Vermont is for (Cheese) Lovers

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Last year, we were lucky enough to get to visit Jasper Hill Farms in beautiful Greensboro Bend, Vermont. Big fans of Jasper Hill Cheese already, we were so impressed by their attention to quality and detail, and to see the place where the delicious cheese making magic happens.  Read More

Braised Pork Rillettes with Allagash Saison

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When we learned we would have an opportunity to visit Chef Pierre Gignac of Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn and Resort for a personal cooking class, and an opportunity to try a recipe he crafted with our Saison, we jumped at the chance and were inspired to repeat the recipe at home!


3 pounds boneless pork shoulder cut into 1 inch cubes

8 ounces pork fat of 8 slices of bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

1 medium size sweet onion, finely chopped

6 garlic cloves, crushed

4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed

4 bay leaves

1 cup dry white wine

1 cup Allagash Saison

1/2 cup brandy or cognac Read More

Drink it Now

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For the past few years, we’ve been talking about how we would love to continue the vision that former Wall Street Journal Wine Columnists, Dorothy J. Gater and John Brecher, started with their “Open that bottle night.”

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The 15 New England Beers to Try before you Die

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These are the New England beers you need to get into your mouth before you shuffle off this mortal coil. The kind that may require extensive planning, waiting in long lines, shadily cajoling with people, and, in some cases, accepting defeat — temporarily, of course. Exclusivity and scarcity do not in themselves make a beer good, but they can make scoring a hard-to-get beer that much more fulfilling. Set your sights on these. Read More.

Allagash Cookie Contesteux – Cookies and Allagash Black

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To solve the mystery of which cookie pairs perfectly with a glass of Allagash Black, we held an employee cookie contesteux.  A bunch of us baked our favorite recipes at home, brought them to the brewery, and let the tasting commence! The winner of best pairing and best in show was Lee’s Chocolate Cookies with Bourbon and Smoked Salt. Yum! Check out the recipe below.


Chocolate Cookies with Bourbon & Smoked Salt

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The 12 Best Beers We Tasted in 2015

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“…an amazing thing happens when you taste beers blind; you take the brewery and the beer’s reputation out of the formula altogether, so that all there is left to judge is the beer itself. The results from some tastings were downright shocking, with newcomers besting fields of heavy weights, while other results reaffirmed our love for certain style benchmark brews. One thing’s for certain—it was a fun process.” Read More

Portland Maine Drinks Scene Comes of Age

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“While cities across the U.S. have been opening quality- minded cocktail bars for the past decade, Portland—a lovely port of bricks and seagulls and the scent of the sea— seemed content to remain a city of beer bars and highballs. Restaurants intermittently rolled out a clever cocktail or two, but the city had more or less ignored the modern cocktail revolution that was infiltrating nearby Boston and beyond.” Read More

Celebrating Friends(giving)

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We got to talking as a group about how much we love this harvest time of year – November in general feels like a good time to gather friends together to share delicious food, share some of our favorite beers, and sit around a table together sharing stories.  Read More

Coolship Resurgam Wins Silver

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It’s been an exciting month for Coolship Resurgam!

We were so honored to take home a silver medal at this year’s Brussels Beer Challenge for Specialty Beer: Lambic and Geuze,  and a silver at the European Beer Star Awards for Sour Beer!

75 judges gathered from all over the world to judge over 1100 entries for the Brussels Beer Challenge, and 105 tasters gathered from 25 countries to taste and evaluate beer at the European Beer Star Awards.  Congratulations to all the medal winners and everyone who entered!

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Hop Selection in Yakima

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We made it to Yakima for hop harvest and selection. About 75% of the countries hops are grown in the Yakima valley. It’s always nice to connect with the growers, processors, and other brewers, all for the love of hops.  Read More