Baxter Brewing Co. is a Maine-based craft brewery which is the first of its kind in New England to can all of its beer. Located in Bates Mill in the up-and-coming community of Lewiston/Auburn, ME, Baxter Brewing Co. currently distributes its flavorful and unique craft beers in ME, MA, NH, VT, NY, RI, & CT both in six-pack and on draught. The brewery features an in-house retail shop and Tap Room where you can purchase our beer and sweet schwag on-site, enjoy tours and tastings as well as regular special events.
Baxter’s story begins with Luke Livingston, whose interest in craft beer was peaked in college (thanks to him, Clark University now has a rule in place banning brewing in the dorms). After graduating, he launched a well-respected beer blog; as he continued to learn and write about craft beer, he recognized a need in the New England market for some creative interpretations of popular beers.
The impetus for committing his ideas to a business plan occurred in 2009, with the passing of his mother. The key components of his plan were to offer creative, approachable beers that would be produced sustainably, inspired but not constrained by tradition, and, with convenient packaging, could be enjoyed everywhere.
To brew beer of the caliber Luke had in mind, he needed to locate talented brewers who shared his vision for great canned craft beer. To this end, he found Ben Low, a former Latin Literature professor who happened to be in the middle of starting his own brewery. Ben guided the brewery through its first six years of operations before handing the brewhouse over to Andrew Sheffield, a veteran of Oscar Blues and, most recently, New Belgium Brewing in Colorado. Since joining Baxter in May of 2017, Andrew and his team of brewers have been busy developing new ideas. He plans to release three new beers for late 2017, and has two more planned for early 2018.