Maine craft distilleries are not the only places where craft beer and wine are being made.
Today, Maine craft beer is one of the most popular beers in the country, and Maine wine producers are also making a splash in the craft beer movement.
But craft beer has also been a pioneer in the way craft distillers have integrated their wares into the market.
For many years, Maine was considered a frontier state, with a very different culture than the more industrial and urbanized parts of the state.
The state’s first brewery, in the early 19th century, opened in Salem.
In 1871, the state’s biggest brewery, the St. Albans Brewing Company, opened, as did a second one in Newnan.
In 1900, the first brewery in the state opened in New York City.
By the mid-20th century there were three breweries in Maine.
Then in the 1970s, a few breweries opened in the Portland area and in rural Maine.
By 2007, Maine had four breweries.
Today it’s a state of the art, highly diverse, and diverse communities of people who love beer and want to be proud of it, say brewers, winemakers, distillors, and winemaking professionals.
“We’re doing it in the most progressive way we’ve ever done it, in a way that’s not necessarily traditional,” said Kevin Fung, co-owner of Portland’s Brewhouse, which opened in 2013.
“It’s a whole new era.”
In the late 1970s and early ’80s, the industry in Maine was still in its infancy.
There were only three or four breweries in the whole state.
Most of the brewers who started making beer in Maine in the mid-’70s, like Fung and fellow Portland resident Joe Hoey, had been working in other states.
Today there are about 20 breweries in all of Maine, but most are small and rely on partnerships with the state, which helps keep prices down and keeps them local.
“When you look at the breweries, there are just so many, and there’s so much competition, you’re going to see more innovation and more people doing what they love to do,” Fung said.
“There’s a lot of breweries that have done it well, and it’s just a whole different level of competition.”
The first brewery Fung worked for in the ’70s was the St Albans Brewery, which he and his wife opened in 1983.
The St Albards were the first to brew traditional American-style ales, with an emphasis on fruit and herbs.
“The St Albars were pioneers,” said Fung.
“They had a lot going on.
They had a brewery in New Hampshire, a brewery near Portland, and a brewery right down the road from where I grew up in Portland.”
After working with the Stalls, Fung started his own brewery.
Fung’s first winery, the Portland Brewers, opened its doors in 1999.
The couple had the idea to take their old brew house in Portland and turn it into a winery in order to open up a wineries market in the heart of Portland.
“A winery was a huge opportunity for us because it was a small operation,” said Mike Hoeys, the co-founder of Portland Brewhouse.
“You have to have a lot more than just a bunch of guys working to do a beer or a wine, so it was important for us to get our hands on a lot and really start our own business.
We got a lot out of it.”
Fung began making his own beer in the same way he started brewing his own beers.
“One of the first things I learned was that you have to start with a beer and then you’ve got to build your own system,” he said.
Hoees said that as a brewer, Fieds focus was more on how he could make beer.
“He really wanted to learn how to make beer, so he went to a lot on his own, just brewing and trying to brew the right way,” Hoeos said.
Fied was also a good cook, Hoe said, which allowed him to do things that he could not do with his brewery.
“And then there’s a really nice thing about brewing in a brewery, it’s that you can take your food and put it in a barrel and then put it into your fermenter and that’s how you get the best flavor and aroma from it,” he added.
Hoes and Fung were very fortunate to be able to work with someone like Joe Hoes.
Joe Hods wife, Julie, is a certified certified master distiller in the industry.
She is a member of the National Society of Certified Master Distillers (NSCDM), and she is the former president of the Maine Distilling Association.
“She’s a great brewer and she’s got a