The idea of a true authentic neighborhood brewery and tavern has been a passion of ours since 2005. After managing a bustling seasonal lobster wharf, we realized that ownership and completely authentic relationships are what makes a business run crisply and smoothly. We decided to bring it down to a more personal neighborhood level that would help shape our communities, our country, and hopefully, our world. We feel some of these qualities have been lost to the ballooning iron-clad commercial enterprises in our world. We intend to offer those qualities again here at The Watershed Tavern.
In 2009 we started to build our own vision of a tavern, carving from the most important ingredient: community. In order to create a true "public house", where we hope to spark conversations and visions for positive change in our hometown and country. It is small, well-built with real homegrown timbers, sawn off our very own sawmill from trees donated by our enthusiastic supporters of the project. Having a brewery that produces fresh local beers made in the stalwart tradition of hardy Mainers, served with classic, simple, yet flavorful all-natural foods in a warm friendly atmosphere.
Heavy post and beam construction is the signature of a Mitchell-built structure. The beams are adorned in carvings that proclaim their donor or place of origin. Milled on our very own sawmill, handcrafted with generational tools handed down by our forefathers. Hand-fitting the joints and carving the names makes it real, and makes it an example of our community.
Our community's presence in the tavern feels like its seeping out of the walls. It has been what has made our little "off the water" neighborhood tavern so sublime. Do we have an amazing view? Yes, but it's not the ocean or a mountain skyline, it's your friends, family or co-workers playing bocce, cribbage, or throwing the "brass ring". Laughing and eating superb foods created alongside great local beer are as common as the salt and pepper shakers on our tables.
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