We will reopen our Tar Patio to seated, outdoor only service starting on Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m.
We believe we have a thorough reopening plan that follows and exceeds all of the state and federal CDC guidance about how to lower the risks of COVID-19, as well as drawing on everything we’ve been able to read about the additional benefits of being outside in a well-ventilated area. We recognize that not everyone is ready yet to venture out to dine and drink. That’s totally fine! (And we totally get it!) Our curbside pick-up option will remain open as well, seven days a week, via either online ordering or drive/walk/bike-up ordering.
Our outdoor patio and curbside pick up are now both open 7 days a week!
Friday - Saturday 11:30-9pm
We have woodfired pizza daily from Frie & Co. We now offer brunch on Sundays!
Just come to the host stand at the entrance to our patio and see our host for a table. We can only seat parties up to 8 people.
We won’t be able to allow folks to just stand around the barrels on our Tar Patio like we used to. Instead, we can only allow you in if there is a table available to seat you and then we ask you to remain at your table so we can safely serve you. If all of our tables are full, we’ll take your name and number to text you when your table is ready. We aren’t taking advance reservations at this time.
We ask that you do not come to our Tar Patio if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. These are the symptoms the CDC tells you to look for: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose (other than your own normal baseline allergies), nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. If you’re currently having or have recently had any of those symptoms or if you have had close contact with anyone who was COVID-positive within the last 14 days, please stay home and take care of yourself!
For right now, guests can come inside only to use the restrooms.
When you come inside to use the restroom, you must wear a face covering. Our two restrooms will be limited to a single person using each one at a time in order to maintain distancing. Please sanitize your hands prior to entering the restroom and wash your hands well before exiting.
We’ve developed a whole new model to serve you in a physically distanced way out on the Tar Patio!
We’ll have servers out on the patio, taking your order from service stations six feet away from your table and then bringing your beers out from inside so you can pick them up from the service station. All of the tables are 6 feet from each other as well. We think this new model is going to work well to keep our customers and our staff distanced from one another, while still being able to come together for the great beer and fun times we love on the Rising Tide Tar Patio!
YES! EVERYONE NEEDS TO ARRIVE WEARING A FACE COVERING.
This is required by state regulations, and it’s a key part of how we will keep each other safe. Once you are seated at your table, you may take your mask off. If you get up from your table to use the restroom, close your tab, or for any other reason, you must put your mask back on. Just as we wouldn’t serve you if you arrived barefoot on our patio, we also won’t serve you if you refuse to wear a face covering. So just arrive with one and wear it until you’re seated and when you use the restroom and then we’ll be all set!
For the first few weeks, we will have a limited number of inexpensive disposable masks available for purchase at our entrance if you accidentally arrive without one. We also have some pretty sweet machine washable Rising Tide branded cloth masks that you can buy for $12!
* Please note that a cloth face covering, a three-ply disposable mask, or a full-coverage face shield are all acceptable, and you may see various members of our team wearing any of these various styles of face covering. Please leave the medical-grade N95s for our health care heroes!
Yup, we’re pretty excited about the food! We’ll be partnering up with Fire & Co. to offer you woodfired pizza and fresh donuts.
Due to COVID precautions that require us to keep track of who is on our patio, we won’t be working with the usual rotating line-up of food trucks this summer. Instead, we’ll be partnering up with Fire & Co. to offer you woodfired pizza and fresh donuts (plus some other goodies as time goes on)! We’ll also have baked pretzels and Vintage Maine potato chips on the menu. You’ll order all your food and beverages directly from your server.
Fire & Co. pizza will also be available for curbside to-go during the hours our patio is open!
Absolutely! As we did before COVID, we’ll be offering a small selection of hard cider, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. We also have juice boxes available for kiddos. Tap water and sparkling water will be available upon request from your server.
We’ve decided not to use disposable plastic cups. Instead, we’ll use machine sanitized glassware and put bus buckets on each service station.
We’ve decided not to use disposable plastic cups because of the environmental impact of creating that much waste. Plastic cups also have a tendency to blow away off our patio, causing litter in the neighborhood. Instead, we’ll use machine sanitized glassware and put bus buckets on each service station. We ask that you bus your own glassware to these buckets when you’re finished with them. Our servers will wear gloves when handling the bus buckets and bringing them back inside to be washed in our commercial glasswasher.
Our servers are generally not going to wear gloves. Instead, our servers will be washing hands frequently and sanitizing their hands between every transaction.
The reason is simple: gloves don’t ensure clean hands because the virus could potentially stick to gloves if the gloves are not changed frequently. Instead, our servers will be washing hands frequently and sanitizing their hands between every transaction. We’ll have a LOT of hand sanitizer available everywhere on the Tar Patio. After reading all the guidance that is out there, we think this is actually a bit safer (and better for the environment) than changing gloves countless times during a long, busy shift.
We have a professionally installed tent covering our East Patio. In case of rain, we will stay open offering outdoor seating under the tent. To soak up the summer sun, join us on our West Patio!
Keeping our team, our guests, and our community healthy is our number one priority. We are practicing rigorous physical distancing among our team within the brewery and have designed our new service model so that our team can keep their distance from one another as well as from customers.
You won’t see four tasting room ambassadors all hustling together behind the bar again for a while. We ask our employees to screen themselves for symptoms each day and encourage them to stay home if they aren’t feeling well. We offer paid sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance, and health insurance benefits to our team so that they don’t ever have to worry about calling out sick. We also have contingency plans for what we’ll do if a staff member experiences COVID symptoms, including immediately coordinating with the Maine CDC and offering universal testing to our team. We hope never to have to use those plans, but we promise to be transparent about it if it happens.
Nope, not for now. We’re going to ask that folks stay at their own tables and we won’t have games available for now so that we can ensure everyone’s able to keep proper distancing.
Yes. We really want to remain dog friendly!
Please help us do that by bringing only well-behaved puppers, keeping your leashed floof at your own table with you, and not interacting with doggos at other tables. Please no woofin'. We don’t want puppers to be the reason for doing anyone a scare during these heckin strange times.
If you have any feedback or concerns about these new operational procedures, please don’t hesitate to email Co-Owner and Director of Business Operations Heather Sanborn at [email protected]. Include a phone number in your email and she’ll give you a call back to chat about your concerns!
This is all new. We may have gotten something wrong. We may have forgotten something. You might have a great suggestion for improvements that we could use to keep people safe. Let us know!
What we would ask most of all is that you stay patient with our staff. They are coming back to an entirely different service model than the one they were used to last summer. Inevitably there will be some hiccups along the way. Your beers might take a while to arrive if we’re super busy or the patio may be full when you get here. We understand that might be frustrating. Please bear with us. We’ll continue to adjust as we get our feet back under us. Your feedback is super important to us, but please direct that feedback to Heather (ask for her by name – she may well be onsite or reach her via email at [email protected]), rather than taking your frustrations out on our host or our servers.