25 miles Northwest of Naples in mountainous outskirts of Bethel, rustic MOOSE’S TALE FOOD & ALE, better known as SUNDAY RIVER BREWING, had a light gray bead board exterior, large wood deck, main area bar with brew tanks, blue sky wall design, arcade games, and secondary bar near right side fireplace. Metal tables near bar, left side wood seating, and right side booths had waiting service for burgers-barbecue pub fare.
In October ’05, perused Will Anderson’s definitive The Great State of Maine Beer Book while consuming ski trays of light lemony-hopped grain-embittered Sunsplash Golden Lager, medicinal tangerine-apricot-sweetened caramel-softened Sunday River Alt, delicate floral-hopped citric-wheat Octoberfest, coffee-roasted chocolate-toffee-sweetened dry body Black Bear Porter, and perfumed alcohol-stricken yellow-fruited hop-enforced Knuckleball Bock.
Absolute best was 840 IPA, a heavily stone-fruited perfume-hopped alcohol-burnt Scotch-malted warmer with loud apricot-orange tang. In Beer Index, under Stone Coast, are listed bottled versions of several brews.