We had to wait a long time for Tod and Galen Mott’s Tributary Brewing to open. That finally happened earlier in September and I made my first trip shortly after they opened. They have a great tasting room area setup with a bar and some picnic tables that give plenty of places to sit.
When I visited they had their Pale Ale, Gose and the London Session Brown, I tried all three and left with a growler of Pale and a small growler of the Gose (see next review). The brown was nice but not a style that I drink a lot of.
The pale ale comes in at a very reasonable 4.7% ABV. Color is a great unfiltered orange with minimal head from the growler. The growler lost most of its carbonation which is unfortunate as I only let it sit a day before opening. Hoping they change to the black caps on the growlers soon as they seem to hold the carbonation better than the white caps.
Aroma and taste are great with a solid citrus hop profile. Finish is clean making this a great beer to drink on its own, with a meal or really anytime. Great start and really looking forward to trying more beer from Tributary.
Cons: Lack of carbonation (growler cap issue?)
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Tributary Brewing
I have a great job that allows me to visit breweries on a regular basis and every now and then I have the opportunity to sit down with an icon like Tod Mott and chat about beer. Over the past month I met with Tod and his wife Galen a couple of times at When Pigs Fly in Kittery to discuss the plans for his much anticipated brewery in Kittery.
The tough part of my dual role as insurance agent and beer blogger is not sharing information on my blog until the brewer is ready. Today Tod asked me to help get the word out on the status of his brewery and I couldn’t be more excited to be the one to update you all. Those that follow the craft beer scene know the delays Tod dealt with getting the zoning changed in Kittery to accommodate his brewery. After several town meeting that hurdle was behind them which was followed by lease negotiations that went on for many weeks. The good news is the lease has been signed, the meetings with the contractors are happening and the paperwork for the brewers notice is in the works.
Tributary Brewing Co will be located at 10 Shapleigh Rd – Kittery, ME (Google Map here). The site is a former grocery store located next to the Kittery Post Office. Over the next few months the property will be going through a substantial build out to accommodate the brewery and tasting room. I toured the space with Tod and Galen and it will be a great space for them with tons of parking and the Kittery Community Market is also held in the parking lot. A great chance to buy local food and beer in the same place.
The brewery equipment has been ordered from local providers; a 15 barrel brew house from New England Brewing Systems in Gloucester, Mass and the cellar equipment will include fermentation tanks, conditioning tanks and a large capacity brite tank from Tigpro in Portland, Maine. The combination of an extensive renovation to the building and the long lead time for the production of the brewery equipment means we will have to wait a few more months to enjoy Tod’s beer. If everything goes well they should be open in the spring of 2014 but I am sure there will be plenty of updates along the way. Like them on Facebook for more updates – Tributary Brewing Company Facebook Page
The location, equipment and back story of the struggles to get zoning changes and lease agreements signed are interesting but the most important part of any brewery is the beer. Tod plans on having 3 flagship beers, a sessionable pale ale clocking in at approximately 4% ABV, a porter, and a saison that will change with the seasons. One of the items Tod would not share was the new name of his famous imperial stout. “Kate the Great” name was retained by Portsmouth Brewery but Tod has a very appropriate name for the next version of his famous beer. The beer will be self distributed in Maine only with growlers and possibly some bottles sold at the brewery. I am sure you will be able to find Tributary Brewing Co on tap at craft beer bars/restaurants from Portland to Kittery next summer but I anticipate making regular visits to the brewery for growlers.
Tod Mott has been brewing professionally since 1991 with stints at a few breweries including Harpoon and of course many years at Portsmouth Brewery. During his time at Portsmouth Brewery he brewed Kate the Great an imperial stout that consistently ranked as one of the top beers in the world.
Galen Mott will be the business manager and will wear many other hats at Tributary Brewing.
Website – www.tributarybrewingcompany.com – nothing there yet but keep an eye on it for more info.
Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/tributarybrewingcompany