Eben Dingman and Adam Tuuri are nearly ready to open Bear Bones Beer on Lisbon Street in Lewiston but for a few details.

An open flag. A little more seating. A lot more beer.

“We’re insured, we’re funded; it’s just a matter of time at this point,” Dingman said this week.

The pair started renovating the space at 43 Lisbon St. nearly a year ago. It’s going to be a brewery and a tasting room, Tuuri said, but not a bar. A “brewery” officially means they can only serve what they brew and that everyone doesn’t have to be 21 to walk inside, just to purchase alcohol.

They’ll have five taps, one dedicated to a nonalcoholic, gluten-free soda made in-house. It looks like the other four will open with: The Old Smoky, a smoked pale ale; Buck Season, a hop forward session ale; The Johnny Rye, a brown rye ale; and C.R.E.A.M, a double-cream style ale.

And just FYI: C.R.E.A.M. doesn’t stand for anything. It’s a nod to a song by the Wu-Tang Clan.


“We’re big fans of references and acronyms around here,” Tuuri said.

Bear Bones Beer will sell samples and pints, and they’ll sell beer to go in 750-milliliter reusable glass growlers. The growler bottles, which hold just over two pints, will sell for $5. They can be filled or refilled for $5 to $10 depending on the beer.

The brewery won’t sell food, but people will be welcome to bring in food.

Dingman and Tuuri hope to start opening for weekends-only by the end of the month.

“We’ve been building so long, we’re just getting ready to stop,” Dingman said.

People, working with people


Meanwhile, just getting started: Corner Pocket Coworking.

Last month, Peter Flanders softly opened the co-working space at 12 Ash St. in Lewiston in the Current Media office. He envisions having 10 to 18 people in the roughly 1,100-square-foot space with sitting and standing desks. It has four tenants already.

“It’s bigger than I need, but it’s my office, and frankly, I like working with other people in the room,” Flanders said. “It’s vibrant, it feels good to hear the noise, the music, the people.”

Rates start at $95 a month. There’s 24-hour access, and access to a conference table, lounge space, a kitchenette and Wi-Fi.

In November, Carl Sheline and Cecelia Moody announced at the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council’s Create event that they’d be opening Munka in late 2015/early 2016 on Lisbon Street, believed at the time to be the Twin Cities’ first co-working space. Flanders said he’d heard that Munka was in the works, but they must not have heard about Corner Pocket.

“I’ve been letting people just fly in and out as they want,” he said. “It just seemed logical to create the space.”


Signs and the rest of the furniture should be in by the end of the month.

The long stride of the law

It’s a lot of numbers. And a lot of steps.

Over 12 weeks, 16 lawyers and 36 staffers at the law office of Berman & Simmons collectively took 59,169,294 steps as part of the firm’s annual Wellness Challenge, according to the company.

That’s an average of just over 13,546 steps per day.

On top of that, there were healthy eating challenges, avoiding-sweets challenges and sit-up challenges.

Next time you see one of them, give a high-five — if you can get your hand up in time before they blow past ya.

Quick hits about business comings, goings and happenings. Have a Buzz-able tip? Contact staff writer Kathryn Skelton at 689-2844 or kskelton@sunjournal.com.

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