Gemütlichkeit, a Helles Lager for Friends

GemutlichkeitAs 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.

The Weekender (Session IPA) Release

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

ABV: 4.5%

Introducing Method 1

Method 1Brewing 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.

ABV: 7.1%

Final Gravity: 2.2ºP

Grist: Pale Malt, Maine-grown Pale Malt, Flaked Barley

Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Columbus, Magnum

Yeast:  House British

We hope you will join us as we celebrate our third anniversary this Saturday, March 18th from noon-7pm (normal open hours). We have a fun day planned, with a new beer, special previews, and some kegs from our cellar!

We’ve raided our cellar to have special taps on all day.  Our new sour red, Magnus, will be on tap, in anticipation of the bottle release scheduled for April 15th. Our brand new Klein Bruin will also be on tap. Klein Bruin is a sour brown ale, tart, bright and lemony with a toasty malt finish (the name means “small brown” in Dutch). We have just one log left of Pomology: Apricot, so that will be samples only, as well as Pomology: Cherry. (Don’t worry, this year’s batch of Pomology: Apricot has already been re-brewed and is aging!) With such a limited supply, some of the beers on tap will run out early in the day, but we have other beers lined up to fill those lines when that happens!

Our third anniversary glasses are a similar style to the glass from last year, with a new color and a year 3.  They are available at the brewery for $7. Tacos del Seoul will be on the patio, serving up their wonderful Korean/Mexican fusion, including some special menu offerings.  Our friend, The Professah, will be in-house spinning his eclectic collection of Reggae vinyl.

Opening Tap List:
(Samples + Growler (64oz) + Howler (32oz) Fills available unless noted)
1. Epiphany (Maine IPA)
2. Venture (Maine IPA)
3. Afterglow (American IPA)
4. Riverton Flyer (Pilsner) *Samples only, cans available
5. Burnside (Brown Ale)
6. Klein Bruin (Sour Brown)
7. White Cap (Barrel-Aged Wild Saison) *Howlers and Samples
8. Magnus (Sour Red) *Samples only
9. Pomology: Apricot (Sour Ale with Apricots – only one log!) *Samples only
10. Pomology: Cherry (Barrel-Aged Sour Cherry Ale – two logs) *Samples only
11. Forge 2015 (Russian Imperial Stout – one log) *Howlers and Samples

When some of those kegs kick, we’ll also have on Zuurzing (Sour Farmhouse) and Fading Light (Dark Ale with Brett, *Howlers and Samples).

* Special preview of Magnus on Friday night!  (That’s tonight!)

Our new canning line has been busy, and we’ll also have the following cans available to-go: Epiphany (small amount), Venture, Afterglow, Riverton Flyer, Bedrock and Burnside.  There is also a limited number of Dark Side Corruption (Oak-Aged Ale) and Mortimer (Stock Ale) bottles available to-go.

We are also excited to be introducing a new collaboration product in our merchandise area — fleece pullovers with the Foundation Brewing logo from local manufacturer, American Roots. These fleeces are 100% American-made, union-made in their small factory right here in Portland, Maine!

We hope to see you on Saturday!  Thanks for your support and enthusiasm for our beers throughout the last three years.

Team Foundation

Mortimer Bottle Release – Saturday, December 31st

Mortimer bottles

We are very excited to present Mortimer, our tribute to stock ales, strong brews long aged to develop rich and complex flavors. Though not our first barrel-aged beer release, this was the first beer we put in oak.  Our patience was rewarded.

Mortimer was initially conceived as kin to our Imperial Stout, Forge, but with a softer roast character to balance the flavors of the wild yeasts and bacteria introduced during the cellaring.  The beer was aged in previously used Jim Beam barrels for over 18 months, and then bottle conditioned for another 10 months.  The long slumber has matured the beer, allowing for the development of cherry and dark fruit flavors that meld with the cacao, soft vanilla and bourbon notes from the barrel and malts. Shockingly light for such a big beer, the rich flavors are met with a soft acidity that cleans the palate, inviting you back for another sip.  Mortimer is a tribute to the power of patience and time, and is the perfect beer to enjoy as we contemplate the year that is passing, and look forward to the promise of the one to come.

Mortimer is a tasting room release due to the limited amount available.  It will be released on December 31st.

Mortimer – Stock Ale
Brewed: June 2014
Bottled: February 2016
Released: December 31, 2016
ABV: 12.5%

New Epiphany Can Line Process

We canned a fresh batch of Epiphany on our new canning line yesterday which will be out in stores throughout Maine this week, and for our tasting room allocation – half will be released on WEDNESDAY and half on FRIDAY instead of Saturday because of the holiday.

It’s cold out there! We appreciate you making the trek out to the industrial park for cans and growlers, and to visit our tasting room, and to make your visit more pleasant in this winter weather, we are trying a new process this week for the Epiphany can release. We will be handing out line number cards, starting at 10am. Come, get a card which will be your “place” in line. Feel free to sit in your warm car, go grab a beer at Allagash when they open at 11am, run some holiday errands, or try something tasty at a food truck once they open (Tacos del Seoul on Wednesday and The Muthah Truckah on Friday). One card per person. We want everything to be as fair as possible, so we won’t be allowing anyone to take an extra card for a friend, or similar.  Having a number does not guarantee you will be able to buy Epiphany. Some people buy their whole case allocation, but a lot of people only buy a few 4-packs.  It will depend on how many packs each person in front of you bought.

Our tasting room doors will open at Noon, and we will be selling cans at the back of the tasting room starting with ticket number one. Cans will only be available at the back table (along with bottles to go). Growlers, bottles and samples will be available at the front bar while you wait for your number to be called. We will have a large screen that will display the current number being served so you can keep an eye on it from anywhere in the tasting room. Our tasting room greeter will be able to give you a time estimate for when your number will be called so that you can budget your time appropriately.

We will have the following cans and bottles available.

CANS: Epiphany, Venture, Afterglow, Burnside and Forge

BOTTLES: Dark Side Corruption, Panoptic, Fading Light (500ml) and 2014 Forge (750ml)

We hope this new process will make your visit enjoyable and without any hassle (and warm!). We welcome any feedback.  Feel free to share with our tasting room staff, or email

Our hours this week on Wednesday-Friday are 12p-7p and on Saturday, special holiday hours of 12-4p.  We’ll be closed on Sunday for Christmas, and open Monday for holiday-week-chillaxing from 12-7pm.


Team Foundation

Lager Launch

helles lagerWe 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!

Introducing Brick City Smoked Beer

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.

Zuurzing is Back On Tap, But We’re Not Stopping There!

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…

Zuurzing Can Label

We put it in a summer friendly package. Watch for Zuurzing cans to make their debut this summer!

Foundation Brewing Company Expands at One Industrial Way

One Industrial Way

Portland, ME (May 9, 2016) – Foundation Brewing Company in Portland, ME will be growing at the current location on One Industrial Way starting this month with the expansion into three additional spaces formerly occupied by Bissell Brothers Brewing. This expansion will bring Foundation’s current space to a total of 7,500 sq. ft. and give the brewery the opportunity to expand its tasting room space, install additional fermentation capacity, and expand its packaging capability.

John Bonney, co-founder of the brewery that opened in the One Industrial Way location in 2014 says, “We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to launch our brewery here, and being part of this community, which has become known simply as ‘The Park,’ has been simply amazing from day one.  From the very origins of the Craft Beer industry in Maine, to the latest riffs on diverse and divergent beer styles, the energy and enthusiasm for Craft Beer and its culture is palpable here like nowhere else.”

The new tasting room will be expanded in both size and hours. Behind the scenes growth will include creating more efficiencies in operation work spaces and the opportunity for additional growth in 2017.  Joel Mahaffey, co-founder and Head Brewer, says he is looking forward to “expanding the fermentation capacity that will allow us to brew our popular beers more frequently. The expansion will give us the opportunity to bring out new brands that support our focus on using classic styles as the inspiration for brewing beers that push conventional boundaries.” The brewery operates a 15 bbl brewhouse and has a current fermentation capacity of 180 bbls. They release fresh cans of popular brands like Epiphany, their Maine IPA, and Wanderlust, a hoppy Farmhouse ale, about every three weeks. The brewery anticipates being able to increase the frequency of their canning operations with the expansion.

One Industrial Way has been an incubator for many other successful breweries, including Rising Tide Brewing, Maine Beer Company and Bissell Brothers.  Allagash Brewing Company is located across the street, and Austin Street Brewery, who started in 2014 as well, is located on the opposite side of the One Industrial Way building. Along with their neighbors on the other side of the Park, Geary’s Brewing and New England Distilling, the Industrial Park has become a mecca for beer tourists visiting the Portland area as well as a fun place for locals to enjoy Portland’s exciting craft beer scene.

Foundation will be updating its supporters as the building phase begins through social media channels and its website,  The brewery anticipates being able to open its new tasting room early to mid summer, and is not planning any significant tasting room closures during the construction.

About Foundation Brewing Company

Founded in 2012 by Joel & Christie Mahaffey and John & Tina Bonney, Foundation opened in 2014 at One Industrial Way in Portland, Maine. They use classic styles as the inspiration for brewing exciting beers that push conventional boundaries. Foundation is well known for their Maine IPA, Epiphany, a double IPA dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra and Ella hops and designed to showcase the glorious flavor and aromatics of hops without any astringent bitterness. Other popular beers include Afterglow (an American IPA), Wanderlust (a Hoppy Farmhouse Ale), Burnside (a Brown Ale), Eddy (a Saison), Blaze (a Farmhouse IPA), and Forge (a Russian Imperial Stout).  Foundation distributes throughout Maine with Mariner Beverages, and to limited areas in Massachusetts and Vermont. Learn more at or on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook @foundationbrew.

Joel Mahaffey, Co-Founder and Head Brewer
(207) 370-8187