Making great beer isn’t just about the brews. It’s about building community, bringing people together and supporting local businesses and organizations that make our towns great places to live, work and play. Located on the shores of Maranacook Lake in Winthrop, van der Brew is where you can meet friends and neighbors, enjoy great beer and give back to the place everyone calls home.
And what about that logo? And the name? What does that windmill have to do with beer? It’s all in the family. Co-Brewmaster Kim Vandermeulen’s last name translated literally means “of the mill.” He’s been home brewing for three decades, so he knows his beer (he probably knows yours, too.) When he started sharing his brews with friends and family, his kids dubbed it “van der Brew” and had a mash paddle carved with the windmill as the logo. It stuck. And what makes more sense than a windmill for beer that needs high quality grains, hops, and water to produce the magic draught?
Food? van der Brew has food trucks most summer weekends, but please check Facebook for the latest info!
van der Brew
30 Summer St, Winthrop, ME 04364
Prior to your trip to vdB, check out any of the great local Kennebec Land Trust properties, which have a range of hikes of various difficulty levels. Our personal favorites are Mt Pisgah and the Parker Pond Headland hikes. You can also go for a swim or launch your boat from nearby (walkable!) Norcross Point on our local Maranacook Lake. Hope to see you soon!