Bissell Brothers, among the most popular of Portland-based craft breweries, has opened its long-awaited expansion in Milo, a few miles east of Dover-Foxcroft.
The new brewery, dubbed Bissell Brothers Three Rivers, opened last Saturday at 157 Elm St. in Milo, featuring food from Dover-Foxcroft-based Spruce Mill Farm & Kitchen, and eight taps featuring a rotating array of Bissell Brothers brews, including two Milo-only beers: Waveform, a wild IPA, and Square 3, a barrel-aged saison.
Bissell Brothers, which the titular brothers Peter and Noah Bissell founded in 2013, has made a name for itself with its big, juicy, unfiltered, “New England-style” IPAs. Its flagship beer is the Substance — a hazy, orange-y brew that has spawned long lines outside its Portland taproom, and has A-list fans including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who notably flew his assistant to Portland last winter to bring him a case, according to the brewery.
While the national accolades piled up, the Bissells were thinking smaller — in particular, they were thinking about Milo, the small Maine town where they grew up. For the past 18 months, the Bissell crew has been working on an expansion into Piscataquis County, a new facility that would be the county’s first brewery, allow them to concentrate on more experimental beers that take longer to brew and, most importantly, help them bring it all back home.
“It was a business decision, yes, because the future of beer is to go where beer isn’t and do what others aren’t doing,” Peter Bissell said. “But for us, it was an emotional thing. If we were going to expand outside of Portland, it had to be in Milo. It had to be home.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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