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  • Maine Mini Adventure: Mill about MillinocketMaine Mini Adventure: Mill about Millinocket

    Sweet scenery Photos by Paul Pedersen The adventure I had set out on was to climb Mount Katahdin. I was making good time when, 58 miles north of Bangor, my car began to make a knocking sound, and then a loud bang: The engine was blown — and so was my hiking trip. Eventually a tow truck arrived, driven by two men who encouraged me to take this opportunity to spend a little time in their hometown of Millinocket. After renting a car and finding the friend I was supposed to meet at the mountain’s base, we instead waited for news from the mechanic and spent the whole day bopping around the former mill town. Millinocket was home to the Great Northern Paper Company, which started operating in 1900 and supported the financial needs of several generations of its residents, employing more than 4,000 people in its heyday in the ’60s and ’70s. There seemed to be an endless stream of work and opportunity. But as ownership changed hands and the industry began to decline, the work started to dissipate and dried up all together when the mills finally closed. With limited opportunity, the town’s younger population has been reluctant to stay, and the population is going down, while the median age continues to rise. But those who have stayed behind, whether by choice or circumstance, make it a place worth visiting. Their warm and neighborly qualities indicate their appreciation for warm bodies and casual spenders, and it’s appeared to pay off. The local watering holes and dining spots seem to be doing all right, and based on the wait, the town barber is thriving. The foundation of the town’s economy is seasonal tourism, and this seems to have stimulated a penchant for hospitality and salesmanship. When I asked a local man for a breakfast suggestion, he explained that, at the moment, Ruthie’s was the only option, but I should come back after the snow falls; when the snowmobiles show up, there are two breakfast spots. But the breakfast was good at Ruthie’s, and when I asked the waitress where we should get a beer, she said, “Right here.” It was 8:30 a.m., but our fellow diners didn’t seem judgmental about a little breakfast boozing, and the place has no shortage of Allagash and other Maine craft brews. Next, we went to Scootic In Restaurant, where there’s a live lobster tank, as well as wings, fries and beer. Across the street is Russ’s Barber Shop, which had a five-person wait. A few doors down is the New England Outdoor Center’s Woods and Water Shop, inside of which is a very hip little gift store that also sells a bunch of Maine craft crews. The store is operated by the same folks who run the River Driver Restaurant just outside of town, which has great views of Katahdin, a killer lakefront deck and garden, and a dining hall as aesthetically pleasing as any restaurant in Portland. If you want to get married in a place that looks like a Lumineers video, you could rent it out as a venue — and single-handedly stimulate a micro-economy. Millinocket is a great base for outdoor activity. It’s adjacent to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, right by the fly-fishing mecca that is East Branch Penobscot River, and the nearest town to Baxter State Park with its Instagram-worthy Mount Katahdin. There are trails for snowmobiling, canoes and rafts to be rented, ice and fly fishing, swimming, hiking, mushroom picking, moose to be seen, and marshmallows to be roasted. Millinocket is also home to Maine Dogsledding Adventures, which offers several tour packages and gets you on your own sled within minutes of meeting the team. With any luck, there will be numerous puppies to play with, all of which look like they belong on the set of “Game of Thrones.” Avid runners should plan their visit for Dec. 9, when Millinocket is hosting a marathon with no entry fee, in hopes of encouraging liberal spending in town instead. Get a motel room; eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner — and get dessert, another drink, maybe make it a double. Live without reservation or budget for a day in Millinocket, and, for several reasons, you’re sure to get a warm, fuzzy feeling.  

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  • Convicted murderers seek new trials over inability to question Maine...Convicted murderers seek new trials over inability to question Maine...

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  • Maine's The MEMIC Group Hires Bialek to Support New York Market GrowthMaine's The MEMIC Group Hires Bialek to Support New York Market Growth

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  • From Marden’s to Amato’s, your favorite Maine chainsFrom Marden’s to Amato’s, your favorite Maine chains

    Think for a minute about the true meaning of Aretha Franklin’s timeless lyric: “Chain, chain, chain. Chain of fools.” What the Queen of Soul is saying, of course, is that it’s foolish to disdain and ignore all retail chains. Some of Maine’s coolest, hippest, most local, most beloved retail establishments are chains. Some are family-owned, some have just two or three locations, but all are vital parts of their communities. Some have helped build whole industries, like the brewpubs that are a big part of Maine’s robust beer scene. At least one, Bull Moose, was instrumental in creating a national holiday, Record Store Day. So the next time you think about buying or eating or drinking local, maybe as the holidays approach, think about the Maine chains that make it easier for you to buy local in more than one location. Here’s a list of some Maine chains, to get you started. ROCK ON, BULLWINKLE Say kids, after chem lab let's all get together and start a record store! Those might not be the exact words, but that was sort of what happened when Brett Wickard launched the first Bull Moose music store in 1989 while still a student at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Wickard saw a need, since Brunswick's only record store had just closed and college kids need music. Now there are nine locations in Maine and three in New Hampshire. Another Bowdoin alum and longtime Bull Moose executive, Chris Brown, came up with the idea for the national celebration known as Record Store Day. The first one took place in April of 2008 and last year more than 1,400 stores took part. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick OuelletteHEY, JOE Coffee By Design started in downtown Portland in 1994, just as coffee houses were getting to be hot properties. But as others came and went, Coffee By Design's locations became known as community gathering places, and places for a good cup of joe from all over the world. Today they have four retail locations in Portland and one at L.L. Bean in Freeport. And since Mainers are always on the go, it makes sense that the Aroma Joe's coffee chain is based in Portland. The first one started as a kiosk in a New Hampshire parking lot in 2000 and was the idea of four men from Berwick. Now there are more than 50 locations in New England. Most of the chain's locations have drive-thrus, for joe on the go. Staff photo by Derek DavisDON'T SCREAM, IT'S RIGHT HERE Mainers love their cows. Dairy farming is practically a religion in some parts of the state. So it's a point of great pride that Skowhegan-based Gifford's Famous Ice Cream earned the title of World's Best Chocolate at the World Dairy Expo in five of the past 10 years. Gifford's has stands in Auburn, Bangor, Farmington, Skowhegan and Waterville, and it's in stores all over Maine. Beal's Famous Old Fashioned Ice Cream is the go-to ice cream stand for many in southern Maine, with locations in Gorham, Scarborough and Portland. Staff photo by David LeamingTURN THE PAGE Independent bookstores are alive an well in Maine. Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops dates back to 1886 in Bar Harbor, where W.H. Sherman had a shop for printing, stationary and books. Today Sherman's has stores in Bar Harbor, Camden, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor, Freeport and Portland. The stores have games, gadgets and gifts of all kinds, but Maine books are their specialty. They have, for example, some 30 books available just on Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Staff photo by John PatriquinEATING GOOD IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD Otto Pizza cannot be called a cookie-cutter chain. Each of the six Maine locations are very different in look and style. The one on Cottage Road in South Portland is an old gas station, which still looks like an old gas station, with the words "Filling Station" in giant letters out front. Pizza is filling, after all. Another venerable Maine food chain is Amato's sandwich shops, inventors of the internationally-known Maine Italian sandwich, made by the Italian Amato family but featuring boiled ham and American cheese. Amato's started here and has about two dozen locations in Maine, plus locations in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. The granddaddy of Maine eatery chains is likely Pat's Pizza, started by Pat Farnsworth as Farnsworth's Cafe in Orono in 1931 and officially renamed Pat's Pizza in the 1950s. There are more than 15 locations from Sanford to Presque Isle.Staff photo by Tim GreenwayA MAINE ADVENTURE Quick, name a Maine-based retailer that has a musical show about it? Hint: It's a Maine adventure, according to its commercial jingle. Renys is iconic in Maine, with general merchandise stores on the Main Street of places like Belfast, Bridgton, Damariscotta, Dexter, Farmington, Madison, Pittsfield and Windham — and 17 locations in all. The first one was founded in 1949. By 2003, it had inspired local theater enthusiast Art Mayers to write "Renys: The Musical" about a big national retailer storming into small-town Maine, threatening to put beloved Renys out of business. It debuted at the Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro. Some songs included "Down at the Mall," "Hey, Mr. Planning Board Man" and "The Renys Song." The latter is a pretty accurate description of the store: "There are vitamins and cookies and cans of lobster stew; telephones and toasters and pillow cases, too. You can get a chair there, try a dress there, see a friend there, all at Renys." Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick OuelletteSOMETHING'S BREWING Before there were nano-brews and growlers and beer flavored with pomegranate, there was Gritty McDuff's, founded in 1988 in Portland's Old Port and recognized as Maine's first brewpub. Known for it's mug club, where they keep your mug waiting for you, Gritty's now has brewpubs in Freeport and Auburn, as well. Another Maine suds chain is Shipyard Brewing Co., which has Sea Dog Brewing Co. pubs in Camden, Bangor, South Portland and Topsham, Federal Jack's in Kennebunk, and Shipyard pubs in Eliot and Newry. There's also Sebago Brewing, same name as the lake, with brewpubs in Portland, Scarborough, Kennebunk and Gorham. Staff photo by John PatriquinCHILL, MAINE You might not think that a chain of stores selling tie dye-clothing, henna stencils and body art stickers would thrive in Maine, but it does. Mexicali Blues (also a song by the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir) has stores in Bangor, Freeport, Newcastle, Portland and Raymond. They have dream catchers shaped like peace signs, stonewashed harem yoga pants, and shopping totes with psychedelic art on them. Owners Pete and Kim Erskine started the first Mexicali Blues in Portland in 1988, with an inventory that included handmade clothes and accessories Pete bought while traveling through Mexico and Guatemala after college. Staff photo by Jill Brady

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  • Maine breweries from A to ZMaine breweries from A to Z

    Photo by Carey Kish Airline Brewing Co. 22 Mill Lane, Amherst, 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, abcmaine.beer Airline Brewing Co. opened its brewing operation and tasting room in Amherst in July and, soon after, opened a brewpub in downtown Ellsworth. Head brewer Ray Edgar makes a great lineup of English-, Scottish- and Irish-style ales; Pride of Ellsworth is the flagship brew.Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff PhotographerAllagash Brewing Co. 50 Industrial Way, Portland, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, allagash.comEstablished in 1994, Allagash focuses on Belgian-style ales. Its world-class barrel-aging facility has produced many award-winning beers. The tasting room offers four free samples during business hours. Photo courtesy of Atlantic BrewingAtlantic Brewing Co. 15 Knox Road, Bar Harbor, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, atlanticbrewing.com One of Maine’s first breweries, established in 1991, Atlantic brews English and American style ales along with stouts and porters. The tasting room is only open seasonally, though, so plan accordingly.Photo by Dave Patterson Austin Street Brewery 1 Industrial Way, Portland, 3-7 p.m. Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, austinstreetbrewery.com Known for its flagship Patina Pale Ale, this nano-brewery founded in 2014 focuses on American-style ales, as well as sour beers brewed with Brettanomyces. The small tasting room features samples and bottle purchases.Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer Banded Horn Brewing Co. 32 Main St., BLDG 13-W, Pepperell Mill, Biddeford, 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, bandedhorn.com Established in 2013, Banded Horn brews German-style ales, lagers, and stouts giving its beers an American twist with big hop additions. Tasting room is located in a repurposed Biddeford mill and offers samples, growler fills and bottle and can purchases.Photo by Dave Patterson Barreled Souls Brewing Co. 743 Portland Road, Saco, 4-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, barreledsouls.com Maine’s only brewery to barrel ferment all their beers. Barreled Souls opened in 2014 and offers a diverse list of beers and growler fills in its cozy tasting room. Photo courtesy of Battery Steele Brewinn Battery Steele Brewing 1 Industrial Way, Portland, noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday-Saturday, noon 5 p.m. Sunday. batterysteele.com First opened in 2017, Battery Steele received immediate acclaim for their hop-forward ales like Flume Double IPA and Kineo IPA. In addition to the selection of hoppy beers, they also brew farmhouse ales and stouts. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer Baxter Brewing Co. 130 Mill St., Lewiston, 3-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, tours at 2 p.m., baxterbrewing.com The first Maine brewery to feature can-only packaging, Baxter opened in 2010 and brews a lineup of pale ales, IPAs, stouts, and porters. Tasting room located in a historic Lewiston mill.Photo by Dave Patterson Bear Bones Beer Brewery, 43 Lisbon St., Lewiston, 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Tasting Toom, 2 Cottage St., Bridgton, 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. bearbonesbeer.com Bear Bones Beer brews traditional style beers with a contemporary twist. Their Double C.R.E.A.M. is a cream ale aged on oak while their Pink Pils is a refreshing pilsner that gets its pink hue from the addition of fresh beet juice. All of Bear Bones beer is brewed at the Lewiston brewery and tasting room.Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel Bigelow Brewing Co. 473 Bigelow Hill Road, Skowhegan, 3-8 p.m. Friday (musical guests, wood-fired pizzas served), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, bigelowbrewing.com Established in 2014, this microbrewery offers growler fills and 22 ounce bottles of its American-style ales at its Skowhegan brewery.Joel Page/Staff Photographer Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. 4 Thompson's Point, Portland, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, bissellbrothers.com After opening in 2013, Bissell Brothers became renowned for its IPA, The Substance. This is a hop-forward brewery that focuses on creative takes on the American-style ale. Bissell serves samples and sells cans of its beer at its tasting room.Photo by Dave Patterson Black Bear Brewery 19 Mill St., Suite 4, Orono, 3-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 3-11 p.m. Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday and 2-11 p.m. Saturday, blackbearmicrobrew.com Since opening in 2008, Black Bear has gone through a few expansions and now features a tasting room. Look for American- and English-style ales.Photo by Dave Patterson Blank Canvas Brewery 46 Betton St., Brewer, 4-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, blankcanvasbrewery.wordpress.com This nano-brewery was opened in 2015 and offers a diverse selection of beer. Samples and growler fills available in the tasting room.Photo by Dave Patterson Boothbay Craft Brewery 301 Adams Pond Road, Boothbay, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, boothbaycraftbrewery.com Located off of historic Route 1, this brewery opened in 2011. It features bold American-style ales, IPAs and stouts. The brewery is attached to the Watershed Tavern where you can enjoy their lineup of beers.John Patriquin/Staff Photographer Gary's Olde Towne Tavern 678 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, 11:30 a.m. to close daily, braysbrewpub.comThe pub formerly known as Bray's is now Gary's Old Towne Tavern, but the beers are are still brewer by Bray Brewing Co. Owner Michael Bray makes a wide variety of beers from traditional styles to more experimental brews. Brewery and pub are located off Route 302 in a 125-year-old former inn.Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer Bunker Brewing Co. 122 Anderson St., Portland, 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1-8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, bunkerbrewingco.com One of the first breweries to brew a craft lager in Maine, Bunker was founded in 2012, has since moved to a larger facility and is now canning its signature lagers and ales. Tasting room features samples, growlers and can purchases. Photo courtesy of Cushnoc Brewing Co. Cushnoc Brewing Co. 243 Water Street, Augusta, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Saturday. cushnocbrewing.com Located on the Kennebec River in Maine’s capital city, Cushnoc Brewing opened in the fall of 2017. Featuring a full lineup of year round and seasonal beers, Cushnoc also specializes in wood fired pizza. Photo by Dave Patterson Dirigo Brewing Co. 28 Pearl St., Biddeford, noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, dirigobrewingcompany.com The latest endeavor from longtime Maine brewer Tom Bull, previously of Stonecoast and Bull Jagger among others, the Biddeford brewery opened in 2016. Its Old World styles include German Pale Ale, Rotbier and Schöps.John Patriquin/Staff PhotographerD.L. Geary Brewing Co. 38 Evergreen Dr., Portland, noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, gearybrewingco.com Maine’s first post-Prohibition brewery, Geary's opened in 1986 with a focus on English-style ales. Its tasting room opened in 2014 and offers samples of its flagship beers as well as experimental pilot batches.Photo by Dave Patterson Flight Deck Brewing 11 Atlantic Ave, Brunswick, noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. flightdeckbrewing.com Flight Deck Brewing is located in a former small arms range at Brunswick Landing. Boasting a beautiful tasting room and patio, Flight Deck brews a variety of American-style beers from the Sub-Hunter Double IPA to Tea-56 Hibiscus Ale.Photo by Dave PattersonFore River Brewing Co. 45 Huntress Ave., South Portland, 2-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, foreriverbrewing.com Opened in the winter of 2016, this brewery currently focuses on three beers: an IPA, a stout and a red ale. The tasting room is spacious and features draft pours and growler fills. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff PhotographerFoulmouthed Brewing 15 Ocean Street, South Portland, 3-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, foulmouthedbrewing.com The South Portland brewery opened in 2016 in a former auto garage and features cocktails and food, along with a wide range of beers, from a German ale to a double IPA.Photo by Dave PattersonFoundation Brewing Co. 1 Industrial Way, Portland, noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, foundationbrew.com Foundation focuses on farmhouse ales, American-style ales and stouts. Founded in 2014, the small tasting room offers can releases, growler fills and samples. Photo by Dave PattersonFunky Bow Brewery and Beer Co. 21 Ledgewood Lane, Lyman, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 1-9 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, funkybowbeercompany.com Funky Bow opened in 2013 and is located on a working farm. They brew American-style ales and stouts. The tasting room features Friday and Saturday night growler fill parties with live music, food and samples. Photo by Carey KishGeaghan Brothers Brewing 34 Abbott St., Brewer, 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, geaghans.com The brewery and pub are located in Fireside Inn and Suites in Bangor, serving food and offering their lineup of beers on draft. They opened in 2011, but tours and tastings are at the production facility in Brewer that opened in 2015. Photo by Dave PattersonGneiss Brewing Co. 94 Patterson Road, Limerick, 2-7 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, gneissbeer.com The brewery and tasting room are set on a working farm. Gneiss – established in 2013 – focuses on beers brewed with at least 50 percent wheat grain and fermented with German Hefeweizen yeast. John Patriquin/Staff PhotographerGritty McDuff’s Lower Maine Street, Freeport; 396 Fore St., Portland; 68 Main St., Auburn, 11 a.m. to close daily, grittys.com Opened in 1988, Gritty’s serves English-style ales defined by malty characteristics and fermented with ringwood yeast. Its brewpubs offer food and draft pours of its lineup of beers. Photo by Dave Patterson Gruit Brewing 200 Anderson St., Portland, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. fermentory.com/gruit-brewing- home The only brewery dedicated solely to making gruit beers, Gruit Brewing is located in Urban Farm Fermentory. Gruits are brewed with little or no hops added to the boil, using instead a variety of botanicals for flavoring. Many of the brewery’s gruits are made with locally foraged ingredients. Photo by Dave PattersonHidden Cove Brewing Co. 73 Mile Road, Wells, noon to 7 p.m. daily, hiddencovebrewingcompany.com Located in the Fire N Brew restaurant and founded in 2013, Hidden Cove features a selection of American style ales. Growler fills and draft list available at the restaurant. Photo courtesy of Island Dog Brewing Island Dog Brewing 125 John Roberts Rd, South Portland, 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. islanddogbrewing.com Located near the Maine Mall, Island Dog Brewing opened in the summer of 2017. Island Dog is dedicated to using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible in their ever-changing lineup of beers, including IPAs, ales, saisons, and stouts. Photo courtesy of Kennebec River BreweryKennebec River Brewery 1771 Route 201, The Forks, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, on Facebook Located at Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort, the brewery has been making unfiltered all-natural beers since 1997. Photo by Dave Patterson Lake St. George Brewing Co. 4 Marshall Shore Rd, Liberty, 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. lakestgeorgebrewing.com Lake St. George Brewing originally opened in 1993 and closed shortly after. In 2017, legendary brewer, Dan McGovern reopened Lake St. George, bringing back the signature loon logo and his distinctive style of American and English-style ales along with his iconic Oatmeal Stout. Andy Molloy/Kennebec JournalThe Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery 115 Water St., Hallowell, 11:30 a.m. to close Monday-Saturday and Friday, 11 a.m. to close Sunday, theliberalcup.com The Liberal Cup was founded in 2000 and features English-style ales in a quaint brewpub inspired by the pubs of England.Photo by Dave PattersonLiquid Riot Bottling Co. 250 Commercial St., Portland, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, noon to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, liquidriot.com Founded in 2013, Liquid Riot brews a wide variety of styles, ranging from sour beers to dark stouts. It's also a distillery and serves house-made spirits. The large tasting room offers a full draft list of its beer along with growler fills and can and bottle purchases. Photo by Dave Patterson Lone Pine Brewing Co. 219 Anderson St., Portland, 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, on Facebook This bright pink brewery opened in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood in 2016 and started selling out of its Portland Pale Ale right away.Joel Page/Staff PhotographerMaine Beer Co. 525 Route 1, Freeport, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. p.m. Sunday, mainebeercompany.com Highly regarded for its hop-forward American style ales, Maine Beer Co. opened in 2009, and its tasting room features samples and bottles to purchase. Photo by Dave Patterson Marsh Island Brewing Co. 86 Main St., Machias, 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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  • Panda Garden’s pupu is nothing to pooh-poohPanda Garden’s pupu is nothing to pooh-pooh

    The PuPu platter was tasty and large enough to take a lot of it home. Photos by Ray Routhier As a kid, I loved pupu platters, simply because it was so much fun to say the name. As a grownup, I’ve become nostalgic over time about those wondrous Chinese appetizer platters of my youth. I like dumpling houses and Asian-fusion as much as the next person, but sometimes I want to munch out on ribs, chicken wings, eggs rolls and other Chinese restaurant comfort foods. And that’s exactly what I was able to do when I had lunch the other day at Panda Garden, located in a small shopping plaza on Brighton Avenue in Portland. I was in the mood for the kind of Chinese food I used to get at the China Dragon in Hooksett, N.H., as a youth in the 1970s. It was a big old rambling place on a rural road outside of Manchester, with fountains and dragon sculptures, serving fried rice, spare ribs, jumbo shrimp, chow mein and the like. The interior of Panda Garden Panda Garden is not rambling. but it has paintings of pandas on the walls and food that definitely takes me back to my time at the China Dragon. I was especially excited to see that I could order a pupu platter for one, for lunch, for $9.95. The appetizer combo included boneless pork ribs, crab Rangoon, teriyaki beef on a stick, an egg roll with sweet sauce, chicken fingers and chicken wings. Even though it said it was a platter for one, I ordered a cup of egg drop soup ($2.75) and ended up taking half the contents of the pupu platter home with me. The platter’s ribs were as I remembered them from my youth, with a sticky red glaze. They were also very tender. The beef on a stick had a similar glaze, but was a little chewier. The wings were golden and crispy and just mildly spicy. The chicken fingers were in a fluffy batter, the kind I remember jumbo shrimp being prepared in. The crab Rangoon were crispy wontons with a creamy crab mixture inside. And the egg roll was above average, being crispy enough, but not hard or greasy, as some are. The egg drop soup had scallions and corn in it, plus the bits of egg. It was velvety and just warm, not hot. I hate it when soup comes so hot that you can’t eat it until dessert. Panda Garden’s extensive menu, for eating in or taking out, has lots of dishes that span the history of America’s Chinese restaurants. Some of those include moo shu chicken (with four pancakes), egg foo young, chow mein, lo mein and various kinds of fried rice. The lunch special menu, served Monday through Saturday, lets you choose from more than 30 entrees that each come with a soup, appetizer of the day and vegetable fried rice. The prices range from $7.50 to $7.95. Some of the lunch special entrees include chicken with cashews, moo goo gai pan, General Tso’s chicken, shredded beef Szechuan style, ginger shrimp, and pork with garlic sauce. You can also get lo mein, chow mein or fried rice as a lunch entree. There are also several Revolution Diet options on the menu, served with no salt, sugar, cornstarch or MSG. These include shrimp Szechuan style, orange-flavored chicken and lemon-flavored chicken. There are about 30 dishes in the Chef’s Specialties section, including some with lamb and duck. Based on how well Panda Garden does the basic Chinese restaurant appetizers, I may be tempted to try something different next time. Or, I may just pooh-pooh that idea and stick with what I know I like. PANDA GARDEN WHERE: 1041 Brighton Ave., Portland; 874-6935 HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday WAIT: About five minutes PARKING: Yes WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes

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  • Hiking in Maine: Airline Road is bountiful for hikersHiking in Maine: Airline Road is bountiful for hikers

    Carey Kish on Eagle Bluff CliftonPhotos by Carey Kish The easternmost section of Maine’s Route 9, affectionately known as the Airline Road, extends some 90 miles across the Downeast interior between Bangor and Calais. Along this scenic and historic highway corridor are a number of low mountains and a handful of pretty ponds with good trails that, outside of local use, don’t see much foot traffic. The beautiful drive alone is worth the trip, but the bountiful hiking is equally sublime. Eagle Bluff in Clifton has been a favorite of mine since I was a youngster growing up in Bangor. The little mountain’s impressive south-facing granite cliffs have long attracted technical rock climbers, but the short and highly rewarding trail to its top makes it a great spot for hikers, too. In 2014, the Clifton Climbers Alliance purchased 165 acres on Eagle Bluff to protect public access. From the junction of Route 9 and Route 180 in Clifton, drive south on Route 180 for 2.5 miles to a small, unsigned parking area on the left. I scrambled up Eagle Bluff recently to get a good look at the autumn colors before they faded away. From the open ledges on top, I enjoyed airy views over Cedar Swamp Pond to Lead Mountain and the many peaks of Acadia on Mt. Desert Island. To the west were several wind towers, Woodchuck Hill and Blackcap Mountain. A short meander east along the lip of the precipice led me to a fine view of the sweeping rock faces of Chick Hill and Little Chick Hill. Eagle Bluff Summit scene The long and winding road that is the modern Route 9 was first developed in the early 1800s to attract settlers to the wild country between the Penobscot River and the St. Croix River. That’s a one million-acre block of forestland known as Bingham’s Penobscot Purchase, so named for its original owner, William Bingham of Philadelphia. The road has had many names over the last two centuries, including General Cobb’s Great Road, Black’s Road, the Alexander Road, the Bangor Road, and most recently – for as long as I can remember anyway – the Airline Road. Until the mid-1800s, mail, freight and passengers between Bangor and Calais were carried aboard the Shoreline Stage, which made the 160-mile trip following along the coast in two days. The name Airline Road came to be after the Airline Stage was established in 1857, a service that followed a direct inland route between the two towns and covered the distance in less than a day. Just north of Eagle Bluff are Chick Hill and Little Chick Hill, also in Clifton. Referred to on most maps as Peaked Mountain and Little Peaked Mountain, both have summit trails, and an adventurous bushwhack between the two – plus a walk on a woods road – makes a fine loop. In Eddington, fun trails to Blackcap Mountain and Woodchuck Hill leave from a common trailhead near Fitts Pond at Camp Roosevelt, the base camp of the Katahdin Area Council of the Boy Scouts. The Amherst Mountains Community Forest in Amherst is a 5,000-acre tract of rugged forestland encompassing six remote ponds, miles of streams, significant wetlands and a jumble of craggy hills. Bald Bluff Mountain sports a nice 2-mile loop hike with good views, while another sweet option is the 3-mile circuit around pristine Ducktail Pond and Partridge Pond. Further west on the Airline Road is Lead Mountain in the unorganized township of T28 MD, and another Peaked Mountain in T30 MD BPP. These old fire-tower sites are short on views, but worthy of exploration nonetheless. Travel the length of Route 9 and you’ll end up in the 21,000-acre Baring Unit of the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. In Baring, hike through old growth white and red pines to reach the top of Bald Mountain and the downed remains of the old 100-foot wooden fire tower. In Calais, get expansive views of Magurrewock Marsh from the apex of Magurrewock Mountain. Online information for these hikes is hard to find. All but one are described in either AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast or in the AMC Maine Mountain Guide. Look up “Clifton Climbers Alliance” for directions to Eagle Bluff. John Dudley of Alexander has compiled an interesting history of the Airline Road; this obscure research is best found by using “Airline Road + Maine” in your internet search.  

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  • Want to see an animated film about growing pot in rural Maine? Go fund it.Want to see an animated film about growing pot in rural Maine? Go fund it.

    The “super bud” destined to bring “peace and common decency” to the Penobscot Bay region. Photos courtesy of O’Chang Studios Rockland-based O’Chang Studios (made up of married filmmakers Hanji Chang and Andy O’Brien) is looking for your help as the pair attempt to make what they insist will be the first feature-length animated film made and set in Maine. In the teaser trailer accompanying their fundraising campaign on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, “The One Strain To Rule Them All” takes the rambunctiously rural characters from the couple’s popular “Temp Tales” animated shorts into a fantasy-inspired but suspiciously familiar world where a pot-loving old Maine island wizard develops a legendary strain of “super bud” destined to bring “peace and common decency” to the Penobscot Bay region (complete with Tolkien-esque Maine map where everything south of “Disgusta” is labeled “Northern Massachusetts”). Scene from “The One Strain to Rule Them All” With the legalization of marijuana seeming to promise a rosy, hazy future, the wizard finds his magical herb threatened instead by dark, outside forces (in riot gear bearing the dread name “DEA”) decide to trample his dreams. And plants. Pixar it’s not. But Pixar seemingly isn’t interested in making a scabrously funny, uniquely Maine-centric film about midcoasters just trying to get by. So it’s up to Mainers themselves to help O’Chang Studios raise the $25,000 they’ve set as their modest fundraising goal. I spoke to co-founder, writer and voice talent Andy O’Brien about making movies north of Portland. Your trailer starts off with you pitching your film to a panel of stereotypically “artsy” types who are pretty dismissive of your vision of a blue-collar Maine movie. You and Hanji are both educated, worldly people, but there seems to be a ring of resentment there. I grew up in rural Maine (in Lincolnville), and a lot of our characters are based on people I grew up with, worked with and am still friends with. Hanji is from Taiwan and grew up understanding the similarities in rural people around the world – it might be scooters and motorcycles instead of snowmobiles, but there’s a lot in common. We came back and lived in Portland for a while when Hanji was at (Maine College of Art), and we had a hard time relating to a lot of the people in that art scene, which was cliquish. The first quote in the trailer is literally, word-for-word, a rejection notice to an art grant we’d sent out. Your work pulls off the tricky balancing act of dealing in various stereotypes without going for cheap laughs at their expense. We come at it from that perspective. We’re outsiders in a sense in the art world. Goofy cartoons don’t really fit into the artsy hipster demo down there. Rockland’s just not in that scene. That said, Hanji teaches at MECA, and I think we’d be considered hipsters ourselves around here. (Laughs.) We sort of walk in both worlds and we understand that. Still, our sense of humor and material connects us more with this more rural Maine. Being so Maine-specific in its humor, what do you envision being the reach for “The One Strain To Rule Them All” across the border? Well, our “Temp Tales”‘ YouTube channel has over 3 million views and 15,000 or so subscribers. We have a pretty strong following, particularly in rural Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire – northern New England, essentially. I don’t know – we tried to set up screenings when we were in Portland and were basically treated like a nuisance, but we hold viewings in Georgetown, Rockland, Bar Harbor, and they’re packed. We have fishermen coming with potluck bean suppers and buckets of crab legs. We’ve submitted to festivals before. We also do environmental cartoons and were just shown at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival last week. But this is such a local thing. We’re making it for Mainers – outside of Maine, I imagine people might ask what the hell this is. (Laughs.) What prompted you to go the crowdfunding route for the feature? We’ve always said this is by Mainers, for Mainers. A lot of our stories are crowdsourced from our fans, and we get ideas all the time taken from real life. We tend to call “Temp Tales” “animated documentaries.” So I don’t think we’d ever get any actual funding from a studio because I don’t think they’d get it. We’ve been making these for five years for free, not making any money, so we figure, since this has always been something of a pure community effort, we’d reach out to the Maine community. Basically, we want to be able to do this so we can pay the mortgage while making cartoons. Hanji is the fastest animator I know, but she’s also just one animator, so we’re essentially not looking to pay for anything but Hanji’s time. There’s all sorts of rewards for donating, and we’re doing regular updates, so people will know we’re not just pissing away their money. (Laughs.) But, considering the number of followers we’ve got, on Facebook and YouTube, even a few bucks a person would help us a lot. The all-Maine, all-rude, very funny-looking “The One Strain To Rule Them All” is in production now. To check out the NSFW trailer and chip in toward O’Chang Studio’s goal of making Maine’s first animated feature, check out their Indiegogo page. And to see more of Chang and O’Brien’s rural-rooted Maine animated comedy shorts, check out their YouTube channel, or their website, ochangcomics.com. COMING TO LOCAL SCREENS SPACE GALLERY Thursday: “The Work.” Space brings us another fascinating documentary about incarceration in America with this 2017 film about three troubled men who attend an intense four-day therapy session with a group of incarcerated men at Folsom Prison. PMA FILMS Thursday-Sunday: “The Square.” The new film from Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund (2016’s “Force Majeure”) is another darkly comic masterpiece of humiliation as an ambitious performance art installation goes off the rails, to the consternation of the museum’s stuffy patrons. Winner of the Palme D’Or at this year’ Cannes Film Festival.

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  • Start your vacation in the jetport with drinks at Shipyard or Linda Bean’sStart your vacation in the jetport with drinks at Shipyard or Linda Bean’s

    It’s that time of year again. Now that we are a few weeks post-Halloween, Michael Buble has officially emerged from his cave and taken over all our radios with his velvet voice crooning holiday music to us. How many times can we hear “White Christmas” before it turns into a puke green Christmas? Despite my acerbic humor, I actually love this time of year. I love the decorations. Family visits. Big meals around the table. Tree decorating. It brings all kinds of warm fuzzies to my insides. And it hasn’t been cold for so long that I’m bitter yet. This time of year also brings many, many trips to the airport. If you are a Maine transplant (like I am), then between November and January, you’ll spend a good chunk of time at the Portland Jetport waiting around on standby or as your flight gets delayed. Or maybe you’ll be one of the to get the rare and coveted free upgrade to more legroom. And that, my friends, deserves a celebration. Lucky for us Mainers who live nearest the Jetport, our airport is newly renovated, efficient and clean with two pretty good choices to imbibe while waiting. Where you decide to go may depend on your flight, how much time you have and which gate you’re assigned. There is a bar on each side of the airport, perfect for watching your gate as the minutes tick closer to your boarding time. Linda Bean’s cocktail menu includes options made with local spirits and ingredients. Photos by Colleen Katana The first one I visited was Linda Bean’s Lobster Café. It was bright and airy with comfortable seating. It had cape-style décor with lots of references to lobsters. It was cute, quiet (despite being pretty busy) and clean. Also, the menu is huge – maybe even overwhelmingly huge – in both food and beverage options. A massive variety of cocktails, beer and wine can sometimes hinders my ordering, but this particular morning (Linda Bean’s is open daily at 5 a.m. and until 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:15 p.m. the rest of the week), I was pleased to have choices. There was a list of breakfast cocktails as well as a local drink menu with cocktails created using local alcohol and ingredients. I loved that small touch; we’re in Portland (at least for a couple more hours until getting launched into the air), why not embrace it? Usually, when I’m drinking at an airport bar, I stick to a pour of whiskey or a glass of wine. But with such a great cocktail menu and since it was 11 a.m. (but 5 o’clock somewhere, am I right?), I ordered one of the coffee-based cocktails, the Iced Runaway ($12.89). Linda Bean’s Iced Runway is iced coffee, Jameson Irish whiskey and Kahlua, decorated with an abundant dollop of whipped cream. It was a pretty standard recipe for a boozy coffee — iced coffee, Jameson Irish whiskey and Kahlua, decorated with an abundant dollop of whipped cream. It was creamy and sweet with a strong (I mean strong) kick of Jameson. Now, most people don’t complain when a drink is too boozy (especially in an airport), but it was too strong for my taste, tipping it into unbalanced territory. But if strong drinks don’t bother you, then this is a great choice. While I drank the coffee, my husband went in an entirely different direction. He ordered the South Bound Flight ($12.89). It was a unique blend of flavors that came together in a surprisingly refined way. The 1800 Reposado mixed well with the twist of lime, agave, and muddled cucumber and cilantro. It was savory and refreshing and I highly recommend it for the refined tequila drinkers out there. After Linda Bean’s, we went down to the other side of the gates to Shipyard, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It was packed. And honestly, walking in, I could see why. The ambiance was way cooler. With its wood accents and contemporary design, it felt more upscale than Linda Bean’s. It was also very loud. Maybe it was simply because there were more people. Maybe the ambiance made it more of a pub. Maybe it was because the space was more enclosed with lower ceilings as opposed to Linda Bean’s, which was open. Whatever the reason, it was hard to hear boarding announcements — something to be wary of when you’re traveling. The Shipyard Brewpub in the jetport was packed on a recent morning. The menu at Shipyard was very streamlined. There was no cocktail menu, just a list of spirits, beer and wine with the promise that the bartender can make whatever you want. The thing is, when I’m given a list of spirits, I tend to freeze and not know what I want. I’m not a bartender. I’m not a mixologist. Heck, most days I don’t even know what I’m in the mood for until I see a list in front of me and I can whittle it down by process of elimination. So even more paralyzing for me than a large menu like Linda Bean’s is no menu, like at Shipyard. So, when our server (who was curt and seemed annoyed that I wasn’t ready to order yet) asked us what we wanted, my husband got a Bloody Mary ($11.99) with Shipyard’s Ice Pik vodka. Then, our waiter turned to me, eyebrows raised, tapping his pen to the notebook. I panicked. I blurted out the first drink that came to mind: Tequila Sunrise. Without a cocktail menu, you’ll have to come up with your own concoction. A Tequila Sunrise isn’t a bad option. As soon as he walked away with my order, I woke up out of my fog. What? Tequila Sunrise? I don’t even like them that much. Why did I order that? I’m at Shipyard. I should have ordered a beer! In any case, the Tequila Sunrise ($10.99) arrived, and it was actually pretty good, exactly what a Tequila Sunrise should taste like — tropical and sweet with a nice kick of tequila cutting through the juice. For those who don’t want to necessarily taste a lot of alcohol, but still want a strong drink, this is a solid choice. My husband’s Bloody Mary was a bit lacking, and I think perhaps we’ve been spoiled with the amazing Bloody Marys you can get all around Portland. This one had hardly any spice; it was basically tomato juice with vodka. I still think the Shipyard bar at the airport is a good option — we just ordered wrong. It’s not the place to get cocktails. It’s the place you go for cool ambiance and to get beer, wine, and a burger, whereas Linda Bean’s is the bar with more eclectic food and wider, creative cocktail menu.

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With small craft breweries selling out to companies like Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors at an alarming rate, craft beer lovers need help parsing out the reality of who’s really brewing our beer. Maine Beer Company is using the Independent Craft label. The Brewers Association defines a craft brewery as a brewhouse that brews six million barrels of beer or less annually, with 25 percent or less of the ownership by a brewery that is not craft, and brews beer with traditional ingredients. “The sale of Wicked Weed had a huge effect on the brewing community,” said Anne Marisic, marketing and events coordinator at Maine Beer Company. Marisic was referring to the sale of Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina, to AB InBev earlier this year, a move that shocked the craft beer world partly because Wicked Weed co-founder Walt Dickinson had often been a sharp critic of Big Beer. Maine Beer Company is one of a number of Maine breweries adding the Independent Craft label to its packaging in the coming weeks. “Beer drinkers have a right to know who is brewing their beer. Many beer drinkers value independence, understand why it is important and want to support independent brewers,” said Maine Beer Company co-founder and Brewers Association board member Dan Kleban. Maine Beer Company’s signature clean white labels already feature a 1% For the Planet logo to inform drinkers that part of the proceeds from sales benefit the nonprofit. “We see the information we put on our labels as a way to tell the story of who we are and what we believe in,” Marisic said. She noted that the Brewers Association is not forcing craft breweries to put the label on their packaging, and brewers don’t have to be members of the Brewers Association to use the label. They simply have to verify that they meet the aforementioned guidelines to be considered a craft brewery. “I think that it’s an extremely important tool that will help consumers differentiate between truly independent breweries and the breweries that have been purchased by large conglomerates and are portrayed as small craft operations,” said Ian Dorsey, co-founder of Mast Landing Brewing, which plans to add the label to its packaging in the coming weeks. “This seal opens the door to a discussion, and it is our job as brewers to get the message out about why supporting small independent brewers is so important to a vibrant craft beer community. Now, there are certainly some beer drinkers who may not care who makes their beer, and that is fine — even though I wish they felt differently!” Kleban said. It wasn’t until researching the business practices of Big Beer for a piece earlier this year that I understood how bad a buyout can be for a craft beer community, largely because Big Beer lobbyists push for federal and state laws that directly hinder small breweries, and the companies purchase and control distribution in many areas. In reaction to the Independent Craft label, breweries purchased by AB InBev put out a video response. It feels laughable for Elysian Brewing co-founder David Buhler to explain how to be “independent” and “truly punk”— it’s like your dad trying to give you advice on how to be cool. No, thanks. Expect the “Independent Craft” label to appear on more and more bottles and cans both in Maine and nationally to make the waters that craft beer fans navigate a little more like a clear, golden pilsner and less like an opaque stout. Cheers! 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