So far, there have been 14 batches of Ishmael, Sanborn said, which are being distributed to about 60 locations, including RSVP, the Great Lost Bear and at specialty markets like the Rosemont Market & Bakery and the Bow Street Market in Freeport.
Each 22-ounce bottle retails for about $6, he said.
“Right now, this beer is pretty much flying out the door,” said Sanborn, who described his early success as a “honeymoon period.”
Hop Press went for a behind the scenes look at Baxter Brewing. The new bear company is lead by Luke Livingston who had until earlier this year authored Blog About Beer. Baxter is expected to start retail sales in January.
Touring the 7,000 square foot facility with Livingston on Monday, the Baxter staff seemed to be working at full-speed to get the facility put together and get to brewing. Just last week, Baxter’s 30 bbl brewhouse (mash-tun, kettle and whirlpool) arrived in Lewiston, along with two 60-barrel fermenters. A 48,000-pound grain silo was installed at the brewery last month, and a state-of-the-art Ball canning line will be arriving in November.