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Updated: October 2, 2023 / 2023 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: Thomas Madden is a brewer looking to ‘pay it forward’

Photo / Tim Greenway Thomas Madden, co-founder of Lone Pine Brewing Co., says he’s been fortunate to be able to turn a passion into a career.
Thomas Madden, 37 
Co-founder, Lone Pine Brewing Co. Find profiles of all the 40 Under 40 honorees here.
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Significant professional accomplishment: Receiving a Great American Beer Festival gold medal for Cuvee De Funk Barrel-Aged Sour Ale and a World Beer Cup gold medal for Imperial Maple Sunday Imperial Brown Ale. When we started Lone Pine, we knew we needed to wow audiences in one of America’s hotbeds for craft beer, so winning an award for true-to-style quality at either of the world’s highest-profile competitions was a clearly stated goal.

Our industry is not centered around these types of accolades, but the recognition is a nice acknowledgment of the hard work that our team puts in each day to prioritize quality and creativity, and is a confirmation that we are continuing to move in the direction we set out for.

Passion project: Lone Pine has worked hard to establish a network of local charities and nonprofits that are doing impactful work on a hyperlocal level. I enjoy creating engaging products and experiences that bring attention and resources to incredible local groups like Sebago Clean Waters, the Center for Grieving Children, the Equality Community Center, Winterkids and the Maine Children’s Burn Foundation.

Audacious goal: Write a book. I have been fortunate to be able to turn a passion into a career and think this would be an effective medium to help others do the same. My parents set an early example for me by offering both experience (they were business owners) and encouragement. The Maine business community does a wonderful job of fostering the development of entrepreneurs and self-starters and I’m compelled to try and pay it forward by offering others similar confidence and support.

Favorite quote: One of my earliest advisors told me, “It’s not what you have. It’s what you’re capable to make.” That has remained with me through the years.

Influential books: “The Old Man and The Sea,” by Ernest Hemingway; “New Brewing Lager Beer,” by Greg Noonan

Favorite TV show: The “No Dig Gardening” YouTube channel by Charles Dowding is my tranquil escapism of the moment.

How do you recharge: On the soccer pitch (shoutout to Lone Pine FC!), with quick trips to Pine Point Beach with my family, and in my overly ambitious garden.

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