Okay, I’m not good with puns. But I couldn’t resist in this instance. Maine’s newest little brewery will celebrate its grand opening on October 18, 2014.
Guy Hews just doesn’t have enough to do. Not only does he work full-time inspecting bridges as an engineer for the state of Maine, he recently turned a long-time hobby of home-brewing into an official business. “I homebrewed for six years and built a structure on my land just for that hobby. It has a wood-fired 98% efficient gasification furnace that Efficiency Maine installed. The upstairs of the building is a tasting room with a beautiful view of the Camden Hills. It’s very rustic and looks like a lodge. My friends kept asking me if they could buy my beer, so I made it official and got all the licensing to open a nano-brewery.”
Hews is from a long line of blueberry farmers and still rakes enough berries to make a blueberry ale. “I’m named for my great-great grandfather,” Guy says, “and he came down from Canada to farm here. My uncle still owns a lot of the land, which he leases out to other farmers. But there’s a family patch and that’s where I get my berries.”
Located about a mile and a half from the famous Liberty Tool Company (Got Junk?) and Liberty Graphics, where LCB’s tee shirts were ordered from, Guy Hews’ new brewery is a nice excuse for a drive in the country. “We won’t have food for now. I didn’t want to get licensed as a brewpub.” But people have let him know they’d be able to provide food eventually, and that may come to pass. Meantime, feel free to BYOF or taste the beers and head to Morse’s Sauerkraut
Tasting room hours are Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5 to 9 and all day Saturday. Bottles and growler fills are available of Haystack Pale Ale, Saint George Pilsner, Queen Bee Honey Lager and Chupacabra Extract IPA, with more to come.
Liberty Craft Brewing
7 Coon Mountain Lane
Liberty, Maine 04949
Grand Opening! October 18th, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Growlers and some bottles available.