Craft distilling is one of the most popular and sought-after activities in Maine, with breweries like Hopworks and B.C. Distilling Association, which owns and operates many of Maine’s breweries, already operating breweries.
But the Maine Craft Distilling Guild, which has set up breweries across the state, says it has received an outpouring of support from the public, with the guilds president and a few other people from the craft distiller community visiting the guild’s brewery to meet with the brewers.
The guild has set out to build partnerships with breweries and distillors in order to get the word out about Maine’s new craft distillery program.
“The guild has been working on this for the last several years and we are extremely excited to be able to provide support for these small distillators,” guild President Bill Haggerty said.
“We’re also very excited about the idea of the Maine Distilling Alliance, which is an organization that will provide the funds that will allow these small breweries to set up their breweries and get the distilling industry on the right track.”
We are very happy to be a part of this initiative and look forward to working with these small brewers as they embark on their mission of opening a distillery and growing the craft industry in Maine,” he added.
Haggerty, who is also president of the Portland Distilling and Wine Guild, said the guild and the Maine State Brewers Association are planning to open the first Maine distillery next year in Maine’s Capital City, Bangor.
The first distillery is set to open in 2019.
Haggitt said he and others are also hopeful that a craft distillation program in the state will benefit the craft brewers. “
The guilds mission is to foster and promote the growth of the craft sector and we have been working to do that through our various outreach programs in order for people to learn about the industry and support it,” he said.
Haggitt said he and others are also hopeful that a craft distillation program in the state will benefit the craft brewers.
“This is a very important development for the Maine craft distilers, which have been struggling for a very long time to attract people into the craft beer movement,” he explained.
“In the last few years, the craft movement has exploded.
We’ve seen an influx of new breweries and new distilleries open up, so this is a big step in our effort to get people to become part of that growing industry.”
For the Maine distillters, the opportunity to open a distillation facility in Bangor is a significant step toward growing the industry.
The state has a number of distillerages and breweries in the capital city, including three breweries, the state’s second-largest, and a fourth, that will be opening by the end of the year.
Hoggitt said that the guild is hopeful that the Maine Department of Public Health and Environmental Protection (DPHEP) will approve the distillation permit application, and he and other members of the guild are in contact with the state to discuss the permit application.