The long-anticipated opening of Tod Mott’s own brewery, Tributary Brewing, has finally arrived.
One side effect of the rapid proliferation of craft breweries : Breweries in Maine don’t get to hold the title of “Maine’s Newest Brewery” very long.
Barreled Souls in Saco opened on July 19 and held the title for three weeks, and Tumbledown Brewing in Farmington reigned as the “newest” for a slightly longer 27 days. And now, the torch is passing to the long-awaited Tributary Brewing Company in Kittery, lead by former Portsmouth Brewery and Harpoon Brewing Company brewer Tod Mott. Tod and his wife and co-owner Galen will open Tributary Saturday, bringing Maine’s total number of breweries to 55.
Tributary’s opening has included some challenges and hiccups in the brewery opening process that have now been resolved. I don’t think that anyone is more excited about this opening finally occurring than Tod himself, who was quoted in the November 2013 issue of Beer Advocate magazine as saying, “The thrill of opening our own brewery is so intense that I often have trouble sleeping.”
According to Tributary, the opening will feature a 5 % ABV Pale Ale, and may also, if they are able to keg it in time, include a Brown Ale as well. While that’s all the details that have been released, the anticipation is that these beers will be of very high quality and craftsmanship, as they are being brewed by the creator of the original Harpoon IPA and the renowned Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout. Joining Tod (pictured above, left) is lead brewer Jeff Goodno (right), who joined the Tributary staff earlier in the summer from Victory Brewing.
More beers are rumored to be in the production queue, including a fresh hopped beer using fresh Maine hops.
Welcome to the Maine beer scene, Tributary – we’re happy to have you join us!
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Location: 10 Shapleigh Rd, Kittery, Maine