Tributary Brewing Company

A Seacoast brewing legend opens a place of his own.

By Catherine Smart

Tributary was a long time coming. Master brewer Tod Mott—creator of the OG Harpoon IPA recipe—finally has a place of his own. The taproom’s blue walls are meant to invoke the serenity of a pool of water; Mott and his wife Galen find inspiration in the mighty Piscataqua, whose tidal rivers and marshes lend the brewery its name. The atmosphere is decidedly soothing with long communal tables, friendly servers who can point you toward a brew you’ll love, and live music on the weekends. You can’t go wrong with a crushable Hop Harvest, which toes the line between a session IPA and a pale ale, or a Belgian Tripel with its apricot aroma and peppery kick. But if there’s an imperial Russian stout on offer, one named—with a wink and a nod—“Mott the Lesser,” that’s what we’re having. Mott developed the cult classic Kate the Great Russian imperial for Portsmouth Brewery back in the day. Fans will follow him anywhere for these rich, dark, fruity, smoky flavor-bombs of beers.

Tributary Brewing Company

10 Shapleigh Rd, Kittery, ME

  • Must Have

Beer flight

Sample fresh beer straight from the source. Oh, and if Mott the Lesser is on the menu, you’d better order it.

  • Insider Tip

Bring your four-legged friends and snacks from home. Both are welcome (and go great with beer).

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