About Maine Cork and Barrel
One of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin was once quoted saying, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” At Maine Cork and Barrel, we live by the motto that no matter the question, beer is the answer. If you are a true beer lover, as we are, you know that that the Northeast is where you want to be. In fact, four Northeast cities made The Bustle’s 2014 list of 10 Best Cities for Beer Lovers including Brooklyn, Boston, Burlington Vermont, and of course Portland Maine.
When you think of Maine, you probably think of lobsters and lighthouses however, you would truly be missing out if you did not check out one of Portland’s 15 local breweries. Even expanding your radius to the entire state of Maine, there are dozens of amazing brewing companies you need to add on your brewcation checklist. Click here to see a full list of our Top 5 Maine Breweries.
“Brewcation” – Also known as a beer vacation, is a vacation centered around visiting numerous pubs or breweries during a period of time or in a certain geographical area.
Whether you are an experienced beer enthusiast or a novice, there are things you need to know before planning your next brewery tour. We have written up a list of definitions and fast facts that are sure to make you appear to be a beer connoisseur.
Fermentation: This is the process that actually converts the sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide, thus beer is made.
Hops: Ripened flowers that are used for flavoring beer. Worldwide, there are over 100 varieties of hops that means there are many kinds of beers you still have left to discover!
IPA: IPA stands for India Pale Ale but don’t be fooled by its name. This is a pale ale from 19th century England and tends to have a more bitter taste due to the hops used.
Microbrewery: A brewery that produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer annually.
Yeast: During the fermentation process, yeast is added to convert the malt sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Yes, that means if your friend is gluten free then no beer for them! However, most breweries now offer hard ciders to help to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Alcohol by Volume: Be sure to ask your local brewery for the specifics on your beers alcohol by volume ratio. As it sounds, this is a measurement of the amount of alcohol content. Typical beers from your grocery store will usually stay within 3-6 percent however; craft beers can vary and go as high as even 40 percent.