With production set to double, Baxter Brewing Co. on tap to be Maine’s ‘third largest brewery’

Posted Nov. 17, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 17, 2013, at 12:49 p.m.

Coming up on its third anniversary in January, Lewiston’s Baxter Brewing Co. is hopping.

For 2014, three more 240-barrel fermenters are being added to the the exterior of the 130 Mill St. facility, and production of brewed beer will more than double, going from 12,000 to 25,000 barrels of beer a year.

“We will have the capacity to brew 33,000 barrels, which will give us the capacity to be the third largest brewery in the state of Maine,” said Luke Livingston, founder and president of Baxter Brewing. “We’ll be behind Shipyard and Allagash, respectively, in production capacity.”

All of that beer — 775,000 gallons — to be brewed in 2014 will be shipped statewide, and to Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

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“New England will take all of the beer we can make in this footprint,” said Livingston when asked if he would be selling nationally.

To mark its third anniversary, Baxter Brewing is going to start offering a variety 12-pack of its current beers to consumers in January, and will also feature some new, small-batch beers in 2014.

But the favorite of most Baxter beer drinkers, Stowaway I.P.A., will always be on tap at the Lewiston production facility and is 60 percent of the beer maker’s production.

“As long as we don’t lose our quality of beer produced, our company culture and core values, or our roots in the Lewiston-Auburn area, we’ll grow as big as we can,” Livingston said.

The brewery hosts free tours at 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and its Pour Room and gift shop is open noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.baxterbrewing.com.

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