JUNE 2021 - Tumbledown Brewery
JULY 2021 - Bateau Brewing
You’ll find Bateau Brewing in a historic mercantile building in downtown Gardiner, perched above the Kennebec River. Though the brewery itself is relatively new, the idea for a new craft brewery in Gardiner came about nearly six years ago; at the time, founders Steve and Matt couldn’t find the perfect location and the idea was tabled. In 2019 the stars aligned, Jim and Chad joined the team of founders, and Bateau Brewing was born.
The brewery is a passion project for its founders, all of whom still hold their “day jobs” and work together as a team to manage daily operations and scale production. Currently, they brew 12 regular brews plus seasonal specialties – a total of around 250 barrels per year – but are continually growing.
Bateau Brewing’s most popular variety is the 220 Maine IPA – available in our tasting room throughout July – which they describe as their idea of a perfect Maine IPA. With hints of pineapple and a dry, sweet finish, the 220 is a year-round staple. Also available in our tasting room throughout the month is the CrowHawk, a malt-forward Irish Red Ale with strong “upta camp” vibes. This brew is a favorite of both Maine Tasting Center staff and Bateau’s founders, who describe it as “about as perfect as a beer can get.” They’re not wrong!
One thing that sets Bateau Brewing apart is their scientific approach to the water they use in their beer. They use a reverse osmosis system to create perfect, pure water and then add minerals in specific quantities back to the water prior to brewing. This approach allows them to precisely control the texture and mouthfeel of the water and how it interacts with the other ingredients and flavors in the beer. By making small adjustments to the mineral concentrations in their water, they can change and improve a beer without even having to add or change the ingredients.
It is well worth your time to make a trip to the Bateau Brewing tasting room in Gardiner, just 30 minutes from Maine Tasting Center. In addition to sampling their many available beers, you can beat a chill by the giant stone fire pit, kick back in an Adirondack chair to watch the sturgeon leap from the water, enjoy artwork by local artists, or grab a bite to eat from the permanent food truck (Millers Pride). It’s a great place to relax in a beautiful and historic setting.
Of course, their tasting room is also a great place to stock up on cans of your favorite Bateau Brewing beer! You can also find their brews in cans at the following locations throughout the state:
Maine Tasting Center – Wiscasset, ME (July 2021)
Cobbossee Beverage - Farmingdale, ME
Goggin’s IGA - Randolph, ME
Lighthouse Wine & Seafood - Manchester, ME
Tess’ Market - Brunswick, ME
Now You’re Cooking - Bath, ME
Bootlegger’s Beverage Warehouse - Topsham, ME
Bow Street Market - Freeport, ME
Bow Street Beverage - Portland, ME
AUGUST 2021 - TBD
SEPTEMBER 2021 - TBD
OCTOBER 2021 - TBD
FEATURED BREWER PROGRAM
Each month, we feature one Maine brewery, serving up exclusively their brews at the bar, stocking their cans in our retail shop, and chatting with our guests about what makes that brewery so special. Most months, the owner or head brewer will join us a few evenings out of the month to meet our guests and conduct and informal tasting. Check our calendar for upcoming Featured Brewer Nights!
Are you a brewery interested in participating in the program? There's no cost to participate but spots are limited - contact us today!