Our Pilot Brews
Although we are not up and running, we do have a solid stable of brews that we are working to bring to market as soon as we find permanent brewing space. For the time being we can be contacted, liked and/or followed on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We'd love to hear from you. If you'd like to join our mailing list, click here. We'll keep you up to speed on our progress.
Alex (Dunkel -- 7.1% ABV): Caesar salad. Chocolate-chip cookies. Chicken Marengo. All of these delicious things were inspired by a maker who said, “I have these ingredients—what can I make?” Sometimes a great Solution comes from working with the ingredients you have on hand. Let’s add this one to the list: Alex’s blend of malts and subtle hops add up to a smooth-tasting, gorgeously reddish-brown dunkel. Should we brew this again? Let us know.
Alfie Byrne (Irish Stout -- ABV 6.2%): Your first taste of this dark-as-a-Dublin-midnight stout whooshes you back to the boisterous streets of the Irish capital once presided over by Lord Mayor Byrne. Your next few sips hint at coffee and chocolate and vanilla, but those flavors aren’t add-ons—they’re there due to the brewer’s skill at coaxing complexity out of the grain, hops, and yeast.
Alfie Byrne’s Berries (Irish Stout with raspberry – 6.7% ABV): Your first taste of this dark-as-a-Dublin-midnight stout whooshes you back to the boisterous streets of the Irish capital once presided over by Lord Mayor Byrne. Those toasty coffee and chocolate flavors are there thanks to the brewer’s skill at coaxing complexity out of the grain, hops, and yeast. New for this batch: A sprightly touch of raspberry that launches this traditional stout fast-forward into the 2020s.
Amos (English bitter-- ABV 4.8%): Tradition and resolve—good conversation—maybe a mention of Her Majesty will fit right in with this veddy British ale. Lots of U.K. malt and noble hops lend a decidedly across-the-pond feel to this one.
Arthur (West India porter-- ABV 7.5%): This version of “Uncle Arthur’s” original 1801 stout porter will get your Irish up with the classic notes of dark and darker malt. The creamy head will tip you off to Arthur’s style.
Bernie (New England IPA-- ABV 7.1%): A citrusy hop/pine party that’s ALL IN with the fruit, the hops, and the yeast. A little hazy, a little funky, and singularly itself—that’s Bernie.
Butch (American Pale Ale -- 4.4% ABV): Butch’s sparing addition of Centennial and Amarillo hops to the brew ensure lots of tangerine and pine notes but no back-of-the-throat hop burn. There’s a time and place for that, but Butch wasn’t feeling that at the moment. Butch feels old-school but these updated aroma hops ensure a solid, classic pale ale taste for today.
Carmen (New England IPA – 6.6% ABV): The fruity, hoppy notes of Carmen will have you asking “Where in the world? …” Our answer: This New England IPA goes international, globe-hopping to make the most of different regional flavors. Take yourself on a Grand Tour with this one.
Cornelia (New England IPA -- ABV 7.2%): Hazy, juicy, hoppy. Lots of hops. All the frigging fruity hops. Tons of hops send up orange, grapefruit, and mango aromas right up your nose—even the yeast is managed carefully, adding its own note to shoot the fruit up your snoot. Some people say this tastes like orange juice. But maybe don’t drink it for breakfast. Brunch anyone?
Dallas (Imperial Red Ale-- 9.5%): This Imperial American Red Ale is as big, bold, and friendly as its namesake city. Dallas is sweet while slapping you on the back, spinning a wild yarn, and inviting you to sit a spell and enjoy. Smooth bittering all-American hops balance nicely with this beer's caramel notes.
Dean (New England IPA-- ABV 7.5%): Gobs of hops, creamy body, in-your-face American and New Zealand hops. Pretty hazy and assertive but your new U.S./Kiwi friend will talk your ear off and then invite you over for dinner.
Didier (New England IPA – 8.2% ABV): Didier is a reimagination of one of our 2020 beers, Larue, a single-hop IPA featuring a newer French hop called Barbe Rouge. This iteration – say bonjour to Didier! – has a more traditional NEIPA malt bill and the addition of some traditional fruit-forward IPA hops to complement the definite strawberry notes of the French guy. We made the tweak based on your feedback, so keep the comments coming!
Diego (Belgian porter-- ABV 6.6%): This Belgian porter amped with unrefined Mexican sugar is the wild child of the bunch, painting roasty, bready, toasty pictures on your palate. The mouthfeel is lighter than you’d expect from the dark color and creamy head; the Belgian yeast whispers of a Continental connection.
Diego 2 (American porter-- ABV 8.2%): Diego’s cool American cousin trades the slightly mysterious Belgian yeast profile for a traditional U.S. yeast -- more Yankee ingenuity from oats and wheat add up to a solid American porter flavor.
Esmerelda, (American Pale Ale -- ABV 6.3%): A uniquely balanced beer that rings all the bells—hop-forward, firm malty backbone, gorgeous copper color, persistent head. Esmerelda hits all those notes. Twenty years ago, people would have considered this a strong IPA; now craft-beer drinkers in the know will class this glass as a tasty pale ale.
Epicurus (IPA-- ABV 6.2% ): This titan of Greek philosophy believed that the happy person is one who lives simply, seeks only those pleasures that contribute to long-term peace of mind, and seeks to make and keep good friends. Sounds like the perfect environment for sharing Epicurus – the philosophy and the brew – with those you enjoy.
Gabriella (light dinner ale—3.8% ABV): Light in color, lighter in body—this type of so-called “dinner ale” has a history stretching back to early-1900s Britain, so you know Gabriella’s going to serve up English-style pale malt, subtle yeast, and a clean, refreshing finish. Light beer might seem like a new thing, but this modern take on a classic style has plenty of history behind it. And at just 111 cals/12 oz., this brew makes for a sprightly, fun quaff.
Gelb (Pale Ale-- ABV 6.2%): Hops named Amarillo (yellow/gelb) boost the sunshiny citrus quotient in this hazy NEIPA. Together with the respectable 6.2 ABV, this means a smooth, traditional brew.
Gillis (hoppy session ale-- ABV 4.7%): Four kinds of hops! Light-bodied! Lower ABV! All add up to an easygoing yet flavorful session ale. The kind of ale that would go great after rolling a few strings of candlepins.
Gina C (cream ale-- ABV 5.8%): Everything a quintessentially American cream ale should be—light, crisp, not bitter. Kind of like its namesake: It’s hip, easy to like, and you’ll want another.
Henri (Belgian strong ale-- ABV 10.0%): Named for a favorite Belgian uncle who maintained that the shape of the glass ALWAYS matters. He was right, BTW. Belgian by birth, Belgian in temperament, American by tribute. Clear skies and tail winds always, monsieur.
Historia (West Coast IPA – 8.1% ABV): Remember, back in the day, when a West Coast IPA was nice and malty, solidly bitter, and full of taste? So do we. Bring your taste memory back to those formative years with Historia, which we brewed using an “old-school” 1994-era West Coast IPA recipe. This full-flavored beer boasts some overlooked West Coast hops (Warrior), added during the boil for that throwback taste and bitterness. Feel young(er) again with Historia.
Hume (light dinner ale-- ABV 5.4%): Who says session ales are the “newest thing”? A light, spritzy, flavorful charmer based on a recipe from 1911. That’s a long time ago – we did the math.
Josef (Kölsch -- ABV 5.7%): Similar to a Trappist-style single – definitely dry and with that crisp, sentimental noble-hop experience. Subtly fruity esters from the yeast complete the libation and tip the glass in tribute to Abbot Josef of the last Trappist monastery.
Karl (Kolsch -- ABV 5.0%): Karl’s sparkling clarity shows off the best of authentic German grain, traditional Teutonic hops, and adherence to traditional brewing methods. A crisp, light beer sporting a backbone that will have you shouting “Noch eine bier [one more beer], Karl!”
Larue (New England IPA—7.5% ABV): Let’s celebrate the red fruits of summer – like strawberry, currants, and raspberry – with this NEIPA that showcases the “Barbe Rouge” hop, an innovative variety from the Alsace region of France. What warm-weather tradition will you introduce to our ruddy new transplant—poolside hangs or post-pick-your-own baking day? In any event, thank goodness for the warm weather, right?
Leary (West Coast IPA -- 7% ABV).: Expand your mind and your concept of what an IPA can be with this intense – dare we say dank -- fruit bomb. Take a trip through the mellow meadow with Leary, which features loads of resinous hops with way-high sticky, citrusy character. No hemp, no weed, no altered minds here – just a more lofty imagining of a juicy, low-bitterness IPA. (About that – we may or may not know a guy…).
Liam (English Dark Mild -- 3.6% ABV): Bring the quintessential taste of a British pub home to the colonies. With its mix of British malts, a classically English and fruit-featuring English yeast strain, and the pub-classic spicy British hops, we’ve got a beer that evokes “Ye Olde Horse & Plough” or wherever you’re imagining you’re enjoying your British brew. An English “mild” isn’t a judgment on the strength of the beer, but rather denotes that it’s not aged. Sit down with Liam, mind the gap, and think of England.
Lily (imperial amber-- ABV 8.0%): Imperials are dark(er), sweet(ish), definitely bold. Some would say bitter, but let’s call Lily “intense.” A character-full eye-opener you won’t soon forget.
Louis (west coast double IPA-- ABV 8.3%): Super malt character lends Louis a full body; hop additions during the boil, ferment, and rest ensure a blast of pine, citrus, and mango in your nose as you lift Louis to your lips. A classic west-coast DIPA experience.
Machiavelli (raspberry blond ale-- ABV 4.7%): This lightly-hopped, pale-cerise blond appeals to realists, lovers of intellectual discourse, and anyone who really just likes a well-made lighter beer energized by a spritz of berry. Not fruity; rather, fruit-adjacent. Yum.
Marley (tropical IPA-- ABV 6.8%): Can you still call yourself a New England-style IPA when your hops whisper of the tropics? Marley’s solid 6.1% ABV and medium body say “yes” with its papaya and mango notes. Close your eyes and imagine warm sands, conjure the sound of palm-tree fronds clacking in the breeze, and don’t worry about a thing.
McGann (Irish blond-- ABV 5.1%): Named as homage to a legendary Emerald Isle publican – this so-called white stout uses oats plus light English malt and traditional hops for a quintessentially Doolin quaff that’s light in color but sturdy as all get-out.
Nicolas (Wheat ale – 5.0% ABV): An American wheat beer with a definite point of view. The U.S. wheat and German yeast serves up a balanced beer that offers some gentle esters, a bit of citrus, and a lot of flavor. You’ll want to visit with Nicolas again.
Paul (U.K. Bitter – 5% ABV): Shout out to PAUL FROM LIVERPOOL! Oh – errr … -- sorry, mate, not that one. This Paul is brewed in tribute to a heritage brew from Liverpool, England, called Cain’s Finest Bitter. Alas, Cain’s shuttered operations in the early 2000s, but we’ll keep up the tradition using classic U.K.-style crystal malts plus time-honored British hops along with our local (Maine-grown) base malts. We doodley-do, Paul. We doodley-do.
Rocky (Honey Ale -- 5.2% ABV): This gorgeous golden fizzer is named in homage to the original honey lager popularized in the 1970s by the father of American homebrewing, Charlie Papazian. His original honey lager changed the game for both homebrewers—who initially thought putting honey in beer was very strange—and the wider brewing industry, which then took Charlie’s idea and ran with it. Even though Rocky contains pounds of honey, it ferments out completely, leaving only a wisp of sweetness and a round, almost floral note.
Rose (American porter—5.9% ABV): Rose charms from the get-go with a dark, zingy, and sweetly malt-forward approach. Rose is fermented on tart cherry puree, giving it a different spin on the usual – all the roast with none of the burn.
Sally (cream ale-- ABV 5.7%): This cream ale is hopped with Idaho 7, known as the “Golden Hop” or “Lucky 7.” All we know is that it imbues our shy Sally with citrus-forward orange plus smoky tea flavor. No actual oranges or tea were harmed in the making of this beer.
Sigmund (Vienna IPA-- ABV 6.0%): Celebrating the sweet, roasty goodness of Vienna malt melded with the best of U.S. West Coast hops. It might sound contrary and extreme, but remember: Sometimes an IPA is just an IPA.
Simone (blackberry saison -- ABV 6.2%): The existentialist philosopher de Beauvoir was an early French feminist, an educator, a prolific writer, and was both hailed and reviled during her lifetime. She was Jean-Paul Sartre’s partner for more than 50 years. Imagine the conversations over a few drinks in their house…spicy and prone to make the listener blush.
Sparky (west coast IPA-- ABV 7.8%): Named for a son of America’s heartland who transplanted himself to the west coast and became the “all-American” artist, Sparky India Pale Ale is hoppy, bitter, citrus-focused, and clear. Although IPA was developed two-plus centuries ago in England, it’s become for some enthusiasts the de facto “all-American” beer.
Standish (Belgian herbed single-- ABV 4.8%): One taste, one exclamation: “We can make this!” From a far-north excursion emerged Standish, something of a pioneer with its peppery/light Saison yeast and herby additions. Merci, Montreal, for une source d’inspiration!
Teddy Ballgame (Pale ale -- 4.8 ABV): This beer is perfect for enjoying during your favorite events, like maybe this year’s later-than-average World Series. Teddy’s style is a tip of the cap to a classic West Coaster, with a firm malt backbone and a smooth follow-through. No asterisks here.
Ti Jean (Belgian saison—7.5% ABV): Inspired by a summery Belgian-style saison from Quebec, this refreshing beer gives you that complex Belgian-yeast spice along with tons of citrusy hops, buttressed by sweet orange peel and bergamot for that extra “je ne sais quoi.”
Twain (Belgian Tripel -- ABV 8.8%): Triple anything and you’ll find more is better. Twain’s full-up with fruity, estery, hoppy, bubbly character. Goes amazingly well with anything you’re eating.
Vinnie (West Coast IPA -- ABV 8.2%): All the new-style left-coast hops you need. All the body, sweetness, and straightforward drinkability you want with more than the typical malt backbone. Say hello to your new friend Vinnie.
Vito (orange blond-- ABV 5.3%): One sip and you’ll taste, see, smell, the oranges. Not a harbinger of doom this time, but rather a portent of good times, great beermaking, and maybe a movie-trilogy marathon?
William (Porter -- 7.1% ABV): A smooth British-style brown porter, a balanced dark-brown porter that‘s malty and roasty without tasting too sweet or charred. A well-done porter like William will definitely make a convert out of someone who says, “I don’t usually like those darker beers.”
Willie (French Stout -- ABV 6.9%): Let’s talk about the bittering agent in this stout – gentian root. Also known as bitterwort or devil’s taint (!), gentian was used to bitter all kinds of beverages in the pre-hop past. Gentian’s known to grow mostly in rough terrain, on the side of hills or mountains. Just like Willie and his farm—tough, tenacious, strong-willed.