3 NIGHTS, 5 MASTER BREWERS, 1 AMAZING TRIP

Brew with world-class master brewers for three days at one of the most beautiful places in the world, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. At this exclusive retreat, you'll brew with some of the country's top brewers, connect with brewery owners from around the country, enjoy a beautiful pairing dinner with limited-release beers, and relax at a quintessential New England resort, Spruce Point Inn. All accommodations, lunches, dinners and select beers are included, but space is limited, so book today!

We’ll ferment and bottle these beers and send you a handful of beers to enjoy. You’ll have the ultimate collaboration beers to share with your friends. This experience will be just as amazing whether you are a pro brewer, a homebrewer, or not a brewer at all. It might help if you love craft beer, though.

The ticket price includes three nights of luxury lodging at the Spruce Point Inn, all meals, round-trip transportation from Portland and Boston (at specific times only), craft beer at evening events, all the brewing supplies you'll need, and all taxes and gratuities. Each of the attendees will also get an awesome goodie bag with a retail value of more than $200. 

 

BREWERS

The master brewers are confirmed.

SAM CALAGIONE, FOUNDER, DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY

When Sam Calagione opened Dogfish Head in 1995 it was the smallest commercial brewery in America making 10 gallons of beer at a time.  Today Dogfish Head is among the most recognized breweries in the country.  Dogfish Head is the first American craft brewery to focus on culinary-inspired beer recipes outside traditional beer styles and has done so since the day it opened as the motto “Off-centered ales for off-centered people” attests to. Recipes like Namaste (orange peel, orange flesh, and lemongrass), 90 Minute(continually hopped IPA), and Midas Touch (saffron, wildflower honey, and white muscat grapes) have won accolades and awards in the beer, wine, and foodie worlds.  Dogfish Head has grown into a 300+ person company with a seafood-centric restaurant alongside the original brewpub/distillery in Rehoboth Beach, a beer-themed hotel on the harbor in Lewes, and a production brewery and distillery in Milton, Delaware.  Dogfish sells beer in 31 states and spirits in the mid-Atlantic region.  Fast Company Magazine named Sam one of The 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2011 and the Wall Street Journal refers to Sam as “a pioneer of bizarre brews.”   Sam has authored four books -- his most recent “Off-Centered Leadership,” was released in 2016.  Sam lives in beautiful Lewes, Delaware, with his wife and Dogfish VP Mariah and their two children Sammy and Grier.

Brewing outdoors on the coast of Maine at the Brewers Retreat is a return home for Sam, whose brewery is named for Dogfish Head point in Southport, Maine—roughly five miles from the Spruce Point Inn.


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JASON PERKINS, BREWMASTER, ALLAGASH BREWING

Jason Perkins is the Brewmaster of Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine  He was one of the first employees in the company and he has been there for the past 18 years.  Prior to that, Jason enjoyed opportunities to work at The Kettle House in Missoula Montana and Gritty McDuff's in Freeport Maine.  He began his brewing career like so many craft brewers as a homebrewer during college and the early years thereafter.  He is also a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.


CORY KING, FOUNDER/BREWMASTER, SIDE PROJECT BREWING

Cory King is the founder and head brewer for Side Project Brewing in Maplewood, Missouri. The brewery began as a personal project co-located with Perennial Artisan Ales, where King was head brewer and designed groundbreaking beers like Abraxas and Sump imperial stouts. With Side Project, King has brewed everything from mixed-fermentation saisons to rich stouts, but every beer is either fermented or conditioned in wood (and personally brewed by King himself). In the three years of existence for Side Project, the brewery has landed numerous accolades-three beers on Beer Advocate’s top 250 beers in the world list, #8 on Rate Beer’s Top Brewers in the World for 2015, #3 on Untappd’s Top Brewers in the World (as of November 2016), and one of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine’s top 16 beers of 2016.


WILL MEYERS, BREWMASTER, CAMBRIDGE BREWING COMPANY

Will homebrewed his first beer in 1990 and has subsequently enjoyed a twenty-four year career at CBC. In addition to his authentic interpretations of traditional beers, he crafts unique, adventuresome beers - some of which reference ancient brews of the world and others which break new ground in the art of brewing. His focus on experimentation and the development of CBC’s infamous Barrel Cellar have placed him at the forefront of America’s artisanal brewers. Away from the brewery he is an accomplished home cook, avid reader, winemaker, and sick snowboarder.


RON JEFFRIES, FOUNDER/BREWMASTER, JOLLY PUMPKIN ARTISAN ALES

Ron Jeffries is responsible for Northern United Brewing Company’s Jolly Pumpkin line of beers brewed in Dexter, MI. He also collaborates with the North Peak family. As brewmaster, Ron’s goal is worldwide recognition as a brewer and creator of beers of outstanding art and grace, a philosopher of things beery, and an outspoken advocate of the slower, finer life. Ron began studying brewing science in 1991-ish with one eye always towards opening his own brewery. He began brewing professionally in 1995, and quickly became a well-known and respected brewer in Michigan’s emerging craft beer scene. Driven and dedicated, he progressed from brewer, to craftsman, to artist, and most recently to philosopher and visionary. Beginning to learn to step back, and decelerate the hectic pace of modern life to a slower, more livable, more enjoyable walk, he learned to smile and laugh, and was finally able to open his own brewery (Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales) in the summer of 2004. Running Jolly Pumpkin, Ron now practices the art of “Hawaiian time,” full time.


 

Location

Spruce Point Inn is exactly what most guests picture when they think of an oceanside resort in Maine.  As a Conde Nast Top 25 Northeast Resort and the #1 Resort in Mid-coast Maine on Trip Advisor, the historic inn has attracted travelers from all over the world for over 100 years. With 57 acres of stunning waterfront, it is the perfect setting for creating oceanside memories made in Maine. Check Out the Spruce Point Inn Website

 

ITINERARY

We are still confirming some additional activities/classes. Stay tuned.

DAY 1 (SEPTEMBER 10, 2017)

  • Noon: Pick-up attendees at Boston Airport via luxury coach bus
  • 2PM-4PM: Enjoy Allagash for a beer and tour (for those flying into Portland, meet at Allagash for transportation to Spruce Point)
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM: Arrive, check in, and enjoy a little time exploring
  • 6:30PM: Dinner
  • 8:30PM: Reception

DAY 2 (SEPTEMBER 11, 2017)

  • 6:00AM-10:00AM: Enjoy the activities of Boothbay Harbor and Spruce Point Inn
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM: Brewing Seminar
  • Noon-5:30PM: Brewing Session with all Master Brewers
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • 6:30PM: Dinner 

DAY 3 (SEPTEMBER 12, 2017)

  • 6:00AM-10:00AM: Enjoy the activities of Boothbay Harbor and Spruce Point Inn
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM:  Brewing Seminar
  • Noon-5:30PM: Brewing Session with all Master Brewers
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • 6:30PM: Dinner
  • 8:30PM: Reception

DAY 4 (SEPTEMBER 13, 2017)

  • 6:00AM-9:00AM: Enjoy the activities of Boothbay Harbor and Spruce Point Inn
  • 9:00AM: Leave to return to Portland and Boston

Sponsors

Ss BREWING TECHNOLOGIES

At Ss Brewtech, we are all about innovation, usable features, quality, affordable prices, and top-notch customer service. We have only just begun to fundamentally change the landscape of brewing equipment for the better. We launched our business in 2013 with the Brew Bucket-—the world’s first conical-bottomed stackable stainless steel fermenting bucket. We followed this up with a solid line-up of conical fermentors ranging from 7 gallons to the ever-popular half barrel. Then came the world’s first homebrewing kettles with a built-in trub dam. And then the world’s first fully integrated homebrewing temperature control add-on system with immersion chiller coils, digital controller, and custom-tailored neoprene insulating jackets. Then we launched the world’s first all stainless infusion mash tun with a pro-style 5° sloped floor, center drain, silicone gasket seal for the false bottom, and digital thermometer. As we look toward 2016 and beyond, we plan take our business beyond home-scale gear to nano and commercial-size systems.

BREWING SCIENCE INSTITUTE (BSI)

Established in 1996, and located at 8500 feet in the Pikes Peak region of the Colorado Rockies, The Brewing Science Institute provides the highest quality yeast cultures, laboratory services, and products for the professional brewer. 

Business partners David Bryant and Bryan Pearson share over 30 years of combined experience in microbiology and brewing technology.  We have been brewers and understand the daily challenges that arise in a brewery.  Our goal is to provide knowledge on the fundamentals of fermentation, microbiology and brewing technology.

CRAFT BEER & BREWING

Craft Beer & Brewing is committed to providing exceptional content to the craft-beer community. From cooking with beer recipes, beer reviews, brewery features, and brewing how-to, we are the quality resource for the craft-beer community.

 

 

 

RUBY STREET BREWING

Ruby Street Brewing, LLC specializes in building top quality all grain beer brewing systems and equipment. Ultimate home brewery, pilot brewery, or nano brewery, we have brewing equipment to meet your needs. Short lead times, innovative products, and outstanding customer service make Ruby Street Brewing your best option for professional grade equipment.

BSG CRAFTBREWING

In 2004, BSG recognized that the craft brewing and homebrewing community needed a dependable source for diverse ingredients from around the world. Since then, we have earned the trust of our customers by delivering the finest brewing ingredients at competitive values, all backed by outstanding customer service and depth of industry experience.

We continue to search the globe for new and interesting brewing ingredients that we can bring to our customers. Consequently, our product list continues to grow as we strive to better meet the needs of both professional brewers and homebrewers. Additionally, our knowledgeable and friendly sales and management staff comes from the professional brewing & homebrewing communities, so we can assist you in everything from recipe formulation to troubleshooting.

Whether it's exclusive specialty malts, in-demand hop varieties, or premium brewing aids we have you covered; great beers are made from select ingredients. BSG is committed to being your partner, and shares your passion for creating outstanding beers.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have other questions? Contact us.

TICKETS
How many tickets are available to purchase?

The retreat will have no more than 95 brewing attendees total ('Companion Ticket' attendees will not be brewing). This is a hands-on experience where the attendee will be actively brewing with the best. It is not a demonstration. The full retreat goers will be brewing.
When is the last day I’m able to purchase tickets?
The last day you can purchase a ticket is when we sell out.
If I purchase a brewer ticket now, can I purchase a companion ticket for the same event later or do they both need to be purchased at the same time?
You do not need to purchase the companion ticket at the same time. Just let us know if and when you want to add your companion. We’d like to know about 30 days ahead of the event so we can make arrangements.


BREWING
Are the identified Master Brewers confirmed to participate?
All of the master brewers are confirmed.
What type of beer will be brewed?
Each of the pro brewers will bring a recipe which will be announced closer to the retreat.
What type of system will we be brewing on?
We will be using beautiful systems from Ruby Street Brewing.
Will retreat attendees be allowed to participate in the brewing process?
You will be allowed to participate in the brewing process and collaborate with the pro brewer.
What are we going to do with the beer we are brewing?
We expect there will be about 1 BBL of each of the beers by the end of the three days. When the beer is ready, we will bottle and ship about 6 bottles to each of the participants.


LODGING
What time can we arrive at Spruce Point Inn?
You can arrive in the morning to participate in the activities they offer; however, you may not be able to check into your room until later in the day.
How late can we stay at Spruce Point Inn?
You can stay for the day to participate in the activities they offer; however, you will need to be checked out of your room by noon if you're not staying Wednesday night.


TRANSPORTATION
May I be provided a discount if I don't use your transportation?
There will be no discount if you do not use our transportation. The transportation is included in the overall package.

 

FOOD & DRINK
Which meals are included?
All meals are included in the ticket price.
How much beer will be provided?
At each lunch and dinner we will provide the equivalent of at least one beer. Happy hours and receptions will offer unlimited pours.