Maine Brewers' Guild

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Brewers' Guild says they will be sending a shipping container filled with Maine's craft brews to England for a beer festival.
 
The Maine Beer Box will have 78 beers on tap for the Leeds-based beer festival in September. The Portland Press Herald reports the box was previously shipped to Iceland last year for a June festival - the box's first outing.
 
Maine beer fans will be rewarded, as the beer box will return to Maine filled with beers from the United Kingdom, in time for Portland's Winter Session beer festival in November.
 

Fred Bever / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine - Craft brewers in Maine are joining with the Icelandic shipping company Eimskip to sell more beer abroad.

They are retrofitting a refrigerated cargo container with 50 taps on its side to float a sampling of the state's beers from Portland to Reykjavik.

The "Maine Beer Box," as it's called, is the brainchild of David Carlson, co-owner of Belfast's Marshall Wharf Brewing.

"Is it a marketing stunt? Sure," he says. "Is it sexy? Sure. I mean at the end of the day it's beer, which is great."

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

A new report released by the Maine Brewers’ Guild is projecting growth of nearly 40 percent next year as the number of Maine’s craft brewers continues to grow.

Tom Porter / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - When is a pint not a pint? Well, the answer is "quite often," according to some beer consumer advocates, who today argued their case at a public hearing in Augusta.