featured breweries: casco bay brewery
Clubs of America | Jan 23, 2012
Since 1994, the Casco Bay Brewing Company has distinguished itself by brewing exceptional ales and lagers. This excellence has been recognized at both the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, where their beers have won many Gold and Silver medals over the years. In 2008, Casco Bay Brewing was acquired by Shipyard Brewing Company.
Founded by Bob Wade and Mike Lacharite in 1994, today Casco Bay distributes beer throughout New England under its own brand as well as the Carrabassett brand. The brewery has a capacity of 11,000+ bbls a year with their brewing and bottling operations located in their facility near the Portland waterfront.
Your favorite monthly beer club wants you to know that Casco uses only two-row malted barley and a variety of other specialty malts, while adjusting flavor, color and mouthfeel by utilizing grains from Germany, England, Belgium, Canada and the U.S. It uses German hops for its Pilsners, Pacific Northwest hops for the rest. Ale yeast is an American strain, while lager yeast is imported from Germany.
What’s brewing? Casco Bay Brown Ale, with exquisite clarity; clean, clear and crisp; deep plum-and-cola color. Complex malt character with just the right amount of Pacific Northwest hops. It’s cool, creamy, sweet chocolate, caramel and refreshing!
Riptide Red Ale, their flagship brew, is an Irish-style Red Ale that won Gold at the 2000 World Beer Cup. A perfect balance of 5 different malts and 3 hop varieties. Surprisingly complex, this is a medium-bodied, full-flavored, easy-drinking brew.
BROWN ALE: Casco Bay Brewery’s Brown Ale: A great beer for all beer drinkers, especially ones looking for something unusual and complex in a top fermented beer. Serve this ale with rare beef, smoked cheese, burgers or smoked fish.
RED ALE: Casco Bay Brewery’s Riptide Red Ale: This is a crisply refreshing ale with a malty sweet finish. These beers of antiquity are known for their expressiveness and complex boldness. Red ales are heralded for their rich deep red-brown color. At its best when paired with beef stew, and brings out the sweetness of vegetable soup in beef broth!