Gritty's Best Brown
Features - Local Libations
Written by Michelle Collins   

Portland, Maine is home to a lot of great things – including some amazing restaurants and chefs, beautiful seaside views, and Gritty McDuff’s Brewing  Company.

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With awards like "Maine's Best Brew Pub,” "Best Maine Microbrew" and "Best Bar" on its shelf, it’s no surprise that Gritty’s has been a Maine staple since 1988. In addition to their brewery in Portland, Gritty’s also has brew pubs in Freeport and Auburn. Their beer line-up includes a Scottish ale, their 21 I.P.A., and their Best Brown Ale.

Gritty’s Best Brown Ale is a light-bodied brew, clocking in at 4.8% abv. The color resembles copper, with a thick, foamy head and countless bubbles of carbonation. On the palate, the ale is initially chocked full of caramel flavor, but unfortunately falls flat soon thereafter. The aroma of the brown ale is slightly sweet, and the malt and yeast in the glass is apparent. 

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Local Libations: Slumbrew
Features - Local Libations
Written by Michelle Collins   

I recently moved to Somerville. The younger population, hip vibe and active lifestyle were just a few of the reasons I set up home here. The fact that this city now brews its own beer is just one giant bonus.

Slumbrew is the research and development brand of Somerville Brewing Company. Founded as a result of 15 years of beer research and tasting by Caitlin Jewell and Jeff Leiter, Slumbrew “provides an opportunity to experiment with innovative local ingredients to produce craft beers that stand apart from typical formulations.”

Slumbrew currently has three beers on the market: Porter Square Porter, Flagraiser IPA and, the one highlighted here today, Happy Sol. Happy Sol is an unfiltered wheat beer brewed with local wildflower honey, orange peel, coriander and the juice from over 1,000 blood oranges. 

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Cape Ann Brewing: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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Written by Michelle Collins   

Rich chocolate, espresso, nutmeg and pumpkin spice – all wrapped up in an ice cold brew. This is what fall should taste like. 

Cape Ann Brewing Company is a family-owned microbrewery located in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Their beers possess bold flavors and characters that are meant to resemble the courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet. Despite the impressive list of brews Cape Ann produces year-round, the brewery also makes their own pumpkin stout this time of year – along with an imperial version for the true stout fans.

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Written by Michelle Collins   

Locally-grown pumpkins, barley and wild rosemary – all ingredients that make a good beer.

Last week, I attended the “Drink Local Craft Beer” dinner at Cambridge Common. Four courses were paired with four Cambridge Brewing Company beers (in addition to a “Welcome Brew” that was served at the beginning of the evening). There was plenty of imbibing, eating and indulging – and a lot of talk about local beer.

Cambridge Brewing Company (CBC)’s tag line says it all: “Fresh beer. Local food.” Open since 1989, CBC takes pride in brewing seasonal, delicious beers made with the freshest, as-local-as-possible ingredients. With over 30 pumpkin brews currently on tap at their restaurant, it’s clear the brewery has a passion and dedication for seasonal food being grown nearby.

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