Don’t get us wrong, we love our current location in downtown Rockland, but it only has space for a four-barrel operation. In our new space, we will be able to expand to a 15-barrel system. After some searching, owner Dan Pease found a vacant building that had been previously occupied by Mathews Brothers of Belfast, a window retailer and manufacturer.
We have plans to build a tasting room and use the large loading bay in the back of the building for brewing. We would like to give a shout out to Tigpro, a stainless-steel fabricator in Portland that will be building our new brewing system. We will also have extra space that we hope to repurpose into a canning operation.
Canning vs. Bottling
Having the extra space will allow us to operate a full-scale plant that we can use for canning. Canning is better for the beer because it blocks out light, which can affect the quality of the beer over time. It will also be less expensive and allow us to expand with greater ease.
You know what this means? More Beer for everyone!
We are expecting production to jump from 165 barrels of beer per year to about 2,000 barrels. Dan plans on brewing twice a day with plans to hire up to 10 new full-time people.
Rock Harbor currently produces 10 different beers that we hope to market throughout Lincoln, Waldo, and Knox counties. We want to share our amazing beer with craft beer enthusiasts throughout the state of Maine. Take a look at our beer menu here.
Let’s take a look back...
Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery has been delighting craft beer fans in Rockland.
Dan Pease is a Rockland native who began as a student at the University of Maine. He started brewing at home, like so many others, with a 5-gallon bucket and malt extract. He took the leap to start a restaurant business in 2011, Rock Harbor was born.
After a few years Dan decided to add a brewery to the business. The shining copper in the window has become a well-known attraction and downtown favorite, winning numerous “Best of the Best” awards and local acclaim.
When will we be open?
Renovations have already begun. We are pushing hard for a June 2017 opening so that we can keep up with the summer rush.
The new location has ample space for the public to come in, taste the beers, take a brew tour, and buy cans or pints. We also have plans to host outdoor events on the 3-acre property.
Future of Craft Beer in Maine
One would think that more people making beer would flood the market. Think again! The great thing about all this growth is that it forces everyone to make better beer, which benefits you, the customer.
According to the Maine Brewers’ Guild, Maine has been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. The breweries in Maine produce more than 200 different brands. Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery will be adding more specialty, craft beers to that list.
Stay up to date with the progress of our new brewery location by following our Facebook page. In the meantime, you can enjoy our pub fare and craft beers at 416 Main Street in downtown Rockland. Join us for happy hour, live events, trivia night, and open mic night.