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Despite fears of apocalyptic plagues and full economic collapse, demand for FMB beer continues to remain high!


Two weeks ago, brewing at First Mile was put on hold indefinitely. With the state-wide mandatory closure of all restaurants and bars, our pipeline for beer distribution was effectively halved. Also, with a storage cooler brimming with product, the need for new beer any time soon seemed highly unlikely.


What we didn't expect was the meteoric surge in demand for beer in cans!


Along with brewing more beer, Nate and Ezra have been busy repackaging kegged beer into cans to meet the many requests for home delivery, as well as to maintain stock at the many retail outlets that continue to remain open. In fact, along with our newly-established online store, customers can now find our cans at Paradis Shop n' Save, at both their Fort Kent and Madawaska locations!


Along with the continued support of our retail partners, the FMB taproom is still open for take-out orders, with abridged hours, Wednesday through Saturday. Also, if you find yourself enjoying one of our delicious canned beverages in a socially responsible (read: distant) manner, give us a shout-out on social media with the hashtag: #showusyourFMBcans


Once again, we thank you all for your unfaltering patronage during these trying times. Exciting things are on the way, so stay tuned!




Social distancing got you feeling glum? Never fear, we've got you covered. As of Monday, March 30, 2020, First Mile Brewing will be offering beer delivery services to our local County communities!


On the First Mile Brewing website, there is now an online shop offering our current assortment of 4-packs for home delivery. Deliveries require 24-hr notice and will be facilitated on the following schedule:


Monday: Fort Kent west, as far as St. Francis Church

Tuesday: Fort Kent east, as far as St. David (this includes St. Agatha and Sinclair)

Wednesday: Fort Kent south, including Eagle Lake, Wallagrass, and Soldier Pond

Thursday: Caribou, Presque Isle, and Houlton

Friday: Fort Kent (in-town deliveries only)


Delivery is FREE with a $50 minimum purchase (orders of less that $50 will incur a handling fee, so take the opportunity to stock up!)


As this is fully (albeit blissfully) uncharted territory for the malt beverage industry, we would love to hear your feedback on how we can improve our methods, so as to better serve your needs. Also, depending on the popularity of this new feature, we reserve the right to adjust the schedule as needed. Any changes will be advertised on social media, so keep an eye out!


...and, of course, the tap room will be open on the following schedule to field your in-house beer pickups:


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Saturday: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: Closed


IMPORTANT POST SCRIPT:

In these trying times, don't forget to continue supporting your local businesses. Along with offering personalized delivery services, we are still making regular deliveries to the convenience stores and beverage warehouses remaining open during this period of quarantine.


Remember to wash your hands, limit social contact, and stay healthy, friends!!

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In response to recent global events, First Mile Brewing Co. released the following statement last week regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19, and our short-term mitigation strategy:


"In light of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maine, we’d like to assure you we here at First Mile Brewing take staff and customer health and safety seriously.  The tap room will remain open at this time, though we will continue to monitor the situation, as necessary.

We have implemented a few changes to help:

Staff will sanitize high touch areas more frequently throughout their shift (door knobs, table tops, sink handles, etc)

Staff will sanitize the iPad cash out system more frequently

Games and table menus have been removed. A menu is available with your server upon request

Staff will also continue normal cleaning routines. Glassware is, as always, sanitized between uses. Our brewers will also continue to follow industry standard cleanliness and sanitizing practices in the brew house and during the brewing and packaging processes.

Please remember to do your part to help control the potential spread of this virus. Remember to wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, be kind to each other. And as always, if you’re feeling unwell, stay home!"


However, as of today, FMB has issued the following statement, in accordance with state mandate:


"After much thought and consideration concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic, the First Mile Brewing Family has decided to close the tap room for in house guests at this time.  We do this with heavy hearts but with our staff and public health safety as our top priority.

We will continue to offer to go options, including many canned options and new growler fills. We will only fill new, unused growlers for the time being.  Please do not bring your empty growlers in - we will not be accepting them until further notice. We also will only be accepting credit and gift card payments. NO CASH.

This is in effect through Sunday, March 29 at which time we will reassess the situation and the current CDC recommendations.


Our hours will be adjusted as follows:

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 330-600

Saturday: 200-600

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: Closed


All tips will be donated to the Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry to assist families in need during these tough times.

We thank you for your continued support and patronage.

Be safe. Stay healthy."


A global pandemic such as this one is entirely unprecedented. But, with strict mitigation strategies now being implemented state- and nation-wide, this is an issue that we will all weather together. In such trying times, please remember that the health of you and your loved ones are first priority, and, if personal well-being permits, continue to show support for your community's local small businesses. If you would like to keep abreast of news about brewery and tap room operations, feel free to subscribe to our email list from our website. We will be releasing updates and revelations as needed over the course of the next couple to several weeks, and we would love to keep you posted.


We have it on good authority that our beer tastes just as good in the comfort of your living room as it does in the taproom--so come on in, grab a 4-pack or two (or three or four,) and then go home and stay healthty!


Much love,


The FMB Family

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