come with us! Haha


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  10. One of Maine’s newest craft breweries is Foundation Brewing Company which is owned by Joel Mahaffey and John Bonney. Like many brewers and brewery owners, Joel and John were avid home brewers and met each other at a home brewers club that they were both members of. After becoming friends and realizing that they enjoyed similar styles of beer Joel and John decided to take the next step and open a brewery. At Journey to the Beer Store we were excited when we got a chance to talk to Joel and learn more about Foundation Brewing Company, the craft beer industry and the craft beer scene in Portland. We also learned what would be in Joel’s dream six pack.

    How did you get into the beer business?

    Like many of today's small craft breweries, John and I are both long-time homebrewers with such a passion for beer and the craft of brewing that we wanted to see if we could do it commercially. Lots of home-based experience, coupled with the American Brewer's Guild course and some interning got us off to a good start, and we've learned a lot on our friends in the industry for guidance as we've gotten off the ground.

    What would your advice be to someone who would want to open a brewery?

    It requires dedication, a lot of hard work, and extreme care for details in both your process and in developing your business. Both John and I are extremely passionate and dedicated to producing high-quality, consistent beer, and are very structured in our plans for the business. We worked with someone at a local organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start a business, and that was invaluable. Talk to your friends, family members, and industry members. Be passionate.
     
     

    How did you come up with name Foundation Brewing Company?

    One of the stories of why humans stopped the practice of hunting and gathering food involves the desire to cultivate grains to make beer. We like the idea that beer played a strong role in the Foundation of civilization as we know it today.

    You brew two beers Eddy a farmhouse Ale and Blaze Farmhouse IPA. Which one of these two beers is your flagship beer?

    Neither, and both. We don't pretend to know which of our beers will be embraced more enthusiastically by our fans, and don't want to force the production of any one brand over another. If we end up making more Blaze than Eddy, we're OK with that. We love both beers for different reasons, and both represent the type of beers we like to make.

    Do you have plans to release any new beers?

    We will always have plans to release more beers. The trouble is figuring out how to do it. Right now, our production capacity is more or less restricted to two beers, due to fermentation and cooperage capacity. We've got a lot of recipes that we're excited to release, and we're doing some small batches for brewery release and tastings only. We're doing this so that we can continue to satisfy the homebrewer's itch to continue to experiment and do new things, but also to give the people who stop by the brewery a unique experience. Hopefully some of these beers will see a larger production before too long!

    How much beer will you be brewing this year?

    We expect to produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000-1,200bbls of beer this year. It's really hard to predict what our production capacity will look like 6 months from now, but that's our best guess.

    Your beers are only available on draft and at the brewery will you be bottling/canning your beers any time soon?

    The short answer is no. We feel that draft is the best way to consistently deliver uber-fresh beer to our customers, and that is our number one priority. A packaging line is fairly complicated, and difficult to run well. Both of us are new to brewery ops, and wanted to make sure that we weren't putting out poorly packaged beer just so that we could put it in stores right away. We will do something down the line, but only when we feel the time is right.

    We just began a program where we deliver growlers to a local retail outlet on a pre-order basis, and we package the same day they are delivered. This is the only way we were comfortable delivering growlers off-premise, as freshness is key. We're excited to see if this program continues to be as successful as it has been.

    Portland seems to be turning into the beer Capitol of Maine with breweries that have been open for awhile like Shipyard, Allagash, Geary's, Gritty McDuff's and newer breweries like Maine Beer Company and Rising Tide. Why do you think so many breweries have chosen Portland to open their breweries?

    Portland is a fantastic place for beer for a long list of reasons. The water is ideal for brewing a wide range of beer styles, there are good spaces to be found for start-ups, and the community is very supportive. The food scene in Portland is also a great accompaniment to well-crafted beer, which helps enhance both industries.

    The Craft beer industry has had significant growth in the last 10 plus years do you think the industry can sustain this growth?

    I do. I think that new breweries should exercise some caution, if only for the quality of product that is coming into the market. As I've said, John and I are extremely concerned about quality, and if everyone takes the same approach, I think there's lots of room to convert more light lager drinkers to craft beer drinkers.

    If you could have a dream six pack what would be in your six pack?

    Wood-aged funky/sour beers from Cantillon, Jolly Pumpkin, Russian River, Allagash, 3 Fonteinen and Fantome. I never get to have enough of those kinds of beer. Any other six pack would change greatly depending on the time of year and my mood.
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