September 2020

Meet Helga

“Helga” is our latest local harvest ale, this time wet-hopped with Cascade hops from The Hop Yard. In addition to farm-fresh hops, this ale features soft wheat flavors from the Maine Malt House and fruit-forward aromatics from the English yeast. So, who is this mysterious Helga? It’s the name of The Hop Yard’s hop-picking machine. This year was Helga’s 50th harvest (although most of those years were spent Germany). Head brewer Rusty Packer …Read More

Local hops for harvest season

Our annual Local Harvest Ale is here! This year we used Centennial hops from The Hop Yard. The seventh-generation family farm is down the road apiece from the Brewery in Gorham.   Our brewers used the wet hop technique (aka “cryo-whacking”), which involves freezing and smashing the hops.   Head brewer Rusty Packer explains: By crushing the hop cones, we achieve increased surface contact area of hops to beer, which allows us to use all …Read More