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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

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

Get Fresh

We’re excited to introduce a brand new beer! We created Freshie Seshie to be a sessional hazy beer, filled with the aromas and flavors of a New England IPA, but with an ABV of just 4.2%. Perfect for an afternoon of football. Look for striking notes of lemon, tangerine, and pineapple.   Four-packs of Freshie are available at Hannaford stores in Maine and New Hampshire and at all Sebago locations. (Also …Read More

Small Batch: Coming Soon!

We made a lot of delicious small batch beers this summer, at one point offering IPA, Double IPA, New England IPA, West Coast IPA, Brut IPA, Belgian Style IPA, Bavarian Style wheat beer, Norwegian Farmhouse ale, Barrel Aged Brett beer, Kettle Sour, Amber Ale, and Pilsner at the Tasting Room. (You can always check out our Pours page to see what’s on tap.)   But our brewers DO NOT REST. …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

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

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

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

Cheers to 2018!

As we creep up on 2019, we wanted to take a moment to look back on this amazing year. Sebago Brewing Co. kicked off 2018 with some Barleywine kudos: Paste Magazine ranked our 2017 Barleywine as the third best out of 62 other barleywines across the country.   In the spring, we opened our Destination Brewery in Gorham. First the Tasting Room in February, followed by our beautiful new brewery.   We …Read More

Sebago Small Batch: Fall Round-up

It’s been a killer Fall for Sebago small batch beers. (And for fresher than fresh local hop beers, including our first-ever estate brew Hop Yard Porter.)   Our brewers Kevin Depot and Molly Wolkin experimented with one of the most recent twists on the American IPA, the Brut IPA. Typically, Brut IPAs are bone dry, aromatically hoppy, and lack the traditional bitter bite found in many IPAs. This style is …Read More

NED

Ready for NED? We’re serving it up to you fresh from the canning line.   On Friday, November 2nd, we’re (re)releasing NED, a hoppy IPA with a spicy, piney aroma and bold rye flavors.   If it feels like deja vu, it’s because we brewed “Ned Ryerson” back in 2016 in honor of Portland Beer Week (and Bill Murray). It’s back by popular demand, though the name and recipe have …Read More

Bonfire is here.

Autumn. In some corners this means pumpkin beer, but around here we’re all about Bonfire.   What started out as a pilot brew by Sebago brewer Rusty Packer, this dark ale has become a favorite because of its earthy undertones (think pine and sage) balanced with toasty, sweet malt flavors. This year’s recipe features Columbus, Chinook and Simcoe hops – added late in the process to maximize those generous hoppy …Read More

Sebago Small Batch: What We Did This Summer

People know our classic beers like Frye’s Leap IPA and Runabout Red, or favorites like Hop Swap, and Whistle Punk. But our Sebago small batch beers are some of the most delicious, inventive brews coming out of the brewery now.   Since our new brewery opened in late February, we’ve released a dozen new small batch beers: Spring Cleaning, Saison Saisoff, Dieter Redux, Chiquito, Danquito, Bog So Hard, Pack in …Read More