Friends and co-workers Martin de Jongh, Ole Pederson, Chris Worden, Thomas Varnum and Neil Blake are partners in one of the Port City’s newest breweries, Mad Mole Brewing.
After a long search for a name, de Jongh credits his daughter with coming up with mole by combining the “m” from his first name, Martin, with Ole’s name. They said they added “mad” to “mole” as a nod to their “mad scientist” approach to home brewing.
Like many in the brewing industry, the group has been homebrewing for the better part of the past decade. Worden purchased the building at 309 Boathouse Road, which will house Mad Mole, about a year and a half ago. The brewery will occupy about 2,000-square-feet of the 6,000-square-foot building that is just behind the Boathouse Restaurant at 6328 Oleander Drive.