Gritty’s Vacationland Summer Ale Introduces New Packaging
Vacationland Summer Ale is the brewer’s third beer to feature a new look – following Gritty’s Original Pub Style and Gritty’s Scottish Ale – since the company began a year-long effort to implement new packaging for its full line of seasonal and year round ales.
“The release of Vacationland means that summer is coming,” said Gritty’s Vice President and Master Brewer Ed Stebbins. “And the new labels add a little extra excitement for us this year.”
Gritty’s introduced new packaging for Original Pub Style and Scottish Ale in December 2010. The new packaging is a nod to Gritty’s three brew pubs, their customers, and incorporates subtle details that fans of Gritty’s will recognize and appreciate. The new Vacationland Summer Ale packages continues that theme, featuring brighter colors, a beer-thieving bear and summer campers traveling through Maine.
“Once summer arrives, campers, summer renters and day trippers come to Maine,” said Stebbins. “They’re part of Maine’s summer landscape, and we wanted to incorporate these folks into Vacationland packaging.”
Vacationland Summer Ale is a full-bodied ale made with generous portions of pale malt and a touch of wheat malt, along with Cascade wheat hops for a delicate and forward hop character. This seasonal ale will be available in 6- and 12- packs of 12- ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles, 5-liter mini kegs and on draft in bars and restaurants throughout New England.
About Gritty McDuff’s
Since its founding in 1988, Gritty McDuff’s, Maine’s first brew pub since Prohibition, has brewed creative, quality beers that have earned awards ranging from repeat First Place wins at the annual Real Ale Festival in Chicago, to a silver medal at the prestigious 2007 Great British Beer Festival for Gritty’s cask-conditioned 21 IPA. Gritty’s Brew Pubs also have frequently won in statewide polls the titles of “Maine’s Best Brew Pub,” “Best Maine Microbrew,” and “Best Bar.”
Gritty McDuff’s operates three popular brew pubs in Maine. Located in Portland, Freeport and Auburn, the locations draw crowds of all ages. Known for their four seasonal ales and five year-
round ales, tempting pub fare and welcoming atmosphere, Gritty’s pubs have been named an Editor’s Pick by Condé Nast Traveler, highlighted as “a legend among New England brewpubs” by The Boston Globe, and cited by Playboy.com as one of the best bars in America. Gritty’s has earned numerous accolades from a wide variety of beer blogs and industry press outlets, as well.
Gritty McDuff’s beers are available in a growing number of bars, restaurants, pubs, taverns, supermarkets, beer and wine shops, convenience stores, and other beer retailers in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.