Portland, Maine is by all accounts, barely a city. With a population of roughly 66,000 (people), it's really more of a large town by global standards, and yet it's managed to become something of a craft beer mecca in the American northeast. Depending on who you ask, craft brewing has eclipsed other longstanding Maine industries like seafood and timber as an economic superpower; providing local jobs, drawing in tourists, and boosting the state's income by millions.
While craft beer has been on the rise across the U.S. for years - decades even - the boom hit Maine in particular when state alcohol laws were reformed in 2011, allowing brewers to sell "samples" on-site. And thus, the proliferation of small craft breweries, with even smaller "tasting rooms" attached, began.
Lucky for me, I had a local beer lover on hand to take me around to about half a dozen thriving local breweries in Portland (an ambitious weekend by all accounts) and was armed with a loaner Sony A7S II to play with along the way. Not only did I get to taste a wonderful variety of delicious local brews, but I got to explore the unique look and personality of each brewery myself while testing out the Sony.Read More