As the year draws to an end, breweries often partake in the tradition making a special beer to offer in gratitude and thanks to friends and family. These beers tend to be a bit bigger, more brash, and complex than their normal offerings. However, it often feels like the modern world in which we live is already plenty big, brash, and complex. We decided to go down a different path for this beer.
We wanted to make a beer of simplicity and elegance, equally at home being enjoyed after a long day of work, a fun day of skiing, or sitting around the dinner table with friends. It was with this in mind that we chose to rebrew a beer that our friends have been asking us to bring back since it ran out last winter. Crisp, clean, and delicious, we decided to bring back the beer that launched our lager program, Helles.
To accompany this beer, we had to find the right name, which we did in Helles’ native tongue. The German word Gemütlichkeit (/ɡəˈmo͞otlikˌkīt/) has no direct English equivalent, but it is best described as a feeling of warmth, contentment, and happiness, embodying what we hope to share in this beer.
Thank you all, and we wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.
We were approached by our friends at MaineToday to help visualize and create something that celebrates part of what makes our home unique – the huge range of activities and adventures available right outside your door. From amazing camping and sailing, to world class concerts and restaurants, our home has it all!
To celebrate this, we wanted to make a bright, hoppy beer that you could enjoy during or after your adventures, but balanced with a lower ABV, to help stretch out those precious weekends even longer. We also wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks to one of the organizations that helps make our home so awesome, and something that all of our neighbors can enjoy. Thus, we are excited to be donating part of the profits from The Weekender to Portland Trails!
The Weekender is a session IPA, light in color but with a satisfying body, and hops that feature bright, fruity notes of citrus and white grape over a soft resiny character. Go ahead, enjoy your weekend just a bit more!
Malt: Pale, Pilsner, Maine-Grown 2-Row, Maine-Grown Flaked Wheat
Hops: Azacca, Cascade, Citra, Columbus, Magnum
Yeast: House British Ale
Brewing beer offers endless, fascinating possibilities. However, while the search for the next great combination of ingredients, techniques, and philosophy can inspire, it can also complicate with its infinite variations. Finding the right approach, where ideas can be evaluated, ingredients analyzed, and techniques tested is essential to the continued growth and understanding of our craft. To this end, we are happy to introduce Method, a series of rotating beers brewed to investigate these questions on a production scale, that will be offered as both draft and cans only in our tasting room.
Our first iteration, Method 1, is an India Pale Ale brewed to evaluate the effects of dry hopping at the earliest stages of fermentation. Brewed with a simple grist of pale malt and approximately 15% flaked barley, and featuring Citra, Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus, we introduced half of the dry hops into the fermenter on the day we brewed the beer, simultaneously with our house yeast. The end result is an incredibly fruity, aromatic IPA with startling clarity for a beer that contains unmalted grains and was never fined or filtered.
Final Gravity: 2.2ºP
Grist: Pale Malt, Maine-grown Pale Malt, Flaked Barley
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Columbus, Magnum
Yeast: House British
We have tapped our first kegs of a beer that is in a bit of a different direction for us at Foundation Brewing Company. Our brewers have been really excited to make this, and have been patiently waiting for its release. We are now pouring our first production size batch of a lager, a German style Helles.
Helles is German for “Light,” referring to the bright golden color of the beer, certainly not the taste. First brewed in Bavaria as a response to the success of pilsners, Helles is the beer you will most likely see the locals quaffing if you are traveling around Munich. To keep with tradition, we brewed ours with 100% German malts and hops, and a traditional German Lager strain. The resulting beer is an amazing balance of rich, bready malt and delicate, spicy hops. This is the type of beer that just seems to disappear in a satisfying, effortless way. Our Helles will be available at the brewery for samples, as growlers and howlers to go, and a limited amount will be going out as draft to distribution. Don’t wait too long, or our staff will drink it all before you get a chance!
Foundation Brewing Brick City Rauchbier Commemorates Portland’s Great Fire of 1866
Portland, ME (July 1, 2016) – Foundation Brewing Company in Portland, ME is releasing a special beer on Fourth of July weekend in its tasting room at One Industrial Way. This beer, named Brick City, is a Rauch, or Smoke Beer, created to pay homage to the City of Portland on the 150th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1866. On July 4 of that year, the celebrations went awry, and a fire broke out in the commercial district, sweeping through much of the city built on what current residents call the “Peninsula.” The fire destroyed a third of the city, killed two people, destroyed over 1,500 buildings and left 10,000 people homeless. The debris from the fire was used to build what is now much of the waterfront along Commercial Street and the Fore River, and all new construction in this area was of brick and stone to prevent future fires. This forever changed the city, creating the brick warehouses that make up the heart of the Old Port. To honor its rebirth, the City’s seal includes a phoenix and the motto “Resurgam” which means “I shall rise again.”
Brewed with beechwood smoked malt and Munich malt, and fermented with a lager yeast, Brick City pours a golden orange color. The aroma and flavor is of a pleasing smokiness overlaid with a warm malt presence, finishing clean and balanced. This beer would pair wonderfully with any smoked seafood or meats, or a nice cheddar or semi-soft cheese.
Brick City is a limited, small batch beer that will be available for tastings in the Foundation Brewing tasting room at One Industrial Way on Sunday, July 3rd from 12-5p and Monday, July 4th from 12-4p. Portions of the proceeds from sales of the beer will be donated to the Portland Fire Department.
Two weeks ago, we were able to put a fresh batch of Zuurzing, our Sour Farmhouse Ale, on draft at the brewery. Soured in the kettle with lactobacillus, brewed with American Hops, and fermented with our house Belgian yeast, the result is light, bright, tart, citrusy, and ridiculously delicious. We hope you will come and check it out at the brewery, where samples and growlers to go will be available for the next few weeks.
This year, we decided a beer as fantastic and refreshing as Zuurzing deserved the royal treatment. How? That’s easy…
We put it in a summer friendly package. Watch for Zuurzing cans to make their debut this summer!
There are certain beer styles that speak to us as brewers. Some we appreciate for their balance and restraint, others for their expression of place. And then there are some styles, like Russian Imperial Stouts, that are about intensity. As brewers, we love the challenge of binding together these strong, bold flavors to make a complex, intriguing, and delicious beer.
In February of 2015, we released our Russian Imperial Stout, called Forge, to celebrate our first year of production. We loved making this beer so much, we knew we had to do it again, and we are excited to be able to share Forge again this year!
Jet black, potent, and brimming with roasted malt and chocolate flavors, Forge is everything we love in a big stout. However, this year, we are offering a slight twist from last year. We are releasing it in 4-packs of 12 oz cans at the end of December, just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Our second release of Prototype is a beer style that is credited with being born in Vermont. Often called a Cascadian Dark Ale on the West Coast, or an American Style Dark Ale by the Brewers Association, we prefer to call it a Black IPA because it gets right to the core of what the beer is about. Whatever you call the style, at its heart, this beer maintains the body and high impact hop profile of an American IPA, while simultaneously caressing it with the richness of dark roasted grains.
Looking to balance and harmonize these intense flavors, we looked to the culinary world. There, we found the classic flavor pairing that was the final inspiration for this beer: Chocolate and Citrus.
We built this Prototype on a malt base of pale, crystal, and chocolate malts, and used a blend of citrusy and fruity hop varieties layered throughout the boil, and again in the dry hop. The aroma of sweet citrus blooms from the glass. The first sip contains the expected upfront bitterness of an IPA, and then meanders through malt, citrus and fruit. Finishing smooth, light, and slightly chocolatey, this Prototype hides the 8% ABV.
We had a blast making this beer, and hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we do. Cheers!
Moveable Type is a farmhouse ale created in the tradition of an old world saison. We began by brewing a provision strength ale, which we then cellared for over a year with Brettanomyces. During the months of cellaring, our saison yeast and the brettanomyces worked together to create a beer rich in tropical fruit notes, balanced by an underlying earthiness. Bottle conditioned, the beer will continue to evolve. This movement in flavor is something we love about farmhouse ales, like a printer’s type, periodically reset to tell a new story.
Moveable Type is a 7.8% ABV farmhouse ale.
Brewed: September 2, 2014
Bottled: August 9, 2015
Release: October 31, 2015
One of the best parts of brewing is taking an idea and helping to make that concept a reality. Inspiration can come come from many places – sometimes it arrives from out of nowhere, like a lightning bolt of realization. Other times it can be something familiar seen in a new light. Or, sometimes developing something new comes from a careful and measured process, executed one step at a time. To move these new ideas from a concept to a reality, we make a Prototype.
Available in cans, Prototype is the 16 oz. physical manifestations of these ideas, designed to be shared and enjoyed. This series of beers will vary from batch to batch, allowing you to join us in the creative process. The cans will be stamped with their packaged date and the style of beer on the bottom. We will also have notes and specifications for each batch of Prototype on our website, organized by date. Come share with us the thrill of exploration and discovery!