Monday, April 7, 2014

3 Awards for Shipyard Brewing and Sea Dog Brewing at the Atlantic City Beer Fest

This past weekend, Shipyard Brewing Company and Sea Dog Brewing Company took part in the 9th annual Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  

The focus of this festival is the promotion and education of craft beers and a celebration of the brewers who create them.  There were over 150 participating breweries and approximately 25,000 people in attendance.  

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA took 3rd place in the the IPA category.   

Shipyard Melonhead took home a 2nd place award in the Lambic-Fruit Beer category.  And Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale (commonly referred to as Blue Paw) received 2nd place honors is the Wheat Beer category.  

The winners were selected through blind taste tests by a panel of independent beer tasting experts.  

We look forward to participating again next year.  If the 9th annual was this good, we can't wait to see what the 10th annual has in store in 2015.  Cheers!

Thursday, April 3, 2014


makes 8 large or 10 medium sized pretzels
½ cup warm water
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup Shipyard Export Ale
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
Olive oil, to grease bowl
For boiling pretzels: 2 quarts water + 1/3 cup baking soda
1 egg, beaten, for brushing before baking
Coarse sea salt

Combine the water, brown sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Add melted butter, beer, salt, all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour and mix with a dough hook on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. 
Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball.
Coat a large bowl with oil, add dough and coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Divide the dough into 8 equal balls and roll into a log. Take the ends of the log and form into a circle overlapped by a couple of inches on each side to form a pretzel shape and press to seal.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Slowly add the baking soda to the boiling water. Boil the pretzels in the water solution, 1 at a time for 30 seconds or until the pretzel floats to the top of the pot. Remove with a large slotted spatula. Place 4-5 pretzels on each baking sheet, brushing the tops with the egg wash and seasoning liberally with sea salt just before placing in the oven.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pretzels from oven and let cool (or don’t) then EAT!!
Find a printable version of this recipe here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 10: Play Ball! Shipyard Style at the Portland Sea Dogs

Join Shipyard for the Portland Sea Dogs Opening Night!

Baseball season is here and we planning to kick off the season Shipyard Style with a special event at the Portland Sea Dogs home opener on Thursday, April 10th.   Join us as we will be hosting a special edition of the Shipyard Hour radio show on The Big Jab 96.3 LIVE at Hadlock Field!  Come hear Chris, Javier and Bruce, live and in person with their special guests, followed by the Sea Dogs home opener vs. the New Britain Rock Cats.  The gates open at Hadlock at 4pm and we will be broadcasting until 6pm, right up to the first pitch.  Even better, the broadcast will take place in the Shipyard Grill at the stadium and there will be a $4 special on all Shipyard products during the broadcast!!!  We will also be raffling off some great prizes and you can have the chance to ask questions directly to the crew… but you have to attend to get involved!

We have worked with the Sea Dogs to set up a special price for Friends of Shipyard for the game.  You can click the link below which will take you to the Sea Dogs Online Ticketing and a special promotional code will already be inserted which will allow you purchase a special priced $5 General Admission or $7 reserved seat ticket.  The reserved seating section is located in 213 and held for friends of Shipyard and the Big Jab, located right around the corner from the Shipyard Grill and the radio show.

Don’t miss this chance to join us for the Sea Dogs home opener, listen to the Shipyard Hour and enjoy some great Shipyard products… what could be better than that!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shipyard American Pale Ale Sails Into Port

Shipyard Brewing Company
Tami Kennedy
Cell:  207-838-0816

Shipyard Brewing Company Releases New Brew:  American Pale Ale Sails Into Port in April

PORTLAND, ME – (March 27, 2014) -- Shipyard Brewing Company’s newest beer, Shipyard American Pale Ale, will be available nationwide in April.  This refreshing session beer is bursting with grapefruit citrus flavor and features hops from the Pacific Northwest. 

Shipyard American Pale Ale was first released in 2013 in the United Kingdom through a unique partnership between Shipyard Brewing Company and Marston’s in the UK.  It turns out, beer drinkers across the pond love American beer (or “new world” beer as they call it) as much as we do.  Hundreds of draft lines of Shipyard American Pale Ale are flowing in the UK. 
Now, in 2014, Shipyard American Pale Ale is available in the US on draft and in bottles from sea to shining sea.   
Follow this link to learn more about this beer from Shipyard’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Bruce Forsley. 

More about Shipyard American Pale Ale:

Malt: English Pale, Whole Wheat
Hops:  Challenger, Chinook, Citra, Polaris, Huell Melon, Cascade, Centennial
Yeast:  Top-Fermenting English
Color:  Golden
OG:  1.046
ABV:  4.5%
IBUs:  55
Availability:  Year Round
Available: 12oz Bottles, 22oz Bottles, Kegs  

The suggested retail price is $8.99 for 6-packs and $16.99 for 12-packs.  

Why Marston’s?  Marston’s owns Ringwood Brewery where Shipyard’s Master Brewer Alan Pugsley first learned to brew.  American Pale Ale is the next stage of a partnership established between Ringwood and Shipyard to distribute Old Thumper in the US nearly 20 years ago.

Why the UK before the US?  The seed for American Pale Ale began to sprout on July 4, 2012 when Master Brewer Alan Pugsley travelled to England to celebrate American Independence Day with Marston’s by brewing a collaborative beer called Independence Pale Ale.  That celebratory beer quickly sold out and, based on customer demand for this American-style beer, American Pale Ale grew into the new interpretation of that first independence brew.  

About Shipyard Brewing Company:  Founded in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company is located on the historic waterfront in Portland, Maine and produces 17 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers.  Its products are distributed in over 40 states.  The Brewers Association ranks Shipyard as the 15th largest craft brewery in the U.S. and 23rd overall.  In 2013, the brewery produced 166,060 barrels (2,288,300 cases) of its award-winning brews. 

Shipyard Brewing Company is celebrating 20 years.  Don’t miss the Shipyard OldPort Summer Fest on Saturday, July 12 in Portland, Maine.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

April 10: Brewery to Open at Sea Dog in Clearwater, Florida

Sea Dog Brewing Company's head brewer in
Clearwater, Florida is Bobby Baker
Sea Dog Brewing Company Opens New Brewery in Clearwater, Florida:  Grand Opening Thursday, April 10th

CLEARWATER, FL – (March 24, 2014) – Sea Dog Brewing Company has announced its grand opening date of Thursday, April 10th for its new 20-barrel brewing system.  This 20-barrel system hails from the Shipyard Brewport which used to operate at the Orlando International Airport as the world’s first airport microbrewery.  

“Demand for Shipyard and Sea Dog beer here in Florida has been very strong and the craft beer movement continues to grow,” said owner Fred Forsley.  “We are very excited to be part of that growth and to be brewing in Florida again.”

The Sea Dog in Clearwater is located at 26200 US Highway 19 North.  The April 10th grand opening will run from 3:00pm until closing.  Tours of the facility, tastings and live music will be held throughout the day.  Food and beverage specials will include:  50 cent oysters, two-for-one award-winning Portuguese Chowder, $3 pints, $4 house wines, $6 signature drinks, and two-for-one select beers and spirits.

The Clearwater brewery will produce award-winning beer from Sea Dog and Shipyard Brewing Companies as well as special limited edition brews only available at the pub.  Florida native Bobby Baker is head brewer and the goal is to produce 10,000 barrels annually with room for expansion. 

In addition, the Sea Dog Brew Pub in Orlando will celebrate its one year anniversary the weekend of April 26.  Details about that will be posted at as the date gets closer.

About Sea Dog Brewing Company:  Sea Dog beers are brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British top-fermenting Ringwood yeast. Our English brewing style results in brews with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish.  Founded in 1993 on the coast of Maine, our crew brews a full line of award-winning handcrafted ales that capture the spirit of Maine's sea-faring history.   Pubs located in Maine (South Portland, Topsham, and Bangor) and Florida (Clearwater and Orlando). The Sea Dog Brew Pub in Clearwater opened in February 2013.

About Shipyard Brewing Company:  Founded in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company is located on the historic 
waterfront in Portland, Maine and produces 20 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers.  Its products are distributed in over 35 states.  The Brewers Association ranks Shipyard as the 15th largest craft brewery in the U.S. and 23rd overall.  In 2013, the brewery produced 160.060 barrels (2,288,300 cases) of its award-winning brews.


Contact:   Tami Kennedy  (Portland, Maine)  Cell:  207-838-0816

Dan Bolduc (Clearwater, Florida)  Cell: 207-420-0413


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Applehead Poached Apple Cake

WARNING: This cake is way too delicious and easy to make!

makes 8 – 10 servings

for poached apples
3 medium tart apples ~ approx 3 cups ~ peeled and cut into ½ in cubes
(Honey Crisp or Granny Smith work well)
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 – 12 oz bottle of Shipyard Applehead

for the cake
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt 

In a medium pot bring the Applehead, 3 tbsp sugar, and cinnamon to a slow simmer. Stir to melt sugar. Add the apples and simmer on medium for 15 – 20 minutes. Apples should be tender but not falling apart. Take the apples off heat and let cool. If you have time let apples sit up to an hour to absorb that delicious beer-filled goodness.

To make the cake, preheat oven to 300 F. Prepare a 9” x 5” loaf pan or round cake pan with butter or cooking spray.

In a large bowl cream the butter and cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well before adding each egg. Add the vanilla. Combine flour and salt, and gradually add to the butter mixture. Mix until batter is smooth.

Using a large slotted spoon transfer the cooled apples to the batter. Drain each spoonful before adding and combine into batter with a spatula.

Transfer batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 1½ hours or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes before transferring from pan to wire rack.

Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream, caramel sauce or enjoy it just as it is!

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