By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,648)
Next month an important asset to the Washington Avenue corridor will open its manufacturing facility at the historic J.J. Nissen Building according to Jordan R. Milne, the company’s CEO/Founder today. It will primarily be a manufacturing facility, but will have a small tasting room in the front of the space.
The distillery will start producing gin with whiskey on the future agenda. That’s because it takes several years to age. Currently, the facility is able to produce 300 gallons of steam produced gin. The affable Milne said it took his father and him more than three (3) days to assemble the still.- with no instructions on how to do it! Milne says that all the parts ARE in the right place!
When the tasting room opens next month, small bites will be available. That includes charcuterie and cheese as well as other tasty treats to accompany gin. Most of the permits needed to open have been obtained, but not all of them. The name Hardshore comes from Milne’s love of the coast – he strove to use different words to describe the coast of Maine.
Milne, a graduate of Dartmouth College, majored in middle east studies.
A new restaurant will be moving into the space at the JJ. Nissen Building as well currently being vacated by Maine Antiques. & Salvage. The new restaurant will come in the fall according to Jed Harris, building owner. Although Harris would not say what type of restaurant may be occupying the space, another source said it could be either a noodle bar or an oyster bar.
A Japanese restaurant is expected to open across the street as well in Pliny Reynolds property. Right, Pliny?