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Shipyard Brewing Company is a family owned brewery based in Portland Maine for over 20 years – 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 have come a long way since entrepreneur Fred Forsley and master brewer Alan Pugsley started Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub in 1992. Based in the picturesque seacoast village of Kennebunkport Harbor, the birthplace of Shipyard ales.
The launch of Federal Jack’s coincided with the birth of America’s craft beer industry and, just two years later, demand outpaced the brewing capacity at the pub and Fred and Alan opened the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland in 1994.
Shipyard is now one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the USA, ranked as the 25th largest craft beer company in the U.S. and 31st overall.
All of Shipyard’s recipes are developed by Master Brewer Alan Pugsley, who is one of the most influential people in the craft brewing movement in North America. Since moving to the United States he has assisted with the establishment of more than 65 microbreweries and brew pubs throughout the world.
The craft brew industry was just starting in Maine when Alan moved to America from England where he’d learned to brew under the legendary Peter Austin at Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England.
Since then Shipyard Brewing Co. and Ringwood Brewery have been collaborating on beers. Shipyard continue to brew Ringwood Old Thumper for the American market, along with an American specific variant, Double Thumper.
Since Ringwood joined the Marston’s Beer Co family in 2007, the relationship has developed further with Shipyard with the launch of the first permanently available Shipyard American Pale Ale in May 2013. Since then we have introduced Shipyard IPA and Shipyard Rye Pale Ale as permanent members of the family. We have also added a whole host of guest beers to satisfy the thirst of British drinkers for American craft beer.