There’s a New Beer in Town…

Portland Lager…

I meet Tom Bull, one half of Bull Jagger Brewing Company a couple of years ago.  He was working for a beer and wine distributor in southern Maine and was my weekly delivery driver.  It was obvious from our first meeting that has was not your ordinary delivery driver. He really knew his stuff about beer…and through our many short conversations, I learned that he had a lot of brewery experience.  He eventually confessed to me that his goal was to start a new micro brewery in Southern Maine…a unique brewery… specializing in German Style Lager Beer…adhering to the German Purity Laws of 1516… I thought to myself…no one else is doing that… what a great idea  Over the course of the next year or so, we would “shoot the breeze” about our past experiences in the micro brewery business…and when asked, he would give me updates on his progress.  The last time I saw Tom was the day he told me that he would not be my delivery driver anymore… It was happening. The brewery was a “go” and he would be devoting all of his time to it.  Since then, I have kept track of his progress through mutual friends in the business.  I can’t tell you how happy I was when I got  word that my first case of Bull Jagger Portland Lager would be arriving this week! When my case arrived… I priced the first 11bottles and put them on the shelf…I bought the 12 th bottle for myself, and put it in the cooler.  I could not wait to get home after work and try this beer! (but I did).  I brought that first beer home with every intention of writing about it here…but, it was so good that I just got lost in the experience. I thoroughly enjoyed that beer. The next night…I bought another Portland Lager and took the time to take some notes…

I poured this beer into a traditional style pilsner glass…it had a nice mild aroma of hops and a deep golden color. It produced a generous head that was probably “thick enough to float a bottle cap on”… but…I was more interested in tasting the beer…Portland Lager is very flavorful and very well balanced. It is not overly malty and has just the right amount  of hops at the finish…This is a full bodied lager that really does remind me of the “traditional Helles beers of Bavaria”… just like it says on the back label.  What I liked best about this beer…is what I like best about this brewery…in an environment where “craft beers” keep getting “bigger” and “hoppier”… this beer was refreshingly pure….

Nice job Tom and Al…Thanks!