If you haven’t gotten the memo, we are serious about beet at Sunday River, especially when it’s the kind brewed and bottled in the great state of Maine. Last fall, we celebrated all these brewers with the Maine Brew Fest, and because it was just that awesome, we’re bringing it back this spring on April 6. Tickets are $49 from now till April 5, and $55 at the event.
Need more incentive? Here’s some of our favorite concoctions from some of Maine’s best kept beer secrets.
Orono Brewing Company – Ghost White Stout ABV 5.6%
As Orono’s annual anniversary beer (4.22/5 on Beer Advocate), they obviously pull out all the stops. The beer starts as a mellow pale ale with local grains from the Maine Malt House and Maine Grains. Then the magic happens. To get the roasty stout flavor, they infuse the brew with cacao nibs, ~local~ Carrabasset Cofee’s Verve Blend and add a hint of Madagascar vanilla.
Boothbay Craft Brewery – Thirsty Botanist ABV 7%
Brewed with Mosaic and Idaho 7 hops this juicy IPA tastes like a mix of stone fruit, pineapple, and tangerines with a piney/mossy flavor. If you’re skeptical, the 4.12/5 should be at least enough motivation to order that first pint.
Fore River – Preble ABV 4%
The kettle sours put out by Fore River are to die for and rank 4.17/5 on BA. Offered both in a raspberry and cranberry option, the beers have the perfect amount of pucker with a tart fruit taste.
Mason Brewing Company – Hipster Apocalypse ABV 5.7%
This IPA offers a hazy and juicy showcase of the Idaho-7 hop with a dank, piney taste and strong tangerine characteristics. With an extra zesty and spicy dry hopped aftertaste, drinkers on BA poll the Hipster at 3.88/5.
Norway Brewing Company – Inglorious Bastard ABV 5.9%
Only 30 minutes away from the slopes of Sunday River, this Saison/Farmhouse Ale style beer offers a grassy, floral taste over citrus hops and grabs a 4.17/5 ranking on BA.
Here’s the full list of who will be pouring down in the Foggy Goggle: 2 Feet Brewing, Allagash Brewing, Branded Horn Brewing Company, Baxter Brewing Company, Bear Bones Beer, Bigelow Brewery, Boothbay Craft Brewery, Dirigo Brewing Company, Fore River Brewing Company, Foundation Brewing Company, Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company, Geary’s, Gneiss, Liquid Riot Brewery, Lone Pine Brewing Company, Maine Beer Company, Mason’s Brewing Company, Mast Landing Brewing Company, Nonesuch River Brewing, Norumbega Cidery, Norway Brewing Company, One Eye Open Brewing Company, Orono Brewing Company, Oxbow, Peak Organic Brewing Company, Ricker Hill Orchards, Rising Tide Brewing Company, Rock Harbor Brewing Company, Sebago Brewing Company, Shipyard Brewing Company, Sunday River Brewing Company.