Howdy folks! With Maine summer well underway, I need not remind you that a hot, sunny day by the lake is nigh perfected with the addition of some First Mile beer. Yes, everybody knows this already, I understand... but, what you might not know is that we will be serving beer in the taproom from 12-4 this Saturday! Nothing says freedom quite like a growler of Something Witty or a 4-pack of La Creme Biere. Well, perhaps not as well as a bald eagle toting twin AR-15s against an American flag backdrop...but we don't sell those here! So come say hello to Ericka this July 4th, and grab some refreshments for the camp on your way out. Might I suggest trying out our newly-packaged Canoe Floater? (we hear it's Amanda's favorite...)

If you don't happen to find yourself in the taproom on the 4th, no sweat! We supply a number of local stores and restaurants with our exceptional refreshments, so feel free to stop in at any one of these locations instead before the holiday festivities begin:


Now that stores have been reopening steadily over the last month, we have decided to discontinue home delivery. BUT, our online store still remains open, and we are more than happy to ship our merchandise to you--regardless of your location!

Stay safe, stay healthy, and have a wonderful Fourth of July!

An update of the taproom board can only mean one thing: we are finally prepared to reopen the taproom! As of this weekend, after almost 90 days of prolonged closure, we will now be serving beer for consumption on the premises.

Here at FMB, we are beyond ecstatic to once again serve our patrons in-house, whom with great patience and understanding have continued to support our business through these strange times. We must, however, address some important caveats to our reopening process:

1) When can I come to the taproom to grab a delicious and refreshing craft beer?

Starting this weekend, we will be observing the following weekly hours in the taproom:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 3pm - 8pm

Thursday: 3pm - 8pm

Friday: 3pm - 8pm

Saturday: 12pm - 8pm

Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

2) Where can I sit to enjoy my tasty beverage?

We have spent the earlier part of this month preparing an outdoor patio space, adjacent to the taproom, to accommodate your seating needs. Fortunately, nothing pairs better with our beer than a bit of fresh air!

3) Are there measures in place that promote social distancing?

As per state-mandated guidelines, parties will be limited to 8 per table. Unfortunately, parties will not be permitted to commingle with each other. All beer will be served in plastic, disposable cups for your safety and convenience. Each table will be furnished with a bottle of sanitizer spray, and the bartender will clean and disinfect each table additionally in between parties. All staff will be wearing masks while operating behind the bar, and we recommend that our customers use masks at their own discretion (and though it goes without saying, wash your hands often and stay home if you feel sick!)

4) Plastic cups, you say? What if I want to order a flight?

We've got you covered. Our plastic cups come in 4oz-size as well.

5) Can I drink my to-go 4-pack out on the patio?

While situated outside, the patio space acts as an extension of the indoor taproom. Drinking to-go beer is not permitted within the taproom, nor will it be permitted in the patio space.

6) Can I bring food to eat while out on the patio?

Yes! As always, we encourage our customers to bring food to eat while drinking our beer. Feel free to pack a picnic or order in from any of the number of local restaurants that offer delivery.

If you have any other questions, feel free to come in and talk to our bartenders!

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As I sit here, dripping sweat from the sweltering humidity of today's 87-degree weather, I can't help but remember the SNOW that fell JUST LAST TUESDAY here in Fort Kent. Summer seems to have slipped its way into Aroostook County overnight--and not a moment too soon, either. To commemorate the much-anticipated seasonal shift, we have some interesting tidbits of FMB information to share with all of you:

1) Blueberry Witty is back in stock!

A few of you might remember the last time we had Blueberry Witty in stock--but, since our previous inventory lasted a mere ninety minutes, we can't blame you if you don't! A twist on our best-selling crowd favorite, Blueberry Witty combines our classic Belgian witbier with Maine's favorite fruit: blueberries. This time, instead of a handful of 4-packs, we made a whole batch of it. You won't be able to find this one in stores, so swing by our taproom between Wednesday and Saturday, or request a home delivery* via our online store!

2) Big Black gets barrel-aged!

Our anniversary beer is pretty darn delicious in its own right, but we've set out to make it even better. Last week, we transferred just over 50 gallons of Big Black into an American Oak bourbon barrel that previously held maple syrup. That's right: maple bourbon barrel-aged Big Black is happening. You aren't dreaming. It's as real as the Pavlovian salivation you and I are both undoubtedly experiencing. Six months from now, we'll release our barrel-aged anniversary beer alongside its traditional stainless-aged counterpart--and we'll let you be the judge of which one's better. (Shout-out to River Drive Cooperage for the barrel!)

(If you weren't already salivating, the empty barrel smelled just like fresh-made waffles...)

3) We're preparing to open again! (eventually...)

As per state mandate, breweries statewide have the green light to reopen on July 1st. While a bit later than originally anticipated, this has us slated to reopen right in line with Independence Day weekend! Social distancing will continue to be required, but to make this easier for our beloved customers, we have plans to build out a patio space off of our entryway. So, if you are as excited as we are to have a proper First Mile beer, poured straight from the tap, rest assured that we're only a month away from that reality. In the meantime, we have been busy restocking your local restaurants with FMB beer, so continue to support local by stopping into your favorite eatery and enjoy one of our awesome brews there instead!

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