Portland, Oregon loves to talk of having a great amount of craft breweries. And they do – they’ve got the most craft breweries located within the city limits of any city in the world. They are not, however, the only Portland city with a solid craft beer reputation.
Portland, Maine has, in the Mainer tradition, been quietly building a solid craft beer culture. With nationally renowned breweries, such as Allagash and Gritty McDuff’s, working hard alongside regional favorites such as Geary’s – while also providing a base for a handful of prospective new breweries – Portland is helping to make Maine a craft beer haven. In fact, the state is in the top five in the nation when it comes to craft breweries per million residents. In terms of volume, the largest producer in Maine is Shipyard Brewing Company. With a portfolio of over 60 beers, including their lines brewed under Peak Organic and St. John Brewers, they turn out quality beers quickly.
Shipyard’s Export Ale is the brewery’s flagship beer. A golden/blonde ale, it is light and crisp. Slightly sweet malts are finished with a very light dash of distinctive, slightly grassy hops. It is not overly flashy, nor does it beat you over the head with single-note tastes. It’s not a golden goddess, it’s the blonde-next-door.
With a number of breweries opening, as well as current breweries expanding their distribution horizons, Maine looks to be a state to keep an eye on for the near future of craft beer.
Shipyard Export Ale is currently available in single bottles for in-bar consumption, and in 6-packs for take out.