The Maine Course

Maine Beer Co. is the epitome of environmental breweries. From the large solar panels covering the roof and the donations to programs benefiting the Earth. They also pick a new foundation every month to donate to. They currently have a beer, King Titus, which proceeds are donated to the Gorilla Fund. This little farmhouse type brewery is great to hang outside in warmer weather but the inside has a great window into the brew house. 

Aside from the environmental perks, their beer stays true to the environment. One of my favorite IPAs is their Lunch. Yes, it does get confusing when you tell people how much you love Lunch. This IPA has a dry, pine taste. Definitely a well-rounded beer full of flavor. If you want to kick it up a notch, there’s the insanely sought after Dinner. Dinner, is the DIPA of Lunch. Good luck getting your hands on this outside of on tap at the brewery. When this beer is for sale, you have to get tickets. Either way, Lunch and Dinner is a perfect liquid diet, just missing breakfast.

Aside from Lunch, Woods and Water was amazing. This IPA has the perfect balance of pine and citrus. With a light, crisp taste, this beer gives Lunch a run for its money in my opinion. Finally, Peeper, another Piney IPA, but with a berry taste. This smooth beer is a great compliment to the citrus IPAs.

No matter what you get at Maine Beer Co., you can’t go wrong. Amazing beer from a great brewery that prides itself on doing what’s right for the world. Drinking great beer and helping the world, now that’s the American dream.

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Maine Beer Co.
525 U.S. Rt 1
Freeport, ME

Hours
Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Marky Mark and the Funky Bow

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Ok so there’s no Mark Wahlberg but definitely a whole lotta funkiness. Funky Bow Brewery is like a secret farm party in the middle of the woods with a big greenhouse tent, live bands, and of course, beer.

If you plan to go on Friday or Saturday nights, beware. All five parking lots can fill up making it an adventure to find a spot. Since the first lot was full, we had to make the trek up a long hill. No one told me drinking involved working out. But it was so worth it.  The first thing I noticed was dogs running around everywhere. I knew this was going to be a great time.

Head inside the tent and you’ll find bands jamming out, a small rustic bar, tables lining the sides, and a pizza stone. A full on folk party.

Not only is the brewery fun, but so are the beer names. G String, which can be taken any way you’d like, is a light IPA with a slight bite. So Folkin’ Hoppy is more earthy IPA with hints of pine balanced with a slight grapefruit taste. My favorite had to be Citra, though. As the name suggests, this beer is packed with citrus and is a very drinkable beer. Perfect for the summer.

I’m excited to head back as the weather gets nicer. This is the place to be, I’m telling you. Grab some friends (or just their dog) and join the party. I’d definitely name this place Maine’s best kept secret.

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Funky Bow Brewery
21 Ledgewood Ln
Lyman, ME

Hours
Friday-Saturday 1p.m.-9p.m.
Sunday 1p.m.-5p.m.

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I Pity the Fool…

 

…Who gets in between me and beer.

Getting to Foolproof Brewery isn’t the easiest task. Picture your worst nightmare. You can see the brewery but a barbed wire fence stands between you and beer.

This was my reality.

Word to the wise. Do not listen to your GPS. A lesson learned when Michael Scott drove into that pond on that episode of the Office.

Once you outsmart your GPS, you’re greeted by a small taproom for Lil’ Rhody’s most popular brewery, which may soon be overthrown by Narragansett’s triumphant return home. Either case, Foolproof has had a great variety and some unique beers on tap.

The culture behind Foolproof’s beer names comes from how your beer should be enjoyed. The Backyahd IPA is a slightly hoppy bitter beer meant to be had while lounging around at a cookout or reading a book out on the porch. The best of the bunch has to be La Ferme Urbaine, the farmhouse saison. With a slight spice kick, I could drink this beer all day. Lab series was the IPA for beginners. It’s lightly hopped with pineapple hints. I heard people in the brewery discussing how they do not like IPA’s but this was up their alley.

If you’re looking for something new and unique, Foolproof has a couple of must-try beers. The Peanut Butter Raincloud is a porter with a very light and airy peanut butter taste. The most unique, though, has to be the Shuckolate. Think of the two things in the food world that you would never put together, oysters and chocolate. Though the beer definitely tastes of a chocolate stout, you would never guess that it has oysters. But maybe that’s a good thing.

The taproom is small but full of character. The barrels are each named after famous fools in history, like Larry, Moe, and Shemp. I really hope to see this brewery expand over the next couple of years. I had seen them at different beer festivals and was glad to finally make it in to visit.

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Foolproof Brewery
241 Grotto Ave
Pawtucket, RI

Hours
Thursday-Friday 4p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday -Sunday 1 p.m.- 6p.m.

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