UMaine Beer Economic Impact Study Cited in Mainebiz Article

An economic impact study on Maine’s craft beer industry that was commissioned by the Maine Brewers’ Guild and conducted by two University of Maine economics professors was referenced in the Mainebiz article, “Business is brewing: Craft beer’s national growth is reflected in Maine.” Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, said the study could be used to lobby for industry-friendly policies at the state level. According to the article, the study found the state’s 35 breweries are poised for major growth in the next few years; Maine breweries sold $92.6 million in beer in 2013 while employing 1,500 workers; and the Maine craft beer industry has an estimated $189 million in annual statewide economic impact.