History: Benjamin M. Ridlon

Ridlon is a bit of a mystery man in the world of historic brewing. He made small quantities of small beer at 61 Elm St., Biddeford in the early 1870s. Not much else is known about him. There are records of a Benjamin M. Ridlon who worked as a joiner in 1877 in Portland but is unclear as to whether this is the same man or not.

This image is of the Loom Pocker Company building at the corner of Pearl and Elm streets in Biddeford, a few blocks from Ridlon’s brewing location. Frank Allen, 1873. Biddeford Historical Society Photographs.


Will Anderson, The Great State of Maine Beer Book (Portland: Anderson & Sons’ Publishing Co., 1996) 43-47.
Biddeford City Directory, 1872.
Portland City Directory, 1877.