Back in the (beer) Saddle Again!!! (Part One, Sebago Brewing Co.)

So, it’s been a while! As brutal a winter we had in Maine, it seemed to fly by! Work, social engagements, vacations, all seemed to get in the way of my beer trail. But excuses, excuses. We all have them. But I’m back on it! And I will be hitting it hard this summer! And since I was away for such a long time, I decided to do 3 in one day! Let’s start at the beginning.

SEBAGO BREWING CO.

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Sebago Brewing was founded in 1998 by Kai Adams. Kai is a Maine native who attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. While he was there, he worked in a brewery. When he moved back to Maine, he was a brewer at the original Sea Dog in Camden. After he learned the craft and developed his skills, he decided it was time to branch out on his own. Sebago opened in Gorham in 2005 and distributes beer throughout New England and 4 brewpubs.

On a personal note, I love Sebago beer. I haven’t had a bad one. The flavor is always there for me. And, to be honest, their Slick Nick is what got me through this past winter. But winter is over! Let it go! Now, what did I drink…

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Saddleback Ale – American Blonde Ale (3.9% ABV)

Easy drinking. Light, crisp. Great for summer.

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Runabout – Red Ale (4.4%ABV)

Classic red. I think I’ve said it before, I will again, I’m a big fan of Red Ales. I just am. No matter what the season.

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Hop Swap – IPA (6.7%)

Fruity and pine-y. Classic IPA with that fruit twist to it.

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Simmer Down – Summer Session Ale (4.9% ABV)

Classic summer ale without being too citrus-y. Just the right amount.

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OOPS! I just remembered, there is a beer I didn’t like…and here it is. Out of focus. Maybe that was a warning.

Lake Trout Stout. (4.8% ABV)

This is my first bad review, I think. And from Sebago! But, I really did not like it. It was watery tasting to me. And a friend who was there with me agreed. So, Imma just leave that here….

Overall, Sebago did not disappoint. Food was good. Beer was solid, except for that one. But as the Osmonds used to sing, “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl.”

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