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August 26, 2016

Windham publisher plans a stand-alone Maine Brew Guide

Courtesy / Activity Maine
Courtesy / Activity Maine
A cover of the Maine Brew Guide, a stand-alone publication from the Windham-based publisher, Activity Maine.

Maine's craft-brewing industry is showing more evidence of its growth.

A stand-alone publication, the Maine Brew Guide, is set to launch in late September, the publisher, Stanley Rintz, told Mainebiz on Thursday.

Rintz is the publisher of Activities Maine, a free magazine that is circulated at retailers, including L.L.Bean.

In the past, Activities Maine has included the Brew Guide within its pages. This will be its first time as a stand-alone publication. It will cover what's going on at breweries, beer trails, trends, events and active legislative issues. It will also offer beer reviews.

Rintz expects the launch issue to been at least 32 pages. It will come out quarterly. Maine Beer Guide is designed to dovetail around information already provided by the Maine Brewers' Guild, a trade association.

"It seems like the industry is having steady growth. The future looks bright, with more permits and breweries planned. I don't know what the capacity is, but it's growing and ever-changing," Rintz said.

The launch is expected to coincide with Maine Craft Weekend, which is Oct. 1-2 and combines the world of craft artists with the world of craft brewing. The weekend will include tours of craft studios, breweries and businesses.

Rintz is the owner of Windham-based Activity Maine, which publishes Activities Maine magazine and RaceME, a guide to running events, rides and triathlons in Maine and New Hampshire.

Craft beer has an economic impact of $432 million, ranking 31st in the nation, according to the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association, a trade group. It produces 287,257 barrels of craft beer a year, ranking 18th nationally. On a per capita basis, Maine's craft beer production equals 8.9 gallons per adult 21 or over, ranking 7th in the nation. Maine has about 59 craft breweries, ranking 21st, or about 5.9 breweries per 100,000 adults 21 or over, ranking 5th.

Maine has two breweries in the top 50 domestic craft brewing companies, as ranked by the Brewers Association: Shipyard Brewing Co., No. 30 on the list, and Allagash Brewing Co., number 42. Both are based in Portland.

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