Phew! After more than a week without the Internet and the Red Sox, both my tv and my Interwebs are back! And not a moment too soon. As I get back into the swing of things and the beer news begins to pour in once more, I wanted to mention a few fun news & notes.

(1) Don’t forget, next weekend is the Vermont Brewers Festival along the banks of pristine Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT. The festival features nearly 30 breweries from all over North America and is no doubt going to be one helluva time. But if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, be sure and do so ahead of time. Early reports indicate that the entire festival will sell out! And if you’re going, be sure and wave (I’ll be wearing a t-shirt)!

(2) If you happen to be reading this from the Left Coast and can’t make it out to Burlington, then be sure and head up to the other Portland (Oregon, that is) on July 24th when Pints for Prostates, along with founder Rick Lyke, will find its way to Rogue Distillery & Public in Portland, OR for a special fundraiser during the Oregon Brewers Festival. Clad in Doctor’s attire, Rogue pub staff will host a day of events including:

  • 11:00am – special Pints for Prostates firkin tapping
  • 12:00pm – starting at noon, a latex glove donning contest happens at the top of every hour for prizes
  • 5:00pm – a toast from Pints for Prostates founder Rick Lyke
  • 12:00pm to 6:00pm – proceeds from all pints purchased will be donated to Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates was created to raise the awareness of men about prostate cancer and the need for regular health check-ups. The campaign supports the efforts of Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, a not for profit group founded and governed by prostate cancer survivors that works to support, educate and advocate for men with prostate cancer. For more information on the Pints for Prostates campaign, check out

(3) And last but certainly not least, I just discovered a new website which was produced by the Brewers’ Association: The site, which is dedicated to seasonal craft beer releases, offers specific information on summer craft beers, including where to find them. And best of all, the site also has specific recommendations on what foods each summer seasonal beer pairs best with. Now that the sun is out (after the wettest June Maine has ever seen), Check it out!


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