Ah!... Maine, the way life should be…. Maine, worth a visit, worth a lifetime. While this is undoubtedly true, not everyone can visit or stay a lifetime, so why not export some of Maine’s goodness across the state, the country, even around the globe? That’s exactly what Shipyard Brewing Company has done with Export Ale.
So what exactly is an export style ale? The answer is a little unclear.
The holidays are upon us, the clock is ticking, and the shopping frenzy is fierce. But this is a time of celebration and sharing with family and friends, and to take the time to draw a deep calming breath and reflect on the truly important things in our lives. Sounds like a healthy, even rewarding endeavor, doesn’t it? In reality, with everything going on, it could be harder to pull off than you’d think.
Here’s a suggestion that should ease you into the spirit of the season. Invite someone interesting to join you for a fine craft beer. A good beer shared with great company is one of life’s simple pleasures – most often leading to stimulating conversation and comradery. The beer should be up to the task, so it should be a craft beer.
Beer with Bruce: Spice Things Up With GingerBreadHead
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
We are ready to spice things up for the holidays with the newest addition to the Shipyard lineup, GingerBreadHead. Before we get to the beer tasting, a brief history of spiced beer is in order!
Herbs and spices have a long standing history in the world of beer making and they actually pre-date the most common spice used in brewing today, hops. The history of beer and the history of the spice trade fall into step around 3000 BC – a time when beer production was well established and the Arab spice traders could readily provide herbs, fruits, berries, honey and gruit to season beer.
The addition of spices in the beer making process is a longstanding tradition for dual purposes. It was thought that they helped to preserve the beer, though to a much more limited extent than hops do today. In addition, they helped to cover up brewing errors. Spices also appealed to the elite as they were a highly sought after sign of wealth and worked to enhance beer flavor and aroma.
Beer with Bruce: The History of Fall Beer and Our Love of Pumpkins
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Fall is in the air and many of us are enjoying tasty fall beers. In fact fall beers are among the most popular beers today. How’d that happen? As you might expect it all centers around a party; the world’s biggest beer festival, Munich’s Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest is somewhat of a misnomer as it’s actually held in late September. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Prince Ludwig to Princess Theresa. Thanks to those wild and crazy kids, we’ve continued to celebrate their anniversary every year since. Naturally, no one wants to be left out of a great party and first on that list would be brewers. Being an innovative bunch, recipes for more beers that celebrate the fall harvest have emerged and what speaks better to autumn than the pumpkin.
Simply Smashing: Shipyard Brewing Company’s Smashed Pumpkin Now Available in 4-Packs
Thursday, August 7, 2014
PORTLAND, MAINE – To fill consumer demand for Shipyard Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin beer, Shipyard Brewing Company has released its award-winning Smashed Pumpkin in 4-packs. This beer will hit the shelves this month in markets nationwide. Smashed Pumpkin is also available in 22oz. bottles and on draft.
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aromas of pumpkin and nutmeg. The Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munch malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of hops to balance the sweetness of fruit.
Sea Dog Brewing Company’s Sunfish Ale received an honorable mention at the 2014 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition. This competition is part of the 92nd annual Los Angeles County Fair, which is the largest fair in North America. For a full list of 2014 winners in the competition, follow this link.
First developed by head brewer Mike Haley at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk, Maine, Sea Dog Sunfish is a delicate wheat beer with hints of peach and grapefruit. This long-time customer favorite joined the year-round beer lineup of Sea Dog’s fruit beers in 2013.
Sea Dog Brewing Company’s Sea Dog Sunfish Now Available Nationwide
PORTLAND, ME – (April 22, 2014) – Sea Dog Brewing Company’s customer favorite, Sea Dog Sunfish, is now available nationwide in bottles and on draft. Until now, this refreshing session beer has only been available at Sea Dog and Shipyard Brewing Company brew pubs in Maine and Florida.
First developed by head brewer Mike Haley at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk, Maine, this customer favorite has joined the year-round wheat beer lineup of Sea Dog’s popular raspberry, apricot, and blueberry beers.
Sea Dog Sunfish is a delicate wheat beer with hints of peach and grapefruit.