I wanted to give a special shout out to Rising Tide Brewing, one of Portland's very best breweries. This past weekend they hosted a craft event in honor of Maine Craft Weekend. Fiber and Water set up some pieces along with other very talented local artisans. Gusto's Italian Food Truck was serving all day while visitors perused the crafts and enjoyed a fresh cold beer from the tap. It was a pleasure to be included in this event and I hope there are many more just like it! What's better than shopping locally while drinking and eating locally??
One of my favorite brews from Rising Tide is the Ishmeal. This American Copper Ale has a rich flavor, not too hoppy, with a hint of sweetness. Rising Tide suggests pairing this with roasted lamb with thyme and rosemary, slow braised beef, or hamburgers with rich cheese. If you can get your hands on some Ishmael 4 packs before that dinner party this weekend, I suggest you do it!