oral histories

Kim Vandermeulen and Linda Young opened van der Brew in Winthrop, Maine, in 2018. The brewery is located within walking distance of Main Street, in an industrial building on the shore of Maranacook Lake. During the summer months, it attracts vacationers from the many nearby lakes. According to Vandermeulen, the brewery is a “community center that sells beer.”

van der Brew Kim at the Counter

Mother and son Patricia Krebs and Mike Barker opened Alna Hopyard and Farm in 2012. It is currently one of the few hop-growing farms in Maine. Alna is near many rural breweries and is only one hour outside of Portland. Alna Hopyard is dedicated to growing and supplying Maine craft brewers with local hops. They have over 2,400 plantings in five different hop varieties: Cascade, Centennial, Willamette, Nugget, and Fuggle.

Hop bines with space-hop containers