Maine Beer Company Announces Little Whaleboat IPA

Release date: October 25, 2021

Celebrating the ongoing work to secure public access to Maine’s coastline, Little Whaleboat IPA was brewed to raise awareness of the effort to protect three of the last remaining undeveloped islands in Casco Bay, Maine 

Today, Maine Beer Company announces their newest beer, Little Whaleboat IPA, named after a cluster of three small undeveloped islands and ledges in Casco Bay. The Little Whaleboat Islands are the  vital link in a chain of islands already protected by conservation leader Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Safeguarding the last  remaining islands will ensure sanctuary and continuity for a wide range of wildlife including seals, seabirds, shorebirds, and wading birds, while securing permanent recreational access for current and future generations.  

In August 2021, Maine Beer Company announced it would pledge $50,000 to the Little Whaleboat Islands Project to help Maine Coast Heritage Trust in its fundraising campaign to purchase and protect the islands. Now Maine Beer Company is taking this pledge one step further. Following in the path of popular beers like Lunch, Woods & Waters, Wolfe’s Neck, and Prince Percy, they have brewed a beer in honor of Little Whaleboat Islands to draw awareness to the project and to celebrate Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s ongoing work of protecting and preserving Maine’s 3,478- mile coastline for people and for wildlife.  
 
Releasing Monday, November 8th exclusively at the Maine Beer Company tasting room in Freeport, Little Whaleboat is a 6.5% IPA featuring Citra, Mosaic, Columbus, and Talus hops, and local Maine Malt House and Blue Ox Malthouse malted grains. The result is a light-bodied IPA with notes of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), grapefruit, pine, and floral aromas of rose and chamomile. Little Whaleboat IPA will be available on draft and in bottles in the Maine Beer Company tasting room, with plans for regional and national distribution in 2022.  

Maine Beer Company’s partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust was born from the company’s 1% for the Planet commitment, which donates 1% of the Brewery’s gross annual sales to environmental nonprofits. Little Whaleboat IPA joins the Maine Beer Company lineup in helping to raise awareness and funds for the work of these organizations.  

With the release of Little Whaleboat IPA, Maine Beer Company hopes to draw attention to Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s ongoing campaign to preserve the islands.  Currently, they have until December 31, 2021, to raise the remaining $260,000 to secure the $1.3 million needed to acquire and care for these islands as public preserves. The fundraising goal covers land acquisition costs, ongoing stewardship funds, and operational support. Upon a successful completion of the campaign, Maine Beer Company and Maine Coast Heritage Trust plan to offer a series of events and opportunities to help Mainers and travelers access and enjoy these islands. 

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAMPAIGN 

Join Maine Beer Company in making a donation of any size, to The Little Whaleboat Island Project and the conservation efforts of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. To make a gift to the campaign, visit: mcht.org/little-whaleboat-island/ 
 
“We are so grateful for the tremendous amount of community support this project has seen, not only from Maine Beer Company, but from Paul’s Marina in Brunswick and a host of other supporters from across the state,” said David Warren, Planned Giving and Major Gifts Officer at Maine Coast Heritage Trust. “We look forward to claiming success before the end of 2021.” 
 
 
 
ABOUT MAINE BEER COMPANY 
Maine Beer Company is built around the simple concept: “Do what’s right.” This motto is at the forefront of every decision they make from how they treat their employees, to the beer they brew, to taking care of the world around us. Their Freeport, Maine-based brewery was founded in 2009 by brothers David and Daniel Kleban. They were determined to create a company centered around social responsibility and doing what was right. Maine Beer Company is known primarily for their IPAs and pale ales, but also for their commitment to environmental causes through their membership in 1% for the Planet.  
 
ABOUT MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST 
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is a statewide land conservation organization committed to protecting the character of Maine. Since 1970, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has helped conserve more than 156,000 acres in Maine, from the Isles of Shoals to Cobscook Bay, including more than 148 public preserves and 325 entire coastal islands. For more information, visit www.mcht.org. 
 
 
Contacts:  
Anne Marisic 
Marketing & Communications / Maine Beer Company 
 
207-607-9122 
 
Carla Tracy Public Relations 
 
646-591-7126 (c) 
 
MCHT Contact 
David Warren, Planned Giving and Major Gifts Officer 
Maine Coast Heritage Trust 
 
207 522 9228