Maine Breweries Hold Their Own in 2020, Add Over $260 Million to Economy
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Breaking News: Mainers Love Beer.
Okay, not exactly breaking news, but Maine's love of beer certainly helped keep a suddenly vulnerable industry rolling through the early onslaught of the pandemic.
According to the Bangor Daily News, the Maine Brewers Guild and the University of Maine School of Economics released their 2020 craft beer economic impact report. Even in a year of lockdowns and uncertainty, the breweries fared well.
According to the report, Maine's breweries, suppliers and employees contributed over $260 million in 2020. That is quite a number, considering the circumstances.
The pandemic shut tasting rooms and brew pubs down for months. Many breweries were selling curbside and hoping people were stocking up at the supermarket. They also had to rely on hitting numbers without the majority of tourists coming to the state.
With all that being said, the impact was still large, and according to the Bangor Daily News, the number of breweries actually increased during 2020 from 154 to 160.
This is another example of Mainers literally helping Mainers. 2020 changed everything in the customer service industry. With tourism essentially cut at the knees for nearly an entire year, many expected to see much more of a negative impact on the craft beer industry.
Instead of mass carnage, there were long lines at brewery doorsteps, beer and liquor stores were selling out, and beer was being delivered like pizza. It was quite a site to see.
I mean, Mainers drink a lot of beer. However, to see Mainers drink that beer, while supporting a very important Maine industry warms the heart.
Maine isn't hurting for beer options. And it looks like that won't be changing anytime soon.