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Tidal River Brewing Opens Its Doors in Canton

January 8, 2016 Business, Community, Photos No Comments

By John Fitts

CANTON – It was billed as the “softest of openings” but business was steady at Tidal River Brewing Co. on Friday night.

“It’s encouraging,” said owner Geoff Mattheis, adding that he was grateful that so many were purchasing beer in 32 and 64 oz. growlers.

It was nearly a year ago that Mattheis received approval from the town of Canton to open in a 2,000 square-foot facility at 15 Cheryl Drive.

He had originally hoped to open the doors much sooner and even now has a “provisional” license from the state. While that doesn’t allow to distribute, Mattheis can sell directly at the facility.

“It’s a huge relief just to be able to have the community in here,” Mattheis said.

Tidal River, with a three-barrel system, is considered a “nano” brewery and Mattheis is targeting producing some 200 barrels of beer in the first year. (Each barrel is approximately 31 gallons).

The brewery will host tours and tasting room events.

Once he gets a full license, Mattheis plans to market to local restaurants and plans to hold a more formal grand opening celebration.

Matthews plans to offer several other features as time goes on. In March, he and Paul Obarowski will again offer Beer Brewing and Appreciation class through Farmington Continuing Education.

On Friday, Chick Lanfair of Burlington was at the brewery. He discovered the venue through a past continuing education class.

He said the beer was good and added that it was great to support a local business.

“I think it’s great to have it here,” he said.

Tidal River is open Friday through Monday. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday, 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Correction: A reader correctly pointed out that I had implied 200 barrels of beer was equivalent to 31 gallons. The wording should have read that each barrel is approximately 31 gallons. 

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