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What’s The Date Again?

October 1, 2020

Recently, we’ve made a bit of a change to the equipment on our canning line. After four years with our former date code printer, we made the decision to switch to a different model. Because our cans will now look a little different, we want to share what was behind the decision and where to […]

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Notice Regarding 2/4/20 Burnside Cans

May 31, 2020

Foundation Fans, It is with regret that we are announcing we are pulling cans of Burnside with a package date of Feb. 4, 2020 from the market.  This week we discovered a risk of over-carbonated cans due to continued fermentation in samples our brewery laboratory maintained warm as part of our normal quality checks. Care […]

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Notice Regarding Sparkle’s My Jam

March 13, 2020

Foundation Fans, It is with regret that we are announcing we are pulling cans of Sparkle’s My Jam from the market.  This week we discovered a risk of over-carbonated cans due to continued fermentation in samples our brewery laboratory maintained warm as part of our normal quality checks. Care should be taken if you have […]

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Our Response to Covid-19

March 13, 2020

March 18, 2020 Update Hello again friends! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support you have shown us so far. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now, onto new things! We have been busy behind the scenes. In addition to our pickup window for beer, we have added online ordering for pickup, and will […]

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Sylvan Spell – Ode to the Forest

February 7, 2020

Sylvan Spell is a beer celebrating the subtle magic of the American forest.  After sourcing freshly dumped 12-year-old American oak whisky barrels, we wanted to make a beer that showed off their wonderful character, so we filled them with an imperial stout, and let them rest patiently for over 2 years.  During that time, the […]

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White Cap – Opportunity knocks

February 7, 2020

Saisons have always been about making something wonderful out of what was on hand, and White Cap followed this tradition.  Having recently emptied some bourbon barrels we had used a couple times for a different beer, and knowing most of their spirit character was now gone, we considering retiring the barrels, but that did not […]

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Wild Ride – Pilsner evolved

February 6, 2020

Wild Ride is an evolution of our pilsner, Riverton Flyer.  Starting in 2017, we filled a stainless tank with this delightful lager and added some carefully selected strains of Brettanomyces. Sitting back, and letting the slow secondary aging process take shape, the beer fermented even more, going in at 5.5% ABV, and reaching 6.7%. A […]

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Gabriel – With Love from our Brewery to You

December 1, 2019

Many of the smaller, family-owned breweries in Europe have a tradition of brewing a special beer at the end of the year as a thank you to family and friends. We joined in this tradition a couple years ago, and have enjoyed the opportunity to share something special with our community at the holidays. Looking […]

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A Taste of the Holidays – Nog Nog, Who’s There?

November 24, 2019

When you have a chance to make a fun beer with good friends, you’ve gotta do it. Particularly when the recipe provides you a chance to pull out a terrible dad joke.  A few weeks back, we were talking with Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez, the chef/owners at Piccolo and Chaval in Portland, kicking around […]

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Welcoming Brother Benno – Our Dunkel Lager

November 6, 2019

Dunkels are cool beers. The OGs of lagers, and one of the world’s great session beers, Dunkels come across as a mashup of a porter and a lighter lager, rich and satisfying enough to keep you interested, but light enough to quench your thirst all night long. Originally brewed from a style of malt so closely […]

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Ember Emerges

November 1, 2019

Fall is our favorite time of year here in Maine. The cool, crisp weather begs for exploration – it’s time to get out as much as possible before winter takes over. Walking under a canopy of trees, their leaves exploding in color from greens to yellows, oranges, and reds is one of our favorite things, […]

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Folding Cranes – beauty in simplicty

July 22, 2019

At Foundation Brewing Company, we strive to create beer that is delicious, easy to enjoy, and worthy of esteem.  We also seek to challenge ourselves to make fantastic beer while exploring all the wonderful permutations that exist in the art of brewing.  This is something we call full-spectrum brewing. One area of brewing we have […]

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Everyone loves stickers!

April 15, 2019

You may notice a change in some of our cans soon. In the next few weeks, we will be transitioning to all stickered brite (blank/silver) cans. We thought you might enjoy learning a bit about the business of being a small, craft brewery, and wanted to share our story for making this change. When we […]

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This One Sparks Joy – Old Nation Brewing Collaboration

April 1, 2019

We first met the crew from Michigan’s Old Nation Brewing the day after Thanksgiving in 2017.  A few beers and emails later, the collab called ME-MI was conceived, and in February 2018, we brewed that beer at Old Nation. This year, we had the pleasure to invite them out to Portland, and we brewed our […]

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Kizmatic – 3 beers, 3 fruits, and 3 years in the making

March 2, 2019

Kismet – \ ˈkiz-ˌmet  , -mət\ – noun – definition: fate, destiny, doom   Kizmatic – \ kiz-’ma-tik \ – noun – a beer created by fate, destiny, and doom.   When we started our barrel program, we had a clear vision for some of the beers we wanted to make. Magnus, our sour red, […]

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Everything Ventured

February 16, 2019

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I heard this more times than I can count as a kid. It was one of those things my mother would say before she would nudge me towards some new endeavor. It always felt like something she probably heard a million times from her parents, a bit of wisdom passed down […]

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Beer & Cheese event with Winter Hill Farm

February 1, 2019

Join us on Friday, February 8th for our third annual Beer & Cheese event. Winter Hill Farm will be joining us with five cheeses paired with our beers. The pairings will include a broad variety of beer styles, giving you the opportunity to see the range of flavors that can be paired with cheese. This […]

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Citrabot and Galacticon Go to 11

January 26, 2019

The concept for our Triple IPAs was born in the hop fields of the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I was a guest of our friends at Willamette Valley Hops, and had the privilege to watch acres of hops being harvested and picked. It was truly incredible, but the most memorable part of the whole experience […]

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How a Mindstorm spawned a Dreamboat

January 11, 2019

We tend to think of hops and the flavors they bring musically. The fruity, sweet and floral flavors so sought after in modern IPAs are called the treble of the hops.  The darker, greener and danker flavors we like to call the bass of the hops.  Just like in music, you can do some fun stuff for a […]

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Spiffy Release Date Postponed

December 28, 2018

Spiffy is not ready to be packaged today which is several days past our scheduled target date. It is close, but it is just not quite there, and “close” is not what we strive to do at Foundation. We also can’t tell you when it is going to be done, because if it was up […]

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Forge and Cran-Orange Jam Release 11/10/18

November 9, 2018

We were so psyched to see Forge return for 2018, that we had to add a little extra love.  Cran-Orange Jam, the latest iternation of our My Jam series is making its debut as well.  We had Liam and Joel give us a quick rundown on the beers in a short video.  We hope you […]

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Ember Returns, Fall 2018

October 29, 2018

One of the things we love about living in Maine is the rhythm of the seasons.  The constant cycle of transition and renewal makes us think about what has been, and what is to come. Brewed every fall, the thought behind this beer is based on one of Joel’s favorite recipes from before we opened […]

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Introducing Prototype 7

September 20, 2018

Prototype is our series of beers to give us a chance to stretch out and explore.  New ingredients, new techniques, new flavor combinations are all fair game. For the 7th iteration of this series, we wanted to explore Denali, a hop that comes across to us as a fascinating combination of pineapple and dankness.  We […]

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Gretel Oktoberfest Lager

August 29, 2018

Munich is famous for many of its traditions revolving around beer, but none is bigger than Oktoberfest. Originally a celebration of a royal wedding, it has morphed into a two week long festival of beer, music, and traditional foods. This was when the rich, amber lagers brewed in March, called Märzen, would be rolled out […]

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Introducing Method 5

July 27, 2018

What exactly is a Brut IPA? We have been hearing about a new approach to IPA that has been coming out of Northern California. They are very different from the more traditional “West Coast” style IPAs that tend to focus more on the balance of malt to bitterness. The concept here is to take the […]

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Sömmerfest Weizen

July 21, 2018

In Southern Germany, a place that defines the tradition of brewing Lagers, Hefeweizen, the local name for the unfiltered wheat beers common in the area, are a bit of a throwback. A historical oddity that continues to thrive, they are a study in contrasts; hazy yet light, rich yet crisp, fruity yet spicy. This alchemy […]

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Feeling Zesty!

June 8, 2018

Welcoming, friendly, authentic. These are some of the traits that we aspire to live up to every day in the brewery and personally. Being able to meet people from diverse walks of life and connect with them over a tasty beer is one of the greatest rewards of our profession. Wanting to celebrate the ideas […]

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Briar Release

May 3, 2018

Briar, the latest release from our barrel cellar, will be hitting the tasting room on Saturday, May 5th. Starting as a light ale soured and fermented in stainless with blackberries and raspberries, Briar was further aged in neutral oak barrels with Brettanomyces. Pouring a rich red color, the nose opens with the berries, finishing with […]

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Maple Madness at East Ender

March 24, 2018

This weekend we are celebrating Maple Madness at East Ender in downtown Portland with three dish pairings all weekend.  The awesome chefs have shared a recipe for one of the dishes with us, Gratin of Local Yukon Gold Potatoes & Raclette. The cheese sauce was amazing, and my personal favorite was how the thinly sliced cornichons added […]

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Gemütlichkeit, a Helles Lager for Friends

December 12, 2017

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 […]

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The Weekender (Session IPA) Release

November 2, 2017

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 […]

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Introducing Method 1

September 28, 2017

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. […]

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Special taps on all day

March 17, 2017

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 […]

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Mortimer Bottle Release – Saturday, December 31st

December 30, 2016

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 […]

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New Epiphany Can Line Process

December 20, 2016

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 […]

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Lager Launch

September 1, 2016

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. […]

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Introducing Brick City Smoked Beer

July 1, 2016

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 […]

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

May 12, 2016

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 […]

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Foundation Brewing Expands

May 9, 2016

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 […]

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Forge 2015 December Release

December 23, 2015

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 […]

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Prototype (Canning Date 11.3.15 – Black IPA)

November 3, 2015

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 […]

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Moveable Type

October 28, 2015

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, […]

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Introducing the Prototype Series

October 1, 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 […]

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Introducing Afterglow

September 11, 2015

Exploration is part of what drives us. It is hard work, with unexpected twists and turns that bring new knowledge and revelations. Exploration can also lead to a deeper appreciation of classic approaches and techniques. At Foundation Brewing, we seek to build on the classics while weaving in new elements. When it all comes together, […]

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Zuurzing is Back at the Brewery

August 14, 2015

Few things taste as good on a hot day as a cold beer. While modern saisons have taken their place in the spectrum of craft beers as complex, highly expressive and nuanced brews, their origins were very much the drink of the working man. After spending hours working out in the sun, a farmer and […]

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Epiphany and Wanderlust Can & Draft Update

August 7, 2015

Thanks everyone for coming yesterday, you crushed our supply of Epiphany cans and made a huge dent in our supply of Wanderlust cans. Retailers in Maine are getting their cans over the next few days, so if you missed out, check with your favorite local beer store to find out when they’ll be arriving. We still […]

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Brewery Expansion and Summer Session Brewfest

July 21, 2015

As summer hits its stride in Maine, there are some great events happening this weekend and we hope you’ll join us. We also have some exciting new beer offerings on the horizon here at Foundation. First, to answer the frequently asked question, yes, we will be able to increase production in the near future. Some […]

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Epiphany Maine IPA Release

December 26, 2014

Every day brings an opportunity to learn something new.  We experiment with new ingredients, techniques, and ideas, constantly seeking to learn more.  When that sudden spark of inspiration ignites the fuel provided by this quest, you have Epiphany.  We are proud to introduce Epiphany as our vision of what an IPA can be. We have […]

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Infused Saison (with Sorrel leaves)

November 13, 2014

This weekend we’re excited to be serving a sorrel-infused saison, prepared in collaboration with David D’Angelo from Hawk Farm in Vassalboro. David has been supplying all of our raw grain needs and he has also been a big fan of our infused beers. A few weeks ago, David mentioned that he had some Sorrel coming […]

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Burnside on Coffee and the Foreside Tavern & Side Bar

October 16, 2014

COFFEE.  A quick look around shows how deeply coffee has sunk into our culture. First thing in the morning, you grab a coffee. Coffee is what you drink at work to keep you going. It is what you drink when you are meeting with an old friend when grabbing a beer is not an option. […]

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Terroir – Local Harvest Saison

October 2, 2014

Terroir is a French word that refers to the impact that the local geography, climate, and soil composition has on agricultural goods. This can produce marked variation among even genetically identical plants.  It is, in a word, the expression of place. When you can taste that in your food, that is terroir. We live and […]

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Infusion Series: White Peppercorns

September 21, 2014

This week, we are happy to introduce a new infusion, white pepper. Originating from India, and prized for its ability to enhance the flavor of food, pepper has been traded for millennia and has become an integral part of many cuisines. The pepper plant produces three different types of pepper. Black, the type most people […]

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The Ember Story

August 20, 2014

This coming weekend, we’ll be pouring the first batch we’ve brewed of Ember since opening in February. We’re excited to pour this beer for a lot of reasons — we’ve been planning this as our fall seasonal since before we opened, and it’s finally time to start brewing it. It was a favorite homebrew recipe of mine […]

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Infusion Series: Anise & Orange Zest, Basil

August 14, 2014

A few weeks ago, my wife Tina had been down in the Old Port earlier in the day with our boys on a shopping trip. Usually the boys could think of nothing that would be less appealing, but she told them they were going to be in the neighborhood of Standard Baking Company and that perhaps they would […]

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Burnside Brown Ale release

August 8, 2014

August 7th was National IPA Day, so naturally, on August 8th, we are proud to announce that we will be pouring our English style brown ale – Burnside – in the tasting room. Yes, a brown ale. Our deep love of Saisons is evident in the focus of our brewery. They have a special place […]

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Beer Camp weekend tasting room specials

July 31, 2014

This is gearing up to be a fun and exciting weekend with Sierra Nevada Beer Camp right around the corner. The New England edition has 119 brewers coming and tickets are still available. Notwithstanding the quantity of beer available on Friday night at Beer Camp, we know that our tasting room visitors are going to […]

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Infusion Series: Basil

July 24, 2014

I have always loved the sciences, and will totally own I am a geek through and through. In college, I ended up studying chemistry and biochemistry. It is what indirectly got me into homebrewing, and eventually into opening a brewery of my own. However, in working on a project for one class, I started doing […]

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Expanded Summer Hours and Upcoming Events

July 10, 2014

Summer has kicked into high gear here in Portland, and as a result Foundation is expanding our Tasting Room hours to include Thursday afternoons from 3-6pm. In the Tasting Room we have all of our beers that you will find on tap throughout Maine, as well as some special brews that are only available in […]

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Foundation joins b.good

June 9, 2014

Like a good burger? Like a good beer? Yup, we do too! That is why we are excited to invite you to b.good on Friday June 13th from 6-8pm to celebrate the addition of Blaze to their draft list. Locally sourced meat and veggies paired with local craft beer makes for a great combination. Blaze will […]

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Central Provisions & Foundation beer dinner

June 4, 2014

We would like to thank Chris and Paige Gould, Central Provisions’ proprietors, for inviting Foundation Brewing to a special beer dinner last Wednesday night. We knew we wanted to make something special for the event, so when we were working out the details, we asked what they would look for in a beer if they […]

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Open House, Mustard & Pickles

April 23, 2014

Two days ago, we hosted an open house.  We thought it would be fun to have our friends in the industry drop by, check out our space, and have some good eats.  It was great to share some food and beers with old and new friends alike, and we look forward to doing it again […]

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Talking Foundation with Benjamin Moore

February 17, 2014

Last month Benjamin Moore came out to the brewery and shot some video while we talked about Foundation Brewing Company and our first two beers coming to market. Benjamin did a great job, and we really appreciate the time he spent filming and editing this video.     Read the full article on Benjamin’s blog, […]

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There’s beer in the tank

January 29, 2014

We’re excited to share the news that we’ve finally brewed our first batch of beer, which was Eddy. John and I worked many hours counting down to brewday, and with some technical assistance from our awesome neighbors at Allagash (thanks Dee Dee!) we put some fantastic smelling wort into FV1, and let our house yeast […]

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Ooh, shiny!

December 12, 2013

It’s been a busy month at the brewery – things are finally happening on a big scale. Our brewhouse (mash/lauter tun kettle/whirlpool) arrived this week, along with the keg washer, grist hopper, and glycol chiller. This was delivery #2, two weeks ago our four large tanks arrived (out hot liquor tank, brite tank, and two […]

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Next Steps

September 5, 2013

Since last we spoke, we’ve ordered brewery equipment, picked up some toys for the tasting room, and have been working closely with our contractors to plan the work our brewery needs for the massive delivery of stainless steel coming in the near future. A whole lot of work is planned, but we’re still waiting on […]

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Laying the Foundation

July 23, 2013

As you may have gathered, we’re in the process of launching a brewery. We’re pretty excited about it. We have been working on Foundation Brewing Companyfor nearly two years, and we are starting to see our beer at the end of the tunnel. We’ve kept many details quiet up until now, and that’s mostly because […]

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