Kristen and Andrew’s Wedding

After the day in Portland, we drove up to Bar Harbor and went to Andrew and Kristen’s wedding the next day!

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I was quite surprised that the beers they chose for the bar were all local beers! And I mean very local, the brewery was just down the street!

I tried the Bar Harbor Real Ale, an English Brown Ale,  by the Atlantic Brewing Company of Bar Harbor, Maine at 5.2% abv.

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The views were stunning! Later the fog suddenly rolled in, in a matter of minutes, it made you realize how treacherous the harbor is if you’re in a boat with no visibility and tons of little islands.

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I also tired another local beer, the Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale by Sea Dog brewing Company of Bangor, Maine at 4.6% abv.

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All in all, a fantastic, laid back wedding with really good beer offerings!

Novare Res in Portland, Maine

After the Allagash Brewery tour, we were pretty hungry and wanted to explore Portland. We found a fantastic restaurant with a very extensive beer list, Novare Res.

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It was super cute and tucked away and they had great outdoor seating. Although, as much as I like outdoor seating, I get a better feel of the place by sitting inside.

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Good offerings on tap and a great beer list! They also truly seemed to have everything they offered in stock too!

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After browsing the menu, I decided to pick a Jolly Pumpkin beer. I am becoming more interested in the brewery and they beer they brew and had to try another one. I haven’t had a bad beer yet from Jolly Pumpkin and they barrel age all their beers, sounds good to me!

I got the La Roja, an American Wild Ale,  by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales of Dexter, MI at 7.2% abv.

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Wow, just what I was hoping for! Even though its an American Wild ale, its style is very similar to a Flanders Red. Tart, sour cherries, that familiar acidic vinegary taste. Earthy and woody which I assume comes from the barrels its aged in. Oak and vanilla, wonderful effervescent bubbles!

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I lucked out! Jack found a beer he wanted to try, and so I got this whole bottle to myself! I enjoyed every sip!

Oh yeah, and the food was incredible too! One nice thing about Maine, lobster in everything!!

Our trip to Maine and Allagash Brewery

For Labor Day weekend, we decided to make the trip up to Maine for Andrew and Kristen’s wedding!

Of course as soon as I thought of Maine I knew I had to make a trip to Allagash Brewing Co happen!

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They gave you tickets for samples as soon as you signed up for the tour! We had some time before the tour, so I got started.

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They only had four beers available. And no Curieux. I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t but one of their harder to find sour beers. Everything they had for sale I could easily get at my local Total Wine. But I was still quite happy to be sitting in their tasting room with some yummy beers.

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Super hot get-up for the tour!

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We got to see quite a bit of their brewery. They even took us out to a separate building where they have all the sour beer production. Apparently once you start making sour beer, the wild yeast is very hard to get rid of and can ruin a whole bottling line.

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After seeing some really big sour beer production in Belgium, these firkins looked so lonely and tiny! But they are really hard to get your hands on them in the US so Allagash was super pumped about them and the potential small batch beers.

Hands down, the best room on the tour was the room they barrel age the Curieux in. The smell entering the room was divine! The curieux is a bourbon barrel aged triple aged in Jim Beam barrels. I could have stood in that room and inhaled the scent all day.

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Not a bad tour, I of course grabbed a t-shirt and some bottles of beer for the rest of the weekend!

Estes Park and a Rodeo

I’ll start off by apologizing. This post has no beer. But we did finish our Colorado trip with a visit to Estes Park and the views were just so amazing, I had to share. There was a very touristy part of Estes, but we avoided that like the plague. So I’m not sure, we may have passed up a dive bar or a good place to try new beers. I hope not!

Upon getting out of the car, I was a little concerned that I dressed appropriately for the weather that day. You go up quite a bit in altitude and the temps definitely drop. But I had a wool jacket, so I was fine.

After the hike, which severely winded us especially since we are coming from sea level in DC, we got some amazing views!

That’s longs peak, a 14,000+ peak in the background!

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The climbing was just stellar! Check out this fin! All the pictures we took were just amazing.

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We topped out when we were climbing the fin to get some pics! We were planning on rappelling off, but people were climbing up below us at that point. There was a walk off the sloping back side, but that turned into a mini adventure!

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Climbing in Estes Park was the perfect end to a great trip!

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After hiking out, and avoiding the crazy tourist section of town we found a great Thai restaurant. Then we hit up the local rodeo!!

We wanted to get to go to a rodeo so bad while we were there! I have never seen anything quite as terrifying and violent as the saddle broncs! I was like unleashing a force of nature, all hell just suddenly breaks loose! One man did get injured and had to get taken away in an ambulance. Climbing looks downright safe and boring after seeing that!

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Thanks again Liz for climbing with us and showing us all around Colorado! I cant wait till next time!