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our brewery

Rising Tide Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery located in Portland, Maine. We specialize in artisanal, hand-crafted ales brewed in small batches. Our beers are available in bottles and on draft in our tasting room in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood and at select locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. If you are a retailer interested in carrying our beer, please check our Contact page for a list of distributors.

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NATHAN SANBORN

Director of Brewing Operations and Owner

Rising Tide's beers are brewed by Nathan Sanborn, a Portland native. Prior to founding Rising Tide in 2010, Nathan spent more than a dozen years teaching himself about brewing, experimenting with creative recipes on his home-brewing system, and serving up his beers for feedback from friends and family. Nathan is fascinated by the science and the art of beer-making. He strives to create beers that are informed by traditional styles but with a creative, modern sensibility.

When he's not brewing and selling beer, Nathan likes to ski, sail, cycle, and cook for friends and family.

HEATHER SANBORN

Director of Business Operations and Owner

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 marketing and social media to financial projections and supply chains, Heather pulls a laboring oar in nearly every aspect of the brewery operations. Heather also serves as president of the board 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.

Jared Carr

JARED CARR

Head BREWER

While drinking a Fat Tire with a friend one night, Jared thought: "This is good beer. I like to make things, I want to make good beer!" After his friend stopped laughing, Jared made a plan and started drinking his way through the local craft breweries of Jackson Hole and Maine. After a year-long trip to New Zealand, Jared returned to Maine and started on his path of brewing good beer at several Maine breweries. He now finds himself at Rising Tide and is loving the craft beer scene in the East Bayside area of Portland. When he's not drinking or brewing beer, Jared loves traveling and enjoying the Maine food scene with his wife, winter hiking, and kicking his friend's asses yearly at the Kenduskeag canoe race in Bangor.

Tony LYnch

Tasting Room Manager

Tony's passion for craft beer started with his first sip of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA back in 2004. From there on out he was inspired to learn about (and to taste!) all of the beer in the world, starting in the good ole U-S-of-A. From berliner weisses to barrel-aged imperial stouts, all well-crafted beers hold a special place in Tony's heart. So, after 32 years of honing his survival skills in New York City, he quit shaving and headed North, where legend has it that he was among the first to discover Portland, Maine. Tony's other passions include reading, writing, ice hockey, and any activity that gets him outdoors with a beer in his hand.

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CHRIS PIRRELLO

SALES REP (MA, NH)

Chris found his love of beer at the bottom of a pint of Guinness while backpacking through Ireland back in ‘98.  He hasn’t stopped traveling or hunting down the perfect pint since. After a decade of globetrotting, Chris settled in Portland, Oregon and got down to the business of beer. After a few years of slinging brews it was time to go on walkabout, this time he laced up the hiking boots and hit the trail. He has since thru-hiked six long distance trails, including completing the Triple Crown.  Thru-hiking is thirsty work, so he returned to his native Boston in search of a pint. It was there that he found Rising Tide and quickly became part of the crew. He is a loud and proud supporter of the New England Revolution. 

 
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Jake Warner

Maine SAles RepresenTative

After chasing heavy-hopped IPAs up and down the west coast for nearly a decade, Jake has recently moved back to New England with sights set on exploring and rediscovering his native state of Maine.  When not sampling Portland's freshest brews, you can find Jake on the slopes or the soccer field, stirring something in the kitchen, or strumming a guitar somewhere around town.  His favorite beers include any iteration of the IPA, barrel-aged blends, and anything that accompanies a good taco.

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LEA ROMANOWSKY

TASTING ROOM AMBASSADOR

Growing up the youngest of six children, Lea inherited many interests from her older siblings, including her love of kitchen dance parties and beer! Small stints in western NY drinking Ithaca Flower Power, late nights at Two Goats Brewery, and hanging with her friends at Lake Drum, Lea fell hard for the craft brew scene. Finding herself coming up to Portland for beer and pork buns more than twice a month, she decided it was time to make the move. When she isn’t slinging Rising Tide beer and chatting with folks about beer, you can find her with a coffee cup in hand exploring the islands and beaches of Maine’s coast. Vacationland suits this ginger well!

 

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ERIC ALTMAN

CELLARMAN

Eric first broke into the beer scene by selling beer retail. Then spent a couple years working in craft beer bars before he decided to try helping create some of what he'd been selling.
When not at the brewery, Eric is a part time scuba diver and avid reader.

 
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Jeromy Washington

Warehouse MANAGER

A long time beer lover, Jeromy was exposed to the local craft beer scene working for a vendor catering to many local brewers. When he isn’t shipping, receiving, moving and storing beer and all the ingredients to make it, Jeromy loves riding motorcycles, atvs and dirt bikes or just hanging out with his wife and their retired racing greyhound.

 
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Adrian Beck-Oliver

Brewer

Childhood summers sailing the Penobscot Bay and a cold Nova Scotia winter homebrewing combined in odd and mysterious ways to bring Adrian to the brew team. As the story goes, homebrewing turned from a hobby into an obsession and then into a career. After 7 years of working for environmentally minded non-profits Adrian earned a diploma from the Siebel Institute of Technology and worked at several breweries in Massachusetts prior to joining Rising Tide. When not at the brewery he and his wife Colleen can be found exploring the Maine culinary and natural environments, visiting breweries and the occasional winery, snowboarding, and going to concerts where the predominate time signature is 7/8.

 

Kailey Partin

Marketing/Communication

Coordinator

Kailey is a Maine transplant originally from suburbs of Philadelphia by way of Ithaca, New York.  She has a background in performing arts management and multi-media design.  Her passion for craft brewing started with Ithaca Beer Co.'s CascaZilla and only grew upon arrival in Portland.  As a weekend beer tasting and brewery touring hobbyist, she loves working with the crew at Rising Tide.  When she is not in the office, she enjoys soaking up the sun by exploring the beautiful coast of Maine, taking photographs to create her own crafts, cooking with her wife, and spending time with close friends.

 

DIDIER RUNEZERWA

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Didier is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.  He moved to Portland with his family in December 2015. His friends and family, especially his uncle, have always enjoyed gathering over a cold beer. When Didier is not at Rising Tide helping to organize the production floor, package the beers, and prepping supplies, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with friends.  He spends most of his free time with his wife and children and traveling to new places.

 
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DAN KELLER

Tasting Room Ambassador & Production Assistant

Dan first saw the light shining down on his glass from beer heaven when he tried his first Two Hearted. Shifting from stocking beers to working here at Rising Tide, doing what he describes as “everything from grain to glass,” he is elated to be part of the family. His hobbies outside of work include following “the only team that matters” (Detroit Red Wings), disc golf, jam bands, wowing his fiancée with awesome culinary skills, and continuing his pursuit to find the Perfect Rueben Sandwich.

 
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ALEX HERNANDEZ

PRoduction Assistant

Inheriting his love of well-made American beers from his father, Alex has carefully followed the explosion of Maine craft brewing since moving north from Washington DC a decade ago.  When not solving problems on the brewery floor, you can find him playing music around Portland, fly fishing, or enjoying the best of what the Maine outdoors has to offer. 

 

Joe Reynolds

Tasting room Ambassador

Joe's love of beer is a result of spending a decade behind bars selling it. Whether it was in the mountains of Utah, the Charleston low country, or here in Portland, Joe has poured many a pint to many a thirsty patron. You can find him in the tasting room happily educating folks about what to eat, drink, and do while in Vacationland. When he's not pouring beers in the Tasting Room, Joe spends his days trail running, building furniture, settling Catan, and breaking out into spontaneous dance parties.

 
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Heath Garson

Tasting Room Bar Back

A born and raised Portland native, Heath’s passion for craft beer started during a gap year adventure to Germany that found him tasting everything from Hefeweizens to Doppelbocks. His interest in the science of beer and fermentation sparked even further during his Biology education at the University of Southern Maine. When not keeping the Tasting Room running smoothly, he can be found mountain biking through deep woods of Maine, or experimenting with the fermentation of cider and kombucha at home. Some of Heath’s favorite activities include running, hiking, live music, and exploring scary places. 

 
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MERRITT WALDRON

Quality Control Specialist

Hanging out with Old Rasputin at Delaney’s Tap Room in Connecticut, Merritt found his love for craft beer. Since then, he's worked in beer bars, tried any beer he could, and started home brewing. Six years and one Best In Show medal later he couldn't be happier to have landed at Rising Tide. Merritt moved to Portland with his fiancée in July to finish his BS in Physics at USM. When not elbow deep in a textbook Merritt loves riding his bike along the East Coast Greenway, growing his beard, and is teaching himself to play the banjo.

 
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Brady Alden

brewer

Brady began brewing professionally after stints as a writer, painter, music seller, house builder, tee shirt printer, shipping clerk, shelf stocker, invitation engraver and nighttime laborer. When he’s not busy brewing or drinking, he still enjoys writing and painting, and is a long time advocate of analog music, funky cheese and long walks in the woods. Despite a world of forums to the contrary, he still says the world’s greatest beer is the one in his hand. 

 

MISSY LITTLEFIELD

production assistant

Missy's quest of beer started like most people, by drinking a lot. Then she wondered how it was made and has now opened a bottle that cannot be closed.  After working too many years in the restaurant industry, she decided to call it quits and started learning everything she could about brewing, joined a couple clubs, and started working as a brewer. When Missy's not brewing, you can find her biking, hiking, boating, cooking, or doing more research on beer. 

 
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Nick Aschauer

tasting room ambassador

Nick grew up in Maine, spent some time in the Midwest, spent a little time in the Rocky Mountains, and is now back in Maine, he hopes, for good.  When Nick has a free moment he likes to bird watch, ski, hike and, in the fall, watch college football.