During the festival, and after, everyone asks you what was your personal favorite beers that you tried. Overall, the beer selection was phenomenal. I appreciated the fact that there were a lot of lighter beers for the beautiful warmer weather. Here are the 3 beers that stood out to me, not in any specific order.
Xota Brewing Company Sunfire Cream Ale was a breath of fresh air in the whole festival. This could have been the only cream ale in the entire festival, although I didn’t have every single beer available in Summer Session. It was a clean and crisp beer with a slight sweetness throughout that you would expect with a cream ale.
Fore River Brewing Company Preble Strawberry Rhubarb was an awesome combination of flavors on a warm Maine day. I’m also generally a sucker for a good sour ale, in most forms. I’m also a sucker for this beer because my grandmother used to make Strawberry Rhubarb pie for me when I was growing up.
Sebago Brewing Company On A Boat Kolsch was almost an Americanized version of a traditional German style of beer. This beer was brewed in collaboration with Crosby Hops that provided the new hop variety called Triumph. You had the sweet and light Kolsch backbone with an aggressive dry hopping. Triumph gave you a bit of bubblegum & peach flavors.
Overall I loved how this year was different. The guild continually tries to make the Summer Session better every year with new ideas and possibly new locations. I loved that this year went back to being a celebration of Maine and Maine breweries. I’m excited for next year!