We visited Flight Deck Brewing when we were camping in the area. They are not too far away from Maine Beer Company, which we also just visited for the first time.
Flight Deck opened in early 2017 in Brunswick, ME. They are located in Brunswick Landing, which was formerly the Brunswick Naval Air Station but is being redeveloped for private business use. Flight Deck uses airplanes to influence their beer names, and of course their brewery name.
The building they are in was originally built as a small arms range, and has 12″ bullet proof walls. They had to cut all the doors and windows into this place, it was just a solid concrete box. The did reuse some of the pieces they cut out of the walls on their walkway and in their patio area.
They do full pours as well as flights, so we ordered 2 flights to try most of the beers.
Stay the Course – new england ipa 5.9%
Mark was not a fan, not what he was expecting for a neipa. Bitter and grapefruit is what stood out, probably based on their choice of hops, but not the typical juicy neipa Mark was looking for.
Victory Garden – Strawberry Rhubarb Pale Ale 4.5%
Tastes like strawberry and rhubarb. A nice, easy drinking summer beer, which is what they were shooting for, and achieved.
P-3 – pale ale 4.5%
A touch hazy, an easy drinking, light pale ale. Made to be approachable, looks like it may be one of their ‘flagship’ beers.
Tea-56 – hibiscus tea beer 4.5%
Best beer yet says Megan, it tastes like hibiscus tea and she likes that. Mark said it was light and just a touch fruity, plus it tastes like tea.
Breaking the Sour Barrier – rosemary mint sour 7.5%
We were unsure about this before we tried it, but we did like it. The flavors work because nothing over powers the other, each flavor is subtle but present and makes for and interesting but easy to drink sour.
Flying Fokker – berliner weisse 3.4%
A little bit sour but not too much. Decent, but could benefit from some fruit, as every plain Berliner Weisse could, in our opinion.
Midcoast Mashup #1 – gose 3.9%
Megan thought there was a brief taste of ‘regular beer’ (pale ale) before the salt and sourness. It did not have the typical dry finish of a gose.
Subhunter – imperial ipa
Malty, hoppy and bitter, as expected for a 9.1% imperial ipa, described as drinkable, Mark wouldn’t quite say that but it was ok for what it was.
Brewery area that you walk by on your
way in, with Top Gun references.
They have a small canning line, shown above. They were
only selling 4 packs so we didn’t get anything. If we could have done a mixed 4 pack we would have.
They have a pretty big tasting room, and lots of natural light from the doors and windows they cut in. They have a very large outdoor space, but it was overcast and rainy the day we were there.
Some of the large outdoor slabs they cut out
of the walls and used for the patio area.
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