Shipyard is now using malt from The County in its flagship ale

MAPLETON, Maine — It won’t affect the taste, but it’s helping a family-run farm in northern Maine thrive. 

For the first time in nearly 25 years, Portland-based Shipyard Brewing Company is using malt from Maine in its flagship Export Ale.

A partnership with Maine Malt House in Mapleton means that about 10 percent of the malt used in this popular beer is grown as barley and malted in Aroostook County.

“The logistics for Maine brewers are tough, any time brewers can get anything local there are benefits,” said brewery spokesman Marty Jones. “This puts local terrior into the beer.”

Maine Malt House, also used in Allagash’s Sixteen Counties, is expanding its operation to meet Shipyard and other Maine brewers’ needs.

“We are working to increase our capacity by 500 percent,” said Jacob Buck, Maine Malt House co-founder, in a press release. “This arrangement allows us to quickly put that effort to use.”

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