Over 100 craft brewers poured their wares at the Portland stop of Sierra Nevada's epic beer festival. We dove deep into the local Portland beers and found that, with a few exceptions, our favorites tended to fall into one of two categories: rustic, low alcohol quaffers, and massively hoppy pale ales and IPAs. Here are 10 that stood out from the pack.
Foundation Brewing Company's Eddy: Portland, Maine
The Brewery: Foundation Brewing Company, a brewery in Portland, Maine, is located in an industrial park across the street from Allagash's complex. The park has become something of a craft beer incubator. Maine Beer got their start there and Bisell Brothers and Austin Street are all located in the same building.
Credit: Courtesy of Foundation Brewing Company
The Beer: Eddy
Tasting Notes: Eddy is one of Foundation's two year-round beers and co-founder John Bonney attributes its unique flavor to a unique yeast strain. "It began as the Blaughies strain, or that's the rumor anyway, but our version of it has mutated." Whatever the yeasts origin or mutations it still expresses great peppery and fruity flavors complemented by a light floral hop note.