Maine is home to many amazing breweries, some just require you to drive a little off the beaten path. Today we highlight 3 of these breweries.
Bigelow Brewing Company: “Bigelow Brewing Company is a small family owned startup located in central Maine. In keeping with our new motto, “Out with the horses, in with the brew,” our equine facility has recently been renovated into a 3bbl brewery which offers a tasting room for tours, sampling and growler fills. Currently on tap are 5 superbly hand crafted brews; Lying Bastard Pale Ale, Dementia Dog Double IPA, Bigelow Brown Ale, Avery Peak Summer Wheat Ale, and Jailbreak Chocolate Chile Stout.”
Also find more information at http://bigelowbrewing.com
Oak Pond Brewing Company: “Oak Pond Brewery (OPB) opened in 1996 as the first brewery in 115 years in Skowhegan, Maine. The brewhouse, a 14 barrel system from Prince Edward Island, Canada, is housed in a converted chicken barn on Oak Pond Road. In 2003, Don and Nancy Chandler of Canaan became the new owners of the microbrewery, which continues to be family owned and operated. OPB produces about 500 barrels of beer a year for local distribution.
Unlike many microbreweries, OPB produces aged lagers as well as ales. These beers are classic old world styles using only the purist ingredients; two row malted barley, imported and American hops, ale and lager yeast strains, and well water.
At the brewery, six beers are always on tap including special seasonal brews. Our product is truly hand crafted with all brewing, fermenting, conditioning, and bottling done on the premises.”
Boothbay Craft Brewery: Handcraft beams adorn our brewery and tavern structure, each having its own character and origin. Our 5-barrel brewhouse is no different. After much research and visits to Canada, we chose Diversified Metal Engineering, of Prince Edward Island, to fabricate our brewhouse. It is steam-heated and has numerous abilities to allow us to modify our brewing process in order to create very specific beers, with exact precision. After visiting DME, personally meeting the designers and craftsman, and seeing their history and passion for excellence, we knew that they too have an “Imperial Attitude” towards crafting something exceptional.
Our capacity is 155 gallons per batch, with the ability to double batch into one of the 310 gallon capacity fermenters. In our cellar, we have 7 conditioning tanks that allow us to tweak our styles for a constellation of tastes.”
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