Maine Beer Box

Maine brewers are proud to announce the United Kingdom as the next partners of their Global Brewers Trade project and second international destination of the Maine Beer Box!

Carrying forward an international, collaborative project launched last year, brewers from across the state will fill the Maine Beer Box with fresh craft beer and send it aboard a freighter ship to Leeds, England where Maine breweries will be featured at the 7th annual Leeds International Beer Festival (LIBF) in September.  

The Maine Brewers’ Guild welcomes all join us in Leeds, England from September 5th – 9th, 2018 at the Leeds International Beer Festival, featuring the Maine Beer Box.

The Maine Brewers’ Guild will be offering a hotel room block to include festival passes to the Leeds International Beer Festival. To receive more information – please sign up for our email list or follow the Maine Brewers Guild on Facebook. We will send travel info out in mid-May.

FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Location: Leeds Town Hall

Festival website is www.leedsbeer.com

TRAVEL

We encourage travelers to purchase flights arriving in London or Manchester. If traveling through London, we advise that you purchase train tickets from London to Leeds (round trip) in advance, to save money. Other train tickets to local destinations can be purchased at the station.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Guild has set aside a hotel block at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. To book your room, you must call the hotel at +44 113 243 1323 and use this booking ID code for the rate: 21585097. Pricing includes VAT.

Single occupancy room rate: £105 or $139 / Double occupancy room rate: £117 or $155 

Note: each room includes access to free breakfast and WiFi.

We highly recommend that you use this hotel block for LIBF. This hotel is connected to the train station in Leeds and within walking distance from some of the best restaurants, sights and things to do throughout the city. Not only that, but this is a great way to connect with your fellow Maine brewers and experience the energy and fun of LIBF together.

WHAT IS THE MAINE BEER BOX?

The Maine Beer Box is a custom-built, 40ft., refrigerated shipping container with 78 beer taps and a self-contained draft system that was commissioned in 2017 by the Maine Brewers’ Guild. Serving as a symbol of the collaborative spirit of the Maine and American craft brewing industry – the Maine Beer Box is utilized as part of a multi-year project based around a global exchange of beer between brewers from Maine and countries around the world.

The Maine Beer Box has been called the world’s largest mobile kegerator and is fully capable of delivering beer anywhere by land or sea, ensuring that Maine craft beer can be transported in ideal conditions, and served fresh off the tap.

In June of 2017, the Maine Brewers’ Guild (MBG), Maine’s trade association for craft beer brewers, brought together Maine’s brewers to launch this multi-year project based around a global exchange of beer. This project is done in partnership with Eimskip, ehf. an Iceland-based shipping company with its North American headquarters in Portland, ME.

The key aspect of the project is that it is reciprocal – Maine brewers ship beer over, share beers from the Maine Beer Box at a festival, then ship the host country’s beers back to Maine and host them at their annual international beer festival.

Part marketing initiative, part goodwill trade mission, part economic development initiative, the Maine Beer Box was filled with Maine craft beer and shipped to Iceland in year one (2017), where the beer was offered to paid attendees at the biggest beer festival in Icelandic history.

The beer – including beer from Maine and every brewery in Iceland – was poured directly out of taps fabricated into the side of the container at a sold out event on June 24th in Reykjavik.

Icelandic brewers reciprocated the exchange by shipping their beers to Maine via the Maine Beer Box, as well as attending and pouring their beers at the Maine Brewers’ Guild Summer Session beer festival on July 29th, 2017 in Portland, Maine.

The brand new container itself was donated by the Icelandic shipping company, Eimskip ehf., and fabricated by Maine tradesmen including SnapSpace Solutions, Zajac LLC, and employees of Marshall Wharf Brewing Company and Matheson Gases.

The Maine Beer Box being hoisted by the crane at the International Marine Terminal in Portland, Maine – onto an Eimskip ship before sailing to Reykjavik in June 2017,

The Maine Beer Box is in Iceland at the BjorFestival.  (Maine Brewers’ Guild executive director Sean Sullivan and Maine Beer Box co-creator/ owner of Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, ME, David Carlson, raise a glass to celebrate the success of the BjorFestival in June 2017.

A peek inside the refrigerated Maine Beer Box, chock full of kegs, prior to being shipped to Reykjavik, Iceland from Portland, ME. Each draft line is individually regulated to ensure the beer can be poured perfectly, with C02 hookups at both ends of the line. All the wooden material inside is just packing equipment to protect the draft system and prevent movement during shipping.

A detailed look at the quality stainless steel work and a sea of tap handles on the Maine Beer Box prior to the BjorFestival.

The night before the Summer Session Beer Festival in July 2018 at Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME, with cover plates over the 78 taps.

Maine brewers toast the christening of the Maine Beer Box in May 2017 after a press conference to announce the collaboration.

ABOVE: Maine brewers and friends in Reykjavik, Iceland prior to the BjorFestival event in June 2017. This beer festival was the biggest in Icelandic history and featured beer from 40+ Maine breweries and every brewery in Iceland. Over 50 Mainers made the trip to Iceland for the event.

An indoor shot of the Maine Beer Box in use during the 2018 Sunaana Festival inside Brick South at Thompson’s Pt in Portland, ME.

ABOVE: Commemorative posters created by Maine artists to celebrate the launch of the Maine Maine Beer Box in 2017.

RENT THE MAINE BEER BOX

The Maine Beer Box being put to good use as a rental at the Sunaana Festival in Portland, ME – an arts/music/beer event featuring artists from around the North Atlantic.

HAVING A BIG PARTY? …THE MAINE BEER BOX IS AVAILABLE FOR RENT!

The Maine Beer Box can be shipped anywhere in the world – by land or by sea, and ensures quality beer can be poured regardless of the outdoor environment.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook page or check out below. All rental proceeds go to benefit the nonprofit Maine Brewers’ Guild and our work to promote and protect Maine breweries.

For rental information, please contact us at info@mainebrewersguild.org