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Three Pint Stance – Gneiss turns 4!

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Three Pint Stance presents: An Interview with Gneiss Brewing Company Co-Founder, Tim Bissell.

This week on the Three Pint Stance, we were lucky enough to sit down with Tim Bissell, Co-Founder and Director of Marketing and Sales at Gneiss Brewing Company in Limerick who agreed to chat with 3PS’s own Tim Bissell about their upcoming 4th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday Oct. 7 from noon - 6 p.m.

(Editor’s note: You’re killing me, Bissell. Ah, whatever. You’re just going to do what you want anyway. Happy anniversary, Gneiss.)

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3PS: Hey Tim, thanks for taking some time to chat with us today!

TB: My pleasure! Thanks for accommodating my busy schedule.

3PS: So, tell us about the upcoming anniversary party

TB: Sure thing! This Saturday (Oct. 7) we will be throwing a big ol’ party at the brewery to celebrate 4 years of making beer out in the woods on Limerick. We have Portland ska legends El Grande providing some rocking tunes for us. In addition, local favorites El Camino Fresh Mexican Grill will be on site cooking up all kinds on Mexican specialties. As for beer, we have 10 taps planned with some of our old standbys like Gneiss Weiss, Sonnenschein and Archean on tap, as well as a few Barrel-Aged specials. It should be a fun day for all!

3PS: Well, that sounds delightful. And might I say, if it isn’t too forward, you are quite a good-looking man, Mr. Bissell.

TB: Oh, you are too kind. For a fake journalist who is pretending to interview himself, you are pretty good looking yourself.

3PS: Oh stop, you are making me blush! Anyway, let’s get back to the hard news here. Tell us what is has been like starting and running a small brewery for the past four years.

TB: Well Tim, I have to say it truly has been a labor of love. There is no shortage of work to be done in even the smallest of commercial breweries, and with our lean staff of three employees - two full-time and one part-time - we all bust our butts around here. But at the end of the day, it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I love the feeling of handing off a beer to someone who has never had it before and seeing them light up as they take the first sip. Even if there was no money in this business (Spoiler alert: there isn’t much), that feeling alone would be payment enough. I’d starve to death in short time, but still, I’d starve happy.

3PS: That got a little bit dark there at the end, but I guess I can see your point. Anything you would like to add before this temporary psychotic break ends and you stop talking to yourself?

TB: Just that I want to thank each and every one of you who has bought a pint, bottle, growler or keg of Gneiss in the last four years. We can’t do this without the thirsty public, so really, this party is all for you. I truly hope you can join us in Limerick on the 7th, but if not, I’m sure we will be up in Bangor doing an event very soon (I’m looking at you, Gene. Call me!).

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