Sebago Brewing Co. (SBC) set out to open a new destination brewery in its home state of Maine less than a year ago and is now ready to introduce it to the public. Located on Lower Main Street in Gorham, Maine, the 30,965-sq-ft building is now home to SBC’s brewery, tasting room and headquarters. The new brewery has four times the capacity of the former facility and can brew 5,000 gallons of beer in four batches per day. The increased capacity will help keep up with demand — the company has been trending at over 24 percent growth.
In addition to the four vessel and 40-bbl brewhouse, Sebago will feature new pilot brewhouse with a 7-bbl mash tun and a 5-bbl kettle. According to Tom Abercrombie, brewmaster at SBC, the pilot system will give them the flexibility to do small batches for both R&D and for fun.
“We look forward to collaborating with all sorts of people from different areas of our own company, as well as with friends in the industry,” said Abercrombie. “It will also allow us to make small batches for barrel aging and ultimately blending for unique beers we’ve never made before.”
Scheduled tours of the new brewery will begin and end in the tasting room, which will eventually feature 16 taps of Sebago’s standard, seasonal and specialty brews. Along with beer samplers and flights, guests can enjoy wood fired pizza, sandwiches and entrees, all focused on locally sourced ingredients.
Sebago Brewing Co-Founders Kai Adams, Brad Monarch and Tim Haines think the destination brewery is the perfect way to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary. They’re most excited about bringing the brewers and the public back together through the tasting room and brewery tours.
“Years ago as pub brewers, our customers were closer to the origin of production,” said Adams, vice president of SBC. “Once again, the public can see the brewers, meet the people making it, drink it and buy it fresh to go — all at the same location.”