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Where to find Maine Breweries

If you’re curious to find a Maine brewery near you, or are looking for info on the locations of Maine breweries please visit our Map of Maine Breweries. *Please note, we only show Maine Brewers’ Guild member breweries on this page, so there are a few small brewers that are not on our map (as they are not active members of our organization).

Contact Info for Maine Brewers

If you want to reach out to a specific Maine brewery, or you’re looking for more info about a Maine brewer such as hours of operation, history, or an address, visit our All Brewers section and click on the brewery’s logo.  We also recommend visiting their Facebook pages and messaging them through Facebook or Twitter. We do not have a list of all Maine brewers’ email addresses available for distribution.

How many breweries are there in Maine?

There’s a lot of conflicting info out there about number of breweries in Maine, so we wanted to set the record straight. As of October 31, 2016, Maine is home to 89 active, licensed breweries.

Q: How does the Guild count the number of breweries in Maine?
A: We count breweries based on active brewery licenses in Maine. In other words – if a facility is licensed as a brewery by the State of Maine’s Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (BABLO), then we count it. It’s important to note that this means some breweries you may know by name – such as Sea Dog, Sebago, Gritty’s and others – hold multiple brewery licenses.

Q: How has the number of breweries producing beer in Maine changed over time?
A: On July 11, 1986, David L. Geary opened up D.L. Geary Brewing Company in Portland, ME and this was the first new brewery to open east of the Mississippi since the federal prohibition on alcohol production ended. More info is below. This information comes from brewery license data from Maine’s Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (BABLO).

  • Between 1851 – 1933, Maine was under Prohibition, and there were no legal breweries in the state.
  • 1933-1990: 2 breweries opened (2 active breweries)
  • 1990-1994: 10 breweries opened, 1 closed. (11 active breweries)
  • 1995-1999: 24 breweries opened, 3 closed. (32 active breweries)
  • 2000-2004: 17 breweries opened, 13 closed. (36 active breweries)
  • 2005-2009: 14 breweries opened, 15 closed. (35 active breweries)
  • 2010-2014: 40 breweries opened, 10 closed. (65 active breweries)
  • 2015: 9 breweries opened, 1 closed (73 breweries)
  • 2016 through October: 16 breweries opened, 0 closed. (89 active breweries)

About the Maine Brewers’ Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Maine Brewers’ Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in Maine. Our mission is to keep Maine in the forefront of the craft beer revolution by offering high quality and creative diversity for the customer.

Since 1986, Maine has been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. Our state is home to over 80 breweries which produce hundreds of beers; from juicy New England IPA’s to rich, malty English ales, stouts, porters, sours, Belgian ales, farmhouse ales, goses, gruits, crisp lagers and everything in between. Wherever you travel in Maine, you’ll find locally made ales and lagers that are fresh, unique and sure to please. Cheers!

Our membership is comprised of professional brewers and our members produce 99.9% of all the beer made in Maine, along with Allied Trade members who work with our brewers and serve the craft beer industry.

All brewery membership inquiries should be sent to our Membership Coordinator – Ryan Conery-Poulin at ryan@mainebeercompany.com, and all Allied Membership inquiries should be sent to sean@mainebrewersguild.org.

Have a question? Writing an article or producing a piece on craft beer and want to talk with us? Please visit our Media Kit for quick facts and figures. If you don’t find the answer there, please direct your email inquiry to our Executive Director, Sean Sullivan, sean@mainebrewersguild.org.

Current Officers and Board Members
Sean Sullivan – Executive Director, Maine Brewers’ Guild

Brandon Mazer – Shipyard Brewing Company – President
Kai Adams – Sebago Brewing Company – Vice President
Tina Bonney - Foundation Brewing Co. – Treasurer
Chelsea Livingston – Baxter Brewing Company – Secretary
Abe Furth – Orono Brewing Company – At Large
Tim Adams – Oxbow Brewing Company – At Large
Andrew Geaghan – Geaghan Bros. Brewing - At Large
Jeff Pillet-Shore – Allagash Brewing Company – At Large
Danny McGovern – Monhegan Brewing Company – At Large
Dan Kleban – Maine Beer Company - At Large (Appointed)
Richard Pfeffer – Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Co – At Large (Appointed)

Ryan Conery-Poulin - Maine Beer Company – Volunteer Membership Coordinator
Amanda Cahoon – Administrative Assistant, Maine Brewers’ Guild

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STARTING NOVEMBER 5TH  

A SERIES OF EVENTS CELEBRATING EVERYTHING CRAFT BEER!
FROM THE BREWER TO THE BAR TO PINT GLASS, WE INVITE ALL BEER ENTHUSIASTS TO JOIN THE MAINE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY AND LOCAL BUSINESSES AS WE PARTAKE IN VARIOUS EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN PORTLAND, MAINE AND SURROUNDING AREAS. 

Maine Brewers Guild will be partnering with local brewers for 3 events:

Freshmen Orientation, November 5th: We welcome the 2016 “freshmen” (15 of Maine’s newest breweries) with an evening of exclusive tastings and getting to know each brewery.

Pro Am at Salvage BBQ & Smokehouse, November 7th: Local home brewers and Portland’s best commercial brewers come together to bring you 12 collaboration beers.

Great Lost Bear Annual Maine Tap Takeover, November 8th: The annual push to see how many Maine beers they can get on tap!

CHECK OUT ALL THE GREAT EVENTS FOR BEER WEEK AND MORE DETAILS ON THE EVENTS ABOVE  BY VISITING PORTLANDBEERWEEK.ORG

CHEERS!

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Maine Brewer’s Guild  Presents:

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION 2016!

Saturday November 5th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Coffee by Design, 1 Diamond Street, Portland
Maine Brewers’ Guild Presents: Freshmen Orientation 2016:

Welcome Freshmen!

The Maine Brewers’ Guild invites you to get oriented at our third annual Freshmen Orientation – showcasing all of the newest breweries in the state and giving you the chance to spend quality ‘class’ time with every brewer. Let the bragging rights begin – by the end of the event you’ll have tasted beer and met the people behind 15 of Maine’s newest breweries.

Learn about their background, the styles of beer they brew, their plans for the future, and of course, sampling their beer! With many of these breweries not distributing beyond their local region, this will be a unique opportunity to sample beers from our state’s ‘Class of 2016′ and have one hell of a day. No better way to spend a Saturday night.

Ticket price includes entry, all samples, souvenir tasting glass, and some snacks to cleanse your palette!

Featuring every new brewery that has opened in Maine since November 2015: 2 Feet Brewing Co. (Bangor), Bear Bones Beer (Lewiston), Dirigo Brewing Co, (Biddeford), Fore River Brewing Co. (South Portland), Foulmouthed Brewing Co. (South Portland), Gruit (Portland), Lone Pine Brewing Co. (Portland), Norway Brewing Co. (Norway), Mason’s Brewing Co. (Brewer), Mast Landing Brewing Co. (Westbrook), One Eye Open Brewing Co. (Portland), Saco River Brewing (Fryeburg), Simplicity Brewing Co. (Warren), Theory Brewing (Wells), Threshers Brewing Co. (Searsmont).

Proceeds from this event will go to the Maine Brewers’ Guild, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the Maine craft beer industry.

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With the growth of our industry – our small nonprofit is looking for our second employee in the form of a Part-Time Administrative Assistant to help us continue to spread the word about Maine’s incredible craft beer scene, put on incredible events, and fulfill our mission of promoting and protecting Maine’s craft beer brewers. Please click the link below for the position description and application instructions.

Admin Asst for Guild Job Description FINAL

We will accept applications via info@mainebrewersguild.org until July 1 at 5:00PM.

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Tickets for our 2016 Summer Session Beer Festival are now on sale! Maine beer lovers’ best chance to try Maine’s best beers will take place Saturday afternoon, July 23rd, outdoors and under the sun at Thompson’s Point.

Over 35 breweries have already committed to pouring their beers, and the invitational format will once again have fellow brewers from out-of-state offering hard to find beers and styles. For the serious beer lovers, a limited number of VIP tickets are available, offering direct access to brewers and specialty beers. Beer School Mini-Classes will be in session, offering short 20 minute presentations from the pros.

And the Homegrown Beer Competition featuring brews made from Maine-grown ingredients will be battling for your vote, one sample at a time.

Fair warning: last year’s festival sold out and expect to do so again this year. Buy your tickets now!

 

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We had a blast hosting over 450 people to Portland on Friday April 1st for our inaugural New England Brew Summit: a B2B craft beer industry technical conference. In case you missed it – here’s a quick list of some of the press coverage we received. Cheers to everyone who helped make the event a success! We’re already planning for next year.