Shipyard, 86 Newbury, brews the Virgin Islands Pale Ale and under the Peak Organic label. D.L. Geary, at 38 Evergreen Drive, makes wintry porters and HSA. Brewpub beers from Sebago, in Gorham, and Gritty's, Fore Street, vary somewhat - with darker craft beers besting lawnmower fare.
What's missing for the eighty-degree days? The highly-rated Allaghash White, brewed at 100 Industrial Way, is quinessential summer material. Highly drinkable. Sour, citric and a bubbly. More neutral in flavor than traditional Belgium but cheaper too. Still, it's pricey.
If local includes Portsmouth, then Smuttynose's Summer Weizen, a creamy, sweet clove-flavored Belgium-esque brew is also quite good.
Casco Bay Brewing Co., 57 Industrial Way, brews a blond American, the Summer Ale, and under the Carrabasset label, a Kolsch-styled Summer Pale Ale. Their signature is the Irish Rip Tide Red.
Farewell to Sparhawk Golden Ale, South Freeport's hoppy blond, which is reportedly out of business. And what would summer be without a little 420 IPA, from Stone Coast, 23 Rice Street.
Labels: Fore Street