Twenty years ago, in 1992, in an old clapboard barn high on a hill overlooking the Lincolnville coast (with a view of Cadillac Mountain), hard-working cabinetmaker Andy Hazen started Maine’s fifth microbrewery. Encouraged by his friends’ reactions to his tasty homebrews, he decided it was time to offer his porters and ales to a wider audience. He drafted a local welder to help him assemble a 12-barrel brewing system that he designed himself.
Known today as Andrew’s Brewing Company the brewery is located next door to his house in a renovated farmhouse. While the locals all know exactly where it stands in the rolling hills of Lincolnville, there are no signs to point visitors in the right direction. While there are no signs welcoming you to the brewery, visitors are welcome once you know the way. A sure-fire clue you’re in the right spot? You may see a keg delivery to Andy’s front yard. For the time being, that’s good enough for Andy.
Today, Andy shares the helm with his son, Ben Hazen. Ben brews, bottles and distributes Andrew’s Brewing Company signature creations. Together, they produce a variety of amazing ales (locally loved) including the St. Nick Porter, the Northern Brown Ale, the English Pale Ale (made with the Amarillo hop), and the summer seasonal Ruby's Golden Ale. Andrew’s Pale Ale is their flagship brew. Andrew’s ales are on tap and in bottles at select locations in Midcoast Maine and Southern Maine.
Starting just this summer of 2014, Andy’s Brew Pub is now a big part of The Lobster Pound; a Lincolnville Beach landmark launched in the early 1920’s. These two restaurants will coexist seamlessly under one roof to provide customers with more menu choices and one exceptional dining experience. The Lobster Pound, under owner Richard McLaughlin, will continue to serve up its succulent lobster and other seafood dishes in the familiar dining room setting, while Andy’s Brew Pub offers amazing pub fare and pints of Andrew’s frosty ales. Now, tourists and locals alike can savor fresh Maine lobster and sip local craft beer in one tasty seaside location on Lincolnville’s sandy beach. What could possible be better than that combination?
Just like the top-notch ingredients in their beer, the food ingredients also matter here. Andy’s Brew Pub says that they support local companies and the local farmer’s market. Both restaurants also rely on the Maine lobstermen for their daily catch.
Andrew’s Brewing Co. joins a very talented roster here in Maine. In fact, there are about 50 breweries with 200 different brands here according to the Maine Brewers’ Guild.
Andy’s Brew Pub plans to recognize this niche community by offering guest taps for other Maine breweries on a changing basis including drafts by Gritty’s, Shipyard, Penobscot Bay, and other notable brewers. They will also host wine from Cellardoor Winery [link to Winery/Breweries article] and Savage Oaks, as well as some Maine crafted alcohol, like Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery’s Back River Gin and Three Crow Rum.
While the Hazens don’t have a lot of time to kick back with their signature brews (running their 5OO-barrel per year brewery 7-days a week and Andy’s Brew Pub), you can. Stop by the actual brewery for a visit, or head to Andy’s Brew Pub for a cold one and a steaming lobster on a perfect summer Lincolnville day!
To visit the brewery, give them a call for their hours to ensure availability. For a great meal at Andy’s Brew Pub, please visit their website for more information, hours, and online menu.
353 High Street
Lincolnville, ME 04849
2521 Atlantic Hwy,
Lincolnville, ME 04849