Craft beer rocks in Maine. This is definitely a great state live you if you enjoy beer. Actually, even if you don’t love beer, it’s still an awesome state!
Since today, April 7th, is National Beer Day, I figured I’d focus my post on (surprise) – beer! There are a lot of options for Made in Maine when it comes to craft beer. It also works out well as one of my bucket list items this year is to complete the Maine Beer Trail so I get to stamp another entry on my beer map too.
There are six breweries in Maine that start with F. I’ve already blogged about two of them. This post is going to be easy! (Reality check, it’s never “easy”.)
We decided to get a sneak peek of one of the newest breweries, Flight Deck Brewing in Brunswick. The official opening was on Thursday, March 16th with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration attended by Senator Angus King. But, they had a soft opening earlier so we were able to sneak in for a beer after hiking in the area early last month.
Flight Deck Brewing is located in the former Small Arms Range of the Brunswick Naval Air Station. The air station was closed in 2011 and the area has now begun a second life as Brunswick Landing. While there are many businesses that have moved into the area, Flight Deck Brewing is one of the first public facing ones.
They had to do a lot of renovation as the building, which was used for live ammunition target practice, was basically a concrete box. They had to cut out all the windows and doors. What was once a dark, enclosed space now has lots of light and openness. They recycled the removed concrete by using it to create their entry path and patio. They are working to tread lightly on the environment. Their blog gives more detail on the extremely efficient electric brewing system that they have installed. The system is powered by electricity from renewable resources including a biodigester which takes organic waste and turns it into energy.
We headed over to their tasting room on a Saturday afternoon. The tasting room was packed, and they were down to only three beers but fortunately one was a porter for my husband and I tried their Hibiscus Tea Beer which had a fun red color. Red must be the new cool craft beer color. I’ve been seeing it pop up more and more.
A local food truck Taco the Town had an area setup within the brewery and were serving food so we grabbed a couple of tacos to enjoy with our beer. Flight Deck Brewing has a rotating lineup of food vendors serving up food at the brewery. It’s nice when you can get food with your beer especially after a hike.
It’s always fun to stop into a new tasting room. We purchased a couple of souvenir glasses to take home, but sadly did not get any new stamps in our Maine Beer Trail map. Flight Deck Brewing is too new to be listed although I’m sure that will change soon.
Want to learn more about the craft beer scene in Maine? Here are a few resources to check out.
The craft beer industry in Maine is vibrant. According to a recent article from Maine Public the industry has an annual impact of $225 million on Maine’s economy. I know my husband and I have contributed to that number. [Higgins, A.J. “Report: Craft Beer Industry Contributes $225 Million to Maine’s Economy.” Maine Public. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.]
Do you have a lot of local craft beer breweries where you are located? Do you have a favorite?
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|Company Name||Flight Deck Brewing|
|Location||11 Atlantic Ave
Brunswick, ME 04011
|Website||Flight Deck Brewing|
|Favorite ♥||Re-purposed Space|