Kevin Glessing, formerly in charge of some of the country's most sought-after beers at Maine Beer Company, has jumped ship to become Hidden Cove Brewing Company's new head brewer. The young operation connected to Fire N Brew in Wells lost its own head brewer Gregg Spickler recently.
Hidden Cove made the announcement on Facebook yesterday. "[Kevin] has over eleven years brewing in commercial breweries. Needless to say, we are estatic [sic] over the possibilities the future holds. Stay tuned for some exciting new beers," the post teased. This should be a big win for the company, which is still small enough that the sudden loss of its only brewer struck observers as alarming.
Colleen O'Connor Croteau, Maine Beer Company's head of Business Operations, said it's not the company's turn to seek a top dog, as brewer Mark Fulton will fill Glessing's shoes. "I think all I'd say is that Mark Fulton has stepped up to become head brewer, or Brewery Operations, which was Kevin's official title," she revealed. "Mark has adapted into that role so we're not currently hiring for that position."
Croteau declined to speak about the status of the relationship between the company and Glessing. Hidden Cove could not be reached for comment.
Maine Beer Company, based in Freeport, is known for such coveted beers as Lunch IPA and Dinner Double IPA. The hop-forward company is about six years old. Hidden Cove Brewing Company, formerly called Captain Dick's, is about two years old and becoming known for utilizing wild yeast strains in the majority of its beers.