How We Brew It
Shipyard Brewing Company is a family owned brewery – rooted in tradition and brimming with innovation.
Our award-winning beer is handcrafted by our team of brewers who learned their art from world-renowned master brewer, Alan Pugsley.
We are committed to cultivating a new generation of creative, passionate brewers. Our team is constantly exploring innovative and diverse styles of beer through our pilot system at our Portland brewery and our 7-barrel system at Federal Jack’s Brew Pub in Kennebunkport Harbor.
Each year, we serve up more than 20 varieties of our award-winning, handcrafted beer and a full line of Capt’n Eli’s Soda.
Our mission is simple: We’re committed to brewing the freshest, most flavorful, full-bodied ales available using only the finest, all natural ingredients.
Excellence in Brewing
The first Shipyard beer was brewed in 1992 at Federal Jack’s before we built our Portland brewery in 1994.
When entrepreneur Fred Forsley and master brewer Alan Pugsley started Federal Jack’s, the craft brew industry was just starting in Maine and Alan had recently moved here from England where he’d learned to brew under the legendary Peter Austin at the world-famous Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire.
The launch of Federal Jack’s coincided with the birth of America's craft beer industry and by 1996 Shipyard was the fastest growing craft brewery in the country.
Today, Shipyard is a vibrant centerpiece of the Portland waterfront and we continue to brew at Federal Jack’s in the heart of Kennebunk. The Shipyard logo is based on a schooner built on that very spot during the 1800s.
Shipyard’s trademark is to produce balanced, drinkable beer with distinct character through the use of high quality raw materials and under the watchful eye of our talented brew team.
Our products are distributed in nearly 50 states.