The brewing of Baxter beer

Posted Jan. 02, 2012, at 6:56 a.m.
JON GREEN, originally from Brunswick, shepherds unfilled beer cans to the canning line at the Baxter Brewery in Lewiston. As “the cellar guy,” Green is in charge of the beer between the brewing and shipping stages. He oversees the harvesting of yeast, packing, filtration, canning, kegging and carbonating.
Troy R. Bennett | The Times Record
JON GREEN, originally from Brunswick, shepherds unfilled beer cans to the canning line at the Baxter Brewery in Lewiston. As “the cellar guy,” Green is in charge of the beer between the brewing and shipping stages. He oversees the harvesting of yeast, packing, filtration, canning, kegging and carbonating.
BREWER GEOFF NEWMAN adds buckets of hop pellets to a steaming batch of Stowaway IPA beer, after boiling, for aroma at Baxter Brewing in Lewiston.
Troy R. Bennett | The Times Record
BREWER GEOFF NEWMAN adds buckets of hop pellets to a steaming batch of Stowaway IPA beer, after boiling, for aroma at Baxter Brewing in Lewiston.
BAXTER BREWING INTERIM HEAD BREWER Ben Law — a 1991 graduate of Brunswick High School — cleans a giant kettle after boiling a batch in Lewiston. Law was a dissertation shy of a Ph.d. in Latin literature when he decided to leave the academic life almost five years ago to become a full-time beer maker. “I was spending more time home-brewing than I was on my dissertation,” said Law. He was educated in brewing at the American Beer Guild in Vermont and is now working in the mill where both his grandparents and mother once worked.
Troy R. Bennett | The Times Record
BAXTER BREWING INTERIM HEAD BREWER Ben Law — a 1991 graduate of Brunswick High School — cleans a giant kettle after boiling a batch in Lewiston. Law was a dissertation shy of a Ph.d. in Latin literature when he decided to leave the academic life almost five years ago to become a full-time beer maker. “I was spending more time home-brewing than I was on my dissertation,” said Law. He was educated in brewing at the American Beer Guild in Vermont and is now working in the mill where both his grandparents and mother once worked.
BEER CANS are filled and carbonated at the Baxter Brewery in Lewiston.
Troy R. Bennett | The Times Record
BEER CANS are filled and carbonated at the Baxter Brewery in Lewiston.
JASON HARRIS bundles cans of beer into six packs at the Baxter Brewery in Lewiston. All three of Baxter’s beers are sold either on draft or in cans, not bottles. The reasoning is threefold: cans are easier to recycle, cans keep beer fresher, longer, and cans can’t break like glass.
Troy R. Bennett | The Times Record
JASON HARRIS bundles cans of beer into six packs at the Baxter Brewery in Lewiston. All three of Baxter’s beers are sold either on draft or in cans, not bottles. The reasoning is threefold: cans are easier to recycle, cans keep beer fresher, longer, and cans can’t break like glass.
JON GREEN stacks racks of Baxter Brewing’s Stowaway IPA as it comes off the canning line at the brewery in Lewiston.
Troy R. Bennett | The Times Record
JON GREEN stacks racks of Baxter Brewing’s Stowaway IPA as it comes off the canning line at the brewery in Lewiston.
LUKE LIVINGSTON, 27, grew up in Auburn and founded Baxter Brewing last year at the Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston. The renovations started in June 2010 and the first shipment of the new beer went out seven months later. The brewery, which sends its three beers out in cans and kegs only, is set to ship 5,040 barrels this year — that’s 156,240 gallons.
Troy R. Bennett | The Times Record
LUKE LIVINGSTON, 27, grew up in Auburn and founded Baxter Brewing last year at the Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston. The renovations started in June 2010 and the first shipment of the new beer went out seven months later. The brewery, which sends its three beers out in cans and kegs only, is set to ship 5,040 barrels this year — that’s 156,240 gallons.

LEWISTON, Maine — Baxter Brewing, founded by 27-year-old Luke Livingston, has had incredible success in just two years. The company sold nearly 5,000 barrels of its beer in 2010 and is growing. And in December, Livingston was named one of the nation’s 30 people under the age of 30 to watch in the area of food and wine.

Baxter Brewing bottles its beers in cans instead of bottles, one of just a handful microbreweries in the country to do so. Livingston says cans are better for the environment, better for keeping the beer fresh and easier to carry around.

At the 2011 Maine Brewers Festival, BDN staffer Judy Long called Baxter’s Amber Road “one of the best tastes of the night.”

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