Meet Rising Tide Brewing Company
Rising Tide Brewing Company is an independent, family-owned brewery that anchors Portland, Maine’s vibrant East Bayside neighborhood. We are guided by creative flavors, quality, consistency, community, and a love of all things outdoors. Rising Tide supports our farmers, using local ingredients in every beer.
Our beers are available in cans and on draft in our tasting room in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood and at select locations in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Our beers are unfiltered and unpasteurized. Each can is alive! For the best experience, handle gently, store cool, and drink fresh. If you are a retailer interested in carrying our beer, please check our Contact page for a list of distributors.
Director of Brewing Operations and Owner
Rising Tide’s beers are brewed by Nathan Sanborn, a Portland native. Prior to founding Rising Tide in 2010, Nathan spent more than a dozen years teaching himself about brewing, experimenting with creative recipes on his home-brewing system, and serving up his beers for feedback from friends and family. Nathan is fascinated by the science and the art of beer-making. He strives to create beers that are informed by traditional styles but with a creative, modern sensibility.
When he’s not brewing and selling beer, Nathan likes to ski, sail, cycle, and cook for friends and family.
Director of Business Operations and Owner
After earning a master’s degree in teaching and then a law degree, Heather never expected to be running a brewery. But she has jumped on board with a level of excitement that has buoyed Rising Tide from its very inception. From financial projections to supply chains, Heather pulls a laboring oar in nearly every aspect of the brewery operations. Heather is currently serving in the Maine House of Representatives and is past-president of the Maine Brewers’ Guild.
When she’s not putting out fires at the brewery, Heather likes to ski, sail, watch NFL football, and hang out with her son and her pup.
Meet our team
Alex HernandezPackaging Manager
Inheriting his love of well-made American beers from his father, Alex has carefully followed the explosion of Maine craft brewing since moving north from Washington DC a decade ago. When not solving problems on the brewery floor, you can find him playing music around Portland, fly fishing, or enjoying the best of what Maine outdoors has to offer.
Allie RoachProduction Assistant
Allie’s love for beer started when she was in college at Northeastern. After working in a winery during the 2016 harvest she knew she wanted to combine her experience in wine with her love of beer. She decided to make the move to Maine for Rising Tide, despite the amount of Stephen King books she has read. Other than beer she also has a love of boxing and movies (both good and bad).
Andrew CoronadoProduction Assistant
Andrew hails from the far frozen North Country of New York State and moved to Maine for school in 2012. After studying history and anthropology, he’s particularly interested in beer styles outside mainstream Western brewing traditions. Outside of beer, Andrew enjoys road trips, vinyl, buying books but forgetting to read them, flannel, and Portland’s vibrant food scene.
Andrew ThompsonEvent Staff
Andrew is a sound artist, runner, aspiring photographer, bartender, and a breakfast and hummus enthusiast. Originally from Massachusetts, he fled to the foothills of Maine before finding his way to Portland. Outside of Rising Tide you may see him crafting tasty beverages up on Munjoy Hill or telling tales of how he won the Golden Chickpea award 4 years in a row. Don’t worry about the fact that he started the competition, affectionately known as Garbanzaroo.
Brady began brewing professionally after stints as a writer, painter, music seller, house builder, tee shirt printer, shipping clerk, shelf stocker, invitation engraver and nighttime laborer. When he’s not busy brewing or drinking, he still enjoys writing and painting and is a long time advocate of analog music, funky cheese and long walks in the woods. Despite a world of forums to the contrary, he still says the world’s greatest beer is the one in his hand.
Chris PirrelloTasting Room Manager
Chris found his love of beer at the bottom of a pint of Guinness while backpacking through Ireland back in ‘98. He hasn’t stopped traveling or hunting down the perfect pint since. After a decade of globetrotting, Chris settled in Portland, Oregon and got down to the business of beer. After a few years of slinging brews it was time to go on walkabout, this time he laced up the hiking boots and hit the trail. He has since thru-hiked six long distance trails, including completing the Triple Crown. Thru-hiking is thirsty work, so he returned to his native Boston in search of a pint. It was there that he found Rising Tide and quickly became part of the crew. He is a loud and proud supporter of the New England Revolution.
Emily HeggieTasting Room Ambassador
Although born and raised in Maine, Emily discovered her love of beer while sipping post-study pints in Brooklyn, NY. With new beers around every corner, she became interested in what makes each brew different. After four years studying industrial design in NYC, Emily missed the beaches and mountains she grew up in and found the right balance of city life and outdoor access here in Portland, Maine. In her free time, Emily can be found designing furniture, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and dancing anywhere there is or isn’t music playing.
Evan DemersEvent Staff
Growing up in Western Mass, Evan fell in love with the outdoors, hiking, and skiing. Later in life came his love for beer and any new style that appeared on the shelves at the local stores. After studying architecture in Boston, the move to Maine was only natural. He enjoys hanging with family and friends – especially the four-legged ones – and of course the amazing beers that tie it all together. He’s also a backyard games semi-professional athlete, allegedly.
Haylee MunsonEvent Coordinator
Beginning in the Tourism & Hospitality Program at the University of Southern Maine and continuing into the early years of her career, Haylee has left no stone unturned exploring her passion for events. She has curated a multi-cultural food festival, planned a land and sea tour on a cruise to Bermuda, and most recently helped execute weddings and corporate events. When she’s not busy orchestrating good times, you might find her enjoying a cup of coffee, taking too many photos of her dogs, or browsing the nearest home decor store.
Hillevi JaegermanTasting Room Ambassador
Hillevi was born and raised in Portland, Maine. She has a passion for hops, yeast, water, and grains. When she isn’t here pouring, she’s outside exploring, farming oysters, or hiking along coastal terrain.(She also likes limericks).
Jake WarnerMaine Sales Representative
After chasing heavy-hopped IPAs up and down the west coast for nearly a decade, Jake has moved back to New England with sights set on exploring and rediscovering his native state of Maine. When not sampling Portland’s freshest brews, you can find Jake on the slopes or the soccer field, stirring something in the kitchen, or strumming a guitar somewhere around town. His favorite beers include any iteration of the IPA, barrel-aged blends, and anything that accompanies a good taco.
Jeromy WashingtonWarehouse Manager
A long time beer lover, Jeromy was exposed to the local craft beer scene working for a vendor catering to many local brewers. When he isn’t shipping, receiving, moving and storing beer and all the ingredients to make it, Jeromy loves riding motorcycles, ATVs, and dirt bikes or just hanging out with his wife and their retired racing greyhound.
Julia StarrTasting Room Ambassador
A native of New Hampshire, Julia is an avid Printmaker (ask her about levigating stones and multi-block registration) and brought her passion of beer and art together by homebrewing and printing labels for her senior thesis. After acquiring a 600lb printing press she moved to Portland with dreams of working with beer and opening her own community print shop. She also enjoys punk shows, hiking, dogs, board games and sunny-side eggs on everything.
Kailey PartinDirector of Branding & Hospitality
Kailey is a Maine transplant originally from suburbs of Philadelphia by way of Ithaca, New York. She has a background in performing arts management and multi-media design. Her passion for craft brewing started with Ithaca Beer Co.’s CascaZilla and only grew upon arrival in Portland. As a weekend beer tasting and brewery touring hobbyist, she loves working with the crew at Rising Tide. When she is not in the office, she enjoys soaking up the sun by exploring the beautiful coast of Maine, taking photographs, cooking with her wife, and spending time with close friends.
Merritt WaldronDirector of Quality Control
Hanging out with Old Rasputin at Delaney’s Tap Room in Connecticut, Merritt found his love for craft beer. Since then, he’s worked in beer bars, tried any beer he could, and started home brewing. Six years and one Best In Show medal later he couldn’t be happier to have landed at Rising Tide. Merritt loves riding his bike along the East Coast Greenway, growing his beard, and is teaching himself to play the banjo.
On his 21st birthday, Mike O’Neal walked directly to Brooklyn and bought his first home brewing kit. Since moving back to Maine, he is excited to upgrade to the big-kid brewing kit at Rising Tide. He is also a professional musician, saxophone repair apprentice, amateur mechanic, and competitive karaoke enthusiast. His best Halloween costume, naturally, was Sexy Sax Man since the only song he is ever asked to play is ‘Careless Whisper’.
Missy LittlefieldLab Technician & Cellaring/Packaging Specialist
Missy’s quest of beer started like most people, by drinking a lot. Then she wondered how it was made and has now opened a bottle that cannot be closed. After working too many years in the restaurant industry, she decided to call it quits and started learning everything she could about brewing, joined a couple clubs, and started working as a brewer.ÊWhen Missy’s not brewing, you can find her biking, hiking, boating, cooking, or doing more research on beer.
Monica LinkTasting Room Ambassador
Monica found her passion for craft beer while drinking her buddy Chris’s homemade brews. She has even run a beer mile and successfully completed it (totally ask her about it!). When she isn’t pouring beer for customers, she is most likely to be found walking along the beach, jamming out to classic vinyls, hiking, or drinking a beer.
Ryan O’ConnellMA & NH Sales Rep
Ryan was born and bred in the wilds of Western Massachusetts. His love of craft beer began when he was in college at UMass Amherst, and he discovered the wealth of great beer available in the area. He quickly geeked out and dove into any beer-related literature he could find and made sure to try as many different styles as he could. From there he was hooked and decided to turn it into a profession. He comes to Rising Tide by way of Craft Brewers Guild of MA and Ballast Point Brewing Co, where he worked in sales for both companies for 5+ years collectively. Outside of beer, Ryan’s other vices are cheese, cigars, whiskey, and Boston sports. He is a die-hard Bruins fan above all else. Working out and going for a nice hike help to even him out too.
Shelby CaseyTasting Room Ambassador
After working in a bar in Wyoming, Shelby found her love of craft brewing while doing tastings to order new beers. While traveling she always makes a stop at a local brewery and get a growler to add to her ever-growing collection. She can be found hanging out in a hammock reading a good book, hiking, or up at her cabin swimming in Porter Lake on her days off.