Interview! Interview! Beer book gets traction

Allagash Brewing Company logo

Interviews, visits and more interviews were on my agenda this past week, and the beer book is chugging along. Monday it was a reunion with Rob Tod, owner of Allagash Brewing Company in Portland. Last time Rob and I met about fifteen years ago, (or longer!) he had a ponytail halfway down his back and […]

Brooklin Redux: eat, drink and be merry

As promised in my last post, which lauded the virtues of breweries on the Blue Hill peninsula, I’ll take you to Brooklin itself, the tiny town of under 900 occupants with the charm of a quintessential (I love that word because I can spell it) New England village. First stop is Sandy’s Provisions, located in […]

What’s brewing in Brooklin: love that tiny town

If you’ve ever bawled your head off over the ending of the children’s book Charlotte’s Web, you’ve visited Brooklin, Maine. How, you say? Well, while you read the book aloud to hour kids, told them about Wilbur the pig, Templeton the rat and Charlotte the spider, chortled “Congratu- contratu- congratu-lations,” the mantra of the barnyard […]

Taste beer, make friends at a local beer festival

Meghan McCormick and team represent Lively Brewing

  A beer festival is like speed-dating, but instead of talking quickly across the table from a sweaty-palmed, potential next ex-husband, you line up and wait your turn with hundreds of others to talk quickly across the table with craft brewers happily handing you tastes of their beers. Speed-dating, you’ve met your match. This thoughtful […]

Is corned beef and cabbage Irish or American?


Spoiler alert: I have good evidence weighing in on both sides, and I’ll quote those sources. But while my “test” corned beef is spending it’s 22d hour in a low oven, I thought I’d present the arguments in this case. First off, I’m of Irish descent: Sinnott (County Wexford), Cousins (County Leitrim) and Waters of […]