Sea Dog Brewing Company, South Portland, ME

 

We went on a little brewery hopping trip in Portland, Maine near the end of the summer. We were with Megan’s sister Sam and her boyfriend Dustin. We went to some places we hadn’t been before, and Sam and Dustin wanted to visit Sea Dog. We visited the South Portland location, which is definitely outside the downtown Portland are.

 

 

Sea Dog opened in 1993 with a single location in Camden, Maine. Sea Dog is now owned by the two men who own Shipyard Brewing Company. We thought this was an interesting description, not owned by Shipyard but owned by the owners of Shipyard.

There are Sea Dog “Brewpub” locations in Camden, Bangor, Topsham and South Portland, Maine. Also in North Conway, New Hampshire as well as Clearwater and Orlando, Florida.

 

 

On their website they say: Our beers are brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British top-fermenting Ringwood yeast. Our English brewing results in brews with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish.

 

Each couple got a flight of beers to share, you can pick
your own. Either 6 or 10 beers, we both got 6.

 

Bluepaw Wild Blueberry Ale     4.6%
Very, very light beer with a blueberry flavor. A wheat ale base, we all agreed it had a good blueberry flavor, natural and not syrupy.

 

Raspberry Ale     4.5%
Not quite as good as the blueberry but pretty decent. A light wheat ale with raspberry flavor.

 

 

Sunfish Wheat Ale     4.6%
Megan, Sam and Dustin really liked this. Flavorful, good mix of peach and grapefruit flavors. More peach on the nose and grapefruit on the finish. Mark did not really like this because of the grapefruit flavor, just personal preference.

 

Summer Ale
Mildly fruity, a light summer ale, basic but decent. Megan thought it was citrusy.

 

 

Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale     4%
Clear but copper colored. The sweetness stands out the most, described as ‘rich and malty’ but we didn’t get that, a mild, sessionable, sweet brown ale.

 

Hazelnut Porter     5.6%
Bitter barley flavor, dark, a little roasty, not much nuttiness. Did not quite match the description or what we were hoping for.

 

 

We were actually impressed with most of the beers. They do a good job
with the light, fruity beers. It was better than we were expecting.

 

 

 

Hours

Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 1:00
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 – 1:00

 

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New England Distilling, Portland, ME

 

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New England Distilling is located in Portland, ME. This was our first stop on our most recent trip to Portland. We went up with Mark’s brother Jason and his fiancée Maureen.

 

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New England Distilling was started in 2011 and in 2012 started releasing Gin, Rum and Rye Whiskey. They are working on a Bourbon Whiskey now, but that will not be ready for at least a year and a half.

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Ned is the owner and distiller at New England Distilling, NED for short. He is a 6th generation distiller with family history in distilling going back 150 years to Sherwood Whiskey being made in Maryland.

 

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Original Sherwood Whiskey bottle…

 

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with a prescription on the back! This was used during Prohibition.

 

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Old pictures and bottle from the family history.

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Matt explaining the distilling process

 

The whiskey and gin are both grain based, and are first made into a distillers beer. They take special care in this process, it is where the flavor starts. The rum is made from a sugar water base.

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Rum fermenting

 

Each batch size is about 450 – 500 gallons. They ferment on the grains, which is not done while making beer because it can spoil or alter the flavor.

 

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Grain shaker machine

 

They give all the spent grains to a local farmer to feed the cows.

 

The still they use is not a super high efficient still, but it keeps more of the flavor.

 

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They have 2 copper stills

 

They run the whiskey and rum through the still 2 times at different temperatures. They run the gin through a third time with extra botanicals added for flavor.

 

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They use charred, white American oak barrels. They can only use them once, by law, to make American whiskey. A lot of the flavor comes from the barrel, and the charring in particular. The charring helps to release natural flavors and sugars from the wood.

 

They are considering making a non-American style whiskey so they don’t have to turn over barrels so quickly.

 

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Maureen tasting the rum

 

Eight Bells Rum
This is a New England style rum. It starts with molasses, instead of sugar cane which is used in Caribbean rums. The rum is aged in the barrels for 22 months.

The name Eight Bells comes from the bells rung during a duty period upon a ship. The bell was run at every half hour interval for a four hour duty period. Once the eighth bell pattern was complete, your duty was. End of duty meant time for your rum portion!

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The Eight Bells logo is a Winslow Homer painting. They were given permission to use it from the Museum of Art in Portland.

 

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Gunpowder Rye Whiskey
This is a Maryland style rye whiskey, there is no corn used to make this.

 

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It is aged in the barrels for 12 – 15 months in the smaller barrels, 2 years in the 53 gallon barrels.

 

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Grains in the whiskey

 

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Mark and Megan tasting

 

 

Ingenium Gin
The Gin has a floral smell and a floral taste, along with the gin taste. Good balances of flavor, not too much juniper. Both Jason and Megan purchased a bottle of gin!

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Gin

 

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Jason and Maureen having fun

 

 

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Hand bottling ‘machine’

 

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Candle holder made from wine barrel staves

 

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Want to visit?

 

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 12-4
Saturday 10-4
Tours on the hour

Check out their facebook page for more information!

Other places we have visited in Portland:

Urban Farm Fermentory

Shipyard Brewing Company

Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub

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The beginning of Bre’s Birthday Weekend! Deryl, Megan, Bre, Mark

 

 

 

We visited Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub, located right on the water in Kennebunkport, Maine during Bre’s birthday weekend festivities. We were headed to Old Orchard Beach to camp for this weekend, and this was at a good stopping point. It was also a good time to try to throw Bre off, because she didn’t quite know the full plan of the weekend…

 

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Megan & Bre

Federal Jack’s is one of Maine’s first brew pubs, and the birthplace of Shipyard Brewing Company’s award winning-line of ales. Federal Jack’s opened in 1992 by Fred Forsley and Alan Pugsley, with the opening of the Kennebunkport Brewing Company as well. Demand quickly increased, and in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company was built Portland, Maine.

 

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All beers at Federal Jack’s are brewed downstairs, at the 7-barrel brewery of the Kennebunkport Brewing Company.

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KBC

 

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beer options!

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We ordered a sampler tray so we could try some of the beers we haven’t had before, and so we could share little tastes with everyone.

 

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our samples

 

Samurai
Hoppy but light and summery

 

Sirius Summer Ale
Served with a lemon- delicious. Not a ton of flavor but a good summer beer.

 

Sunfish Wheat
Good flavor, grapefruit and peach. Smells like peach but tastes like grapefruit. Smell is a lot stronger than the taste.

 

Taint Town Pale Ale
Smooth, better than most pale ales.

 

Fuggles IPA
Not too crazy hoppy. Probably because it is single hopped with fuggles hops from England.

 

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the menu

 

There was a group of us, so we ordered a couple of appetizers.

 

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Pretzel Breadsticks

 

 

 

Nachos with Chicken

Nachos with Chicken

 

Deryl and Bre aren’t big beer drinkers, but they did like some of the lighter, summer beers.

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Deryl ordered a pint of the Sirius Summer Ale. Bre went with a Frozen Strawberry Margarita.

 

 

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Mark ordered a pint of the Samurai. He liked it refreshing on a hot summer day, but also a beer that we haven’t seen in the stores around us.

 

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Megan got a pint of the Sunfish Wheat Ale.

 

We visited at the end of the summer, so we sat outside on the deck. There is a really nice view of the water from the deck.

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view from the deck

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view of part of the deck

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Tables on the lower level- also nice

 

 

Lunch

Megan got the Chicken Caesar Salad

Megan got the Chicken Caesar Salad

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Bre’s Caesar Salad with Calamari

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Deryl’s hickory BBQ burger

 

Mark got Fish Tacos

Mark got Fish Tacos, really good with an interesting sauce

 

 

Caparse Sandwhich

Lizzie had the Caprese Sandwich

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Bre’s birthday lunch group! Lizzie, Deryl, Bre, Mark and Megan

 

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the ladies! darn sun

 

Want to visit?
Open year-round 7 days a week
11:30am – 1:00am
Late night menu after 9:00pm
Dinner served until 10:00pm Friday and Saturday
Brunch specials every Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm