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Maine Beer Company

Our Story

On May 2, 2006 I was traveling to Everglades National Park with my dad, my wife, Heidi, and my daughter, Zoe. I mentioned to my dad that I should start a brewery. I wanted to make something real. He said jokingly that I would drink all of my profits. I then figured that if I made enough beer, that problem could be solved.

The top of the post and beam Black Barn that serves as an entrance to Maine Beer Company's tasting room.

After returning home I started to do some research and built a folder with some business ideas. I had one requirement: I wanted a good partner to work with. I searched around a bit but just couldn’t find the right fit. So, the idea got shelved. The seasons changed. I continued to drink beer instead of making it. Not all bad.

A photo of tall trees in the forest.

My brother, Daniel, went down to Boston for law school. During his first summer he got an internship at a firm back in Maine, so he lived with us for a few months. A partner at the firm, Allan, gave the interns a lesson in beer and brewing for something fun to do. I guess my brother liked what he saw.

Co-founders Daniel and David Kleban stand in the production space of their facility in Freeport.

He went back to school and the snow fell again and again over the next few years. Luck would have it that he got a job up in Portland, Maine after graduating. On the weekends we would drink beer. Just something we always enjoyed.

Co-founders David and Daniel Kleban drinking their beer in the original facility in Portland.

We eventually realized that we should brew beer on the weekends and drink at the same time. We made some really awful beer. Some ok beer. It didn’t really matter. We had fun.

A black and white photo of co-founders Daniel and David Kleban homebrewing in their garage.

We got a bit more serious and drove three hours each way to pick up a home brew set-up for $300 that we found on Craigslist. We brewed on my front porch in the winter and we brewed in his hot garage in the summer. He loved brewing. I loved helping.

A black and white photo of co-founders Daniel and David Kleban homebrewing in their garage.

It finally hit me. My brother really loved brewing. He had a job and school debt but I figured I would ask anyway: Do you want to be a lawyer or a brewer for the rest of your life? He said a brewer.

A black and white photo of hop pellets

We worked on a single recipe. Over and over and over and over. Peeper was born. Our plan was to do one beer really well to start. Make only beer that we want to drink, period. No market research. Do it. Do it well. If they drink it, great. If they don’t, we go back to our day jobs.

A black and white photo of co-founders and brothers David and Daniel Kleban raise glasses of their beer.

I hit the streets armed with a small, cheap cooler filled with some Peeper (formerly Spring Peeper Ale).

Door to door I went. Sometimes my daughter, Zoe, would come along and deliver with me.

A black and white photo of the original bottle of Peeper, then called "Spring Peeper Ale."

We had a one barrel brew house. The term nano brewery was not even around yet, as far as I know.

A brewery had not been started in Maine for a long time.

Co-founder David Kleban stands next to a large stainless steel brewing vessel in the company's original facility.

I always say that we are not going to get any bigger, but I always learn that to make better beer, we need better people and better equipment, which means that we need to make more beer to pay for those things.

We hired a small crew at our shop on Industrial Way and added more equipment.

A black and white photo of Maine Beer Company's original location in Portland, with a simple white sign.

In December 2010, after a year and a half of the nano thing, we bought a 15bbl brew house and a 30 bbl fermentor.

And then we added another 30bbl fermentor. And another and another. We were then out of space and out of our minds down in Portland.

A black and white photo of the early Portland brewery space of MBC with three employees brewing and packaging.

Our new brewery opened in Freeport in April, 2013. We had a bigger space for brewing. And more fermentors.

And a warehouse.

And a tasting room.

And an actual office.

A black and white photo of the original Maine Beer Company sign, a simple white sign with black sticker letters that says "Maine Beer Co."

From day one, my brother and I knew that we wanted to be a certain kind of company. We wanted to do things right no matter what. We told ourselves that if we couldn’t do things right then we wouldn’t do them at all.

To be honest, we really didn’t know if it would work, but because of everyone who bought our beer and all of the great people who work with us, we made it happen. We’re always trying to be better at making quality beer, treating our employees well, and taking care of our earth and the creatures that live on it.

A black and white photo of bottles on the bottling line ready to be labeled and filled.

A large part of our motto “Do what’s right” is giving back. Through 1% for the Planet, we’ve pledged to give 1% of our sales to environmental nonprofits such as Allied Whale, the Center For Wildlife, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Royal River Conservation Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Wolfe’s Neck Center, and many more.

As we grow, we’re able to keep doing what’s right, and give back more and more each year.

A black and white photo of Little Whaleboat Island, a series of islands and ledges in Casco Bay.

Over the years here in Freeport, we’ve grown again. More employees, more beer, and more customers.

As we grow, we always do three things:

Make quality beer.

Give back.

And smile each day.

A black and white photo of the Black Barn entrance to Maine Beer Company's tasting room with a large solar tracker off to the left.

And in the end, it’s the same old story: my brother Dan brewing. His shirt reads “Do what’s right.”

The co-founder of Maine Beer Company, stands in the brewhouse next to stainless steel tanks.