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District New England Master Brewers make “Any IPA”

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How do brewers raise money? They get together and make beer!   Our own Jon Clegg is the president of the District New England group of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. MBAA was formed in 1887 to promote and improve “the professional interest of brew and malt house production and technical personnel.” Today Master Brewers has more than 4,000 members in 25 different districts from more than 50 …Read More

Small batch alert: two new fresh hop beers

For this year’s Local Harvest brew, we really changed things up. Instead of doing one big Local Harvest batch like we’ve done in the past, we took advantage of our pilot brewhouses (and proximity to a local farm) and created two very different small batch fresh hop beers.   For both beers we used fresh hops, of course – but when we say fresh, we mean FRESH. The hops came …Read More

Bonfire is here.

Autumn. In some corners this means pumpkin beer, but around here we’re all about Bonfire.   What started out as a pilot brew by Sebago brewer Rusty Packer, this dark ale has become a favorite because of its earthy undertones (think pine and sage) balanced with toasty, sweet malt flavors. This year’s recipe features Columbus, Chinook and Simcoe hops – added late in the process to maximize those generous hoppy …Read More

Oktoberfest 2018!

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After a brief hiatus, we threw our favorite Fall party, Oktoberfest! More than 300 people joined us on September 22 for our first Oktoberfest at the Destination Brewery.   We were cooking up bratwurst with sauerkraut and onions, serving up wood-fired pretzels and German potato salad, not to mention yummy pickles made by our own talented brewers. And of course we were pouring: Oktoberfest (our tribute to the classic Marzen …Read More

Sebago Small Batch: What We Did This Summer

People know our classic beers like Frye’s Leap IPA and Runabout Red, or favorites like Hop Swap, and Whistle Punk. But our Sebago small batch beers are some of the most delicious, inventive brews coming out of the brewery now.   Since our new brewery opened in late February, we’ve released a dozen new small batch beers: Spring Cleaning, Saison Saisoff, Dieter Redux, Chiquito, Danquito, Bog So Hard, Pack in …Read More

Meet the Crew: Sophie LeBlanc, Key Accounts

Sophie LeBlanc has helped to grow Sebago Brewing Co. — and has grown in the process. When she started working at the company four years ago, it was as the Southern Maine sales representative. Six months after that, the opportunity arose for Sophie to cover the entire state; she took it. Sophie has been managing Key Accounts at Sebago for a year and has supported the training and growth of …Read More

Sebago beer + CBD coffee = one smooth dark session ale

Don’t be fooled by the dark, practically opaque, color. This is a light, refreshing session ale that’s perfect for a hot summer day!   Blazing Summer is Sebago Brewing Company’s first beer made with coffee and carbonated with nitrogen. It’s made with a mix of Briess barley, Williamette hops, California Ale yeast— and sixty pounds of cold brewed coffee in a ten-barrel batch. (That’s almost a quarter pound per gallon!) …Read More

Hop Swap is back!

Aroma + flavor: our first batch of Hop Swap 2018 is here. We brew this unique IPA twice a year using the same recipe, but it’s never totally the same— hence the name.   This year’s creation (ABV 6.8%, IBU 68) features Simcoe, Citra, and Cashmere hops. Expect a bold, well-rounded combination of fruit, pine, and citrus flavors, with a clean and dry finish.     Grab a pint (or …Read More

Summer Session 2018 release: Buddy System

When brewer Kevin Depot invited Sean Nolan, co-owner of Honest Weight Artisan Beer, to collaborate on an IPA for Summer Session 2018, he knew what he was in for.   “It was a great brew day, and the workflow was easy,” said Kevin. “We’re very much on the same page when it comes to what we’re looking for in a finished product.”   The two brewers have been friends since …Read More

#SebagoBrewTurns20 – Part 4: Thank you

This is the last post in our series celebrating 20 years of Maine craft beer. It’s a big milestone for us – as a company and as small business owners – so thanks for joining us on our trip down memory lane, re-visiting our favorite beers, and looking forward to what’s next.   Our biggest thanks go to our families for their unending support, love, and humor. You’re the reason …Read More

#SebagoBrewTurns20 – Part 3: Innovation

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Since Sebago Brewing brewed its first batches of beer in their South Portland brewpub, the company has tried new things, through innovation and always adapting to a market that has changed dramatically and grown exponentially.   Now, after dozens of seasonal beers, small batches, and beers that have stood the test of time, Sebago co-founder and vice president Kai Adams says that “the single most important thing that happened to …Read More

Stand clear! Whistle Punk is here.

A force of nature with a blast of hops you won’t soon forget. Whistle Punk Double IPA is back!   Knock one down at one of our brewpubs or Tasting Room, or look for the 16-ounce 4-packs near you.   “This is a grapefruit bomb, in a good way, a total citrus bath that hides the bitterness and ABV well. Grade: A-”   That’s what the Boston Globe beer reporter …Read More

#SebagoBrewTurns20 – Part 2: 20 years of beer

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When Sebago Brewing opened for business on June 18, 1998, there were 18 breweries in Maine. Kai Adams, Tim Haines and Brad Monarch dreamed of opening a brewpub and did it in the heart of the Maine Mall parking lot— when craft beer was still in its infancy.   They started with four beers. Frye’s Leap IPA was one of the earliest examples of an American style IPA in the …Read More

#SebagoBrewTurns20 – Part 1: Origins

  Sebago Brewing Company’s story starts on the shores of Sebago Lake – and at Chili’s. That’s where Sebago co-owners Brad Monarch, Kai Adams, and Tim Haines first met in 1996. Brad and Tim were managers at the mall-side Mexican restaurant. Kai was a server trying to learn how to run a restaurant so that he could open his own brewpub one day.   Brad is originally from Hudson, Mass. …Read More

Meet the Crew: Steve Shulkosky, Southern Maine Sales Rep

You’d be hard pressed to find a better fit for Sebago Brewing than Steve Shulkosky. A graduate of Johnson & Wales’s College of Culinary Arts, Steve has worked in restaurants since he was 14 and waiting tables in Blue Hill, Maine.   His varied career – which includes an Americorps stint at a floating logging camp in Alaska – eventually brought him to New England Distilling where he was an …Read More