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February 26, 2019

Belgian-inspired ales will be on tap at new Portland brewery

Photo / Carla Jean Lauter Brewery Extrava's ownership team, from left, are: Joe Doherty. Charlene Doherty. Michael LaCharite. The brewery, which plans to open this summer in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood, will feature Belgian beers and other international beer styles.

Belgian beers and other international beer styles are planned for a brewery that will open this summer in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood.

Brewery Extrava will be at 66 Cove St. in a 5,000 square foot building that will be divided into sections housing the brewery, tasting room and storage area.

The ownership team consists of Joe and Charlene Doherty and brewing industry veteran Michael LaCharite. LaCharite, who will serve as Brewery Extrava’s brewmaster, is a Siebel Institute of Brewing Science graduate and has owned and/or brewed at some of Maine’s most iconic breweries. Joe Doherty has experience in sales, marketing and business development at a Fortune 500 company, and Charlene Doherty operated a manufacturing business that the couple purchased in 2006.

Brewery Extrava plans to offer both traditional and innovative variations of Belgian and other international beer styles, including mixed fermentation and barrel-aged beers. Production will be done on a custom-designed, three-vessel, 10-barrel brewing system along with a one-barrel pilot system.

“After many years helping other breweries open as a brewery consultant,” LaCharite said, “I am very excited to bring my love and passion for brewing beer to this project as an owner and creating an incredible portfolio of beers. Having travelled to Belgium a number of times and learning from master brewers there, I was inspired to return and incorporate the ingredients and processes they use to create my own versions of these world-class styles.”

For the 1,000-square-foot tasting room, which will include an outdoor seating area and up to 12 beers on tap, the owners hope to create “a space that has a cozy and rustic feel,” Joe Doherty said.

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