Tributary Brewing Co.

Tributary Brewing Co.Tributary Brewing Co.
Tributary Brewing Co.Tributary Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

10 Shapleigh Rd
Kittery, Maine, 03904-1480
United States

(207) 703-0093 | map

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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Apparently I never got around to reviewing Todd Mott's brewery. It is located in a strip mall type complex with a restaurant and post office so the parking is beyond ample. Nice almost cozy vibe inside with growlers to go. People there are always friendly and quick to serve/answer any questions. Typically 4-6 beers on tap available for flights, samples, full pours, and growler fills.

Always try to come up twice a year for the special Mott The Lesser release where they have a large tent setup for outdoor drinking and always runs smoothly and efficiently. Definitely worth stopping at when passing through the area.

Sep 01, 2019
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SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Pretty average tap room in a strip mall next to the Post Office. Small patio which was full on a really nice summer day.

On the Sunday afternoon I visited, a folk singer was playing to an audience of mostly hippie types.

Service was fine, prices were reasonable.

Beer was good - with the same yeast strain (Chico?) from Todd's days @ Portsmouth Brewing. Didn't expect any crazy types of beer and didn't get any - just solid interpretations of classic styles. The Porter (seemingly a forgotten style) was the best of the lot.

Not a destination per se, but worth quick visit if you're in the immediate area.

Jul 24, 2017
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Service was very good, with a very nice bartender willing to spend time going over the options available. the brewery was not in a very attractive location, but was relatively close off 95.

Jun 30, 2017
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Sadmagistrate from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Came expecting great things, having heard of their limited release parties. Went on just a regular Sunday, no special release. Interior is clean, kind of the typical microbrew/taproom. Had beers and growlers in fridge. Got a flight - wasn't terribly impressed. All seemed like basic variations of common styles - none of the beers jumped out to us and they were pretty forgettable as soon as we left. I keep forgetting that I've been here and I was not expecting that.

Jan 22, 2017
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

While the location, as part of a strip-like mall which shares the same location as the postal office, is deceiving on the outside. On the inside is a cool inviting interior, short bar with some seats but plenty enough area with tables, construction of a deck is well underway and should be a good addition for this summer. Large glass windows provide a good view of the brewing area.

Quick attention from the bar service and all workers are willing to chat it up.

Cooler is full of pre-filled growlers. Four beers on tap, as well as in growlers, with two older beers also available in the cooler.

Another cool brewery to add to the list of places to visit when heading through the area.

Apr 18, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I just got back from the Mott the Lesser release, my second time for the release, and third time here. Great little tasting room, food trucks outside and live music inside. The beer is top notch, service is very attentive, even with a line around the corner I never wanted for beverage. Pricing is about what I've come to expect, its a bit pricey but for the quality I gladly pay what they ask. I'll be back!

Apr 02, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Place is fairly spacious, pretty quite when I was there but it was mid week. Small bar with four beers on tap. Glasses and shirts to be bought. Very nice owner and wife. Nice place to visit.

Mar 30, 2016
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Went on Beer Safari in Boston and back/forth to Portland. Many good places, many good people, and many good beers. What a great beer people/beer friendly area. Had finished the tour at Allagash, and a few of us headed over to Bissell Bros and Foundation. Here I heard that Todd ("Kate the Great") Mott had opened up a place in Kittery. Well Tributary got added to the check put list on the spot.
Sigh....what an amazing place. Absolutely my favorite stop on my trip.
The vibe and the people were just so easy going and so happy to be there. Even Ashley ( behind the bar) said she loves to work there on Sundays. Sat between Fred and "Ziggy". Two very cool guys from two very different places...and yet they fit in so well and both made me feel like I was a friend to sip and chat with.
After visiting many other places that didn't have a was great to be able to sit at bar and talk about beer and learn about the area you're visiting.
Place is open and fresh, clean and comfortable. Plenty of seating besides the bar. Open area for musicians. Nice little swag shelf, And great glass wall view of the brewery.
Then you throw in that brewmeister, Todd, will stop by and talk beer and more. Talking everything from old times (Harpoon) to Modern Times (... brewery we're both impressed with). Ashley talking up how cool things are here...and happy to talk about her San Diego days as well...and empty Modern Times cans. Ziggy talking about hiking and sleeping in the great outdoors. Fred talkin up the beers, the brewer and the area.
Toss in great Yellow Lab and some very good Sunday afternoon live music..........
Oh and stay way too long because besides all of this...the beer is GREAT.
Don't be unimpressed if you see APA, porter, mild ale, etc. Todd's versions are poster children for how each of these styles should be made. Then to hear him talk about the barreling and orchestration of ingredients for his Mott the Lesser...and plans for the next brewing of it...This is a craftsman at play.
You are missing a lot if you don't stop by Tributary.
Great place...great people...great brewer...great beer...great time!
I may live 490.6 miles away...but I can't wait to come back :)

Nov 02, 2015
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bc102782 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Everything about this place is top notch. It's family and dog friendly, Tod is always there to greet you with a smile and a cheers. The staff is great and the overall feel is welcoming!!

Oct 26, 2015
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f1fork from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

From the staple pale ales to the porters, stouts, milds, gose, and especially Mott the Lesser, a top quality brewery from the New England legend -- Tod Mott.

Great local music too. Super spot to hang and chill for a bit.

Aug 30, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Great place. Todd Mott is often wandering around, helping with brewing, pouring, whatever needs to be done around. The beers are pretty good, nice staple styles as well as some experimental stuff, of course Kate... er I mean Mott the Lesser is always fantastic.

There were 4 or 5 beers on tap, all from the brewery, with pours, flights or samples all available. Typical brew pub like decor, signage, fun things to look at, nothing disturbing to look at. Decent size with nice tables around, and nice bar to sit at. Big open space, with nice view of the brewery behind it. Everyone was friendly, including the dog. Great place to visit, probably a staple for me to hit up whenever i drive up north.

Jul 16, 2015
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Stopped by over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Not the easiest place to find, being tucked way in the back of the lot. Nice place inside. Great set up, with lots of space, tables and couches, a comfy bar, and large glass windows to see the whole brewhouse. Both female bartenders were friendly and quick. Just had a quick sample of the American Mild and bought a growler of the Fleur de Leigh to go. Growlers and 1/2 growlers for sale, plus some merch. Prices were a bit high, but not outrageous. That was on a Friday. When I opened the growler on Sunday, it was completely flat. Bummer.

Jul 07, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

The brewery is located off of route 235 next to the post office in Kittery , ME.

It's a simple place selling flights and glass of four recently made, beers on tap. The brewery is next door behind glass. You will likely see Todd Mott working, greeting friends, and being hospitable. There is a refrigerator of growlers available brew.

This a place of wysiwyg--what you see is what you get. Friendly and informal.

Jun 20, 2015
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hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just back from a visit. Tod the brewer took a half dozen of us on the nickel tour. Asides from being a legendary brewer he is an open, regular, enthusiastic guy. Got a little preview taste of something being barrel-aged there too.

On tap was a pale ale, porter, saison & stout, of which I did a flight, followed by a pint of the pale, which really stood out, along with the porter. Left with a growler of the pale ($14). This will be the only regular house ale, Tod said, as his brewpub roots have him brewing to his whims.

Nice roomy space, and a good jazz combo on this Saturday. Food truck outside, if beer isn't yer entree. Most excellent, well worth the trip from Boston.

May 10, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Kittery is about five minutes from downtown Portsmouth, and Tributary is tucked away in a strip mall. The facility is sparse, spacious, and well-lit and nicely decorated. No food, but there's a food truck right outside.

The place felt much more like a reception hall (or even a really nice living room) than a brewery or a bar. This is enhanced by the convivial atmosphere, especially by the fact that you can bring dogs.

Let me stress that: YOU CAN BRING YOUR DOGS. INSIDE.

That's wonderful, and unless you're some creepy Cruella Deville weirdo you should be excited by that.

4-5 beers on tap at all times, and most are available for takeout in 32 and 64 oz growlers. Nothing too Xtreme going on here: the styles were boilerplate, and mostly delicious. The APA and Dry Stout were both 4.0+, and the porter was seriously the best porter I have ever had.

There's not much else to say other than this is relaxing, welcoming spot with excellent beer. We had no problem spending nearly three hours there, and plan on returning soon.

Apr 27, 2015
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Swung by yesterday (01NOV14) to check up on Tod and his latest project....

Doesn't look like much from the outside, just one more business out of three or four in a former supermarket. It's at the far left of the long, grey building. Plenty of parking out front, along with a sometimes present food-truck. Inside, it's a square room, with bluish/dark-periwinkle walls. It is quite spartanly furnished; mostly bare walls, and a bunch of large picnic tables for the most part. In the left corner are some soft, parlor-like chairs and an old bench, plus a fridge holding some growlers and squealers. There's a bar at the rear left, with room for about 5-6 quaffers. They have a small CD player in the corner, which was spilling out some jazz during my visit. You can bring in your own food if you like to accompany your brews. On tap they had their pale ale, biere de garde, pumpkin ale and oatmeal stout. Had the first two, and they were very tasty, especially the biere de garde. Had the pleasure of chatting a bit with Tod and Galen; two nicer people would be hard to find. Wishing them all the best in this latest venture. Prosit!!

4.33/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.15 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.10 | food: n/a | $$


Nov 02, 2014
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bird1114 from Maine

5/5  rDev +16.8%

Fun place, music on the weekends, great beer. Pale Ale is terrific. No food but a food truck in the parking lot, don't know their hours though. Lots of parking and fun to sit at the communal picnic tables and strike up a conversation with other beer lovers.

Oct 30, 2014
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ricknelson from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Newly opened small micro brewery being owned and run by legendary brewer Tod Mott.
If you have ever heard of "Kate The Great" beer; Tod is the guy who came up with it.
This is a place where the brewer serves you your beer, or maybe his lovely wife does.
Tod loves to talk about beer and he looks like the professor from "Back to the Future"
running his flux capacitor brew tanks.
If you go there; also check out Black Birch Pub, less than a mile away.

Oct 18, 2014
Tributary Brewing Co. in Kittery, ME
Brewery rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 709 ratings