Inspired by Maine’s enterprising brewers, a few delicacy swaps we’d like to see.
Maine’s deepening trade relationship with Iceland got a little sudsier this summer when the Maine Brewers’ Guild loaded a custom-made, 40-foot-long, refrigerated “Maine Beer Box” onto a container ship bound for the Land of Fire and Ice. In June, attendees at an Icelandic beer fest tapped the giant kegerator, pouring cold ones from 40 Maine brewers out of 78 branded taps embedded right in the container’s side. In July, Icelandic brewers return the favor, filling the modified shipping container with their own beers and sending it back to be enjoyed at the Summer Session Beer Festival in Portland.
The ingenuity of the exchange got us thinking: how else can we creatively export Maine goods in exchange for some exotic treats? A few ideas.