A Maine brewery is expanding its taproom

for Business - 14beercan - In this Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 photo, hundreds of cans of beer are seen at the Baxter Brewing Co., in Lewiston, Maine. The beer company has joined a growing number of small craft-beer breweries distributing their brews in cans, rather than in bottles. A decade ago, it's believed there weren't any U.S. craft breweries canning their suds. Nowadays, nearly 100 are selling at least one beer variety in metal. (Pat Wellenbach/ AP)
Hundreds of cans of beer are seen at Baxter Brewing Co. in Lewiston, Maine. –Pat Wellenbach / AP, File

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The third largest brewing company in Maine is expanding its taproom to 10 times its original size.

Lewiston’s Baxter Brewing Co. will open the new 4,800-sq. foot taproom this summer, and it will be incorporating machinery from the building’s prior history as a historic mill. The Sun-Journal reports founder Luke Livingston said Monday the taproom’s current size has been a continuing issue from the brewery’s beginning.

Livingston says the current taproom is one of the smallest among Maine’s over 100 breweries.

Baxter Brewing employs 33 people. Livingston says the expansion will add new jobs, though he isn’t sure how many yet.

According to a 2017 report from the Maine Brewers’ Guild, craft beer is a growing industry in Maine with an economic impact of more than $225 million.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com

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