Blank Canvas Brewery will offer craft beer inspired by local ingredients. Genthner and Wentworth will operate a small-scale brewing production, starting with growlers and samples served in the brewery tap room. The beer styles will come from all over the brewing world, from browns and porters to ales and lighter beers. Genthner is the head brewer, while Wentworth will manage the tap room.
“When creating a recipe, we look at what beer marries well with the ingredient we are showcasing, such as a brown ale to which we add Maine roasted coffee,” said Genthner, who previously worked for Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, and recently graduated from Eastern Maine Community College with a degree in business. “It is not about the roasted bitterness that goes into porters and stouts. We want a balanced bitterness and malt sweetness profile. We use the brown ale for its balanced nature to let the coffee come through, the coffee is in the forefront but not overpower the beer.”
The brewery is inviting local artists to draw on the walls of the tap room with markers, to create a collaborative living mural that will change over time. When it is full, the wall will be photographed and then started over, creating a different mural each time — a blank canvas, as in the name of the brewery. For updates, grand opening details, and tap house hours, check out the Blank Canvas Brewery Facebook page, or contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.