As winter slowly, but surely inches closer towards spring, our New England brewers have been hard as work brewing away in their steaming, hot kettles, trying to introduce us to some of their newest creations. And it looks like the guys over at Maine Beer Company, out in Freeport, are on the verge of releasing their newest double IPA known as Dinner, which was on the bottling line yesterday.
Already getting a lot of attention for their Lunch beer, Dinner is much different. It comes in at 8.2 A.B.V. and is more hop-forward according to the few who have been lucky enough to try it. This is their first double IPA and according to their very own site, they describe it as “Our first Double IPA – dry, refreshing and hoppy. We really focused on hop flavor and aroma here. To maximize hop character, we dry hopped Dinner twice with over 6 lbs. of hops per barrel. For the best experience, please enjoy fresh as possible.“.
Dinner has been released today, just a few minutes ago at noon with a 4 bottle per person limit at the brewery. No word on whether or not it will hit the shelves across New England later on but based on what we’ve seen with just about every single one of their others beers, our best guess is that it will, in due time.
Then we have a couple of new releases by Night Shift Brewing over in Everett. While they’re busy trying to build out their future, larger brewery, they’re still keeping busy at their current one and have introduced two new beers to the public at their taproom.
The first beer is a pale ale known as Whirlpool, and it has been described as “a soft, juicy pale ale bursting with notes of ripe peach and citrus“. This been will be brewed and released again in early April and the brewery categorized it as a warm-weather beer. The second one is part of their experiment, Art series and is simply known as Art #18. The site describes it as being as being a “really unique, oaky, sour blend: 25% raspberry sour ale, 25% Somer Weisse, 50% brett ale; 100% barrel-aged“.
Both of those beers are available on draft at the tap room but only Whirlpool is available for growler fill. However you can buy a bottle of Art #18 at the brewery for $15 a pop and with a 4 bottle/person limit.