Citizen Cider – Burlington, VT

There’s a weekly write-up I do, perhaps you’ve read, called “What’s Going Down This Week“. It has news, events, beer releases, food trucks, and what’s in Brew Guide’s future! I recommend you check it out if you haven’t, it’s updated every Wednesday and gives you fun shit to do and a way to stalk me..if you’re so inclined.

And finally we get another long-awaited cider entry! Let’s get to the core of Citizen Cider! (I’ll see myself out…)

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Foam Brewers – Burlington, VT

After having a late breakfast in Burlington last week, we spent some time exploring the waterfront. I’d like to say it was for exercise, but it was mostly because it was still 20-ish minutes before Foam Brewing was going to be open. While there we took a peek at the A_Dog Skatepark, which was hosting a kids skate camp. I bring this up because I heard a statement from a 10-13 year old kid at this park that surprised me, (I assume in reference to a new board) “I found it for cheaper online, but you got to support the local store.” Burlington is for sure a strange city, but there is definitely some things they do right up there.

Beer is definitely another one of those things and Foam Brewers is a big part of that.

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Castle Island Brewing – Norwood, MA

This weekend I was quite busy doing fitness with the NE Spahten Ninjas at Ragnar Trail until Saturday, then sleeping/recovering most of Sunday. I didn’t spend my weekend in a taproom like I usually tend to (Although I did plenty of drinking, which you would have seen on my Instagram). I did notice that the new taproom at Castle Island had opened though, and luckily they’re open on Mondays and I’m on vacation this week. Let’s dig in.

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SoMe Brewing Co. – York, ME

Is there a beer style that consistently disappoints you? For awhile, I always felt that way about IPA’s. Early in to my craft beer “hobby”, every time I tried one, I felt like I was licking a pine cone. Since exploring further, I have since come to terms with the IPA, there are now a ton that I love. But now, I’m onto a new style. And I’m looking at you Pils.

I’ve tried quite a few pilsners recently and none of them have been anything I’d want again. Perhaps of my early 20’s with Miller Lite are coming back to haunt me, but I haven’t found one I’d return to. For instance, last night I got a Firestone Pivo, and nothing. Most people agree that Firestone makes great beer, yet…meh. I even wrote so on my Untappd page (you should totally give me a follow)! So this is why I ask 2 things. First what style can you just not get into, and second, is there any local pilsners you could recommend to break this weak streak I’ve had with them?

Now that I’ve aired my grievances, I’ve got one last guide for Maine as we took a stop into SoMe Brewing!

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Throwback Brewery – North Hampton, NH

After last weekend I can confirm first hand that if Beer Advocate throws an event, you should be there. The Microbrew Invitational was fantastic. There were tons of excellent brews from all over to sample. Made it real hard to pace yourself, which I may or may not have been successful doing so. Augustus Gloop showed more willpower when he saw the chocolate river than I could. Anywho, I posted quite a bit from there to my Instagram story. If you don’t follow me on there, what the hell are you waiting for? You’re just two clicks away from greatness!

It was also great to meet the fine gentleman from Mass Brew Bros. there. It was really nice to see how a blog that has any sense of being professional is run. Most of my readers know that opportunity left here awhile ago! Check them out, they are the best resource for all things in the Massachusetts brewery scene, including having the best brewery map of MA by far.

And finally…the BrewGuide…has come back…to New Hampshireeee! That’s right, I’m staying up north this week, starting with a guide from a Microbrew Invitational attendee I just so happened to visit the weekend before, Throwback Brewery!

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Battery Steele Brewing/ Austin Street Brewery – Portland, ME

Today we wrap up the Industrial Way series with not one, but two breweries in one post. The reason for this unprecedented occasion? A) Neither one is particular big, so the taproom description isn’t going to be much and B) after 2 other breweries, picture taking took a drastic turn downward. The A.D.D. of “I should probably take a….Oooo, a DDH IPA!” was real. You know how that goes!

So let’s not waste anymore time and jump right into part three of the Maine Memorial Day saga!

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Foundation Brewing Company – Portland, ME

Another day, another Portland brewery! I hit 5 breweries on this trip, and I’m pretty sure that was still under half of them. If anyone wants to sponsor a whole weeks trip up there, please let me know. I need to do it a some point just to keep my journalistic integrity. I think I have some of that, right?

Anywho, lets walk across the street from Allagash to the first of 3 breweries @ 1 Industrial Way, Foundation Brewing Company.

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Allagash Brewing Company – Portland, ME

Holy Hell. Memorial Day weekend is in the books and I’ve got a tank full of new spots to give you the low down on!

Did you know that Portland is essentially just one large brewery? I’m amazed anyone can stay sober in that city. Best part is, I couldn’t have gotten a Bud Light even if I tried! Can’t remember a single tap being anything but craft beer. What a great place.

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