In the penultimate program of its Winter Lyceum series, Left Bank Books will host David Carlson of Marshall Wharf Brewing Company Sunday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. Carlson will recount the historic evolution of his interest in beer and brewing; the development of his waterfront craft brewery in Belfast; and the burgeoning microbrewery culture in Maine.

Carlson and his wife Sarah are the proprietors of Three Tides, a multi-leveled martini, tapas and oyster bar located near the Belfast waterfront. Opening its doors in 2003, the bar expanded in the fall of 2007 to include an on-site brewery. Carlson was joined in this endeavor by master brewer Dan McGovern, whose expertise previously had been solicited by the Lake Saint George Brewing Company and Belfast Bay Brewing.

Their current beer menu features a constantly changing selection of a dozen craft brews ranging from stouts to pale ales, all with varying alcohol content, flavors and gradations of malt and hops. Select Marshall Wharf beers can be found at various establishments in Maine including Darby’s in Belfast, Primo in Rockland and, in Portland, Duckfat, Novare Res and Great Lost Bear.

“In the Maine brewing world, we are considered the bad boys. We brew big, strong beers and, because of the lack of distribution and availability, Three Tides has become a destination for beer lovers all over the state of Maine,” said Carlson.

The public is invited to the free program, which will include some beer tasting. Left Bank Books is located at 21 East Main St./Route 1. For more information about this or the remaining program in the Winter Lyceum series, call 549-6400.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to