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Old-fashioned butcher shop opens in Brewer

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Old-fashioned butcher shop opens in Brewer (photo courtesy Emery's Meat & Produce)

BREWER - A new butcher shop has opened in Brewer. Located at the Twin City Plaza on State Street, Emery’s Meat & Produce opened its doors to customers in October. They carry a wide variety of GMO and hormone free local meats, local produce and products from out of state.

Owner Leon Emery, who has been in the meat business for over four decades, took the time to speak to the Maine Edge.

“You can walk in and you can buy western (out of state) beef or you can buy local beef. You can buy farm raised chicken from the south, or you can buy Amish-raised all-natural chicken from right here in Maine. We try to supply something for everybody.”

All of their products are ordered whole and cut on site the same day.

Emery’s does have something for everybody. They carry seasonal produce, farm fresh milk, cheese, and eggs, local honey. They have all manner of meats - buffalo, venison, duck, roasting pig, chicken, beef, goat, fish and lamb. They even have their own line of BBQ sauce, salad dressings and wing sauce.

Opened in 1975, Emery’s is and has always been a family owned and operated business. Leon Emery recalled when he was first involved in the meat business – he got his start as a meat manager in his father’s store back in 1972 when he was still in high school.

Since then, things have stayed mostly the same, but there has been many changes with regulations, noted Emery.

“Some of the federal and state regulations have changed, and I’m not saying in a negative way,” he said. “It’s a little better for consumers who can trust our food inspectors more. It makes our world and our food a little safer than it used to be in years past.”

Emery chose Brewer, primarily, to set up the future generation.

“My goal in life, I’m 62 years old now, is to set some young folks up, learning how to be a butcher and learning how to service people the old-fashioned way. We had a mother and daughter that live in Kenduskeag and they work for me here in Gardiner. What we’ve done is had a look around Bangor and Brewer because that is closer to their home. My goal is to fully pay for that store, and then sell it to them. We’ve got lots people working for us that will become the owners.”

Bangor and Brewer residents can look forward to enjoying this butcher shop for many years to come. Emery’s currently has three locations across Maine: Gardiner, Waterville and now Brewer.

Emery's has been very well received. Since its opening in October, the Brewer location has quickly become one of their best-selling stores, according to Emery.

“The people in Bangor and Brewer have been waiting for a butcher like us to come, so we’re very well received,” he said.

Emery’s Meat & Produce is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

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