Sebago’s two pack packs a punch

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Kai Adams with his new twofer

It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the hop head on your list. A two-pack of barrel-aged beer that (like each and every one of us) took nine long months in production.

For years this smooth, strong, caramel colored ale seasoned in Kentucky bourbon barrels has hit the market for a limited time. But inside Sebago Brewing Company’s Gorham headquarters this week, BarleyWine was thrust into cans for the first time. Owner Kai Adams could not be more proud. “This is a big day,” he said greeting me with a wide smile.

Here to talk about winter ales (more on that later) this single-batch twofer took center stage. In April the brewery did away with bottles in lieu of the more favorable cans. “It’s where craft beer is going,” said Adams.

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And because this single batch beer with a coconut flavor (think thatched roofs and sand between your toes) packs a punch at 11.8 alcohol per volume it’s four shy of a six pack.

“I predict that the two-can packaging is going to be trendsetting for high ABV beers,” wrote Don Littlefield of The Maine Brew Bus on Facebook.

Sip this beer like wine for maximum pleasure (and safety). 

“That’s your cabernet right there,” said Adams pouring me a glass of the malt beverage that won’t be around long after it lands on New England shelves Dec. 16th. Just in time for Santa’s sleigh. Cheers!

Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.