Transport ‘across the pond’ means cheers for Maine beers

Rising Tide Brewing Company announced that it planned to ship thousands of cases of beer to the United Kingdom last week in collaboration with Beer52, a craft beer subscription service headquartered in Scotland. Beer52 will be featuring all Maine-made craft beers in an upcoming monthly offering to its mail-order  customers in the UK. The opportunity to be featured by Beer52 arose from the Maine Brewers’ Guild’s international marketing efforts. In 2017, the Guild converted a refrigerated shipping container into a giant kegerator, dubbed the Maine Brew Box. In partnership with Eimskip, the Maine Beer Box has been shipped to beer festivals in Iceland and England. 

Beer drinkers in the UK will get to sample Rising Tide’s Maine Island Trail Ale and Ishmael copper ale. Other Maine breweries featured in the Beer52 offering will include Baxter, Sebago, Foundation, and Geary’s. 

Open for business

N To Tail, Maine’s first and only Korean fusion and Korean barbecue restaurant, has opened at the site of the former Fuji Restaurant in Portland’s Old Port district at 29 Exchange St. N To Tail features 10 Korean barbecue tables, where patrons grill meat, seafood and vegetables on natural gas grills built directly into the tabletops. A new Sake/Soju Bar, also located downstairs, features Asian beers and spirits, emphasizing Korea-imported goods. Two Hibachi tables remain for those who love the fanfare of the Hibachi chef.

Springborn Staffing has moved to 97a Exchange St. Suite 504 in Portland. Springborn has been placing personnel for over 32 years, including temporary and contract workers, direct hire, and executive searches in banking, finance, legal, administrative, and medical. Springborn is a woman-owned business and a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Portland-based Sea Bags, designers and manufacturers of handmade items from recycled sails, will be opening five new stores between now and May, including  locations in Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor and Ogunquit.


Northern Light Mercy Hospital has retained its top score of five stars this year by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Hospital Compare, a website maintained by CMS, rates more than 4,500 hospitals and fewer than 300 hospitals nationwide received the distinction. 

Hires, promotions, appointments

Gary Bergeron of Yarmouth, who works in the Breakwater Group at Morgan Stanley, has been promoted to senior vice president. He was also named to Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. William Engelberger of Falmouth, a financial advisor in the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management office in Portland, has been promoted to associate vice president. Yarmouth resident James Olson of the Casco Bay Group at Morgan Stanley has been promoted to vice president.

Joseph Everett is succeeding Michael Tarpinian as the CEO of Opportunity Alliance. Everett has been serving as the chief program officer and COO for a dozen years. Tarpinian is stepping down after 30 years at the helm. 

Bristol Seafood of Portland recently bolstered its sales organization with two new business development managers, including Mark Fratiello, who will cover the Northeast. Fratiello has been responsible for sales at Town Dock for the last 10 years.

Clark Insurance has hired Lisa Belisle as a senior account manager in the Business Insurance Department.


Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors in Yarmouth was awarded $500 from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. Harvard Pilgrim employee Laura Sanborn nominated the organization; funds will be used to purchase food and other necessities for the food pantry.