Air date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Guest 1: Ethan Strimling
Guest 2: Richard Pfeffer
Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe)
Studio Contributor Debi Davis
Executive Producer: Mark Gould (Sharky)
TideSmart Talk with Stevoe featured interviews with LearningWorks CEO and Political Analyst Ethan Strimling and Gritty McDuff’s Co-Founder and Co-Owner Richard Pfeffer on Saturday, May 26.
Ethan Strimling’s career has included leadership in both the public and private sector in Maine. For the past 14 years, he has served as CEO of LearningWorks, a not-for-profit providing learning opportunities for at-risk youth, the immigrant community and low-income families. Strimling also served in the State Senate for 6 years, and he is currently a political analyst for WCSH6 and WLBZ2 alongside Phil Harriman.
During this segment, Stevoe talks about the process of becoming certified as a U.S. Senate candidate. Strimling discusses the upcoming Senate race, and Stevoe talks about what he calls “the PIC” (Political Industrial Complex).
Richard Pfeffer left his life as a stockbroker in the ‘80s to pursue a goal of creating a true, English-style pub serving great ales and great food. When Pfeffer opened the doors to Gritty McDuff’s in 1988, it was the first brewery in Maine since the Age of Prohibition, and since then, it has helped lead and inspire the craft brewing renaissance in Maine.
Gritty’s has become a Maine institution; garnering awards for best bar, best brew pub and best beer. With locations in Portland, Freeport and Lewiston/Auburn, Gritty’s has expanded its footprint while staying true to its core principles. Gritty’s pubs and beers have received national recognition through awards and press in well-respected travel magazines.
In this segment, Pfeffer talks about how he transitioned from a stock broker to brew pub owner, the origin of the Gritty McDuff’s name, and future business plans.