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Pressed For Time Juicy IPA – all year long

It’s our biggest release since Haze Forward…introducing Pressed For Time Juicy IPA!   Sebago brewers have been fine-tuning this hop blend in small batches to arrive at the perfect citrus, tropical fruit, and candy notes. And even though it has a bold citrus and juice character, the beer doesn’t contain any fruit.   Pressed For Time features Idaho7 and El Dorado hops, which give it strong citrus and peach aromas and …Read More

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

Saddleback Ale canned for the first time!

Saddleback Ale has been a fan favorite since we started brewing beer back in 1998! The lager was originally called Portside Pilsner until it was renamed Northern Light Ale when we started bottling it. We re-renamed it “Saddleback Ale,” what most people know it by, and we’re releasing it in a can for the first time ever.   The timing is perfect to celebrate the reopening of Saddleback Mountain in …Read More

Bog So Hard in a can!

This barrel-aged cranberry sour started out special. Bog So Hard was originally brewed in 2018 at the old brewery to showcase Maine ingredients and to commemorate our 20th anniversary — it was the 2,000th batch brewed on the original production system.   This year we used one pound of cranberries per gallon of beer, totaling 700 pounds of cranberries from Ricker Hill Orchards that were juiced and then added to fermentation. …Read More

We turn Slick Nick up to 11

We started brewing Slick Nick in 1998, and since then it’s had a few different packages — bottles, cans, and, last year, growlers.   For 2020, we’re super excited for our heavy metal reboot of Slick Nick, now “Wicked” Winter Ale and in 16-ounce cans for the first time. It’s the same robust and malty winter ale Slick fans love — but way more rock ‘n roll.   Slick Nick — beer and …Read More

Sweet, Sour…Scary

Scary Garcia is a nod to the classic ice cream both in name and recipe — and an evolution of the version we did in 2018. This pastry stout uses pastry-beer hybrid ingredients which keep it tasting more like a beer than a doughnut. Lactose sweetens the finish while balancing the bitterness from the roast malts and cacao. The sweet and sour cherries combined with vanilla extract will leave you …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

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

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

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

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

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

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