In a competition that began modestly two weeks ago with 64 beers, Maine Island Trail Ale (MITAle) emerged victorious from the first annual March Beer Madness Tournament, and was declared Best Beer in Maine. According to beer blogger and competition organizer, Dave Patterson, over 1,500 votes were cast with a landslide finish from MIT Ale’s eager fan base.
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Rising Tide's Head Brewer and Owner has been named a 2014 Rising Star Brewer by StarChefs Magazine. He is joined on the list by a number of other amazing Portland-based artisans, including Eli Cayer of the Urban Farm Fermentory, Andrew Volk of Portland Hunt and Alpine, Andrew Taylor and Michael Wiley of Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo’s, Ilma Lopez of Piccolo, and Will Pratt of Tandem Coffee. Check out the whole list here.
This week, Rising Tide Brewing Company, a small family-owned brewery in Portland, began packaging its core beers in 12 oz. bottles for the first time. The smaller bottles will replace the brewery's 22 oz. bottles for its year round offerings, including Daymark pale ale, Ishmael copper ale, and Zephyr IPA, as well as for their summer seasonal, Spinnaker hefeweizen.