Construction got under way this week on a post and beam frame that will house the new Bad Martha’s microbrewery on Upper Main street in Edgartown this coming summer.

Builders from Riehl’s Construction, an Amish carpentry company based in Leola, Pa. that specializes in recreating barns, arrived over the weekend to piece together the hand cut beams. A barn raising began on Monday as the frame went up.

The 1,900-square-foot building on the Donaroma’s Nursery property in Edgartown will include a bar, brewing area, merchandise, outside seating and porch. Part of a former greenhouse on the property has been removed.

The beer company was started last spring by summer resident Jonathan Blum and Island real estate developer Peter Rosbeck. The company currently brews three types of beer in Ipswich.

In addition to the carpentry crew from Pennsylvania, on hand Monday were Brent Brown, project coordinator at Rosbeck Builders, and brewmaster Jim Carleton. The brewery plans to make 10 beers, some with local ingredients.

“We’re looking to be at the heart of the local community and support local businesses and local farms,” Mr. Carleton said.


View a time lapse of the barn raising.