Soft opening at brew pub gives locals a peek inside
Lincolnville — It is not brewing on the premises yet, but Andy's Brew Pub is now open at The Lobster Pound.
On Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, the pub held a soft opening to give customers a look inside and a taste of what is to come. A portion of the restaurant's interior was remodeled into the pub space. Now, the restaurant is in the right side of the building, with additional tables on the outdoor patio, comprising about 150 seats and the brew pub is on the left side with about 75 seats, according to General Manager Richard “Dick” McLaughlin.
Pub investor Jim Tyler made the 41-foot live-edge (retaining the bark on the outside edge) polished pine bar, which McLaughlin believes is the longest live-edge pine bar in the state. Tyler also made a polished pine backing for the beer taps behind the bar. The pub also features a lounge area with love seats and a fireplace.
The pub and restaurant have different menus, McLaughlin said, but items such as pizza and lobster are available on either side.
The pub side also contains space for a gift shop which is expected to open the week of May 5, once the off-premises license to sell bottled beer is in hand, he said.
The brewing equipment is being assembled off-site, explained investor Ben Hazen, to make sure everything is put together correctly. Then it will be disassembled and reassembled at the pub, once federal and state brewing licenses have been received. Hazen is the son of Andrew Hazen, founder of Andrew's Brewing Co., which produces the brews to be made at the pub. Until the brewing licenses are issued, Andrew's brews are being brought in from the brewery on High Street, Hazen said. The beers can be ordered in the restaurant as well as the pub.
Also to come is a large fire-rated glass window into the brewing area so patrons can see the beer being made, McLaughlin said. There are also a few last construction details to be finished in the brewing area.
The restaurant was slated to open Saturday, May 3, McLaughlin said. Hours for both sides of the business will be 11:30 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m., depending on business, he said. Take-out will also be available.
Once everything is in place, a grand opening will be held, he said.