Freeport based Maine Beer Co. was an idea first conceived on May 2, 2006 while brewer and co-owner David Kleban was in Everglades National Park. After some “really awful beer” and a lot of fun between David and his brother (and co-owner) Daniel, the American pale ale Peeper was born. With the motto “Do what’s right,” the Maine Beer Company crew donates 1 percent of all sales to environmental nonprofits.
If you like beer, well lucky for you, we do too. On January 27, Sunday River will be hosting a Peak Dinner curated by Maine Beer Company and Chef Harding Lee Smith. Tickets are $95 per person and still on sale if you’re looking for a night filled with good beer and great food.
Here are some of Maine Beer Company’s top ranking brews.
MO Pale Ale
6% ABV, 4.29/5 on Beer Advocate (BA)
This beer was created by brewer Daniel Kleban, just after opening the brewery while working long nights, weekends, and working his day job and parenting newborn twins. Somehow, Daniel got this this beer brewed. MO has a zesty citrus flavor with passion fruit and pine notes and brewed with Falconer’s Flight and Simcoe hops.
“Overall, this is a wonderful beer without the harshness that many in the same class has. Everything works very well together”. – hman43
7%ABV, 4.39/5 on BA
Lunch is a beer named after a whale. Lunch the whale has been spotted off the Maine coast since 1982, and looks like a bite has been taken out of her fin, which adds to her character. Maine Beer dedicated this beer to her determination and persistence, “Keep on swimming!” The beer is fruity and tropical with pine and a subtle malt sweetness.
“Nothing not to like in this beauty. Great citrusy notes w/o being overwhelmingly juicy. I would enjoy this any day or occasion.”- DMC43
8.2% ABV, 4.64/5 on BA
Buy this beer, and drink it immediately. This beer is best enjoyed fresh and recommended to drink the day of by the Maine Beer crew. This beer has an intense citrus flavor with grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon and pine flavors.
“Overall, now that’s one awesome DIPA brewed pretty close to the “New England” tradition that I would have again.” – Lone_Freighter
Another One IPA
7% ABV, 4.31/5 on BA
This beer was born out of stress, a lack of inspiration and cracking open another beer to get those brain juices flowing. Born in 2013, this beer is made with Cascade, Citra and Simcoe hops and tastes of grapefruit and tangerine with a clean malt palate.
“Another one, indeed. Another really nice, well-executed beer from MBC. Super good. Super hard not to just pound. Would definitely have again.” – TheDoctor
Peeper Pale Ale
5.5% ABV, 4.11/5 on BA
This was Maine Beer Co.’s first official brew. After a few years of home brewing in their garage, David and Daniel Kleban decided to open a brewery so that we could share our beer. In 2009 they started with a one barrel system and worked on a single recipe, over and over, until Peeper was born. The flavor is light citrus-y with notes of raspberries, blackberries and subtle pine.
“This beer makes my list of ten beers I could be stuck drinking for the rest of my life, if I could only have one. Excellent brew!”- scootny