Founded in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company is considered to be one of the forerunners of modern craft brewing in Maine. (The other is Allagash.) The brewery produces more than 100,000 barrels per year and is available in 40 states in the United States. The Shipyard XXXX IPA drinks light with a low-lying flavor of grapefruit, as well as a slightly sour finish.
The beer you shouldn’t skip: Shipyard does consistently good pumpkin beer but, in the winter, try the Blue Fin Stout, a smooth and dry brew with notes of coffee, espresso, and chocolate.