Stop #3 on our recent Portland tour was Austin Street Brewery, which has two locations in the area; we visited the Industrial Way location, in the same building as Battery Steele and Foundation Brewing (review forthcoming), and right across from Allagash.
Industrial Way Blending, Bottling & Tasting Room
1 Industrial Way, #8
Portland, ME 04103
Fox Street Brewery & Tasting Room
115 Fox Street
Portland, ME 04101
This was another modest taproom, with most of the seating available at the outdoor picnic tables and only a few places to sit inside by the ordering window. The staff was very personable and eager to discuss their ever-changing list of offerings. We got a flight and sat outside on a lovely May afternoon.
Here's what we thought of the stuff....
STYLE: AMERICAN PALE ALE
Patina Pale is our flagship hop forward pale ale. We start with a blend of base malts in the mash tun, then add copious amounts of American hops in the kettle followed by even more in the form of dry hopping. The result is a very citrusy, slightly piney ale with a crisp malt background and just enough bitterness to balance it all out.
JB: Patina makes perfect sense as a flagship brew. Crisp, easy drinking, balanced, with a mix of citrus and hops.
TYPE: SESSION IPA
Made with all Maine grain, we use 2-row pale malt from Maine Malt House, flaked wheat and organic flaked rye from Maine Grains. The beer is then generously hopped with Mosaic. The resulting beer is loaded with pineapple and orange notes that carry through from the aroma into the taste with a bready malt flavor to balance everything out.
JB: This is a really tasty session IPA that almost drinks like a farmhouse ale. Nice and citrusy for the summer months and super easy to drink.
STYLE: AMERICAN IPA
Florens is a double dry hopped IPA loaded with Mosaic, Citra and Equanot hops. This very aromatic beer has a flavor dominated by pineapple, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet finish features just enough bitterness to balance.
JB: This one is a bolder but balanced IPA, lightly bitter with some citrus; if you like NEIPAs (and boy do I), you'll dig this one.
STYLE: KÖLSCH STYLE ALE
Our kölsch style ale is traditionally brewed with pilsner malt and a touch of malted wheat and then hopped with only noble varieties. The result is an easy drinking beer that blurs the line between ale and lager. An aroma of spicy hops followed a flavor of honey and straw with a slight fruitiness makes for the perfect beer to reach for when balance and subtlety is needed.
JB: A really nice Pilsner-type beer that doesn't have the unpleasant sourness at the end like some kolsch beers do. Light and refreshing.
Austin Street Brewery's Industrial Way location, like Battery Steele, is fairly unassuming, but their product is quite delicious and varied, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Definitely worth a stop on your Portland brewery itinerary.
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