The long-anticipated reopening of Maine Craft Distilling. in its new location, 123 Washington Avenue, is about to happen, said Mark Rusconi, sales manager, this afternoon. He, Luke Davidson, owner, and employees were putting the finishing touches on the new, light and bright tasting room for its soft opening tomorrow, Saturday, August 19th at noon. The public re-opening will be next Saturday at noon – 7:00 pm.
There will be an occasional food truck on site and food options will be considered in the future.
Long time employee James Frydrych has come up with a cocktail menu that includes: Tree Hugger, Maine Mule, Lemonshire, Maine-Garita and Mr. Mcgregors Medicine for $8.00 each. (See way below right photo.) The tasting room seats 100 at wooden tables built by Davidson who also did all of the extensive and handsome wood working on site.
The new space, formerly the Creighton & Sons Building, has quadrupled the size of the Distillery from its original location on Fox Street in Bayside. The distillery produces nine different spirits. The State of Maine is its largest customer said the mecurial Davidson, distributing to its state-wide liquor stores. The tasting room will be open seven days a week between noon – 7:00 pm.
Meanwhile, “The Shop,” a retail store, mini- restaurant and oyster distribution center located in the front of 123 Washington Avenue remains under construction. It appears it won’t be long before it opens though. It’s owned by Island Creek Oyster, of Massachusetts. Kit ?, the former owner of the now defunct Roustabout is the manager of “The Shop.”
The large, empty space in the very front of 123 Washington Avenue is trying to be subleased by The Standard Baking Co, Commercial Street. At one time, the company was interested in the space, but reversed that decision because it was decided that it did not meet the company’s needs according to a manager months ago.
The recent relocation of Maine Craft Distilling to Washington Avenue has now allowed the popular craft beer, Rising Tide, to go ahead with its plans to expand into the vacated space. Current plans call for a public event space.
This afternoon the tasting room of the popular craft beer Rising Tide was packed with imbibers, many from out-of-state. When one group heard that Steve Bannon, had been fired from the White House as an adviser to Twisted Trump, a celebration erupted! “We are going to claw our way back now that Bannon is gone. It’s good news. People have had physical reactions to this administration over the past year,” said Rob Connolly, of R. Connolly & Co., Inc., Pownal. (See above left photo.)