After 16 months of work,Orono Brewing Company’s new 10,000-square-foot brewery, bar, restaurant and distribution center opened this week in a former concrete plant tucked away on a little-traveled side street in the Orono neighborhood known as the Basin.
With almost no advance notice, owners Abe and Heather Furth, Mark Horton, and Asa March-Sachs decided to open their doors at 61 Margin St. for the first time at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, and announced it by sending out a social media blast at 3 p.m. that day.
By 5 p.m., the bar was full to its 170-person indoor capacity.
“There was a line from the bar to the door,” Abe Furth said. “It was totally nuts.”
OBC has gone from a four-barrel brewing system and two tiny tasting rooms (20 Main St. in Orono and 26 State St. in Bangor, both of which are still open) to one of the largest and most popular breweries in the state. It’s also one of the largest restaurants and bars in Greater Bangor. All of that was accomplished in less than four years — the first brews went on tap in December 2014.
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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