Maine’s largest brewer claims stakes in Scarborough with land purchase deal


The Downs mixed-use development in Scarborough will house Allagash Brewing Co.’s second tasting room, due to open in 2024.

Allagash Brewing, led by founder Rob Tod, is Maine’s largest brewer with 140 employees in Portland, where the company has its brewing operations and a tasting room that remains outdoors only.


Allagash Brewing Co. founder Rob Tod said the company likes the idea of ​​being part of two communities, Portland and Scarborough.

Tod founded Allagash in 1995, long before Maine became a craft beer destination with over 145 breweries across the state today in urban and rural areas.

“The Downs was one of many places we looked at when considering a new location,” Tod told Mainebiz. “Given our priorities, it gave us the right space to create the best possible experience for our customers.”

About a 15-minute drive from the Allagash headquarters on Industrial Way, the new space “will essentially be adjacent to the Portland community we’ve always called home,” Tod said. “We like the idea of ​​being part of two communities: Portland and Scarborough.”

Allagash said Thursday he was buying seven acres in the mixed-use development.

Allagash is not disclosing the purchase price for the land since the deal has not yet been finalized. Asked about building during a time of rising construction costs, Tod said it’s hard to predict what will happen next month let alone a year from now.

“We had to make a decision at the right time for us as a company,” he said.

Allagash does not yet have a plan for the future building or a date when he expects it to break ground. Tod said the company will work with local design and engineering professionals to create the space.

Tod also said that once the layout is decided, the company will have a better idea of ​​the number of employees in Scarborough, adding: “It’s a great opportunity for our current staff, and also an area of ​​the brewery where we will be able to hire and retain staff. »

Naomi Neville, who oversees Allagash’s tasting operations in Portland, will also lead operations at the new Scarborough facility. Allagash will be the Downs’ first hospitality venture, which will also include Maine’s first Costco store under a plan recently approved by the Scarborough Planning Board.

“We are very proud to welcome Allagash to Scarborough,” said Peter Michaud, a partner at The Downs, the site of the former Scarborough Downs harness racing track which closed in November 2020.

“Allagash’s presence will solidify the Downs as one of Maine’s best places to live, work and play,” added Michaud.

Allagash was ranked Maine’s largest brewer in the latest edition of the Mainebiz Fact Book, based on 118,315 barrels produced between July 2020 and June 2021.

Courtesy / Allagash Brewing Co.

The Allagash Tasting Room in Portland, where it also has its brewing operations, is located on Industrial Way.

The brewer was also listed on No. 23 among America’s craft brewers in 2021 in the latest Boulder, Colorado-based Brewers Association rankings, up from 29th the previous year.

Despite the planned expansion to Scarborough, Tod said the company’s brewing operations and facilities will remain in Portland.

“That’s one of the main reasons we’re looking to move our tasting room,” he said, “because we just need more space in our current brewery to accommodate future projects. expansion there.”

The move comes three years after Tod received a James Beard Award, considered an Oscar of the culinary world, for best beer or spirits producer.

Elsewhere in Maine, another brewer in expansion mode is Brewer-based Mason’s Brewing Co., which recently unveiled plans for a new brewery, distillery and restaurant at a mixed-use waterfront property in Auburn.


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