Congresswoman Chellie Pingree meets with Maine brewers

    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree will meet with Maine craft brewers Monday morning. The goal is to learn about this growing industry. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) -- Congresswoman Chellie Pingree met with Maine craft brewers at the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland Monday morning.

    Leaders in the beer industry met up with state and local representatives to discuss possible economic opportunities for the craft beer industry. They say this is big business, but they want to make it bigger.

    Pingree along with members of the Maine Brewers' Guild organized a roundtable for local breweries to discuss their future.

    Pingree says the number of breweries in Maine is up to 83 and the size of the industry is nearing that of the lobster industry. She hopes to see a boost in the amount of Maine-grown supplies used in the brewery business.

    "We want the brewers to be able to make it clear to the growers just how much they need, you know, what the technical specifications are and I hope going forward this means that we just have more Maine-made beer that's also grown in Maine. So I think we can have some opportunities," Pingree said.

    Luke Livingston of Baxter Brewing Company is on the same page. He wants to see locally-grown ingredients go into locally-made beer.

    "Executive director of the Maine Brewers Guild, Sean Sullivan, says even though there are a very large number of breweries in Maine, there's still room to grow.

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