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News from the owners about the Portland brewpub

Dear friends,   You may have already heard but we wanted to share some news directly. After much consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to close our Portland brewpub. We are committed to the continued operation of all other Sebago locations and will use the resources from the sale of the building to invest in a range of improvements. This allows us to improve the employee and customer experiences at the other locations, while expanding …Read More

Barrel-aged Slick Nick

We’ve been brewing Slick Nick since 1998…and this year we put a special twist on the winter warmer.   Introducing…You Devil You, a version of Slick Nick that’s bigger, bolder, and more devilish than ever. Last November our brewers filled bourbon and rye whiskey barrels from New England Distilling with Slick Nick to age for this special release. The extended barrel aging makes this version of Slick Nick especially potent (10.3% …Read More

Replicator Error

Remember that time on Star Trek: The Next Generation when the starship Enterprise traveled to the Romulan Neutral Zone to help assist a sister ship but then when Captain Jean-Luc Picard tried to use the replicator to make his favorite drink (“Tea, Earl Grey, hot.”) it produced, instead, a potted plant?   Well, Erik White, die-hard Star Trek fan and Sebago Brewing Cellarperson, does. In fact, it’s the inspiration behind …Read More

Barleywine 2021

Some people greet the arrival of the cold months in Maine reluctantly. At Sebago Brewing, we welcome the wintry weather with…Barleywine. This year’s edition of the bourbon barrel-aged ale really packs a punch.   We asked Peter Dahlen, our Director of Brewery Operations, what sets this year’s Barleywine apart.   How is the 2021 version different from previous years?  Our Barleywine this year has notably more rich chocolate and bourbon …Read More

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

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

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

Oktoberfest 2019!

Join us on September 21st at the Brewery for the best party of the year! (Gates open at 1:30pm.)   Click here to buy tickets.   We’ll have… Live Music by local favorites Tricky Britches 2:00pm-4:00pm and Hello Newman 5:00pm-7:00pm Our Traditional Oktoberfest Lager and other Sebago Beers Traditional German Feast served 3:00pm-6:00pm Stein Holding Contest at 4:30pm (Men & Women) Best Dressed Contest Corn hole Jumbo soft pretzels available for purchase …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

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