September Brewery of the Month…Shipyard Brewing Company
After a short hiatus, Grapes and Grains is back with the monthly feature of “Brewery of the Month!” For September’s Brewery of the Month, we travel to the east coast to Maine’s largest brewery…Shipyard Brewing Company.
Founded in 1994, Shipyard has grown into the 19th largest craft brewer in the United States and is capable of bottling and packaging 6,000 cases per day! Throughout the year Shipyard produces a handful of year-round, seasonal and signature series beers. Shipyard specializes in traditional English style ales including their flagship “Export Ale.” Here is a look at the line-up of currently available styles!
EXPORT ALE: A traditional Export Ale with a healthy amount of sweet malt flavor and distinctive hop flavors that give it a clean finish. Export Ales pair nicely with pork, chicken and seafood dishes…especially oysters!
OLD THUMPER: Brewed as an English Bitter Style, Old Thumper has won numerous beer competition awards throughout the world! Labeled as “A Beast of a Beer,” Old Thumper is full bodied with a creamy, sweet malt flavor and a nice touch of floral hops. Old Thumper would accompany any hearty stew, casseroles or soup.
SHIPYARD IPA: A bit milder IPA, using only one type of hops to create a crisp and clean IPA without that mind-blowing sensory overload! IPA’s are always nice when paired with grilled fish, chicken or pork, as well as summer salads!
SIGNATURE SERIES XXXX IPA: This is an IPA lover’s dream come true! The blend of 4 different hops and 4 different malts creates a monster IPA with hints of citrus and grapefruit. The hops balance perfectly with the full bodied malt flavors. Pairs well with spicy foods: cajun spiced, blackened meats or spicy BBQ sauces.
SIGNATURE SERIES IMPERIAL PORTER: This Imperial Porter is as dark as the night with flavors of roasted almonds, roasted malts and mild hop aromas and flavors. There are even hints of coffee and dark chocolate! Pairs well with hearty foods and you could even try with a few desserts like chocolate cheesecake or Tiramisu.
SIGNATURE SERIES BARLEY WINE: Barley Wines are traditionally one of the most full bodied and malty styles of beers produced. Produced using 6 different malts, this brew has a nice amber-red color with flavors of dried fruits, caramel flavors and a nice dose of hops to cut some of the sweetness on the finish. Great paired with full bodied and sharp cheeses.
For more information about Shipyard Brewing Company visit their website: http://www.shipyard.com/