Taste of the County – Beer Release

Beer Made of Ingredients Entirely from Aroostook County
Gives #drinklocal a New Meaning

BREWER, ME Blank Canvas Brewery has collaborated with John White, Jr., of Blackfly Brewfest to create “Taste of the County”, a beer brewed with all ingredients (the malt, hops, yeast, potatoes, and even water) harvested from Aroostook County, ME.

This idea for “Taste of the County” came from a conversation between John White, Jr and Stephen Genthner. “I was first talking with Stephen and asked him if he had used potatoes in any of his brewing before. I wanted to add some local flavor to our collaboration,” said John White, Jr.

“We love using Maine produced and grown ingredients in our beer,” said Stephen Genthner, Owner and Head Brewer of Blank Canvas Brewery, “All of our hops come from Maine, as well as all of our base grain for all of our beers. We want to support those that have supported us. This beer is for everyone farming and growing in Maine, without them, none of this would be possible. “

John White, Jr. went on to say, “I thought [the beer] was an amazing idea and possibly historic, as I don’t know that it has been done before.”

The malt used was from Maine Malt House, in Mapleton ME, the hops were from Aroostook Hops, in Westfield ME and The Hop Yard, in Fort Fairfield ME, and the flaked oats from Aurora Mills. Mainiacal Brewing Co. and Yeast Lab did a wild yeast capture at last year’s Blackfly Brewfest that they cultured and was used in this beer. The potatoes used were from Nature’s Circle Farm, in New Limerick ME, to add a nice dry finish to the beer. And for the water, John White, Jr., brought down 30 gallons of water from Houlton ME for this limited release 15.5 gallon batch.

Taste of the County will be released at Blackfly Brewfest in Houlton ME on May 19,and at Blank Canvas Brewery in Brewer ME on May 17 (tap house hours Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 4-9PM), and at The Great Lost Bear in Portland ME.

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Christmas Time

This year we are so happy to be raising money again for a local family of 5 asking for a Christmas dinner. This weekend is last weekend we are raising money and we will go to Hannaford to get a gift card and turn it in to Hands of Hope that will pass it along to the family.

This is something we feel very strongly about at Blank Canvas Brewery. Please help us give this family money for a Christmas dinner and more.
–Jessica

Vote for us!!

We are participating in the “What makes your business unique?” competition from SCORE.

Please vote for us! You can vote 10 times in a row every hour.  Winning the $25000 would allow us to increase production and put together a canning/bottling service so we can expand into stores around the state.

We’re always asked were people can find us, well, with your help, you’ll be able to find us at your local store!

It’s been a while

We are so sorry we have neglected this page. We have been focusing our attention on Facebook and often forget to transfer the information here.

We are currently raising money for a tag from a Hands of Hope Tree. This tag is asking for a gift card for Christmas dinner.  We feel like we can give them so much more. We are hoping you all are in the giving spirit when you come in to the brewery and can help this family not only have an amazing Christmas dinner, but give them a gift card large enough so they don’t have to worry about dinner for a while.

First Weekend Back

Thank you to everyone that has come out to welcome us back.  We have missed you all, and are so proud to show you the new space. If you haven’t had a chance to come out yet, we are open tonight from 4pm-9pm.  5 great beers on tap, and lots to do in the new location!