So, two Irishmen meet in a home brew shop… sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it is not. This is how John Callinan and Rick McCormick met. John was a seasoned craft beer retailer. Rick was co-owner of the local home brew shop. After many conversations, and more than a few brews, the two decided that with their combined knowledge and experience (10 years in the retail beer business, 25 years of home brewing, and 60+ years of beer drinking experience), they should open a brewery and tasting room.
And so it begins. With the addition of Melissa Rose as taproom manager, the team is complete. Jokers & Rogues Brewing, a comfortable and inviting tasting room where you can enjoy the best beers these folks can make. Two Irishmen open a brewery; what could possibly go wrong? Come see us and let’s see what happens!
Jokers & Rogues Brewing
Jokers and Rogues is located in Gardiner’s Historic District in a building dated to 1860. It is a short walk to visit our friends at Bateau Brewing which also located in Gardiner’s downtown. The Depot Pub (also in walking distance) has an amazing array of taps as well as a creative pub menu. A favorite among sports fans and families! You can stop by many of the arts and craft gift shops that line the street as well as the Gardiner Food Coop, and one or more of the Historic District several eateries. Sebago Lake Distillery is a five minute drive from our location. Gardiner has a beautiful waterfront park on the banks of the Kennebec River. It is a great location for a picnic! The Kennebec River Rail Trail provides runners, walkers, and bicyclists a 6.5 mile course most of which provides spectacular views of the river and its wildlife (eagles, hawks, herons, sturgeons, etc.) The trail is user and dog-friendly (no motorized vehicles) and plowed in the winter. Also, in the early stage of development is a one trail along Cobbossee Stream from the confluence of the stream and the Kennebec River.