Round-up of all new Midcoast breweries opening this summer

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:45pm

    Every once in awhile, Penobscot Bay Pilot does a round up on a few breweries popping up in the Midcoast, but in the nearly six years that we’ve been around, the craft brew scene has exploded. The word is there are nearly 16 new breweries opening statewide this summer and seven of them are in the Midcoast.

    Let’s recap:

    The Pour Farm Brewery

    Location: Crawfordsburn Road, Union

    Days/Times: Visit their Facebook page

    Mood: Bill Stinson and his wife, Ashley, have a stately farm in Union on 10 acres and plan to open a nanobrewery with small batches, six taps and three or four standard offerings, with an additional two experimental or rotating beers on tap at a given time. Indoor bar and seating area will be complemented by outdoor picnic tables and seating. See our Penobscot Bay Pilot story here.

    Blaze Brewing Co.

    Location: 5 Bayview Street, Camden, Maine

    Days/Times: Visit their Facebook page

    Mood: This upscale brewery located right on the harbor will open in tandem with Kurafuto, a counter-service izakaya, or Japanese-style pub. Blaze Brewing Co. has a dramatic glass-enclosed production space on the second floor with four stainless steel fermentation tanks visible and will kick off its first season with four to five American style brews on June 1. See our Penobscot Bay Pilot story here

    Liberator Brewing Co.

    Location: 218 Main Street, Rockland

    Days/Times: Visit their Facebook page

    Mood: Based in the quieter side of South Rockland, this Midcoast Maine sustainable nanobrewery will be offering unique hand-crafted ales and lagers, serving local wines and light fare.  Rich Ruggerio, who has been in the craft brewing business since 1989, named his new brewery as a tribute to his father a pilot who flew a B24 Liberator Bomber during WW II. See our Penobscot Bay Pilot story here.

    Odd Alewives Farm Brewery

    Location: 99 Old Route One, Waldoboro

    Days/Times: Visit their Facebook page

    Mood: A rural, secluded area in Waldoboro is the home of husband and wife John and Sarah McNeil who wanted to combine their talents as brewers, farmers, and artists. Their newly renovated 1850s barn, which now houses the brewery and tasting room, is surrounded by 22+ acres of gardens and forest and offers visitors a beautiful,quiet setting to gather and celebrate. A formal grand opening is set for June. See Penobscot Bay Pilot’s story here.

    North Haven Brewing Co.

    Location: Calderwood Hall, Island of North Haven

    Days/Times: Visit their website

    Mood: North Haven siblings Ben Lovell and Liz Lovell along with Ben’s best friend Jesse Davisson, a boat captain and fisherman, decided to take their love of home brewing on the island into a business venture. Only a ferry trip away, this is the perfect day trip on a summer day. See Penobscot Bay Pilot’s story here.

    Bath Brewing Co.

    Location: 141 Front Street, Bath, Maine

    Days/Times: Visit their Facebook page

    Mood: This community-driven brew pub situated on the banks of the Kennebec River in downtown Bath, opened in February. It  is a modern pub fare with a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Their in-house brewery (slated for opening in late spring 2018) will highlight a selection of English-style craft ales and hop-forward IPAs.

    Moderation Brewing Co.

    Location: 103 Main Street, Brunswick

    Days/Times: Visit their Facebook page

    Mood: Moderation Brewing opened in March 2018 in downtown Brunswick. Started by two Brunswick natives, Mattie Daughtry and Philip Welsh, the pair are passionate about crafting beer fresh, locally made and sourced craft brews in a variety of styles with a rotating line up of six beers on tap.With a nod to the days of Prohibition, Moderation is the kind of neighborhood gathering place for or freshly brewed beer and conversation. During the summer they will have outdoor seating and a beer garden out back

    And don’t forget all of our established breweries in the Midcoast for your summer beercation!

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