Maine Beer Company comes to New York
Sometimes it's all a matter of scale.
With their business, Maine Beer Company, brothers David and Daniel Kleban keep producing the unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, quality beer they'd been making at home--but in larger batches.
Now, finally, the pair's suds have arrived in New York City, when, previously, the fine beers were strictly available Down East.
The elegant 500-milliliter bottles, which are wrapped in heavy paper with simple designs done by David, affirm the brewery's plain beginnings. The Klebans started Maine Beer in a garage, selling beer from a car.
Peeper (pictured; $6), the company's flagship brew, is the first to arrive in the Big Apple. It's an aggressively dry-hopped beer with a bright, citrusy aroma. We're looking forward to seeing some of the other three beers around New York soon--especially Lunch IPA, so named for a female finback whale with a chunk missing from her dorsal fin.
The Klebans are as focused on doing good as they are on staying small: They're members of 1% for the Planet, their electricity is fully wind powered and they donate their used grain, yeast and grain bags to local farmers.
You'd do yourself a different kind of good by tracking down a bottle of Peeper.
Maine Beer Company beer is available at Whole Foods Bowery, Good Beer, Eastern District, Bklyn Larder and Spuyten Duyvil Grocery
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