Casco Bay Brewing Company - Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale)

Casco Bay Brewing Company - Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale)

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United States

Alcohol by Volume:

6.50%

Casco Bay Brewing Company - Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale)

  • Alcohol by Volume: 6.50%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 34
  • Serving Temperature: 45-52° F
  • Suggested Glassware: Oversized Wine Glass
  • Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramunich II, Chocolate, Wheat, Castle Aromatic
  • Hops: Cascade
As you might imagine, Maine is a great place to source a hearty, well-made, wintertime brew. Expect resinous hop notes, quite like candied orange peel, with a smack of cherries. On the palate, moderate bitterness grows in intensity as the finish approaches, with prominent citrus notes appearing in between. Look for notes of dark fruits—not quite plum, not entirely cherry, but somewhere between the two. Finishes with a warming, scotch-like note. Try pairing with chocolate-coated figs.
The Casco Bay Brewing Company opened on Maine's Portland coast in the spring of 1994. An inspirational bit of trivia: one of their part time bottlers eventually became owner, president and brewmaster. No kidding! In early 1995, Bryan Smith came aboard a few hours a week to help bottle beer, but it seemed that he had bigger plans in mind. Within five months, Smith had worked his way up to brewer. Pretty impressive… In September of 1997, Smith left the brewery temporarily to beef up his brewing chops by attending the American Brewers Guild brewing school at UC Davis. In January 1998, Bryan and two others bought out half of the original ownership team, with Bryan taking over all brewing operations. Four years later, in March of 2002, the three bought out the remaining half of the original ownership pair. Since then, the new team has been hard at work keeping up with demand, streamlining production and enhancing their now famous line of signature ales and lagers. For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (207) 797-2020 or check out their web site at www.cascobaybrewing.com.
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