A new brewery and distillery serving craft beer and cocktails in Kennebunk has opened up in Lower Village and we think you're going to love it. Called Batson River Brewing & Distilling, this cozy bar is primed to become a year-round KPT hot spot. This new brewery and distillery is a homegrown outfit—named for the Batson River in nearby Cape Porpoise, the beer and spirits are made in nearby Biddeford with hops and botanicals grown on its Kennebunkport farm.
Launched in late November 2018, Batson River is serves a rotating selection of beer, from IPAs and pale ales to stouts and sours, and cocktails made with its vodka, gin, and rum. Aged spirits like rum and whiskey are in the works. The tasting room in Kennebunk fills the space left by Tia's Topside, which closed in 2016. With its makeover, the restaurant now has a hunting lodge feel, with a dark interior and vintage field and stream decor. The covered porch is protected by vinyl windows and has a fire pit, meaning you can enjoy your drinks outdoors, even on a cold winter day. Bright red fleece blankets give the porch a festive feel.
Inside, the bar and dining room offer plenty of hightop seating, while upstairs has been transformed into a cozy hangout spot. Leather couches and armchairs provide the perfect spot for relaxing with friends, while tvs, board games, shuffleboard, and even a giant, wall-mounted magnetic Scrabble board mean you can stay for an afternoon enjoying drinks and pub fare. We absolutely love the transformation of this space into such a cozy hangout.
Come summer, the two-story deck will be a great place to enjoy craft beer and cocktails in Kennebunkport. Next time you're on a lark to our boutique Kennebunkport hotel, stop into Batson River Distillery & Brewery for a drink!