Photo of The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
Around this time last year I visited Allagash for the first time. I went on the brewery tour, tasted their beer, and took a series of photos that I showed my family when I came home. I was probably more excited than them, but they humored me, and now they also love Allagash (success!). I had never been on a brewery tour before and had only just begun trying more craft beers, this was an exciting time for me and coincidentally what inspired me to start this website the following fall. This year when Michael, my boyfriend, and I planned a week-long trip to Maine to visit his family over the Fourth of July it was a no brainer that we also planned out a beer adventure the whole gang could take part in. It was also obvious we would visit Allagash again, along with many other breweries I had never yet been to.
Beer Day 1:
We started off our week at Bunker Brewing Co. where we pulled up to their garage-turned-brewery in Portland, Maine. I’ve heard a lot about Bunker but this was my first time visiting. An attached porch with tables to sit and eat at accompanied the little brick building. As we approached the front door the smell of beer being made wafted through the air. Stepping inside the first thing I saw were the kettles and someone in rubber boots and goggles hosing down the floor, pushing the water out of the open warehouse-style garage door. Immediately to the left were three or four bar stools and a small bar. Growlers lined shelves behind it and two tap handles featured their brews: Salad Daze and Machine Czech Pilsner.
We sampled both and filled two growlers, one of each. The herbal-like hops in the Machine Czech Pilsner was something different for me, being not a big hops fan, but the spicing and flavors were well combined. The Salad Daze I enjoyed even more, I still got a bit of bitterness but not quite as much. It felt lighter to me in body and taste than the Pilsner did. After finishing up the samples we took the two growlers and Michael, his parents, and I headed to the Lobster Shack at Two Lights for some dinner by the ocean. I ordered a lobster roll and we opened up the growler of the Machine Czech Pilsner to split amongst the four of us. We started off the beer adventures right for sure and I’ll be looking to go back to Bunker another time, hopefully soon.
Machine Czech Pilsner, Czech Pilsner, 5.2%
Salad Daze, India Pale Lager, 4.7%