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... Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers' Guild, which is hosting the second annual New England Brew Summit at the University of Southern Maine on Friday, said figures fall in line with state trends.

"More people in Maine drink local beer than the national average," he said. "That growth is exactly what we're talking about at the summit."

The state has about 95 active breweries. A recent report put brewers' economic impact to the state at $227 million last year, selling more than $150 million worth of beer and employing 1,632 people.

"The truth is, the biggest problem most of our brewers have is making enough beer to meet the demand," Sullivan said. "I think, frankly, there could be a lot more beer being made and there's still plenty of market. I know people think this growth is unsustainable, but the truth is, it's such a small portion of the overall beer market; they're not fighting against one another, they're fighting against big beer." ... 

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