Beer Reviews

Sneak Peek: Sebago Anniversary Beers on Deck

You’ve heard me go on and on and on about Sebago Brewing Company. They have suceeeded in differentiating themselves while taking a close look at themselves and striving to do better. They’ve seen twenty years fly by and are now in a dreamy new production facility – and are planning a party for their the 20th Anniversary this weekend. On the official announcements, there have been mentions of two “exclusive beers” brewed for anniversary attendees… but the brewery has been mum on what they are.

Until now.

Introducing the never-before-brewed and probably-couldn’t-repeat-it-if-you-tried beers that will be pouring in addition to Sebago’s lineup this weekend…


Beer #1: Pack in The Day [Double IPA]

While Sebago does have experience brewing a good hoppy beer, and even double IPA (Whistle Punk… swoon), Sebago has yet to dip their toes into the world of the New England IPA haze craze… until now.

Brewed by our illustrious packaging crew to help celebrate twenty years of all things Sebago Brewing, Pack in the Day Double IPA is a hoppy beast.  Packed with distinctive hop varieties from start to finish, this haze forward NEIPA does not disappoint.  Juicy and refreshing, Pack in the Day ends the workday and gets the party started.  And let’s face it – Dat haze, doh…

At 8.2% ABV, this one is going to light up anniversary revelers pretty quickly… I’ve seen Sebago Brewing Company employees drinking the popular haze-forward, juicy hop bombs brewed by other breweries while out and about in Portland and beyond. I’d love to see what they make of the en vogue style.

Beer #2: Bog So Hard [?!]

I’m not even going to begin to try to assign a style to this one. Just read this. Slowly.

Brewed at our old location to commemorate our 20th anniversary, Bog So Hard was the 2000th batch brewed on our original production system.  This sour beer was fermented with seven hundred pounds Maine grown cranberries, contributing both unique color and flavors.  It was later aged in pinot noir, gin, and syrah barrels for six months.  Tart, dry, and delicious, this beer is a nod to the creative and hard working brewers that made it reality. Here’s to the next 20!

Barrel aged? Blended? Cranberry? GIN BARRELS!

I predict that this one, also coming in a bit high at 7.1% ABV… is going to be memorable. I can’t imagine what the combination will taste like, but I’m intreigued by the (local!) fruit, combined with notes from wine and especially gin.


Welp. There you have it. I’m happy to leak – I mean, share, of course – this information with you in advance of the party. Hopefully we can clink glasess and compare notes together on Saturday. Cheers all.