Media report on new School of Economics, Maine Brewers’ Guild study
The Bangor Daily News, Craft Brewing Business, WABI (Channel 5) and Brewbound reported on a new study released Jan. 16 by the Maine Brewers’ Guild and Andrew Crawley, an assistant professor in the University of Maine School of Economics. Breweries and related activities by their suppliers and employees contributed a total of $260.4 million to the Maine economy in 2017, up from $225 million in 2016, according to the study. The BDN broke down that number into $1.5 million in excise taxes, $168 million in beer sold, and 2,560 jobs with a total of $54.8 million in wages. In 2017, the number of breweries grew 16 percent nationally compared to 34 percent in Maine, with 19 breweries opening between January 2017 and January 2018, according to the BDN. And Maine breweries saw 9.8 million tourists — one in five tourists to the state — stopping for a tour or tasting in 2017. While Cumberland County still has the most craft breweries with 47, each Maine county now has at least one craft brewery, according to the study. The study is based on poll responses from 36 percent of members in the Maine Brewers’ Guild, and is an update to a previous version of the study released in 2017. The Maine craft brewing industry is expected to continue to grow in the foreseeable future, with a 10 percent increase in output by the end of 2019 and a 15 percent increase by the end of 2020, according to Craft Brewing Business. Maine Public carried the BDN article.