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Maine Beer Box collab

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The Maine Beer Box will be serving up beers on the mountain! On October 26, the Maine Brewers’ Guild is hosting the Maine Beer Box International Beer Fest at Sugarloaf Mountain where the world’s biggest kegerator will serve beer from dozens of Maine brewers and Canadian brewers.   The Maine Beer Box is a forty-foot refrigerated shipping container with 78 beer taps and a self-contained draft system. And on one of …Read More

Kicking off Fall with Oktoberfest

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On a sunny September day, we celebrated Oktoberfest, our version of the Bavarian beer festival, with 300 of our lager-loving friends.   Tricky Britches and Hello Newman kept it lively as we partied, polka’d, and stuffed our faces with bratwurst and pretzels. On tap were this year’s batch of the Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager, Bog So Hard, Bonfire and Simmer Down (now available year round).   As always, the main event was …Read More

Oktoberfest Lager IN A CAN

As we eagerly await our favorite party of the year, we’re also anticipating one of our favorite beers. Our Oktoberfest lager is an homage to the Märzen style served in Bavaria and throughout Germany for their Oktoberfest celebrations.   So what exactly is Märzen style? Back in the day – like, way back, in 1553 – there was a Bavarian ordinance that said beer could only be brewed between the …Read More

Meet the Team: Sebago Brewery Tour Guides

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What do our Sebago Brewery tour guides all have in common? They were Sebago beer fans before they became Sebago beer experts.   Julie Taft has worked at Sebago Brewing since 2011, first as a server and then a hostess. Before that she was a regular at the brewpub in Gorham for six years. Mariann Caine volunteered to pour Sebago beer at many a brewfest before joining the Tasting Room …Read More

Fresh Fill Friday: Haze Fwd

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New beer. New can. Another Fresh Fill Friday! We introduced Haze Fwd on a summer evening in August, the perfect time to drop this tropical IPA.   Haze Fwd is our refined version of a New England IPA with generous late additions of both classic and new school hops, like Amarillo, Citra, Lemondrop, Simcoe, and Strata. Haze Fwd — hazy, juice, delicious — is available now in cans AND on …Read More

Summer Session 2019: On A Boat

This summer’s best and biggest beer festival is right by the ocean. So what better beer to serve than a light, crisp ale called On a Boat?   For this year’s Maine Brewers’ Guild Summer Session, we collaborated with our good friends at Crosby Hop Farm to create a Kolsch-style beer with a special hop. On a Boat features a new public hop variety called Triumph, which was selected from …Read More

Bog So Hard

Last year when we were celebrating our 20th anniversary in business, we released a special beer to mark the occasion. Bog So Hard was the 2,000th batch to be brewed on our original production system at our old location (down the road from our current HQ).   We got such a great response (and our brewers had so much fun making it) that we’re offering it again. We brewed with …Read More

TGIFFF: Yellow on Friday edition

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For as long as we can remember, Brad Monarch (Sebago Brewing’s co-founder, president and resident fashion plate) has worn a yellow shirt on Friday. Hence the name of this delicious classic pilsner: Yellow on Friday. We brewed the golden lager with delicate pilsner malts and balanced it with heavy-handed whirlpool additions of German hops. We layered it super cold for over a month, rendering a crisp, clean and dry beer …Read More

Mo’ Yeah – Fruity Brut IPA

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It was just last year that the Brut IPA hit the scene, thanks to Kim Sturdavant, Brewmaster at Social Kitchen & Brewery in San Francisco. His goal was to make the driest, lightest IPA possible, hence the name “brut” like a dry champagne.   The secret is to add amyloglucosidase (a common enzyme) to help the yeast to consume more of the sugars during fermentation, usually used in a high-gravity …Read More

Sours: Barrel vs. Kettle

Sour beers are unpredictable. They can take a long time to mature too, most sours taking more than a year before they can even be considered for blending or serving. Our brewers are proud to present their latest labors of love, one a barrel-aged Brett beer and the other a kettle sour. Both are fruity and delicious.   Racking My Brain took about 18 months to complete. Brewers took Saddleback …Read More

Hefeweizen

What’s both cloudy and light? The answer, friends, is Hefeweizen and we just brewed 40 barrels of it!   Hefeweizen is a German beer (pronounced HAY-fuh-vites-in if you want to get technical). “Hefe” means yeast, which gives the beer its cloudy appearance, and “weizen” refers to wheat. Typically, Hefeweizen has a low-hop character and with phenolic (clove) and fruity (banana) aromas and flavors.   This isn’t the first time we’ve …Read More

Meet the Packaging Crew

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Without the Sebago Brewing Company Packaging Crew, we wouldn’t have Back in the Day – and you wouldn’t have delicious Sebago beer!   Packaging Manager Kara Obergfell says that packaging is the last line of defense in the process of beer making:   “It’s not a simple process. You need to be alert and aware of so many different variables. The care of this beer happens from beginning to end.” Rachel …Read More

Back in the Day

Originally brewed to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, Back in the Day was first called Pack in the Day, in honor of the packaging team that created it. Rachel Ellis, Alex Upton, and Erik White came up with the recipe for the hazy New England-style DIPA that’s all the rage – but with special Sebago touches.   BITD features one of the team’s favorite hops (Mosaic) and Golden Promise malt (Erik’s …Read More

Fresh Fill Fridays

What’s fresher than fresh? A can of beer directly off the canning line! That’s why we’ve been loving Fresh Fill Fridays at the brewery.   In the fall of 2018, we had our first Fresh Fill Friday to introduce the world to NED IPA in a can…and to invite the world into our brewery.   The idea came from the great minds in our brewing and packaging crew who dared ask …Read More

Slick Nick, you devil you…

If you’ve been a fan of Slick Nick for the past 20 years, then you may know that the “long winter ale” wasn’t named after a jolly, fat man dressed in red. Nope, Slick Nick is named after the song by Fishbone, a ska-funk band beloved by our VP and co-founder Kai Adams.   Slick Nick has been popular since we first started brewing it. You know what? Let’s let …Read More