Casco Bay Brewing Company - Red Ale
- Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 23
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
In January 1998, Smith, Alex Fisher and Stew Maloney bought out half of the original ownership team, with Smith taking over all brewing operations (the latter two fellows are also the founders of Planet Dog, a retailer of dog toys and products based in Portland). In May of the same year the brewery introduced their Casco Bay Pilsner - it is the first beer under the Casco Bay brand name. Thus begins the new line of Casco Bay Brews, and their commitment to producing the world’s finest beers continues with renewed fever. With the introduction of Casco Bay Lager a few months later, they became the only brewery in northern New England committed to brewing year-round lager style beers. By the end of the year additional renovations were necessary and capacity was increased yet again.
In early 1999 all Katahdin beers were dis-continued, however one of the strongest, the Katahdin Red Ale, undergoes a slight recipe “tweaking” and is reborn as Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale. About a year later, Casco Bay bought the brand rights to Carrabassett beers, an already popular line of beers. This acquisition mandates that capacity be immediately increased from 8,500 to 11,000 barrels per year!
In March of 2002, Smith, Fisher, and Maloney bought out Bob Wade, the remaining half of the original ownership pair. Since then, the new team has been hard at work streamlining production and enhancing their now famous line of signature ales and lagers.
The Casco Bay Brewing Company has certainly gone through a lot from the time when we first featured them years ago. We’re proud to say that they have since grown to become the 3rd largest brewery in Maine. For more informa-tion about the brewery, check out their web site at: http://www.cascobaybrewing.com/, or pick up that funny little thing with the buttons on it and press these numbers: 207-797-2020.
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