December 11, 2017
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Portland brewer to quadruple production with purchase of Sebago brewery

By Lori Valigra

Lone Pine Brewing Co., a relative newcomer to Maine’s craft brewing scene, already plans to quadruple production next year to more than 7,000 barrels in the former Sebago Brewing Co. location in Gorham.

Lone Pine bought the brewery in a Gorham industrial park last week. It announced the purchase on its Facebook page Monday afternoon.

Lone Pine plans to move into the 12,000-square-foot brewery early next year and start production at the end of January, Lone Pine co-founder John Paul told the Bangor Daily News. Sebago Brewing will remain in the facility until the first weeks of 2018, then move into a new and much larger facility nearby, according to the Facebook post.

“We haven’t been able to give our customers the quantities they want,” Paul said of the expansion. “This will make our core brands more accessible, plus we can expand with new beers.”

The brewery, which started 16 months ago in Portland’s East Bayside area, brews a dozen beers now, mostly American ales, IPAs and pale ales. Paul said he hopes to add more types of beers, including sours, which have become popular lately.

There will be no changes to Lone Pine’s tasting room and brewery in Portland for the time being, Paul said. The brewer has 3,000 square feet of space there, with 900 square feet dedicated to brewing. It also plans to add as many as seven new workers to its current 10 in Portland.

Under the private transaction, the sale price of the building and the brewing equipment inside was not disclosed.

Sebago Brewing’s new 31,000-square-foot facility is closer to its distributor, Nappi Distributors. Lone Pine also plans to use Nappi along with Central Distributors of Lewiston, Paul said.

Paul said Lone Pine could produce as many as 1,800 barrels this year, which would put it above the state’s limit for self-distribution of beer. The state allows brewers to self-distribute up to 50,000 gallons, or about 1,612 barrels.

The sale works well for the two brewers, as Lone Pine needed to expand and Sebago Brewing wanted to sell to another brewer, said Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers’ Guild.

“This result represents a win-win not only for two Maine brewers, but also the town of Gorham, which will undoubtedly see an increase in beer tourism as they begin to create a cluster of breweries in the area,” he said.

 


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