For centuries, Maine has attracted visitors who come for its unparalleled natural attractions. The state is a paradise for outdoors recreation, offering opportunities to hike, camp, fish, hunt, surf, and run whitewater rivers. There are equally appealing attractions for those whose interests tend toward the arts, culture, and history.
April 7 is a special day. It's the anniversary of the end of prohibition in America, and that makes it National Beer Day! Once you understand the history behind this monumental occasion, you will want to celebrate on National Beer Day with the rest of the nation.
Left to right: Ellie Willmann, vice president of development at Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation receiving a check for $1,200 to support cancer care services at Pen Bay Medical Center; Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery employees Angela Lash, Madison McIntosh, and Janet Marston; Rock Harbor owner Dan Pease.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our November “Pints with a Purpose” fundraiser. Because of you we are able to donate $1200 to local cancer caregivers, a cause that is unfortunately too close to too many of our hearts. We donated $0.25 from every pint sold during the month of November to patients battling cancer at Penobscot Bay Medical Center and those who work tirelessly to support them.
March will soon be here and with it comes St. Patrick's Day, the holiday when everyone finds their Irish side and celebrates by drinking beer. All over the world, people will wear green and celebrate a saint that few people know much about.
Beer lovers rejoice: There's a brewery almost everywhere you look these days. That sounds like an exaggeration, but it's not. Since 1991, the number of breweries in the United States has increased 2,150 percent, and Maine is right near the front of that pack.
Every Wednesday, Rock Harbor Brewing Co. in Rockland hosts an Open Mic Night to bring you live entertainment by local musicians. All musicians are welcome at Rock Harbor, from nervous newcomers to veterans of the local scene. Music lovers are invited to stop by to enjoy the music in the bar side of the pub.
Don’t let Mondays get you down. Instead, take a trek down Rockland's Main Street and enter a world of pub fare, craft beer, and non-stop entertainment at Rock Harbor Brewing Company, where fun is the name of the game. Enthusiastic patrons are settled in with their food and drink by 7 p.m. on Monday nights: that’s when the trivia tournament begins.
Whether you are just getting into craft brews or you are a long-time fan of all things beer, you may have noticed beer just tastes better when it is on tap.
There are some very specific reasons it tastes better than bottled or canned beer. Flavor is affected by age, temperature and temperature consistency, exposure to light, and, of course, the talent of the brewer, according to the Cicerones over at Serious Eats. Assuming your brewer is as skilled as we are here at Rock Harbor, then you can take the other factors into consideration when looking at the differences between the draft, bottled, and canned varieties.
The IPA is the flagship of the craft beer movement. Like anything that becomes popular, there has been a backlash against IPAs in recent years. Many people say they dislike them because they do not like the bitter taste or they do not like the taste of hops. While it is true that many IPAs are aggressively hopped to the point they feel hostile, bitterness is not all there is to these ales.
Rock Harbor is excited to announce that we are expanding! Since 2011, we have seen amazing support from the downtown community and the visiting tourists. Our busy summer months prompted us to look for a new space. With the new brewery, we will be able to keep our favorites in stock and have the flexibility to create new seasonal varieties.
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