Atlantic Brewing Co.

atlantic brewing Co
Address

15 Knox Rd,
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Phone

(207) 288-2337

Website
First Visited

April 11, 2007

Doug Maffucci’s path to Bar Harbor beverage baron began with a little restaurant called the New Old Lompoc Café. Doug and his partner Jon Hubbard, who already ran a bicycle shop and burger joint in Bar Harbor, decided to try their hands at a more substantial restaurant in 1989. The café’s unique feature—its hook—was the beer selection. The New Old Lompoc Café would offer twenty-five bottled beers, all of them craft brews or imports.

Though there were Maine beer bars that offered some choice in beer (namely, the Great Lost Bear and Three Dollar Dewey’s in Portland), there wasn’t any place offering this kind of choice in Bar Harbor. Even more unique was the allure of locally brewed beer. In 1990, the café was the first account for Tod and Suzi Foster’s fledgling Bar Harbor Brewing Company.

When the Fosters went off to chart their own path with Bar Harbor Brewing, Doug started brewing beer himself. Maffucci launched Acadia Brewing Company in 1991, crafting beer one barrel at a time within the café. This grew to a full-scale brewpub, with a seven-barrel brewhouse attached to the eatery. In 1994, the brewery’s name changed from Acadia to the now-familiar Atlantic Brewing Company.

Atlantic experienced steady growth in its early years and stayed strong even as the craft brewing bubble popped in the late ’90s. The brewpub saw expansion after expansion, and in 1998, Maffucci moved Atlantic from downtown Bar Harbor to a farmhouse on the edge of town. The nineteenth-century Maine farmstead fit with the brewer’s vision of an “estate brewery,” replete with stonework and vegetation that brings to mind the beer gardens of Germany and England. The estate features Atlantic’s production brewery, a gift shop and the mainely Meat BBQ. While beer production is a year-round affair, visits to the estate are not—the brewery is only open to the public (except by special appointment) from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

In recent years, Maffucci’s beverage empire (co-owned with his wife, Barbara Patten) has grown. In addition to beer, Atlantic crafts two different Maine sodas—a root beer and a blueberry soda. In 2004, Doug and Barbara opened a winery: Bar Harbor Cellars. In 2009, Atlantic Brewing Co. acquired Bar Harbor Brewing, consolidating the island’s brewing enterprises. As of 2012, Atlantic brews the equivalent of about fifty-five thousand cases of beer each year. The beer is brewed and bottled in two locations; some comes from the production brewery in Bar Harbor, and some is contract-brewed by Portland’s Shipyard Brewing. With expanded distribution, upped production and a snazzy label redesign, Atlantic is poised to keep up its growth.

At Atlantic Brewing we believe in helping to sustain the community that enjoys our beer!

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