Things will pick up around here soon, once Preacher gets going again.
In the meantime, I was recently back east - Midcoast Maine - to see family and was introduced to two new (to me) brewpubs. Maine has a ridiculous number of breweries (both production and brewpubs). There's a beer trail you can follow, with more than 80 breweries all around the state. Go out and explore! The two I went to are:
Oxbow Beer - We went to the Newcastle location (there's a tasting room in Portland too) and it was SO MAINE. Difficult to find/in the middle of nowhere/tiny little sign on the road. Surrounded by trees, the small tasting room has three picnic tables outside, so you can swat mosquitoes and pet the friendly cat while you drink beer. Port-o-johns available in the parking lot. Every car in the lot on that Sunday afternoon was a Subaru. And all the late 20s/early30s post-modern hippie women were wearing galoshes with their skirts.
Flight Deck Brewing - The Flight Deck has a problem. They intended to use their Brunswick brewery (located in the former shooting range at the old naval air station) to produce beer to sell to area restaurants. But their tasting room has become so popular that they can't keep up with demand and are selling way more retail/to individual imbibers than they planned. Good problem to have! They have an arrangement with local food trucks too so (a) dogs are allowed in the tasting room because there's no kitchen and (b) good food awaits just outdoors.
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