BANGOR – Every time you turn around there seems to be a new craft brewery, and now one in the Bangor area is looking to expand.
Geaghan’s is looking to expand their Bangor brewing facility and possibly add an outdoor area to their restaurant.
They’re currently working with the city’s planning board on a project that could cost close to $2 million and could double the company’s tax revenue for Bangor.
“Our goal for this is increase sufficiency, increase sustainability, both business and environmental. We’re hoping we can do some really cool, new technology things over there in time,” said Andrew Geaghan, the owner of Geaghan Brothers Brewing Co.
While nothing is finalized, this could mean the company will be leaving their Brewer tap room, although it’s nothing personal.
“We’re just so blessed by this community, both sides of the river and the surrounding communities , it’s just a lot of great people,” said Geaghan.
He said since they first started brewing in 2011, Geaghan’s has gone from producing 300 barrels of beer a year to 4,000- 5,000 annually.
While this project could increase production its focus is on improving quality in an industry that continues to have new players.
The Maine Brewers’ Guild said 100 breweries have opened in Maine in the past five years.
Sean Sullivan, the executive director of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, said he believes the popularity comes form consumers liking that, “they can get to know the people behind the product … and it speaks to that kind of neighborly connection that I think a lot of people love about Maine.”
While you can buy Geaghan’s all around Maine, there’s a reason they don’t ship across state lines.
“We’re a family business and we want to operate like that, and I‘d rather say no to some of that growth opportunity and really just hone what we do here and be a place people can be proud of,” said Geaghan.
He said if all goes well they could be breaking new ground in Bangor as soon as the spring.