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The return of Cherry Garcia

It was October 2018. There was a chill in the air you could feel in your bones. The brewers’ newest concoction smelled of cherries, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate. They knew it was good, but this stout was…SCARY GOOD!   Scary Garcia is a seasonal fan favorite, and it’s baaack. For this pastry stout, the brewers used pastry-beer hybrid ingredients to keep it tasting more beer-flavored, rather than using whole pastry …Read More

Local Harvest Ale: 2021 Edition

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Every year for more than a decade, we look forward to the fall harvest…of hops.   Local Harvest Ale is an annual labor of love where the brewers use hops from The Hop Yard, which is (literally) right around the corner from the brewery in Gorham. Access to the freshest ingredients matters. Peter Dahlen, Director of Brewery Operations, compares it to another Maine tradition, strawberry picking:   “Using hops within …Read More

Fall Small Batch

After some sweet summer collabs On A Boat and getting rustic, our brewers have been busy getting small batch beers of the season ready to drink. (Don’t worry, no pumpkin spice here.)   Tired Legs comes from brewer Kevin Robichaud who created the American IPA to celebrate his one-year anniversary of completing all 67 New England 4,000-feet (and greater) summits. Appropriately, all the hops, malt and yeast were sourced from Maine, New Hampshire …Read More

On A Boat

  On A Boat is a clean dry hopped pale ale for hot summer days — preferably on a deck or dock. We brewed this highly crushable boat beer in collaboration with Crosby Hops, made with 100% of the new Triumph hop variety. It’s Sebago’s first collab with Crosby, inspired by the epic boat party two years ago at the Maine Brewers’ Guild summer session.   Crisp and clean, with apricot, floral, and …Read More

Fell & Found: Rustic session ale

  Our brewers like to have some fun. Their latest small batch is a rustic session ale made with Vollkombrot (aka rye bread) and cascara (dried coffee fruit skins).   Fell & Found is the brainchild of former brewer Kevin Depot. The process involves a traditional technique that incorporates leftover bread into the mash – in this case, traditional German brown rye – which gives it bready aromas while increasing …Read More

Get Your 2nd Dose!

Our brewers conjured up something special with our latest limited release beer. 2nd Dose is a big, bold double dry hopped New England double IPA. The double dry hopped beer used double the brewhouses and double the brewers. Head Brewer Rusty Packer explains: “We brewed from both brewhouses for the brew that day with two brewers and then knocked out into the same tank. Plus we added extra potent Lemondrop …Read More

Pressed For Time Juicy IPA – all year long

It’s our biggest release since Haze Forward…introducing Pressed For Time Juicy IPA!   Sebago brewers have been fine-tuning this hop blend in small batches to arrive at the perfect citrus, tropical fruit, and candy notes. And even though it has a bold citrus and juice character, the beer doesn’t contain any fruit.   Pressed For Time features Idaho7 and El Dorado hops, which give it strong citrus and peach aromas and …Read More

No Comply – a collab from the heart

In the summer of 2019, our brewers partnered with longtime Sebago Brewing friend Mike Norton, a.k.a. “The Heavy Metal Cripple,” to create an old school West Coast IPA to help raise money for the documentary “Brothers.” The film is about Mike and his late brother J.T. and their journey of bond and loss. (Brothers is available to rent on demand.)   We originally released No Comply at a fundraiser screening …Read More

Saddleback Ale canned for the first time!

Saddleback Ale has been a fan favorite since we started brewing beer back in 1998! The lager was originally called Portside Pilsner until it was renamed Northern Light Ale when we started bottling it. We re-renamed it “Saddleback Ale,” what most people know it by, and we’re releasing it in a can for the first time ever.   The timing is perfect to celebrate the reopening of Saddleback Mountain in …Read More

Bog So Hard in a can!

This barrel-aged cranberry sour started out special. Bog So Hard was originally brewed in 2018 at the old brewery to showcase Maine ingredients and to commemorate our 20th anniversary — it was the 2,000th batch brewed on the original production system.   This year we used one pound of cranberries per gallon of beer, totaling 700 pounds of cranberries from Ricker Hill Orchards that were juiced and then added to fermentation. …Read More

We turn Slick Nick up to 11

We started brewing Slick Nick in 1998, and since then it’s had a few different packages — bottles, cans, and, last year, growlers.   For 2020, we’re super excited for our heavy metal reboot of Slick Nick, now “Wicked” Winter Ale and in 16-ounce cans for the first time. It’s the same robust and malty winter ale Slick fans love — but way more rock ‘n roll.   Slick Nick — beer and …Read More

Sweet, Sour…Scary

Scary Garcia is a nod to the classic ice cream both in name and recipe — and an evolution of the version we did in 2018. This pastry stout uses pastry-beer hybrid ingredients which keep it tasting more like a beer than a doughnut. Lactose sweetens the finish while balancing the bitterness from the roast malts and cacao. The sweet and sour cherries combined with vanilla extract will leave you …Read More

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

What’s new with Sebago Small Batch

A couple of months into 2020, and our brewers are killing it – from the mega-release of MEGARED (on draft at all Sebago locations) to our beloved Barleywine in a (new) can. But wait, there’s more! Here are a few more new small batch beers to try…   Beer for Keeping Bière de garde – French for “beer for keeping” – is a classic style of French farmhouse ale. For …Read More