Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Tag: Beer data

2015: The Year of the Craft Beer Growth Spurt

This year will be a year of growth – and possibly some growing pains – for Maine’s craft breweries. [Read more…]

The New Home of IPAs

The hoppiest and best hoppy beers are on found in the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California?—?the undisputed kingdom of hops… right? […Read More]

What is Portland, ME drinking? The Bier Cellar Top 5 of 2014

If you want to know what beers Portland locals are bringing home to drink, you don’t have to go any further than to ask Greg Norton, owner of Bier Cellar in Portland. [Read more…]

New Breweries Driving Maine Growth

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…]

2013 – The year of the new brewery

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.

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