Craft Brewery Profile: Austin Street Brewery
If you live in Portland, Maine, and enjoy beer, you probably already know about the Austin Street Brewery and its ten-barrel operation on 1 Industrial Way. Like many great craft breweries, the Austin Street Brewery comes from humble beginnings in a garage on Austin Street, which is where the brewery got its name.
When the quality of the beers began to outgrow that garage, the die was cast. Today, beer-lovers from all over come to the Austin Street Brewery to see how some of their favorite brews, enjoyed all over southern Maine, are made — up close and personal.
What’s on Tap?
Signature Austin Street Brewery beers include Succinct, a seasonal German Schwarzbier that smells like a porter but has the easy drinkability of a lager; Catherine, a double IPA with heavy notes of grapefruit and citrus; and Rally, a session IPA with all Maine grain.
Other Austin Street brews you may want to try include the Lawn Mower, a dry, light-bodied saison-yeast and brettanomyces concoction; Saison Hoppu, a Farmhouse-style ale dry hopped with Japanese Sorachi Ace; Kon Tiki, a hop forward tropical IPA with a spicy finish; and Moses, a powerful winter brew, made with a blend of pilsener and wheat malts, American hops and fermented with a blend of saccharomyces and brettanomyces, resulting in an imperial saison with tart green apple and overripe apricot flavors.
If you’re up for experimentation, ask for a Brett Loves Hops, an IPA fermented with breattanomyces and a rotating selection of hops in each batch.
Make Sure to Catch…
…the tasting room, which is open Thursday through Monday starting at noon and ending at 7 p.m., or 5 p.m. on Sundays. You can enjoy samples or growlers of whatever’s on tap that day, either in the tasting room or outside on one of the wooden benches provided.
In addition to the available tap beers, you can grab a bottle of select beers to enjoy at the brewery or take a four-pack of cans with you for later. Don’t forget to pick up some Austin merch while you’re there.