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Maine Beer Company

Peeper AlePeeperGlass

The minimalist approach to bottling and labelling. The bottle is slightly larger than a pint (16.9oz) making choice of glass a little tricky. Having just had a hefeweizen, I repurposed the glass. The beer pours hazy straw with a nice fluffy white head, clinging to the glass on the way down. The nose leads with a nice shot of hops, a blend of resin and citrus, and a hint of yeast reminding me of a Belgian ale, but obviously hoppier. It has a fairly light body and a slight fizziness as streams of bubbles support the head for a while before dissipating. The flavor emphasizes the hops with a distinct dryness. No caramel here, but straightforward malt and hops. The finish is moderately bitter, emphasizing the resiny side, and persists to a medium length. There’s a bit of “Maine meets San Diego” in terms of the hop styles.

On their website, they write:

We worked on a single recipe, over and over, obsessively, until Peeper was born. Our initial plan was to do one beer really well. We would make only beer that we want to drink, period. No market research. Our idea was to do it, do it well, and if people drink it, great. If they didn’t, then we would go back to our day jobs.

RedWheelLabelRed Wheelbarrow Ale

Pours garnet and hazy, with very persistent, foamy tan head. I can smell citrus hops from two feet away, a rich sweet smell like nectarines. One if the best beer aromas, spicy, citrusy hops over caramel malt with bready hints. For flavor, the malt leads with a bit of roasty dark toffee, almost a hint of smoke. Hops follow, spicy and woody with moderate to aggressive bitterness. Soft and mouth-coating with a slight foaminess and a long malty finish, very smooth with some piney hops and a light, persistent sweet note. 7% ABV

I don’t know much about the brewery, but they have some things to say on the label. “Making the best beer that we possibly can. We purchase Green-e certified energy credits for all electricity. We donate our used grain, yeast & grain bags to local farmers. We donate 1% of all sales to environmental non-profits.” So it sounds like they put their money behind their convictions and make good beer.

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