Brewing

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

A brewer and a chef walk into a bar…

We are fired up to tell everyone about some new specials in our brewpubs and a special new beer in stores! This football season we’ve teamed up with Hannaford Supermarkets to showcase local craft beer and simple beer and food pairings. Hannaford Chef’s Table is a program where local star chefs create recipes that cooks at home can make — but we took it a step further.   Our brewers …Read More

Growlers 101

Some craft beer drinkers have been using growlers for years. For those of you haven’t, check out this conversation with Matt St. Hilaire, the GM at our Tasting Room. Matt talks about growlers and why they’re worth having. Maybe this is the year you get yours…   Let’s start with the basics. What is a growler? It’s a measured container for filling with beer to take away from a Tasting …Read More

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

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

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