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After lunch, we headed over to Rising Tide. This was also in an office park along with some other breweries and distilleries. When we got there, the Maine Brew Bus was there as well. This is basically a bus that will take you to a bunch of different breweries so you don’t have to drive. Conceptually, I think it’s a great idea. But, after being at the same stop as them, we researched their route so we could avoid them since their tours were full. Rising Tide had a relatively large outdoor space with cornhole and picnic tables. There was also a food truck in case you worked up an appetite. We got a sampler here which came in the most adorable wood box. I found their beers to be decent, although nothing came home with me. The staff was friendly, but due to the crowd, I didn’t speak much to them. The tasting room is in the front of the brewery and you can take a look at their production equipment as well. After we finished there, we stopped next door at a distillery. When we walked in, we saw their bottles, which had really nice graphic design. They offered free samples of everything and since we loved the labels so much, we wanted to try them to see which bottle we wanted to bring home. We hated everything we sampled from the blueberry moonshine to the carrot spirit. We walked out empty-handed, hoping the next place that we stopped had better libations.

eureka

ABV: 4.1%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Blonde Ale brewed entirely with Nelson Sauvin hops, a New Zealand varietal that melds beautiful with a simple bill of pale malts. this is a true ‘session beer’ and one that does not make any compromises. it has a delicate bouquet of passionfruit and a slight lemon flavor that will surely quench your thirst. We have also brewed a few different versions to include new hop varieties like Equinox, Galaxy, and Citra!”

Random: Even their whiskey was awful.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing. The body was a hazy, bright yellow color with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with lemon, grass and tropical fruit. Just by the nose, this was more of the hoppier beers of the style that I’ve ever had. The taste started with some bitter citrus, grass and tropical fruit. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with grass and tropical fruit. This was a really nice, flavorful interpretation of the style that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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The next brewery that we went to was right next to Maine Mead Works. If you didn’t know it was there (at the end of an unmarked alley), you could walk right by it. Oxbow was absolutely empty when we walked in. The bar was absolutely gorgeous with lots of copper and reclaimed wood accents. The space for tables was huge as well. They didn’t have any games, but the beauty of the bar made up for it. I asked if we could order samples and they said no. The smallest pour they had was 8 ounces, which in normal circumstances would be fine. But, when you’re planning on hitting at least 4 other breweries, it can be a bit much. Their beers were good and the staff was relatively friendly, but since the pours were so large, we had one and then headed off to grab lunch.

ma

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ma is a very special amber ale brewed in remembrance of Nate’s grandmother. A fiery Irish spirit who imparted deep values of dedication to family and love, ‘Ma’ was certainly one of a kind. This beer mirrors her spirit with bright notes of citrus, pine, and juicy resin boosted by a rich caramel base and a medium body. A wonderful beer to celebrate the New England transition to cooler weather. Drink to honor Ma and to those whose souls we carry deep in our hearts.”

Random: I love bars with copper accents. Victory has them too.

This beer poured with a very large, cream-colored, fluffy head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, mahogany color and cloudy. Due to the color, there wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose was a combination of caramel malt and citrus hops with some pine resin. The taste was incredibly hoppy up front. There was some peach along with grapefruit. It then transitioned into some bready malt with light sweetness at the end. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It finished with the same caramel sweetness. This was an outstanding beer and one of the best of the style that I’ve had. I’m glad that I got a chance to try this.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

We left Kennebunkport to go spend a few days in Portland. I went to Portland a while back, before I was into beer. It seems like it has exploded into a craft beer mecca of sorts. Our first stop was at Maine Mead Works. This was on a side street and we were the only people there when we walked in. We tried their sampler, which consisted of 4 meads and the 2 of their carbonated meads (both of which we brought home). They were friendly enough, my only complaint being that the sample pours were very, very short and they poured their blueberry mead as the second or third selection and didn’t clean it after. There wasn’t anything to do besides the tasting room, so we bought a set of coasters and some mead and then were off to Oxbow…

treehouse

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “She’s back! What’s better than one shot of espresso? Two shots of espresso! This edition of our favorite coffee infused stout utilizes buckets of Red Barn Coffee Roaster’s Sumatra Mandheling. The Mandheling’s deep cocoa flavors open up to reveal a richly complex treat. We taste flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans, molasses, milk chocolate, balanced by sweet touches of brown sugar. A pungent & decadent bean for sure! A rich, sweet, and less roasty base beer contributes the ideal backdrop to this bold and vibrant treat for the coffee and beer lover alike! We find this to be the most intense and potent Double Shot yet. A true coffee lover’s delight!”

Random: I only have 15 more breweries to talk about that we visited.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was almost black and I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose was intense with dark, strong coffee, caramel and molasses. I didn’t pick up the usual roasted malts, but I was okay with that. The taste was smooth, probably the smoothest of any stout I’ve ever had. It had the same dark, intense coffee along with milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel and molasses sweetness. Again, it didn’t have much bitterness to it and had a touch of booze at the end. The body was medium thick with light carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with milk chocolate and coffee. This beer was insanity and one of the best I’ve ever had. I can see why there is so much hype around the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0