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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

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

HopYard Porter: Maine-grown beer

Our brewmaster Tom Abercrombie calls HopYard Porter a nod to harvest, autumn, and all things Maine. This year’s version features our first estate-grown barley harvested from the site of our new Brewery.   When the Shaw Brothers leased six acres of land in Gorham to us back in March, conserving farmland was what they had in mind. Of course what we had in mind was how soon we could grow …Read More

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

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 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

“Hoppy Friends” brew up new double rye IPA

Humlevenner. Loosely translated, the Norwegian word means “hoppy friends,” the perfect moniker for a beer made by brewers who live around the way from each other.   Kevin Robichaud, a brewer at Sebago, and Charlie Melhus, co-founder of Norway Brewing Company, both live in Norway.  Since Charlie opened Norway Brewing in 2015, Kevin has helped out from time to time, but this is the first official collaboration brew between the …Read More

Pine State Beverage Truck Unveiled

Sebago Brewing and Pine State Beverage have been partners in bringing excellent craft beer to Maine since 2006. After 11 years, the partnership continues to grow and with the opening of our new brewery on the horizon, that trend should be continuing into 2018 and well beyond. Now we’re unveiling a Sebago Brewing and Pine State Beverage 18 bay delivery truck that will be arriving soon at a craft beer …Read More