ME Brewers’ Guild Hosts National Quality Assurance Expert at New England Craft Brew Summit


ME Brewers’ Guild Hosts National Quality Assurance Expert at New England Craft Brew Summit

Dick Cantwell to join industry experts at inaugural business and technical conference on April 1

PORTLAND, ME (March 9, 2016) – The ME Brewers’ Guild (MBG) announces Dick Cantwell, the co-founder of legendary Elysian Brewing Company and recent appointee as the Brewers Association Quality Ambassador, will deliver the keynote talk at the inaugural New England Brew Summit. Hosted by MBG and featuring technical and business workshop tracks and tours of the University of Southern ME’s (USM) Quality Assurance/Quality Control Laboratory (QA/QC Laboratory), the Summit will be held April 1, 2016 at USM’s Abromson Center.

“Dick is one of the most well-respected brewers in the country and his appointment as the Brewers Association Quality Ambassador is proof of craft’s status as a maturing industry,” said ME Brewers’ Guild Executive Director Sean Sullivan. “We’re honored that he can join us for the Summit. Dick’s expertise and experience will provide valuable insights as New England brewers continue to grow and set the standard for quality craft brewing.”

Cantwell will be joined at the full-day conference by top breweries and vendors from the region, such as Harpoon, Allagash, and Rising Tide breweries; Blue Ox Malthouse; the Hop Yard; and top professional services firms specializing in the brewing industry. Covering both the technical aspects of brewing and business operations, industry stakeholders will weigh in on a variety of topics, broken into 17 panels spread throughout the day.

In addition to a full schedule of topics, the conference will feature tours of the newly launched QA/QC Laboratory in partnership with USM and MBG, as well as beer tastings, an exhibitor hall, “Ask an Expert” sessions and professional networking sessions. 

Early registration is encouraged at


Presenting: Bernstein Shur

Premier: Baker Newman Noyes; Blue Ox Malthouse; Broadreach Public Relations; GHM Insurance Agency; Tidestone Solutions; Verrill Dana

Supporting: Acadia Insurance; Crosby Hops / The Hop Yard; The Great Lost Bear; Landry French; Matheson Gases; Northeast Bank; University of Southern ME

Media: MEbiz; Old Port Magazine; Portland Press Herald


About the New England Brew Summit

Hosted by the ME Brewers’ Guild, the New England Brew Summit is a gathering for brewers, brewery owners and all those who currently work with brewers around New England. This premier B2B event will feature live talks and panel discussions from brewers and owners blended with practical advice from professional service providers on a wide range of topics currently impacting the craft beer industry. Registration and sponsorship information can be found at


About ME Brewers’ Guild

ME Brewers’ Guild is a nonprofit, 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in ME. Since 1986, ME has been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. ME is home to over 60 breweries producing more than 200 different ongoing varieties. Learn more at