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.
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