Dan Kleban

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the cofounder and owner of Maine Beer Company. Prior to the start of Maine Beer Company, I was working at a law firm in Portland, Maine. I started homebrewing with a coworker from the firm, and then later with my brother David. After realizing I wanted to be a brewer instead of a lawyer for the rest of my life, we devised a business plan to take our passion to the next level. In 2009, Maine Beer Company was born.

What’s new at Maine Beer Company?
Currently, we’re navigating how to operate in the midst of a pandemic, just like everyone else in the world right now! Being engaged with our community during these tough times has been incredibly important to us. Additionally, through the help of a R.E.A.P. grant, we were able to recently complete a large solar installment on our roof, which we’re pretty excited about. The growth we have seen over the years has enabled us to achieve our values of focusing on environmental stewardship, as well as the well-being of employees and being an active member of the community.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
As a member of the Brewers Association Board of Directors, it is an honor to represent the interests of America’s small and independent craft brewers, and it is a great experience to be part of the discussion on how best to protect and promote our thriving industry. I appreciate getting to know so many members of the industry, each of whom bring their own wisdom and experiences.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
In my spare time, I enjoy being around my family, including my twins Madeline and Oliver (the namesake for MO Pale Ale). When not at the brewery or with my family, you can find me on the golf course or at the ski lodge, depending on the season.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Hawaii. Because it’s Hawaii.

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