As an avid reader of Chaddah's beer blog "If My Coaster Could Talk", I was intrigued about his idea for Maine brewery dream team collaborations. The 2 week series of guest posts brought in other beer bloggers, and people in the industry. The ideas people came up with were great and inspired me to start thinking about my own dream collabs.
Question 1: What is your all Maine brewery dream team-up? And why?
First, let's get the self serving, shameless plug out of the way. My all Maine dream collaboration would take place right at Industrial way in Portland. 3 new upstart brewers teamed up with one of Maine's oldest and most respected breweries. Despite involving 4 breweries this collab would actually be fairly simple. Bissell Brothers have quickly risen to IPA fame here in Maine so we would start as IPA being the base beer. Foundation would then contribute their saison yeast for an added layer of flavor and the bone dry finish that an IPA needs. Austin Street would then add in whatever brettanomyces strain we have around at the time for bottle conditioning. This beer would be brewed and bottled at Allagash with their expert supervision and large scale brewing system. Hey, we're supposed to be dreaming here, right?
Question 2: What would your Maine + U.S Brewery Team-up look like?
This one is easy. Oxbow has quickly proven themselves in the area of barrel aging. With beers like 3 Barrels Deep and Synthesis, it's quite clear the boys in Newcastle know what they're doing when it comes to barrel aged funky and sour beers. Jolly Pumpkin is a brewery in Dexter Michigan that decided when they opened that every beer they produce would spend at least a little time in a barrel. Their beers vary in funk and sour levels but are all outstanding. I wouldn't even try to come up with a specific beer because I know the guys from both breweries would dream up something amazing. Safe to say it would have tons of brett funk, a solid sourness, and an underlying oak character to bring it all together.
Question 3: What would your Maine + International Brewery team up look like?
For this one I can't help but go all level 10 beer geek. I'd love see a coolship super blend involving Allagash, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, and Tilquin. The finished beer would be the most complex, flavorful gueuze ever produced. Beer from each of the three breweries involved would be expertly blended by Pierre at Tilquin.
Question 4: Free for all! Anything goes here as long as there is 1 Maine brewery involved.
This one was harder than I thought it would be. I'll go with what I've been drinking the most of lately. Full flavored, lower ABV% beers. For that we'll start with Maine Beer Company and their love of all things hoppy. Next up we'll bring in de la Senne from Belgium who have become known for making some of the best sessionable strength beers in the world. The resulting beer would be bursting with hop flavor and aroma but at 4.5% would be supremely crushable. Light bodied and and dry, but not too thin, qualities that De la Senne has mastered.