Hugger Mugger Brewing, downtown Sanford’s first craft brewery, will open its doors to the public on Thursday.

The brewery announced the opening Sunday via its social media channels:

Hugger Mugger has been been in the works since at least 2016, when the Sanford City Council adopted regulatory guidelines that would allow for breweries and tap rooms in the city limits. Last summer, Hugger Mugger owners Tim Emmert and David McComas made their announcement official, telling the Rant that they were set to open at 229 Wicker Street in a historic building that had most recently been used as a pool hall. The team has done major renovations to the building, so in addition to the beer offerings, visitors should be excited to see an old building repurposed for new use. Emmert and McComas and their brewing operation were the subject of a Sanford Herald story last week (subscription required).

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Emmert told the Rant that the brewery will initial offerings will include a golden ale, an amber porter, a hoppy wheat, an imperial IPA, a Belgian IPA, and “hopefully” a chocolate milk stout.

“We know Sanford is a thirsty city, so please don’t drink us dry on Thursday,” Emmert joked.

Hugger Mugger will also be joined shortly by a second brewery, to be located at the Spring Lane Galleria. Camelback Brewing Company owner Mike Stec told the Rant in November that he planned to be open by March. Cheers, everybody.

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