This week is American Craft Beer Week (ACBW, for short) which is a week organized by the Brewers Association to celebrate all things craft beer in the United States. There are events organized throughout the week everywhere in the country, and it is hard to find tweets that don’t bear the hashtag #ACBW this week.
I usually use this time of year as an arbitrary opportunity to examine where we stand in the craft beer world. It is nice to have some perspective on the size and the magnitude of the craft brewing movement in the U.S., as well as Maine, so that we can reflect on the past and the future of the industry. As of right now, craft beer is continuing to grow in the U.S., and is starting to show some very impressive numbers. [Read more…]
As 2013 comes to a close, I think it is safe to declare it as the year of the new brewery – at least in Maine. In all, at least 12 breweries opened in 2013, making up almost a quarter of all of the operating breweries in the state by the close of the year. The growth, sometimes supported by crowd-sourced or creative fundraising, has been unprecedented in Maine’s history.