Changing Tides in Maine's Craft Beer: A Conversation with Heather Sanborn

 Heather Sanborn, director of operations and owner of Rising Tide Brewery in Portland, Maine

Heather Sanborn, director of operations and owner of Rising Tide Brewery in Portland, Maine

The Feast's summer road trip continues as we head to a state once known as the birthplace of Prohibition: Maine! Join us in conversation with state politician and owner of Portland's Rising Tide Brewery, Heather Sanborn, as we chat about the past and present of Maine's beer scene. As former president of the Maine Brewer's Guild and a champion of craft brewing, Heather reveals the secrets of a successful craft beer business, one deeply rooted in local advocacy and community-building. We talk everything from local hop farms to women in brewing to the best lobster grilled cheese in Portland (hint: It's in the brewery's front yard). Wind down the summer with a cold one and a chat with this game-changing defender of American craft brewing. 

Written and Produced by Laura Carlson

Editing by Mike Portt

Special Guest: Heather Sanborn 

Director of Operations and Owner of Rising Tide Brewery

Representative for District 43 in Maine's House of Representatives

A Little About Heather: After earning a master’s degree in teaching and then a law degree, Heather never expected to be running a brewery. But she has jumped on board with a level of excitement that has buoyed Rising Tide from its very inception. From financial projections to supply chains, Heather pulls a laboring oar in nearly every aspect of the brewery operations. Heather is currently serving in the Maine House of Representatives and is past-president of the Maine Brewers’ Guild. When she’s not putting out fires at the brewery, Heather likes to ski, sail, watch NFL football, and hang out with her son and her pup.

 Nathan and Heather Sanborn, co-owners of Rising Tide Brewery

Nathan and Heather Sanborn, co-owners of Rising Tide Brewery

Make Sure to Visit Rising Tide Brewery! 

(Try the Maine Island Trail Ale, it's delicious!)