Shipyard Brewing Company is celebrating the fact that they have been brewing beer for two decades now. A celebration that not many breweries have the luxury of having. Not only is Shipyard Maine’s largest brewery by volume but it’s also the 14th largest in the country. They distribute their English-style as well as seasonal craft beers to over 35 states in the US.
Shipyard Brewing Company started brewing in 1994 but Federal Jacks was opened in 1992 by Shipyard’s founders Fred Forsley and Alan Pugsley (Brew Master). Alan Puglsey learned his craft of brewing English-style beers from renowned Peter Austin at Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England.
With a number of year-round craft beers, Shipyard also makes some special beers that you may find interesting. Their newest additions to the seasonal and year-round line up are Apple Head Ale, Monkey Fist IPA, American Pale Ale, Melon Head Ale, and Black IPA. Shipyard also does some bourbon barrel aging versions of their XXXX IPA, Imperial Stout, and Smashed Pumpkin. These are great to find in 750 ML bottles for a special occasion.
Shipyard also has a few brands under it’s umbrella that you may have heard of: Capt’n Eli’s Soda, Sea Dog Brewing Company, and Federal Jack’s Brewpub. Capt’n Eli’s soda creates some great flavors like Cream Soda, Black Cherry and my favorite Blueberry.
Sea Dog Brewing Company has a few locations across Maine and Florida. They brew some nice fruit beers like Sea Dog Apricot, Sea Dog Blueberry, and the newest and my favorite of them Sea Dog Sunfish.
TODAY Shipyard is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary by taking over the Maine State Pier and hosting music, beer, and fitness. There will be a beer garden for your imbibing needs as well as a health and fitness expo happening throughout the day. Here is the schedule of the bands playing:
12PM Amy Allen
1PM Jason Spooner Band
2:30PM Lady Lamb and the Beekeeper
4PM Model Airplane
5:30PM North of Nashville
7PM Sly Chi
8:30PM Rustic Overtones (HEADLINE)
Make sure to also check out the Maine Brew Bus’ activities tomorrow and Monday. They are hosting the Beertography tour tomorrow morning as well as a progressive Allagash Brewing Company dinner Monday night.