Portland loses a craft brewery

Portland Lager was Bull Jagger’s first beer when the brewery started in 2011.

It’s sad to say, but Bull Jagger Brewing Co., the state’s only brewery dedicated solely to lagers, on Tuesday announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing its doors.

“As some of you know, the brewery is for sale,” the announcement states. “Bull and Jagger are going their separate ways, and under the circumstances, we have no choice but to close the company.”

No other details were offered.

Bull Jagger is a relatively recent addition to Maine’s craft beer scene, having started with its Portland Lager in 2011. The brewery now offers four beers: the Portland Lager, the Baltic Porter No. 19, the Big Claw Pilsner and the Crimson Lager.

But it’s not all bad news. The announcement says Tom Bull, co-owner and head brewer, will begin working with the owners of the Big Claw wine brand — that would be Steve Melchiskey of USA Wine West and Maine Coast Vineyards — to continue brewing the Big Claw Pilsner “for the coming spring and summers seasons . . . and beyond.”

“A world of gratitude to all of you who have supported us– we have learned a lot, laughed a lot, and made lots of new friends along the way.

“After the brewery is sold, Tom will regroup and continue to pursue the passion that made him Maine’s 1st all lager craft brewer. Until then, enjoy our local lagers and keep supporting your local craft beers and beer sellers.

“Drink up boys and girls, the brewery needs the kegs.”

Better go buy your bottles of Bull Jagger lager before it’s all gone.

Whit Richardson

About Whit Richardson

Whit Richardson is Business Editor at the Bangor Daily News. He blogs about Maine business, entrepreneurs and the economy.