Episode 030: Great Beer Adventure w/ Amanda Doughty

In this tasty episode, I speak with Maine resident Amanda Doughty from the Great Beer Adventure podcast which features local, and soon some not-so-local, breweries. With over 75 breweries in Maine alone, she’s got a lot to cover. While she does like to talk about beer, she’s really more interested in the stories behind the breweries, the brewers, and the beers. Amanda is also the mother of two young girls and uses her experience with overcoming multiple eating disorders to help ensure her daughters grow up having a healthy relationship with their body. Today she’s discussing all of this and much more!

Amanda Doughty, Creator, Editor, Host, and Producer of the Great Beer Adventure Podcast

Amanda Doughty is the creator, producer, editor and sound design specialist of the Great Beer Adventure Podcast!  Amanda is interested in learning about all aspects of the beer world and has been known to sit in the rain, in the middle of the night for a beer release. Her favorite beer style changes with the season.  In her previous career, Amanda was a high school teacher and she holds a Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Southern Maine.  She is also a wife and mother to 2 young girls.


1:47 Amanda gives a little background on her life and who is she

3:32 Annette and Amanda discuss their home brewing experiences

4:46 Amanda provides some insight to her podcast, The Great Beer Adventure

“We have a two-stage plan for our podcast. The first was, take Maine by storm and the second part is to take over the world.” – Amanda Doughty

6:31 Amanda talks about one of her favorite beers that uses “freshly harvested sea water”

“… their brewers are actually surfers, so, they will take some five-gallon buckets out on their surf boards with them and they catch the surf and put it in your beer.” – Amanda Doughty

9:37 Amanda discusses milk stouts and why she loves them so much

11:20 Amanda tells her romance story with beer

“It was really just about being together and learning something new and our relationship really grew stronger because of beer.” – Amanda Doughty

13:40 We find out when Amanda’s Great Beer Adventure actually started

18:37 Annette and Amanda talk about how the beer industry is man-centric

24:36 Annette and Amanda discuss the differences between beer and wine

28: Amanda explains what a beer tour is and how she is involved with one

“I get to live out my dream of being a stand-up comedian and also teach what the beer world is like here.” – Amanda Doughty

30:35 Amanda talks about her experience with eating disorders and how it’s helping her be a better mother and mentor for Weight Loss Nation

“The more that you find enjoyment out of your own body, the easier it’s going to be to get it to a place where you can do all those things that you want to enjoy.” – Amanda Doughty



Find Amanda and Great Beer Adventure on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

If you want to hear the stories behind the beer, make sure you take a listen to the Great Beer Adventure podcast.

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Want to learn more about the role of water in beer? Check out this episode of the Great Beer Adventure podcast.

Headed to Main and want to take a beer tour? Check out Maine Beer Tours.



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