Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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LunchLunch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our “East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA. Intense hop flavors and aromas of tropical and citrus fruits and pine dominate. A subtle malt sweetness brings the beer into balance.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from an awesome trader in MA
Bottled 3/22/12

A: Half-inch white head, clear golden color, really good carbonation and lacing

S: Citrus, straw, fresh hops, sweet caramel, orange peel

T: Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, bitterness, obviously hoppy but nicely balanced, slightly dry and pleasant finish

M: Good carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied, good stuff

O: Very good and very drinkable, wish I could get a few of these monthly during the summer

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bar into pint glass (despite recent Press Herald beer review calling for snifters).
Deep gold color. One finger head.
Smell of beer and lemon.
Crisp but not oppressive lemony hop flavor.
Pleasant sparkle on pallet. Hop aftertaste.
Very nice IPA.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complex, tropical fruity nose with tons of pine and grapefruit flavor leads to a surprisingly bitter and dry but smooth finish. Lives up to the hype, but just barely.

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Photo of smcolw
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge head that settles so slowly that a dome lasts throughout the tasting and it leaves lots of fluffy lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy but an attractive dirty gold color.

Pleasant fresh, bitter hop. Attractive, but I cannot detect the malt.

The hop is the story of this beer as to be expected. There is also a strong alcohol bite to the taste. The malt is present but plays second fiddle. The body is spot on. Pretty good combination for me. A classic IPA.

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Photo of RobHigby
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given the 411 on this from my good friend at Colonial Wine & Spirits in Acton, MA. What I loved about this IPA is that versus all the other limited disty IPA's I've tasted, this one took the earthy/hoppy route versus the citrus finish that most others gravitate to. Very smooth at the same time which is rare to have that much hops without the LaGunitas-esque bite. Bravo Lunch!...Please brew more.

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Photo of biegaman
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lunch has a light enough complexion to assume that malts should not be an issue where this hop-bomb is concerned. Its golden colour is clean but doesn't allow a whole lot of transparency, although its bubbles appear as if under a spotlight. No matter how low the beer gets, its head stays thick and perfectly level. The lacing sticks too.

The beer smells blissfully tropical right from the pour, but swirling really puts the match to the powder keg: pineapple, papaya and mango explode. And it's loud. There's more fruit in this aroma than in any of products you'd find at Bath and Body Works (which you know is saying a lot if you've ever walked within 20 feet of that store).

Fortunately the aroma made a promise that the flavor would keep. Notes of apricot and lemon rind linger in the tastebuds like heavy fruit hanging from a thin branch. Sugary pineapple, blood orange, and bitter grapefruit are plentiful while just a hint of toasted bread is all we can gather of the malts. Perhaps a wee dab of caramel too.

Similar IPAs can swamp the palate with devastating bitterness, or become boozy and disjointed with warmth, but this is an IPA that has no worm at its core. It has all the requisite flavors but maintains an easy, approachable character. It doesn't numb or shred the palate but rather washes it in a refreshingly acidic citrusy juiciness.

Lunch is named after a whale and, indeed, it is in fact what the beer geeks on this site would call a 'whale' (rare beer, difficult to attain). The bottle I just reviewed was almost 3 months old before I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it, but it was every bit as good as others hyped it up to be. I can only imagine how much more wonderful it must be fresh... it might just be worth trading a kidney for.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought most of the beers that Maine Beer Co. was offering this past Fall with plans to do a tasting with six of my BA Buddies. But I wound up drinking them all with a couple of my beer buddies who attended my annual New Year's Party. Tasted Peeper Ale, Another One, Zoe, Mean Ole Tom, King Titus, Lil One, Lunch and Mo. Lunch and Mo were two of the eight Maine Beer Co. beers that I was really looking forward to tasting. Lunch did not dis-appoint me in any way. Outstanding is where I rated it and it was all of that.

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Photo of ComposerZero
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Simply a beautiful IPA. It's going for elegance and complexity instead of "whack in you in the face with a with an orr" sort of hoppiness. This is a sophisticated, dare I say even pretty, IPA.

The pour is something else - wonderfully frothy and sticks to the glass like a capuccino. The beer's aromas are on the reticent side of things, but if you have the patience, a wonderful pine emerges. The mouth is full, as you can imagine, but never heavy. This begs to be drunk. Very little bitterness to speak of with delicious yet subtle maltiness. A ballet of froth, hop, malt, and body. Delicious.

Go get Lunch!!!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Light copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot/peach, grapefruit,oranges, and pineapple. There is also some faint malt and a nice amount of resiny hops.

Overall - Up there with some of the top IPA's available. Full of vibrant flavours and seriously delicious. I'd be happy to drink this beer every day for the rest of my life.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to have Lunch several times - once even at the brewery on tap. It's such a classic example of an east coast IPA: pale, dank, strong malt backbone - all the characteristics that I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very grateful to BA SammyJaxxx for sending this as I've been hankerin' to try it for awhile now. Enjoyed out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 120313 and specific instructions to drink within 90 days of that date on the label. Poured the nice fresh IPA into the IPA-specific Speiglau glass.

Appearance - Moderately aggressive pour yields a dense, tangerine off-white creamy head that's about three fingers thick and comprised mostly of fine microbubbles. About as creamy as I've seen in a non-nitro beer. Beneath the gorgeous cap lurks a amber-orange translucent liquid with just the faintest hint of haze to it. I wasn't able to empty the bottle on the first pour, and the second amplifies the haziness of the liquid. Retention of the head is excellent, and even after it finally starts to melt away, the stream of carbonation bubbles up from the laser-etching ensures that it remains a foggy inch of foam as I drink, leaving ample sheets on the side of the glass.

Smell - Layers of citrus and tropical fruits, strong and pungent. Grapefruit, clementine, pineapple and starfruit are all present. Almost like orange juice blended with carbonated water. Some hints of woody pine are present in the background, which acts as some what of a tether for the soaring citrus journey the aroma wants to take me on. So citric, but manages to find just enough counterpoint. Outstanding.

Taste - The lupulin adventure continues, with the smell getting a little more character and depth from the malt, which is present but definitely a supporting character. The grain supports the luxurious hops character similar to how a water cracker might support a bright and flavorful ceviche. Wonderful notes of grapefruit, orange rind and some bitterness along side a light cracker element. Pineapple and mango are supporting roles and contribute to the creaminess of the body.

Mouthfeel - As noted, the body is a creamy, luscious medium--perhaps on the light side of that. Ample carbonation is deftly incorporated and the finish is predominantly dry, with just a hint of bready-sweet in the aftertaste.

Overall, it could be my favorite of the style, although saying that gets a little complex when you consider that "American IPA" can often have some overlap with "American Double/Imperial IPA". Either way, Lunch is an outstanding beer that I would love to be able to get with regularity. Until further notice, however, it will be just an extra-special treat when I do get some.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber with an off white head.

The smell is really deceiving it has a huge hop forward aroma, that makes u feel like you are about to step into hoptopia, but then the taste.

Taste slight, thats right slight hop bite grape fruit, lemon malty finish, ohhhh this is goood. this is dangerously drinkable. at $7 a bottle this could be pricy to like this beer i could down a few my self as a session.

mouthfeel is a bit thin, for as cloudy as the beer looked.

overall great beer will def trade for more in the future

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split with imagineiii poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber with a small white head. Nose pounds you with fresh cut grass, citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste is nice and fruity, a bit bitter, but well balanced, a bit chewy and very tasty, Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a nice sharp finish. Super tasty & very drinkable. Another hit from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot 072111 (Hooray!)

Pours a luscious foamy off white head with a murky caramel colored body that looks pretty tasty. But still thinking hmm this is an ipa? I can dig it.

Wow the aroma is excellent and big. Huge citrus grapefruit pine some floral hoppy character, yet at the same time has this sweetness to it. I could smell this all day. Hops hops hops. Pineapple, mango, tropical too. nice nice

A hop spice leads the charge into a hoppy grapefruit citrus into a caramel sweet malt suddenly overtaken again by hops, then into the bitter close, which gets a citrus like sweetness with a bit o piney that lingers with the bitter. Some floral hops emerge here too. This is hugely hoppy but still has a balance to it.

Smooth carbonation, easy drinkin. Light medium body.

Aromas excellent, taste very very good. Overall, extremely tasty ipa.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gehrig13 for the bottle!

Pours a murky light orange colour, with a soft white finger or so of head that dissipated somewhat quickly. The aroma was tropical, with some mango and citrus fruit, a touch of an almost orange juice aroma, slightly piny and resinous. Lots of tropical fruits on the taste, orange, pineapple, pine, a crisp and assertive, but not overpowering bitterness. Upper light bodied, crisp and refreshing, smooth and clean. Easy drinking.

Excellent IPA all around!

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Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9-ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Great-looking beer. Dense, glowing orange color with a huge white head that sticks around forever. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fruit flavors coming through on the nose, with an underlining pine accent. There's grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, lemon, and some pear. Also a nice toasty aroma in the background.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with the fruity accents - grapefruit and pineapple seem to lead the way - the most present. Tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Slightly thick for an IPA.

Overall: I'd describe this beer as up to the hype. It's kind of a blow-the-budget treat, but it's worth it. One of the best IPAs from the East Coast, I'd say.

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Photo of SebD
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a beautiful light golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dank pine resins, citrus, grapefruit, floral undertones and some bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dank pine resins, some grassiness, citrus and floral undertones and sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Maine Beer Company!

Serving type: growler

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold with a touch of hazy bronze. Fast rising and sturdy white head. Thick banding.

S: Vanilla sponge cake. Lime, guava fruit. Super lemon haze.

M: Smooth almost to a fault. Thin and quick, and somewhat biting; pleasantly tart. Frequent carbonation.

T: Citrus rinds; Caribbean lime; pink grapefruit. Light hay; green pine; fresh minty aftertaste. Almond astringency. Overall rating reflects the cost/reward ratio.

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Photo of beerbully
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-LIght golden clear beer. Foamy, thick 1 inch head with thick lacing

S-Powerful aroma that you can smell as your pouring into glass. Big whiff of citrus hops lots of grapefruit fruit and some piney notes

T-Lots of hops, follows the nose. grapefruit and pine, a bit of lemon.

M-creamy, chewy sticky good body crisp finish

O-well done ipa drinkable and great flavor

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Photo of ElGallo
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a large tulip. Bottled 5/18/11. Purchased at Carl's in Kittery, Maine for $6.

I must admit that I was very excited to try this, if only to finally have a well-made IPA right after it's bottled - super-fresh for my bad self. (This is a benefit west coast BAs should not take for granted.)

Pours an orange/gold color, solid two fingers of head, some lacing. Big nose on this and it smells amazing: citrus, pine, some grass, some mild caramel maltiness.

Taste is fresh with a bitter bite up front and malt smoothness as it follows through. Very well balanced flavors. Again there is grapefruit, mild lemon, grass, pine, and subtle caramel. Was this as impressive as the fresh Pliny the Elder I had two weeks ago? No, but it was pretty firkin close. Mmmm... firkin.

Had this with lunch (how apropos) in the house my wife and I closed on today. An excellent fresh beer as the first bottle enjoyed in the new home. Well done Maine Beer Co., especially with the snap distribution.

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Photo of AltBock
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with a plain Jane egg shell white label. Everything on the label is in small print. Break out the magnifying glass. The back of the label only contains the mandatory US info and a description about the brewery. Off to the left side of the bottle is an inked bottled date. My bottle was bottled on 03/26/13. MBC would like it if you drink their beer within 90 days of the bottles date. My bottle was close to being 2 months old when I cracked it open. Still good!

When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, this lunch was an easy on the eyes hazy golden apricot orange with a faint streak of lemon yellow toward the bottom of the glass. The head of foam was equally impressive as the sweet ass color. On top was of this golden brew was a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head if foam. This head of foam didn't have to be somewhere else so a small skim of foam and a moderate sized string of rings stuck around until the last drop of beer was gone. Beautiful appearance!

The first whiff of beer was a subtle mix of tart citrus fruits and pine. It was pretty good, but I thought it could have done better. When I swirled the beer around a tad, that awoke the beast from its slumber. Out comes the strong aroma of tart citrus fruits. Leading the citrus pack was the grapefruit. Following the grapefruit was the lemon, apricot, pineapple, and oranges. When the citrus fruits settled down, it then let the pine to come in and play. This beer still wasn't done. After the pine, the beer then finished up with a subtle whiff of caramel, a pinch of grass, and a few floral notes. My eyes and nose couldn't get enough of this beer.

My first two senses couldn't get enough of this beer. Let's see if my tastebuds couldn't get their fill of this beer. I could tell this beer didn't want to mess around. Right off the bat was the bitter citrus hops. These hops lingered on for a few seconds before it let in the tart citrus fruits. There was more of a fruit variety in the aroma. The taste still had its fair share of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Following the fruits was a layer of pine. Once I got passed all of the citrus elements and pine, I found a tiny taste of toasted caramel malt. I would have though the citrus hops & fruits would have completely covered that up. After that the beer finished up with some floral notes. A very good taste, but my nose and eyes enjoyed this beer more than my tastebuds.

This was a medium bodied West Coast Style IPA that wasn't lacking in either carbonation or aftertaste. The aftertaste was full flavored and bitter with citrus hops, a select citrus fruits, pine, and floral notes. Like the head of foam, the aftertaste had nowhere to be so it stuck around. It will take about two glasses of water to rid your mouth of this nice bitter aftertaste.

Wow! What a beer. I've had 2 MBC beers so far and every one of them has been really good. They must be doing something right up there in Maine. Would I drink this again? I certainly would like another one! I would like to thank my good BA friend RCM505 for hooking me up with this winner.

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Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Eric for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a somewhat hazy, dull, amber orange color with a modest white head covering the top.

The aroma has a bright, juicy hoppiness to it with peach, mango and orange flavors all coming out. The fresh citrus fruit flavors are really awesome in it. A touch of pale, sweeter malts is noticeable as well. Really good aroma to it.

The taste follows through with more of the really good citrus hoppiness. I get a little more of a bitter grapefruit and citrus rind presence to it, especially in the finish. The juicy and bright notes peach, pineapple and mango show up as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a great beer. The hoppiness was very fruity and bright in the aroma and had even more of a range to the flavors in the taste. Very easy drinking and great tasting beer overall.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lunch, well its after lunch but thats ok. Murky amber orange, not quite opaque but not transparent. A rather hard pour produces some head. Not the very prettiest beer but what a smell. Huge citrus and pine, so fresh. Can't get over how fresh, piney and citrusy this smells. Big hop flavor up front, resinous, pithy pine, some grapefruit like citrus. Bitter mid-palate through the finish. Obviously malt plays second fiddel here, but its just enough to balance the extreme hops. Kinda dryish finish, not cloying from over hoppiness. Just a hugely successful beer by Maine Brewing.

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Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden orange pour, slightly hazy with adequate carbonation. Poured an enormous head in a tall ale glass (4+ fingers!), which was pure white and left lovely, thick lacing on the glass for the entirety of my experience. Very impressive.

S - Smells like a pure hop bomb: bright, hoppy, grapefruit, lemongrass. It smells like the flavor "tart" come to life in my nostrils. Strong but clean. A little bit of toast. The scent retained its strength down to the bottom of the glass.

T - Very nice clean taste, strong of grapefruit/orange peel, and a hint of lemon. Pleasant caramel malt balance, and a slight citrus, apricot, and mango sweetness. Very, very well balanced.

M - Fresh and crisp, very easy to drink. Instead of an oily sheen, it more feels like you've left some grapefruit pulp in your mouth; the aftertaste is very pleasant. One of the better mouthfeels I've had in an IPA.

O - This drinks thinner than a DIPA (not as syrupy), but with almost as much flavor. Definitely one of the cleanest, most enjoyable IPAs I've had.

Bottled in late May.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/22/11

Appearance: Massive head (thanks to the bottle conditioning), fades and leaves great lacing - it's a hazy amber/copper/dark orange color - definitely a pretty beer

Smell: Nicely hoppy with some citrus, some pine, floral with a touch of grapefruit rind - definitely an IPA, but not a super-aggressive one - some nice malts in the background, toasty, biscuity

Taste: Simply great - some fresh grapefruit, orange, pine - nicely balanced with the malts, which are genuinely impressive - toasted, kind of like sweet biscuits, yet still pale - complex - nicely bitter - as the smell would suggest, this is not extreme, and it really works well - overall, this just tastes very clean and crisp

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very smooth and nicely carbonated - again, nicely crisp

Overall: Perhaps one of the best IPAs the East Coast has to offer

This beer is a treat. It's so clean and well-balanced. My only complaint is the bottle format. With a beer that is this easy to drink, I want to be able to buy a case of tallboys, not pay $6 for a 500mL bottle. Bottle conditioning works in cans, right?

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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