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Staff Outing – Maine Mead Works

Our good friends at Maine Mead Works recently hopped on The Maine Brew Bus for their second staff outing with us. Find out more about our honey-loving partner in today’s Beer in ME post.

Our partnership with Maine Mead Works of Portland has been tremendous for both companies.

Their prime Portland location and hours of operation that span every day of the week mean that we can easily bring a tour there most anytime.

But it’s for good reason, they also make sure that each and every group we bring to them gets a great experience. After all, fermented honey wine isn’t that well known (even if it is the world’s oldest fermented beverage).

A double corporate tour visiting Maine Mead Works last summer.

And if people do know about mead, it carries a negative feeling or stigma of being too syrupy sweet to actually enjoy.

As a company, we have brought several thousand guests through the door of Maine Mead Works in the time that we we have been in operation.

Maine Mead Works does a great job every time we bring them potential new customers. Our guests are able to try every product that is available. Everyone gets a behind the scenes tour of their facility. And their tremendous hospitality pays off back in the retail tasting room.

The production tour at Maine Mead Works really helps to show our guests the labor intensive process of making mead.

It may surprise many of you to learn that our guests on the “Brew Bus” buy more alcohol to go at Maine Mead Works than any of our other stops, including any area brewery. And it isn’t even close.

Their sales are more than double the next closest operation. It is not uncommon for Maine Mead Works to sell two bottles to each of our guests. The product is that good, and the packaging is perfect to enjoy at home or to give as a gift.

I have mentioned before that I am a long-time sports official for high school and middle school soccer, softball, and basketball. I recently had this interaction while I was in my referee uniform on the basketball court ready to toss up the ball to start a game.

The clock operator at this particular school was on our tour over a year ago, and it was a tour that stopped at Maine Mead Works. He told me that since that initial visit there his eyes have been opened to the product.

He made sure that I knew that he and his wife have stopped by at least once a month since their tour. They have bought many bottles to share with family and friends. And with more family celebrations and ceremonies coming up this year, there will be products from Maine Mead Works on the tables at each event.

We are pleased to have such a strong partner in Maine Mead Works, and we are pleased to hear stories of ongoing sales such as this.

A recent hotel familiarization tour visits Maine Mead Works.

After over eight years in the business, Ben and Carly know about trying to treat their employees right. They recently conducted their second staff outing with us, closing down their operations for a day and letting their employees visit area producers.

Their tour started with a visit to Banded Horn Brewing Company in Biddeford. It continued on with a stop at Barreled Souls in Saco, and next visited the brand new Fore River Brewing Company in South Portland. The final stop was a private tour of Allagash Brewing Company while they were closed to the public.

The team from Maine Mead Works in the barrel room at Allagash Brewing Company.

If you would like to arrange for a staff outing on The Maine Brew Bus, it’s as simple as contacting us today. We can work with your company or team to make sure that this outing is the one that everyone is talking about.

Don Littlefield is the General Manager of The Maine Brew Bus. He enjoyed a Stone 08.08.08 Encore Vertical Epic Belgian ale while writing this post. Twitter: @BeerinME

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