Tributary Brewing Co. (2022)

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  1. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    One Tributary Leads to Another… that was the aha! moment when Tod Mott and his wife, Galen came upon the name of their new brewery. Tributary Brewing Company is Tod’s long-held dream of brewing his own beer and having his own place to serve it. Tod has been a master brewer for over two decades, working with some of the region’s most renowned breweries. Most fans know him as New England’s brewing legend, the creator of the original recipe of the highly acclaimed Harpoon IPA, and Portsmouth Brewery’s cult-status, Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.

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    We find the inspiration for Tributary beer in the landscape of Southern Maine, with its winding brooks, salt water marshes, and tidal rivers converging into the mighty Piscataqua River. Tod and Galen are passionate environmentalists and understand the critical importance of good, clean water.

    Water is the most vital component in the brewing process; Tributary is our metaphor for the delicate brewing process. Tod’s skill, ingenuity, and creativity, combined with our mission to preserve this way of life, results in small batches of Tod’s favorite recipes for traditional, well-balanced, full-bodied beers — many of them! Tributary’s home is the coastal town of Kittery, Maine. We use only the finest malt and hops in our brews for beer lovers locally and beyond.

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    Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12-7 pm, Sunday 12 - 6 pm

    10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, Maine
    207.703.0093

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  2. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I started this thread solely so I can post about the Spring 2022 Mott the Lesser release. I haven't been since Fall 2019 (though I have had all the bottles since then), but I plan on heading up on the 23rd.

    Save the Date – Spring Mott the Lesser Release!

    Tributary Brewing Company is pleased to announce that it will have an event April 23 to release Spring 2022 Mott the Lesser.

    Customers will be able to purchase bottles, limited to 2 per person, directly and enjoy up to 2 pours per person the day of the event.

    The event will be under the tent and mostly outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Hours of operation for the day of the event are 12:00 Noon – 7:00 PM. Dogs will not be permitted that day. Our regular hours of operation will resume Sunday, April 24th 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM. More details about food etc. will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. Bottles will not be sold online, and it will be first come first serve. You must be present to purchase bottles.

    Our Spring blend will include our favorite Port and Madeira barrels, and are accompanied by Añejo Tequila and Jamaican Rum. Individually samples aged in the barrels are tasting exquisite. The blend has not taken place as of this writing so stay tuned for more information.
     
  3. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poo-Bah (1,875) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Nice place! Was there for the first time last fall. Really like their can selection. I recommended it to my cousin and her husband when they visited Maine last October for the first time. They stopped by but didn’t stay. They were complaining about it being busy because of the “release of some 10.5 % stout.” Haha
     
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  4. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (369) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Kate Too Late
     
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  5. BSimp603

    BSimp603 Initiate (13) Jul 6, 2021
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    I'm curious to see the return of "The Line" after a couple years of online ease. Are people bursting at the seams to get back to these kinds of crowds, or has the Mott novelty waned?
     
  6. mvogt

    mvogt Aspirant (200) Sep 10, 2021 Massachusetts

    The Line, you say. I assume this means I should get there pretty early if I go?
     
  7. BSimp603

    BSimp603 Initiate (13) Jul 6, 2021
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    Hard to say, which is why I'm so curious. People used to line up very early and it was a madhouse at open, but in the last couple releases before Covid I remember heading up mid afternoon after the initial rush and getting in and out with bottles. Pretty sure I went on Sunday one year, as well.
     
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  8. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (378) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    There seems to always be a line at opening day, but from what I remember prior to Covid, almost every release lasted into the next day. Draft typically lasts the week. I wouldn’t rush there.
     
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  9. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I've wondered the same thing. The last release pre-Covid (so Fall 2019), I went up on Sunday to grab two bottle and have a pint.

    My plan is decisively to NOT go there at 10 am and wait in a line. I very much plan to leisurely head up some time in the early afternoon.

    It's also Saison Day. Celebrate accordingly.
     
  10. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (473) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I enjoy hanging out and waiting for opening - but this time it's not an option. I have to work Saturday, but I think that I'll be heading up when I get out, so I'll probably arrive around 5PM. Time enough for a pour, get the bottles and get dinner somewhere. Thinking about Anju Noodle Bar, or heading to Portsmouth. That'll be a bit up in the air until then. we'll probably think it over while at the brewery.
     
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  11. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Beer Sessions Radio did an hour-long podcast with Woody this week (Tributary posted about it on their Instagram, which is how I found out about it). I've listened to about half of it. I consume far less beer media (podcasts, articles, etc.) than I probably should, but I'm finding this one interesting.
     
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  12. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (473) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    So it's T-minus 14.5 hours till opening at Tributary tomorrow. Anyone else going? |As I posted above, I'll probably be there around 5PM. I'm 95% sure |I won't have to worry about not getting bottles - even before times they'd often last till Sunday.
    Still up in the air as to dinner afterwards - |I'll have the family with, so we're maybe looking for somewhere with mac & cheese for the small dude. |I'm still trying to hold out for Anju, though.
     
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  13. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I’m going to head up some time today. I don’t want to go alone, but I also don’t really want to bring my family of five. It’s a beer release of a stout. Just seems selfish of me. I’d love a pour, but it might be a grab and go if the fam comes for the ride.
     
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  14. mvogt

    mvogt Aspirant (200) Sep 10, 2021 Massachusetts

    Wasn't sure if I would make it or not, but here I am standing in line with my plate of oysters!
     
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  15. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I left about a half hour ago. Good times! MtL and a Pilsner. No food, sadly. That BBQ truck smelled great and the oysters were looking fine.
     
  16. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Dunkeldinkeldoppelbock is quite delicious.
     
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  17. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (473) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    So Mott the Lesser is coming up this weekend. I'll be heading up with a friend of mine. Looking forward to it. Sounds like they've sort of tweaked things around - bottle only sales will be outside, with pours inside. Also limits appear to be up to 4 per person rather than the usual 2 it's been since they've opened, and for Kate before that (not counting the lottery tickets that last year or two of that.)
    This spring I went up late that day, I did get my bottles plus a pour - had the kiddo and Mrs Jrgtr along so I couldn't hang out as long as I usually would have. I did like the order and pick up later thing they did during Covid. |Didn't have the push to get there that one day.
     
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  18. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Yeah, I feel the same way. It’s Halloween in my town, sports in the morning/early afternoon. Even though Kittery is ~30 mins, it turns into a couple hours round trip at least.
     
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  19. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Disciple (389) Apr 2, 2011 Maine
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    Any word on what the barrels were? I didn’t see them post it.
     
  20. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (369) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I don’t think bottles sell out right away anymore so usually you can get there a different day.

    I’m surprised they won’t have the pours outside and inside as they just did for Oktoberfest. Will have to swing by Sunday to try it.
     
  21. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Poo-Bah (1,788) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Per FB: Port, Madeira, Extra Añejo Tequila, Woodford Reserve
     
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  22. geocool

    geocool Disciple (335) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    My wife and I are driving up for the Mott the Lesser day tomorrow. Can someone tell me what to expect? Will there be long lines and wait times if we get there at 10:00am? Should we wait and arrive a little later so we can get inside and have a pour too?
     
  23. mvogt

    mvogt Aspirant (200) Sep 10, 2021 Massachusetts

    Do you like oysters and/or porchetta sandwiches? Maybe plan to arrive at a time when you're hungry for lunch to eat in line :slight_smile:
     
  24. smutty33

    smutty33 Champion (804) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    No way I can make it up there yet again, if anyone snags an extra bottle please message me for trade! It’s been too long.
     
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  25. mvogt

    mvogt Aspirant (200) Sep 10, 2021 Massachusetts

    My teenager and I are going to assemble an IKEA bed earlier in the day, so depending on how long that takes (ha) I might make my way up. And maybe stop at East Coast Outpost for a little fridge stocking. And then maybe stop at Best Buy for a beer fridge because I'm already out of space...
     
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  26. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Anyone head up today?

    There is a shot I head up tomorrow (in time for coming up and getting home for kick off). I’d imagine we would get some sort of social media update on bottle count after today is over. Four bottles per person makes me a little worried though.
     
  27. mvogt

    mvogt Aspirant (200) Sep 10, 2021 Massachusetts

    I just squeaked in before closing for my 4 pack and the bartender said, with confidence, that there should be bottles left tomorrow.
     
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  28. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (232) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    The MtL spring release was in April, and they still had bottles of it for sale when I was there in June. I’m reasonably confident there will be bottles of this batch available beyond Saturday, but I would be surprised if this batch lasts as long as the previous batch due to the increased bottle limit.
     
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  29. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (232) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    400 bottles left, per IG…
     
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  30. Manfrombelmonty

    Manfrombelmonty Devotee (401) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    No one there at 11am. Except me and the bloke that handed me a few bottles, of course.
     
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  31. Bierman9

    Bierman9 Poo-Bah (5,560) Dec 20, 2001 New Hampshire
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    Went yesterday with Alewife and elder daughter Caitlin.... liked the new format. In years past you had to commit to your "package" of bottles and pours upfront. Alewife was hoping to try Mott first before having to buy 1-4 bottles. We now could choose how many pours we wanted and later get bottles. Went very smoothly, and there were no lines, waiting at all (we arrived at 1215pm). Well done, Todd and crew! Prosit!!
     
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  32. wehaveamap

    wehaveamap Aspirant (222) Jan 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Jacques is one of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. Really fantastic.
     
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  33. hopley

    hopley Poo-Bah (1,905) Feb 24, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Bottles are sold out now, missed the whole thing, damn it…see you next spring!
     
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  34. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (369) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Sunday pours were relaxing and a good time. Todd was just so happy that Oktoberfest, his son’s(Woody brewer) wedding and now Mott release went off without hitches and the weather was fantastic for all 3. He is on a tear. It’s very hard to not love him and want to chat with him when you can, as well as his wife and son. I will always secretly miss the Kate The Great days and some of those early pours. That shit was mind bending. And let’s not forget rated #1 for a while!

    I am very grateful to have them down the street.
     
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