Berwick brewery open for business in restored building
BERWICK (WGME) -- A Berwick brewery is now open for business in a renovated historic building.
It's a dream Jamie Blood and his brother-in-law Jeff Tassinari have turned into a reality, with Corner Point Brewing Company.
They broke ground on the 19th century building, which was most recently a church, in August of last year. Along the way, they've uncovered historic features, like the original mill building's brick, which is about 200 years old.
"It just looked too nice, too natural, too beautiful to really cover up the history," says Tassinari.
They preserved the floors too.
"It was the original, just regular gray brick that concrete specialists local here to Berwick had just ground down 3/16 of an inch and exposed all of the aggregate inside the concrete," says Tassinari, "and then polished it so it's got a nice shine to it."
The brewing equipment, however, is brand new and already being used to its full potential.
"Our opening weekend, I think we both underestimated just how busy we were going to be," says Blood, "We had a line out to the sidewalk for six straight hours."
It's activity that Berwick Town Manager Steve Eldridge is thrilled to see.
"It is really the start of what we're hoping to see move forward into development in our downtown," Eldridge says.
Another big project in the works is redeveloping the former Prime Tanning site.
"With commercial development and storefronts down on the lower level and the upper level to have maybe business sites or housing," says Eldridge.
The success at Corner Point gives them hope for the future.
"Being the spearhead of what's yet to come with the Prime Tanning site, it's an added bonus for us, because this is us living our dream, to open up our own business," says Tassinari, "And to do so in a town that is looking to revitalize itself, it's just a great start."
"The support from the community and returning customers and new customers and word of mouth has just been unbelievable," Blood adds.
Corner Point Brewing Company is open five days a week.