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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Neighborhood Beer Company, Exeter, NH

We recently visited Neighborhood Beer Company  which is located close by us in Exeter, NH. We have been planning to visit for awhile. They specialize in German style beers with an American twist.

Our production brewhouse is a 4-vessel, 4-barrel custom-fabricated
system designed specifically to brew complex and innovative
German-style ales and lagers.

When they first opened, they hired a well known German brewer to help design their brewhouse and work with them the first year in traditional german brewing styles.

The tasting room is on the smaller side, but still has plenty of room. In the nice weather, like now, they have an outdoor area sectioned off with picnic tables and corn hole.

 

 

 

They started out as just a tasting room and have grown to a brewpub, serving food as well as wine and beer from other local establishments.  When we visited, the guest beer was from Deciduous Brewing Company and guest cider from North Country Hard Cider. They have also increased their hours recently to make them easier to visit.

 

They have tasters for $2 each, 3/4 pints and full pints. We started with 2 flights so we could try all the beers.

 

 

Hallowed Hammock – blonde ale 4.9%
A good blonde ale, better than the average, light and easy drinking, Megan liked it. Megan typically finds Blonde Ales to be boring, so it had a little something extra to it.

 

Junkyard Pedigree – copper ale 7.5%
Described as ‘malty and complex’, it is, malty and a touch sweet. Megan tasted caramel notes, Mark said dark fruit. Again, better than we expected.

Boss Flamingo – Bronze ale 7.2%
Complex flavor up front with a smooth, clean finish. A mix of fruity, malty and hoppy flavors as described.

 

Bastardly Blitz – German style IPA 8.2%
Dark in color, well balanced, so not super hop forward like American style IPA’s. Not Mark’s favorite style.

Old Salt – Helles lager
What Mark expected from a Helles, very light, not a strong flavor to it, on point for the style just not a very interesting style. Megan liked it more, better than other lagers.

 

Mellow Grove – summer Hefeweizen
Pretty light body, even for a Hefeweizen, a strong clove flavor to it with a light body and feel. Decent summer beer.

 

Obstinate Goat – strong blonde ale 7.1%
Light body for a strong ale. Decent flavor to it, slightly complex, hard to pin down specific flavors, malty with a mild citrusy finish.

 

We ordered a pretzel, served with homemade mustard and beer cheese. Yum!

 

 

Mark had a 3/4 pint of Boss Flamingo and Megan had the NBC Snakebite, their Mellow Grove summer Hefeweizen mixed with a North Country Hard Cider, which was very good. She also tried it with the Obstinate GOAT, which was a good drink but the flavors if the Mellow Grove and the Original Blend North Country Hard Cider blended even better.

 

For beers to go, you can get any of their beers in a growler. They also use a mobile canning company and have most of their beers available in 12oz 6 packs. They have a mixed pre-made 6 pack, which changes based on the season. We bought two of the mixed six packs to share with friends. The summer mixed six came with Hallowed Hammock, Mellow Grove and Boss Flamingo.

Tasting Room Hours

Tuesday – 4:00 to 8:00
Wednesday – 4:00 to 8:00
Thursday – 4:00 to 9:00
Friday – 12:00 to 9:00
Saturday – 12:00 to 9:00
Sunday – 12:00 to 6:00

Bad Martha’s Brewing Company, Edgartown – Martha’s Vineyard

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We went to Martha’s Vineyard to visit the 2 breweries on the island, Offshore Ale Company and Bad Martha’s Brewing Company. Bad Martha’s is in Edgartown, so we took the bus from Oak Bluffs.


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They have a nice set up with a barn tasting room. They had 10 beers on tap when we were there. They do tasting flights and pints, with a few food options including cheese, meat and veggie platters.

 

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Roscoe’s Brown – 5.3%
A pretty good brown, medium body, smooth, good flavor. Dustin and Pete tasted coffee notes. This was Pete’s favorite.

 

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Heather and Pete tasting.

 

Obsession Ale – 4.3%
A light IPA with a piney hop taste. Dustin and Sam agree, light in body, no real bitterness.

 

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Blasphemous Black Lager – 5.5%
Light in body for a black lager, decent flavor

 

Belgian Blonde – 5%
Really good belgian, cloudy. Megan tasted honey and flowers. This was just about everyone’s favorite. A good over all, tasty beer.

 

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Summer Ale – 4.5%
Light, crisp summer ale, light in body but not flavorless. Megan and Al thought it needed something a little more, maybe a fruit wedge. They bottle this as a seasonal beer and distribute it off the island.

 

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Dustin, Al, and Sam posing for this pic!

 

Martha’s Vineyard Ale – 5.3%
Darker, red ale taste. Medium body, decent flavor. Megan thought it had a wintery taste, nutmeg or another earthy taste. This is one of the year round beers that they bottle and distribute off the island.

 

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Island IPA – 5.4%
Piney and flowery hop flavor, light in body with no real bitterness. Another beer they bottle and distribute.

 

Smokehouse Dunkel – 5.3%
Hint of smokeyness, very light in body, a touch sweet, good beer.

 

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Wasque Weizenbock – 7%
Sweet, light in body. A malty wheat beer flavor with a hint of ‘spiced darker fruit’.

 

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Cheese and meat platter- so good! Added so much to our experience

 

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They had a good size patio area outside with a bunch of tables and benches. They had a few games going outside as well, including cornhole.

 

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Cornhole

 

 

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Mark and Megan posing with Bad Martha.

 

Want to visit? You will have to wait until Summer as they are open from May through October and reopen for Christmas.

Atlantic Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME

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Our 3rd stop in Bar Harbor was at Atlantic Brewing Company, Amanda was with us. They have a whole compound with the brewing facility, tasting room and store, as well as Mainely Meat BBQ. We did not take the tour, but were able to taste all the beers on tap.

 

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Atlantic Brewing Company was started in 1990, as Acadia Brewing. They have moved and upgraded several times, and now run a 15 barrel system that they use for everything. Atlantic Brewing actually bought out Bar Harbor Brewing, the owners of Bar Harbor Brewing were ready to retire and sell. Atlantic Brewing Company now owns and still operates out of both facilities.

 

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They are just starting to run small batch brews on a small 7 barrel system to experiment with new styles and flavors on a smaller scale. They don’t want to tie their bigger system up with large amounts of test or experimental beers.

 

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Our Tasting:

Summer Ale – 4.2%
Made with German hops, has a Pilsner taste, but not a bad Pilsner taste. Good, really light flavor. Megan and Amanda thought it was nondescript.

 

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Blueberry Ale – 5.1%
Real strong Blueberry smell, and strong Blueberry taste. Blueberries are added during fermentation with yeast, which gives it the strong blueberry taste. Better Blueberry beer than Bar Harbor Blueberry.

 

Real Ale – 4.8%
This is their lightest beer besides the Summer Ale which is just seasonal. Light in body, decent flavor, hint of caramel, from a quick malt dip??? This was Amanda’s favorite, Mark and Megan both liked it as well.

 

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040609 Double IPA – 6.8%
Good IPA, a hint of piney hops, with a touch of citrus, fairly strong flavor. Made with Columbus and Centennial hops. Not Mark’s favorite style IPA, Amanda thought it was bitter with a hint of Grapefruit.

 

Coal Porter – 5.6%
Chocolate malts gives it a chocolate flavor. Light in body, hops added to give it a dry finish, Megan and Amanda thought it was ok, Mark liked it.

 

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Ellen’s Coffee Stout – 5.4%
They used 50 gallons of cold brewed coffee in this beer. A milk stout, good body, really good flavor, we all liked it, and bought some.

 

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Extra tasting, because we saw it and asked for it:

Island Ginger – 5.7%
30lbs of crushed ginger root added to this wheat ale. Light in body, ginger bite is boiled away so it has a lighter ginger taste. Amanda thought it was too carbonated and lacking that strong ginger taste, not bad but not great.

 

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After the tasting we sat outside and ate at Mainely Meats BBQ. They have seating inside as well as outside.

 

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The food was great and we got a ton of it. Enough for dinner for the 3 of us, a late snack, and several days of lunch for Mark.

 

With dinner we tried:

Brother Adams Honey Bragget – 10.5%
Smells sweet, heavy, malty, but sweet taste. Amanda thought it had a viscous mouthfeel, we agree. It is ‘brewed in the fall, cellared over the winter, like a desert wine, made to be sipped’.

 

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Macfoochies Scottish Ale
‘Sweet and full bodied, with a low hop profile’. Mark agree’s, full bodied, touch of sweetness, he liked it for a Scottish ale, robust but not overly strong. Amanda thought it was too heavy, she was hoping for more of a Red Ale flavor.

 

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Mark tasting Mafoochies

 

 

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Megan was not a fan of Mafoochies

 

They make their own root beer, Amanda thinks it was pretty standard. Mark liked it, a good flavorful Root Beer.

 

Brewery Hours
Monday – Sunday: 
10:00 am-5:00 pm

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

 

Other places to visit nearby

Bar Harbor Cellars

Bar Harbor Brewing

Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery in Oakland ME

Dragonfly Farm and Winery in Stetson, ME