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December 20, 2017

Waterville to get its first microbrewery in 2018

Four family friends, operating under the business name of the Waterville Brewing Co., are building a craft beer microbrewery in the Hathaway Creative Center along the Kennebec River in Waterville.

The Waterville Sentinel reported that co-brewers and co-owners Ryan Flaherty and Eric Willett, along with their wives Candice and Amber, plan to open Waterville's first brewery in January. A grand opening would be held sometime in spring, when Eric Willett returns from an Army deployment, the newspaper reported.

Ryan Flaherty told the Sentinel that initially the brewery would be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, since all four owners have full-time jobs. It would be located on the first floor of the Hathaway Creative Center, which already houses 70 high-end apartments on its upper levels and has additional first-floor commercial space available.

Garvan Donegan, an economic development specialist for the Central Maine Growth Council, a public-private collaborative group based in Waterville, told the newspaper that he anticipates the new brewery will spur additional food service business to locate in or near the Hathaway Creative Center.

"It's beginning to click on all cylinders here," he said.

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