Fun brewery to visit while in Portland...in part because itís just in close proximity to others in the area. I was driving around this part of Portland looking for a parking spot...and when I finally found one...I was amazed to see it was right in front of their door...meaning this wasnít a brewery on my agenda...but obviously the parking spot was an omen...lol! The place is cool...although the store is as big as the tasting room ...didnít take a tour...but others said they do a good job...as for the beers...ok to good...nothing really noteworthy...especially given the competition in the Portland area. Nonetheless...glad I stopped and tried 2 flights.
I went on the tour here a few years ago and remember it has being one of the most interesting, informative tours I have been on. Obviously this depends on the guide, our was a former brewer so he knew a lot of the details. They have a some unusual methods, which were fun to see. The beer is pretty mainstream/old fashioned but itís not gross or anything. I donít remember if I had to pay anything for the tour, but it was worth it.
When I was stationed in Maine, I sometimes visited this brewery after work or even sometimes after other events in downtown Portland. Itís a decent clean atmosphere of a brew shop - nothing wrong with this place. Staff seemed okay for what they knew, serviceable. The selection is obviously based on their brews. The value, well itís downtown Portland, Maine, go figure, in other words, decent.
Overall, decent brewery and super quick tour. Last thing Iíll say is that Allen Pugsley studied in the UK under the British styles so if you donít like the British styles, quit drinking their beers and trolling a company that doesnít cater to crapheads.
Directly next to our hotel so I stopped in and picked up a brewery only bottle of barrel aged smashed pumpkin. The shop area was nice but, overdone with gimmicky crap (doormats, placemats, etc). They offer tours every hour with a video of their history and beer samples including 1 full beer. I didnít stay for a tour. Nothing special here but, ití was literally Iím between out hotel and the parking garage. Very touristy.
This place is definitely a tourist trap. The tour consists of sitting in a room with church pews, watching a 5 minute poorly made movie, and then sampling some beers. The shop and bar there are very nice looking, but overall I was just let down with everything. Prices were on the higher side. Furthering my point of a tourist trap.
The brewery tour was the beer equivalent of speed dating, 8 or so beers in 15 minutes, just rapid fire. But that was OK, because we wanted to move on to some other places anyway. Beer was not terrible.
Mediocre tour - watched a lame video and saw the bottling line. The gift shop is big, but I think Shipyard should spend less time making t shirts and more time trying to improve the quality their product. Enough with the ringwood yeast!