USA, ME: Maine has the highest number of breweries per capita after many years of lagging behind Vermont
After many years of lagging behind Vermont, Maine now officially has the highest number of breweries per capita in the US, the Bangor Daily News reported on April 5.
As of 2021, Maine has one brewery for every 8,654 people. Thats 156 active breweries in total as of this year for 1,350,141 Mainers, according to the Maine Brewers Guild and the U.S. Census Bureau.
By contrast, Vermont has 72 active breweries, and a population of 623,347, for a total of one brewery for every 8,657 people meaning the Pine Tree State has just edged out the Green Mountain State.
Just behind Maine and Vermont are states like Montana, Colorado and Oregon, the latter two of which have long-standing craft beer scenes that date back into the 1980s.
Maines numbers are unsurprising, given the explosive growth of the states craft beer industry in the past decade. In 2013, Maine had 35 registered breweries. Eight years later, that number is still growing. An economic impact study released in 2019 found that the beer industry and related activities contribute $2 billion to Maines economy each year and nearly 16,000 jobs.
Maines position as the state with the most breweries per capita isnt just a statistic its representative of hundreds of Mainers who have pursued an entrepreneurial dream and shared their knowledge and expertise with their competitors that have followed, said Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers Guild.
It is further indication that Maine has emerged as one of North Americas leading beer-making regions, attracting beer-lovers from all over the country and the world. Beer tourism in Maine has gone from a cottage industry to a major part of Maines overall tourism economy, with entire vacation packages designed around traveling to visit Maines breweries, which are scattered all over the state.
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