Coffee shop, taproom reflect local character
Gale White, the former general manager of a medical products company in Pennsylvania, is enjoying his new identity as the microbrewer and coffee shop proprietor in Lubec.
Last summer, White opened the Lubec Brewing Co. and taproom (41 Water St.). He created a homey atmosphere — reminiscent of a neighborhood British pub — furnishing the place with picnic tables, large black-and-white framed photographs, rocking chairs, maps, a fireplace and a sewing machine desk gifted by locals.
White’s ‘Quoddy Head Red,’ an Irish Red Ale named after the town’s distinctive red-and-white striped lighthouse built in 1857, and other microbrews have proved popular with local and visitors.
To say White has acclimated to his new life is an understatement. He especially enjoys winter’s stark beauty.
“It’s a different type of beauty,” he declares. “Ocean looks gorgeous after a snowstorm and everybody works together. If somebody needs help shoveling snow or has car trouble, there’s someone there to help them.”