Belfast Bay Brewing Company is near the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia where just about every brewery makes a red ale, unlike the United States where red ales are not well known. Owner Pat Mullen says “When my wife suggested that a brewery from Maine should make a beer called Lobster Ale, a red ale seemed the perfect brew. Unlike our highly hopped neighbors beers, we decided to brew Lobster Ale to be very “user friendly.” We cut down on the hops and added slight amounts of black and dark crystal to the brew. The result is a medium hopped, medium flavored, very drinkable red ale.”
Mullen is a hands-on manager of his business, taking calls from customers at his waterfront home and office behind Young’s Lobster Pound, and trying to squeeze more six-packs of his beers into already crowded coolers. He’s postponed himself well. McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout is the only one of is kind in area markets, and Lobster Ale is one of but three so-called “red ales.- -The key is the pubs,” Mullen said. “Bartenders will talk up beers they like, and then the customers will buy them.” Mullen also says his beers are the same price as Budweiser if the cost of their alcohol content is the measure.