Sam Hight of the Hight Family of Dealerships and Jeff Powers of Bigelow Brewery tasting Hight’s Tin Can Sailor. Courtesy of Hight Family of Dealerships

SKOWHEGAN — The Hight Family of Dealerships celebrates 110 years in business by announcing a beer collaboration with Bigelow Brewing — Hight’s Tin Can Sailor — the first known brewery and auto dealership collaboration in the country. Together the two Skowhegan businesses have launched “Hight’s Tin Can Sailor,” a Scotch Ale honoring the late  Lt. S. Kirby Hight’s legacy as a war hero and business icon. Tin Can Sailor — a term used to describe Navy Sailors on Destroyers — plays homage to Kirby’s service to his country, and highlights his affectation for scotch, cigars, and most importantly his dedication to the community.

Kirby followed in his father’s footsteps entering the car business upon graduating from Bowdoin College. In 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kirb answered his country’s calling and joined the U.S. Navy. From 1942 to 1945 Kirb moved up the ranks as  an ensign, midshipman, Lieutenant, and eventually the Captain of the USS Babbitt a DD-152 naval destroyer used during convoy missions in the North Atlantic.  

As the Hight’s celebrate their 110th year in business they honor Walter and Kirby Hight’s legacies of building a business that has lasted through two World Wars, two Pandemics, and The Great Depression. “None of it would be possible without the confidence and loyalty of our customers and this community,” said Hight. Jeff Powers, of Bigelow Brewing ”Community is the cornerstone of Bigelow Brewing, just as it has been for the Hight family for the past 110 years.”

The Hights have announced that they will be donating $1 for each can of Tin Can Sailor sold to the Skowhegan Free Public Library. “The Skowhegan Free Public Library was an organization that my grandparents Kirby and Grace were passionate about, it seemed appropriate to choose this organization as the first  beneficiary of Tin Can Sailor,” said Sam Hight, dealer principal at Hight Ford. 

You can currently get your four pack of Tin Can Sailor at Damon’s Beverage Mart in Skowhegan, the Skowhegan State Fair and select restaurants. It won’t last long! 

Founded in 1911 by Walter H. Hight, the Hight Family of Dealerships have been serving the automobile needs of central and western Maine for over ten decades.  Now consisting of four dealerships: Hight Ford in Skowhegan; Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC in Skowhegan; Hight Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Madison; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC in Farmington.  The Hight Family of Dealerships are the only National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) century Award winner in New England – an award given to automobile dealers that have held their dealerships under one family for 100 consecutive years. Hight Family of Dealerships, Skowhegan, Maine.  207-474-3334.  www.hightauto.com.

Bigelow Brewing has a belief that beer can and should be about a place. We strive to make beer and food for our community and from our community, using local ingredients from local providers as much as possible, in harmony with our patrons’ pride and sense of ownership of where we live. www.bigelowbrewing.com