Sebago Brewing Company
High quality craft beers, all brewed with American malt, hops and crisp water
Since 1998, Sebago Brewing Company has been offering unique, high quality craft beers, all brewed with American malt, hops, and crisp water from Maine's Sebago Lake. What began as a single brewpub in Scarborough, Maine in 1998, quickly expanded to three additional brewpubs and restaurants in Portland, Gorham, and Kennebunk, all centralized in the southeastern region of Maine.
Sebago co-owners Brad Monarch, Kai Adams, and Tim Haines first met in 1996. At the time, Brad and Tim were managers at the mall-side restaurant, Chili’s. Kai was working here as a server, trying to learn how to run a restaurant in order to open his own brewpub one day.
In college, Kai Adams, current co-owner and brewmaster of Sebago Brewing Company, found his way into the business when he got a job at a local brewery while still attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. At 22, Kai was diagnosed with Hodgkin disease and moved home to his fathers house where he could undergo radiation treatment. When in remission, the Maine native began working the bottle line at Geary’s until he became the brewermaster at the original Sea Dog Brew Pub in Camden. After honing his skills for a number of years, he was ready to branch out on his own.
After two years of working together at Chili’s, the three men had raised enough money and were ready to make their move, bringing life to the first Sebago Brewing brewpub in South Portland. They combined their knowledge and skills of management/managing employees, food service, and hospitality to create a comfortable place where everyone felt welcome and could have fun. Over two decades later and the three partners still follow their original goals: to create good food, delicious beer, and make Sebago Brewing a fun place to work and hang out.
Sebago Brewing Company opened the Destination Brewery production site in Gorham, Maine in 2005, which is home to the brewery, tasting room, and company head quarters. At this location, guests can enjoy free brewery tours before entering the tasting room, which generally features 16 taps of classic, seasonal, and specialty Sebago beers.
Since opening the Gorham location, Sebago has continued working to expand their distribution on the east coast. The craft brewery offers five year round beers and a number of seasonal and special one-time brews that are available in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. All four Sebago brewpubs offer their full line of beers - fresh from the tanks in the production brewery in Gorham, Maine. Along with the beers, all four Sebago brewpubs located in Portland, Scarborough, Kennebunk, and Gorham serve a full food menu, including dishes made in their wood-fired oven from locally sourced ingredients.
Sebago Brewing is known for its Frye’s Leap IPA, one of the earliest American style IPAs in Maine, and a local favorite. The beer was named after the cliff that legend says Captain Joseph Frye jumped off of in a 1785 effort to escape Native Americans who were chasing him. He swam across the channel to what has now come to be known as Frye Island. The Frye’s Leap IPA is an intense experience with its American caramel malt, and unique and intense dry-hopped aroma of pine and grapefruit. The golden beer is as exciting as its name makes it out to be.
Their other world class, year round beers consist of: Haze FWD, a New England IPA; Simmer Down, a Session Ale; Runabout Red, an American Amber Ale; Lake Trout Stout, a creamy and classic Stout as the name suggests; and the Saddleback Ale, a Light Ale.
The brewers are constantly innovating by introducing new beers and styles through limited releases and frequent small batches served at their tasting rooms and brewpubs. They have even tried their hand at sour beers creating the Racking My Brain sour beer, and Milking the Clock kettle sour. We’re so excited to be able to share some of their incredible beers with you through our craft beer club.