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Jul 17, 2007 05:07 AM

New microbrewery in Mid-coast Maine

August will see the opening of a great new micro-brewery in Belfast Maine. Marshall Wharf Brewing Company will open by mid August down on the water in Belfast. Very cool for those who drink beer (Not for me).

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  1. Not to pick-a-nit and being the Hop Head that I'm, don't you think it's a bit premature to characterize it as "great"? :-))

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    1. re: Harp00n

      Hey, didn't that great nonantismetic, noracist populist cowboy philosopher Will Rogers quip, "I never met a beer I didn't like."?
      Good point though, funny how reputation precedes product.

      1. re: Harp00n

        If their beer is anything like the wild blueberry vodka that they made last year then, yeah, GREAT is appropriate. David Carlson is all about quality and I think this venture will be Epic in Belfast...There I said EPIC and I mean it

        1. re: Maine Foodie

          Please post when you know it's open. I wish I had some of that vodka now.

          1. re: Maine Foodie

            In putting 2+2 together via the internets, as Dubya would say, I divined that David Carlson is also the owner of The Three Tides. Have I got that correct Maine Foodie? I noted from one of your previous posting, that in the spirit of full disclosure, you mentioned that you two are fast friends. I think it's terrific to find a place with outstanding food, drink and conviviality that's also run by a person who you can call a friend. I have a very similar situation, so I can definitely relate. You and Infomaniac are both obviously very impressed with his efforts in producing a vodka. You've both given me excellent info in the past so I take that at face value.

            Crafting ales & beers is a different animal entirely, it's a living thing not a distilled spirit. If it's going to be a true microbrewery, the start-up is, typically, three or four fairly varied styles. I'm not saying Mr. Carlson won't pull it off and do it well. I certainly hope he does. Nothing would please me more than having another hop haven, worthy of consideration, on the Maine coast. HDinCentralMe is absolutely correct about The Liberal Cup in Hallowell, it's a great brewpub. But it, like any of the brewpubs that I've come in contact with, had fits and starts, back steps and baby steps along the way. I hope that Marshall Wharf Brewing gets off to a great start and that I can admire the smooth finish of one of their ales at the Three Tides whilst talking to an overly tall gent name Seth someday.

            Cheers, Harp00n

            Liberal Cup
            115 Water St Ste 1, Hallowell, ME 04347

            1. re: Harp00n

              funny how your observation went unchallenged. good work, p00n.

              1. re: goodbyeohio

                Goodbyeohio, there is nothing in Harp00n's post to challenge, he is right. The proof is in the brew. In my long conversations with David Carlson, the proprietor, I know that he has spent his entire career studying and learning about the brew process for just this very occasion. That said, he hired a talented and experienced brew master to oversee the brewing process for Marshall Wharf brewing. It will be a fits and starts kinda business, but the fact that Carlson and his wife Sarah are trying this is a great thing. I wish them the best of luck and much success. Excuse me if I go for their vodka instead of their beer though! cheers!

                1. re: Maine Foodie

                  MF- the vodka you mention is just a wild blueberry infused vodka right? Not a distilled vodka? I just wanted to check because I am just finishing up a book on Maine's wineries and distilleries and know of only three distilleries in the state so far with one or two more possibly in a few years. (I don't count White Rock, they're just a rectifier.)

        2. excellent news....If this is the endeavor of David Carlson it should be an excellent addition to the waterfront at Marshall Wharf. I can't wait to see what they do with that building.

          1. Thanx for the info. I am fortunate to be close to a great brewpub, Liberal Cup in Hallowell, but will definitely give this a try next trip out that way.

            1. Some much needed competition to Belfast Bay's mediocore brews. We'll see if they're really "great".

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              1. re: mjp81

                Been years since my last visit -- is the Seadog in Camden gone? What about the other location (Bangor?) -- What about Gritty's, Geary's Freeport, Portland?

                1. re: misohungrychewlow

                  Sea Dog is in Bangor and Topsham. Gritty's in Portland, Freeport, Auburn.



              2. Anyone know if this is open yet?

                Will it be near 3Tides? I was just down by Marshall Wharf today and didn't see anything that remotely resembled a new brewery, only a place called LB -- is that going to be a lobster pound? Perhaps I'm not looking in the right place...

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                1. re: mizBIGhead

                  Its not open yet. If you were down at Marshall Wharf, you might have seen the rennovations going on at the building where Lb is. Thats the building where the brewery is going, You can see all the polished tanks ready to go in the HUGE plate glass windows on the bottom floor of that building. Soon, they will begin the brewing process