If you are a fan of local beer and traditional, clean beers (including stellar lagers), the unfortunate loss of Bull Jagger brewing from the Maine beer scene in 2013 hit particularly hard. One of my favorite lagers (and one of the only lagers being brewed at the time) – Portland Lager (helles) – faded from the market as the brewing partners parted ways. While some of us pined for these beers fondly, few of us knew if we’d ever see them again.
But today, Tom Bull (ex brewer/owner of Bull Jagger) announced on a Facebook page that his beers were coming back – under the name Dirigo Brewing Company. Bull and partner Mark Paulin (owner of Paulin’s Tire and Auto Care) signed a lease to reside in the Riverdam Millyard in Biddeford, ME and plan to continue to brew traditional styles of ales and lagers. The name and packaging, are inspired by from the Maine motto (which means “I lead” or “I direct”) and will reflect the star motif found in the Maine State flag.
Bull expressed that he is “psyched and honored, with a healthy dose of nerves” about the return. As for Portland Lager – Bull says it’ll be back, but with a different name under the Dirigo brand.
The Facebook page puts the target opening date towards the end of 2015. “Good beer takes time,” said Bull. I think I can speak for some beer fans when I say that we’re willing to wait a little longer.