Oak Pond Brewing Company, Skowhegan ME

Before we continue on with this post, we want to remind you of the importance of each and every brewery, winery, distillery or cider house we visit. We created this goal just over a year and a half ago, to visit all of the breweries and wineries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. We wanted to try every creative drop that was offered, and learn about each place. Every place has a different story, and maybe a different method or way of doing things. We enjoy learning about the establishments, as well as trying at each one. We could go to the store, and buy a six pack of most, or a bomber of others. We could go to craft beer bars and try them all. Instead, we want to know the story as well as try everything!

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Another stop on our trip up through Maine. A little off the main highway, and north of Portland closer to Bangor.  A little off the beaten path.

From their website: 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 is now family owned and operated.

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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.

 

 

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Tanks in the brewery

 

Dooryard Ale
Light, creamy good tasting ale.

 

Somerset Lager
Pilsner, Mark thought better than the average. Made with Noble Saaz Hops.

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White Fox Ale
Refreshing IPA, not overbearing, more of an English style IPA.

 

Octoberfest
A malty lager with slight caramel taste. Traditional german style beer for year round enjoyment.

 

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Laughing Loon – Summer Seasonal
Dunkel style, chocolate malt with Bavarian Hops. Our favorite, we bought 2 bottles at the brewery.

 

Nut Brown Ale
Toasted coffee, creamy.

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More tanks

 

If you havern’t heard of this brewery before, it’s probably because they only distribute within a 15 miles radius.  They distribute themselves because the cost of working with distributors is too high. Unfortunately, that is the only thing we learned from visiting them. We were in and out within 20 minutes. It seemed like we were taking the guy working away from what he was suppose to be doing. We tried to ask questions and engage with him, but he didn’t seem to want to. It seemed like we were disturbing him from the moment we walked in, even though it was within their tasting and visiting hours. From looking at the website, it is a husband and wife team running the brewery, a family owned brewery, so maybe the person we dealt with was their son- we just know it was not either of them. If you are in the area, it is worth stopping by. The beer was good all around, just maybe don’t expect to be there too long.

 

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Hats and t-shirts for sale

 

Hours
Monday thru Friday 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturdays from 12:30pm – 5:30pm
or by appointment

As always, check their website or Facebook for the most up to date information.

 

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Other Places Nearby:

Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery, Oakland, ME

Dragonfly Farm and Winery, Stetson, ME

The Liberal Cup Public House, Hallowell, ME

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