Brewhaha #8: The Great Lost Bear, Portland (still). The door opened at 11:00 a.m., I was there waiting. Proud moment.
Good window graphics at the GLB.
Especially considering that they aren't real windows (painted bricks).
GLB has 69 beers on tap. These are just decorations. I had the Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA and a weird turkey melt sandwich thing. The IPA was the better of the two by far.
The Great Lost Beer menu, atop Hops' own Tour Log.
Long detour to Naples (no, Maine), to revisit Bray's, Brewhaha #9.
The Dad (Malt MacBarley) and I used to play cribbage on this bar, when he lived up the road in Raymond back in the '90's.
We had some cranking games in those very seats, including a set where all three games were within 2 points. Malt eked out the rubber game without playing a card: the crafty old coot cut a jack.
I had the very first beer here in 1995, when they converted from a restaurant to a beer pub. It was free, and a sample from the top of the first keg. A tasty pale ale, but needed a tad more carbonation. I'm glad to report that their Brandy Pond Blonde was grand on this go-round.
Brewhaha #10: Three Tides, on the waterfront in Bethel, Maine.
Upstairs is a kinda upscale martini bar and a deck for diners. The beer list had some intriguing items. Would have liked to try a Cant Dog, but still had much driving to do.
Ground level at Three Tides is the best junkyard bar I've ever seen. A cement slab for the bar...
A state of the art stove, which I bet gets a lot of use in spring and fall (I think they close up for the winter).
Nice lampshades and classic cheesy old airport bench seats.
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge was serious overkill.
It replaced a simple old 2-lane bridge. This thing even had a sweeping approach carved through the hills like an Interstate exchange. I saw three cars.
Acadia National Park. Low tide. Sunset imminent.
A view south through the tall evergreens.
The lifesize bronze moose that guarded the driveway of the Wonder View Inn & Suites.
Brewhaha #11 was Jack Russell's in Bar Harbor, where I forgot to take pictures. I had a Jordan Pond IPA and a Precipice Pale Ale there. Then I closed out the day with a Bar Harbor Real Ale at its birthpace, the Lomboc Cafe (#12) -- where they had a bocce court!
Downtown Bar Harbor, where this moose thinks it's Christmas in August.
A weak attempt at a very coolo photo. Looked great in person. Ya shoulda been there!