The fifth annual New England Craft Brewers Summit will be held on Friday, February 28 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland. It runs from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. Rob Tod, Founder of Allagash Brewing Company will be the keynote speaker. The Summit will be hosted once again by the Maine Brewers Guild.
This year’s landmark summit will focus on sustainable growth and challenges craft breweries need to think about – such as where their businesses will be in five, ten and twenty years as the industry continues to evolve according to a press release from the Guild.
At the New England Craft Breweries Summit launched in 2015, the industry was on the cusp of hyper growth, yet was still seen by many as a cottage industry. Five years later, craft beer is one of the top economic drivers in Maine and the Maine Brewers’ Guild stands as a model for other trade associations. In just five years, the number of active, licensed breweries in Maine has nearly doubled – from 82 to 153.
“We’re proud of the success of Maine’ beer industry since 2015, but this is a marathon and not a sprint,” said Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers Guild. “Our breweries all around the state are committed to building businesses that will last, while also reinvigorating downtowns, rural communities, and our urban centers. Brewers around the country see Maine as a model of this success and we’re proud to host them for our annual conference.
In the most recent industry economic impact report, Maine breweries employed nearly 2,000. This growth has continued in the years since, with the next economic report slated for early next year.
For more information and ticket information, please go to the Maine Brewers Guild webpage.