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Kai Adams

Kai’s Top 10: Frye’s Leap IPA, my daughters swimming in Sebago Lake or Casco Bay, fresh tracks with my wife, smoked meats, craft beer industry people, all things Star Wars|Slayer|Bob Marley|Fishbone, striper fishing with dark & stormy’s, seeing people realize their potential, inside words, our amazing staff, cancer survivors  

Q&A with the Owners

Summer is right around the corner, and we’re celebrating the season with cold beer, good food, and good company!   For the past year, we’ve done our best to make sure that our guests and staff feel comfortable at Sebago Brewing. As state and federal CDC guidelines evolve, we’ll continue to update our safety policies.   We can’t say enough how proud we are of our hardworking staff for their …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

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

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

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

#SebagoBrewTurns20 – Part 4: Thank you

This is the last post in our series celebrating 20 years of Maine craft beer. It’s a big milestone for us – as a company and as small business owners – so thanks for joining us on our trip down memory lane, re-visiting our favorite beers, and looking forward to what’s next.   Our biggest thanks go to our families for their unending support, love, and humor. You’re the reason …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

#SebagoBrewTurns20 – Part 2: 20 years of beer

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When Sebago Brewing opened for business on June 18, 1998, there were 18 breweries in Maine. Kai Adams, Tim Haines and Brad Monarch dreamed of opening a brewpub and did it in the heart of the Maine Mall parking lot— when craft beer was still in its infancy.   They started with four beers. Frye’s Leap IPA was one of the earliest examples of an American style IPA in the …Read More

#SebagoBrewTurns20 – Part 1: Origins

  Sebago Brewing Company’s story starts on the shores of Sebago Lake – and at Chili’s. That’s where Sebago co-owners Brad Monarch, Kai Adams, and Tim Haines first met in 1996. Brad and Tim were managers at the mall-side Mexican restaurant. Kai was a server trying to learn how to run a restaurant so that he could open his own brewpub one day.   Brad is originally from Hudson, Mass. …Read More

Creativity in the kitchen: Do you have what it takes?

On Saturday, April 28th, Maine Public is hosting its second annual CREATE IT MAINE Recipe Contest! Why are we so excited at Sebago Brewing? Well, for a few reasons.   One, we’re sponsoring the contest to encourage aspiring home cooks to share their talents. Two, some of those aspiring cooks are students at Southern Maine Community College’s Culinary Arts program. And three, our very own Kai Adams (Sebago Brewing co-founder and VP) …Read More

Meet the Crew: Tiffany Gillespie, Tour & Tastings Manager at the Destination Brewery

Tiff Gillespie started her career with Sebago Brewing Company in Gorham. When she walked into the restaurant in 2001 looking for a job, the Elm Street building was still under construction.   Tiff worked at the brewpub as a server and bartender for a number of years before she transferred to the South Portland location to be the Bar Manager. A couple of years later, she moved to the Portland …Read More

Paste Mag names our Barleywine #3 (out of 62)

It’s been a good year for Sebago Barleywine! In a recent blind tasting, our friends at Paste Magazine ranked Sebago Brewing’s 2017 Barleywine as the third best out of 62 other barleywines across the country.   Jim Vorel, Paste writer and craft beer aficionado said: “In barrel-aged beer, it’s not about being the biggest, or the boldest, or the most adventurous—it’s about being the most complete, and that’s what this bourbon barrel-aged …Read More

Turnkey Brewery For Sale

Sebago Brewing Company is on the move. We’re building a new destination brewery on Main Street in Gorham on the Shaw Brothers Family Foundation farm. We are planning to be brewing there in January 2018.   Since 2005 we have been brewing and packaging our beer in the Gorham industrial park in a built-to-suit 8000 sq. ft. building. We have experienced amazing growth over the past 12 years here and …Read More

Destination Brewery Groundbreaking In Gorham

We are pleased to announce that Sebago Brewing Company officially had a groundbreaking today on our new destination brewery on Lower Main Street in Gorham in partnership with the Shaw Brothers Family Foundation. In just 10 years, the number of craft breweries in Maine has jumped from 14 to 82, with more opening soon. Beer tourism has become a multimillion-dollar industry in the state, and we couldn’t be more excited …Read More