Bangor is becoming an up and coming area for beer in Maine with 11 breweries already open and new ones opening their doors soon in 2016. Right before Christmas we sat down with Bob Crockett head brewer at Sea Dog, Mike Anderson brewmaster from Penobscot Bay Brewery and Chris Morley founder of Mason’s Brewing Company to talk about the Past, Present, and Future minus the whole Tiny Tim and visits from three ghosts bit.
Beer in Maine has a long history both positive and negative: Unfortunately Maine was the first state to enact Prohibition and the laws were referred to as “Maine Laws.” Thankfully this is all in the past with Maine being the craft beer capital of the NorthEast. In 2009 there was just 20 breweries in Maine, only 5 years later this number has almost quadrupled!
Today Bangor is rapidly expanding with more business, restaurants, and breweries as it becomes a vacation destination. No wonder with conventions, the folk festival, children’s museum, and waterfront concerts that people are not only visiting Bangor but making it their home. Bangor has become a destination, not a pass through as this area is revitalized.
With 2016 just days away, Mason’s Brewing is constructing a 20 barrel brewery on the waterfront complete with restaurant, bar, and outdoor deck on the Penobscot River. Their doors plan to open sometime this Spring. Amanda asks the guys the tough question that is on every investor’s mind, “Is their an impending beer bubble here in Maine?” The guys talk about how competition forces innovation, and its time for Maine to fine tune what they already have. Sea Dog is now selling nationwide, while Penobscot Bay self distributes, and Mason’s is still laying concrete floors before the snow starts to fall.
We would like to thank everyone for getting together for this Roundtable event, and a special shout of thanks to Bob Crocket for hosting the night in Sea Dog’s barrel room and of course brewing us all pints of Milk Stout get the conversation started.
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