History: Tristram Walker

Tristram Walker, an erstwhile porter and “hack driver” at the Depot Hotel, started brewing commercially at his house on 46 Portland Street in 1852. He was about thirty years old.   

By 1856, he had turned the business over to Benjamin F. Walker at the same address. Tristram moved to Chesterville, in central Maine, where he was named U.S. postmaster and operated a country store.

Tristram Walker Portland City Directory listing, 1852
Tristram Walker Portland City Directory listing, 1852. Portland, Maine, City Directory, 1852. Ancestry.com.

See the precise location of Walker’s brewhouse on the Maine Beer Map.


Will Anderson, The Great State of Maine Beer Book (Portland: Anderson & Sons’ Publishing Co., 1996), 28.

Maine Register and Business Directory, 1856.