The Maine Beer Co. is based out of Portland and is a very young company. It was started by two brothers, David and Daniel Kleban, who began their brewing career experimenting in a garage. Their goal: to make something they would be happy drinking themselves.
It was one cold winter in that unheated garage when they got their brew to the point where they felt it was good enough to share. At that point, they moved to their current brewing location (complete with heat) and began producing their beer on a slightly (but only slightly) larger scale.
Given their initial motivation for brewing, it’s not so surprising that their beers taste amazing. They do not restrict themselves to one style of beer, leaving the playing field wide open. What all their beers have in common, however, is the fact that they’re bottle conditioned. This means a little bit of sediment at the bottom of each bottle but it also means a whole lot of flavor.
The brothers’ Peeper Ale is crisp, golden and hoppy. I like Peeper Ale because it reminds me of the first hot weekend morning in summer and you find yourself waking up early to go fishing. Later on, it’s playing wiffle ball and grilling with friends. The beer is refreshing, yes, and easy to drink, but the depth of flavor makes it one to savor and consider and take your time with, while you get to work at the grill — a sausage, for sure, or better with that trout you caught this morning.
Among the many hats he wears, Eric Meyer is the beer buyer, grillmaster and a cheesemonger at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge.