Shipyard Brewing Company

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Shipyard Brewing Company
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1992 (as Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub), 1994 (as Shipyard Brewing Company)
Headquarters Portland, ME
United States
Products Beer
Production output 81,641 bbls (2008)

Shipyard Brewing Company is a brewery and soft drink manufacturer in Portland, Maine, USA, and founded in 1994. Maine ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for microbreweries, with Shipyard the largest brewer (owning the Shipyard, Sea Dog Brewing Company,[1] and Casco Bay Brewing Company banners, and bottling under contract with Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company). Shipyard is the 14th largest microbrewery in the United States, and the fourth largest in New England after Boston Beer Company, Harpoon Brewery, and Magic Hat Brewing Company.[2]

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Shipyard first began in 1992 at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Kennebunk, which is one of Maine's original brew pubs and working breweries. Within two years, demand for Shipyard beer outpaced the small operation and, in April 1994, businessman Fred Forsley and brewer Alan Pugsley opened the Shipyard Brewing Company in the heart of the waterfront in Portland, Maine on the site of the former Crosby Laughlin Foundry.

In 2008, Shipyard Brewing Company brewed 81,641 barrels of ale and shipped 2,900 barrels of soda. Its products are available in 40 states.

Shipyard operates several restaurants and contract breweries, and is active in many community projects around New England. Shipyard is partners with the Sea Dog Brewing Company and Casco Bay Brewing Company. Shipyard also produces beer under contract for Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company[3] and brews an American version of Old Thumper under license from Ringwood Brewery.

Shipyard previously brewed at the Shipyard Emporium in Winter Park, Florida.

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