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Welcome to Rising Tide

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.

1 Barrel Brew House

Where it all started

Rising Tide opened in 2010 by husband and wife team Nathan and Heather Sanborn.  Prior to opening the brewery, Nathan was a stay-at-home dad and freelance graphic designer and Heather was an attorney.  In 2009, when their son started school, Heather asked Nathan what he wanted to do next. He was known for his elaborate dinner parties paired with his delicious home brews.  He responded, “I want to open a brewery.”  After searching all of southern Maine they found the perfect place to start, a location that would become known as an incubator for small breweries, One Industrial Way. As Nathan began to connect with other area brewers he found the industry practiced a similar sentiment to the saying, “A rising tide lifts all boats.”  This ethos is what makes the craft beer industry so special and what guides Rising Tide Brewing Company.

As the journey continued

By 2012, Rising Tide had proven itself and it was time to grow. Heather left her job as a lawyer to come on full time at the brewery as the Director of Business Operations as the brewery relocated and expanded to our current home, 103 Fox Street. During this move, production grew from a one-man and one-barrel system to hiring our first employee and a 15-barrel brewhouse. When we first opened on Fox Street, tasting rooms were not allowed.  Heather worked tirelessly with the Maine Brewer's Guild to change that law and in October 2012, we were finally able to be open to the public. 

 

Original Tasting Room
Patio Summer 2020 night

Today at the brewery...

Over the next 7 years, Rising Tide has continued to grow, acquiring a warehouse and expanding the tasting room in 2015, add a private event room and program in 2018, and as of 2020 celebrating 10 years of great beers. Today we are brewing about 4,500 barrels of beer per year distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Our team has grown to almost 30 crew members, and we have opened our own kitchen, The Galley.  Nathan is still our Director of Brewing Operations and Heather is still our Director of Business Operations but now she also serves as a State Senator.

 

meet the Rising Tide Crew

From the production floor to the tar patio our team is what makes our beers and the Rising Tide experience one to remember.

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Alan

Ambassador
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Alex

Production & Packaging Manager
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Allison “Ally”

Ambassador + Event Lead
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Bea

Tasting Room Attendant
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Ben

Warehouse & Packaging Assistant
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Brady

Head Brewer
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Carly

Ambassador + Cook
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Chris

Galley Cook
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Corey

Galley Crew
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Dakota

Brewer
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Devin

Ambassador
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Emily

Production Assistant
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Emily

Ambassador
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Hannah

Ambassador
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Haylee

Private Events Manager
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Heather

Owner + Dir. of Business Operations
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Jacob

Galley Crew
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Jake

Events Ambassador
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Jake

Maine Sales Representative
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Jenavieve

Ambassador
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Jesse

MA/NH Sales Representative
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Chef Josh

Chef
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Julia

Tasting Room Co-Manager
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Julie

Ambassador
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Kail “K”

Branding + Art Director
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Kelly

Ambassador
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Kevin

Galley Cook
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Kyle “Bird”

Galley Cook
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Sev

Events Ambassador
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Loren

Tasting Room Co-Manager
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Mal

Events Ambassador
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Mikayla

Galley Cook
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Missy

Quality Control Specialist
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Morgan

Ambassador
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Nathan

Owner + Dir. of Brewing Operations
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Navit

Ambassador
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Olivia

Ambassador
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Rob

Director of Sales
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Rori

Events Ambassador
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Sarah

Events Ambassador
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Will

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