Portland brewer names beer 'Herbie' for 217-year-old American Elm

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In this Dec. 14, 2009 file photo, Frank Knight, 101, of Yarmouth, Maine, stands in front of an elm tree known as “Herbie” in Yarmouth. Knight took care of the tree for about 50 years while working as the Yarmouth tree warden. The 217-year-old tree was cut down in January 2010.

YARMOUTH (AP) — A Maine brewery is paying tribute to a centuries-old American Elm tree named Herbie with a new pale ale named in the tree’s honor.

“Herbie” is a low-alcohol pale ale with citrus notes that will be released Thursday at the Yarmouth Farmers Market. The Portland Press Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2f9Qh8s ) the beer was brewed by Portland-area brewery Liquid Riot.

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Herbie stood in Yarmouth from 1793 until the 110-foot tree died in 2010 at age 217.

Liquid Riot co-owner Eric Michaud says they were asked to come up with a special beer for the expanded farmers market, and thought people of all ages could connect to the story of Herbie.

The beer will be available in cans and on tap in various Yarmouth establishments and at Liquid Riot in Portland.

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