Former Bad Little Brewing Company Location on the Auction Block

By Will Tuell

The former location of a once-promising Machias brewpub will be up for auction next month per a listing with Tranzon Auction Properties. Located at 101 Court Street in Machias, the Clark Perry House, which served as the home of the Bad Little Brewing Company from Jan. 31 to Dec. 22, 2022, will be auctioned off June 25 at 1 p.m. 

Former owners Kathryn Toppan and Shawn Lent who worked with town officials and business development organizations, including Northern Maine Development Commission which is -- as of April 22 -- owed some $221,880 to finance Bad Little Brewing Company during the waning days of the pandemic, said at the time COVID, the regulatory environment, and what they saw as “negligent project management” ultimately doomed the Court Street business. 

“Ever since we announced our intentions to open Bad Little Brewing Company in Machias, circumstances have been challenging,” Toppan and Lent said on Bad Little Brewing Company’s Facebook page on Dec. 22, 2022. “Negligent project management, COVID-related supply issues, inflation, and several bad actors in town ultimately tanked business once summer people and visitors left the area. Our business plan was solid, and we tried to navigate the labor confines of the grant, which were released only mid-August, but if you don't have enough ‘butts in seats,’ it just won't work.” 

Town and state officials subsequently confirmed that, while Bad Little Brewing Company folded, the terms and conditions of funding that Machias voters approved were met and that the town would not be on the hook contrary to rumors on social media. 

Tranzon, which is conducting the auction on NMDC’s behalf, characterized the property as a “well-preserved residence” with a footprint of 6,000 sq. ft., stating that it could serve as either a residence or a new business for the right fit. 

“Discover the 'Clark Perry House,' a well-preserved 1868 Italianate-style residence set on a sprawling 1.27-acre parcel, now available at a Lender Ordered Auction,” the listing read. “This architectural gem, spanning over 6,000 square feet, seamlessly blends 19th-century charm with contemporary upgrades. Enjoy its soaring ceilings, exquisite wood floors, captivating bay windows, and a charming parlor complete with a fireplace. The property is improved by a recently constructed commercial space that was most recently used as a brewery and tasting room…Whether you envision it as a serene residential retreat, a thriving commercial venture, or a blend of both, seize this rare chance. We look forward to introducing you to this property and the opportunity to unlock its potential.” 

While there is no minimum bid for the property, a deposit of $10,000 in certified funds is required and will be increased to 10 percent of the sale price within 24 hours of the auction, Tranzon added. The property will be sold “as-is” with a closing to take place within 45 days. 

For more information, a complete listing of terms, conditions, and additional supporting materials, prospective buyers should contact Mike Carey of Tranzom Auction Properties at 207-776-1936, by email at [email protected], or by visiting the listing webpage at

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