Brewing up a storm…after a million years

Central Street Farmhouse

Once upon a time…wait, it wasn’t THAT long ago, was it? Sigh, I’m afraid it’s been 17 years since I last brewed my own beer. What happened? Okay, I’ll bullet it: 1. divorce (if there’s anything that can get in the way of a creative pursuit, it’s D-I-V-O-R-C-E; 2. raised 3 teenagers: This was the […]

Hold the presses! Press Hotel’s splashy debut

Josh Berry brings fresh and excellent to Union, the restaurant at the new Press Hotel

For any “reincarnation” of a building to be successful (to me, myself and I), it should incorporate the history of its past. The Press Hotel, inhabiting the old Portland Press Herald building at 119 Exchange Street in Portland, earns a resounding “huzzah!” I went there today to attend a book launch party for a mystery […]

Dress to the nines, in beer?

Designers Gary Cass and Donna Franklin created this stunner out of beer

In the “you can’t make this stuff up” category of life, and beer, are some news items I came across today that I thought would be a fun Friday blog post. When you next have to dress up for an event, ladies, think wearable beer. No, this is not like a duct tape prom dress, […]

Aloft with Allagash: James Beard would be proud

He's earned every kudo! Good luck to Rob on the James Beard nomination.

The tough thing about getting older is remembering events that took place a long time ago, which points up how old I’m getting.  And in that vein, and in the interest of not making this all about me (which I could very quickly), is remembering my first trip out to the edge of the world […]