STATEWIDE – Maine has around 150 breweries and and under the governor’s executive order, some are not allowed to open until July.
Maine Brewers’ Guild leaders want the governor to reconsider the process and timeline for reopening Maine brewery tasting rooms.
They’re encouraging state leaders to provide a compromise and allow brewers to open up and serve outdoors instead of being restricted because of their liquor license.
“It’s about reopening as safely as possible. That’s why we’re really focused on outdoor seating as the primary act. We just want to be able to serve people in the outdoors,” said Executive Director Sean Sullivan. “There is a long tradition of people in beer gardens drinking in the open air in licensed areas and I think Maine has a great outdoor brand.”
Currently, bars and brewery tasting rooms are barred from opening until July 1.
All restaurants in the state will be allowed to open outdoor seating starting Monday. And all — except for those in Cumberland, York and Androscoggin counties — can reopen indoor seating provided they comply with safety restrictions.