When Odd Alewives Farm Brewery founders John and Sarah McNeil decided to open a brewery, they did so with the motivation to create a unique and engaging beer experience that would combine their talents as brewers, farmers, and artists. After much searching they found the perfect farm, within the historic midcoast village of Waldoboro. The newly renovated 1850’s barn, which now houses the brewery and tasting room, is surrounded by 22+ acres of gardens and forest and offers visitors a beautiful rural setting to gather and celebrate.
OAFB's mission is to create beer that refreshes, and sustains the hardworking body and mind. As a result our farmhouse ales focuses on the honesty of the product, variability of the seasons, and purity of the ingredients.
What's in a Name?
(Photos taken during the spring Alewife Festival at the Damariscotta Mills fishladder.)
We often get questions about our brewery name, Odd Alewives. The first part of our name is a salute to the unusual, a fascination with the strange, and an announced love of oddballs.
The alewife part of the name is a nod to the historic region of our brewery. The Medomak River flows through the village of Waldoboro, and the name translates from Abenaki as “the place (river) of many alewives.” The alewives in the river are small anadromous fish in the herring family that spend most of their life in the sea but return to fresh water to spawn. They have experienced a decline in their population due to dams and over population. Although alewives are less common today then in the past, they are resilient and we are confident in their resurgence. We raise a glass to all you oddballs and alewives!