Luke Livingston, 29, grew up in the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine community and decided to return home after attending Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he received a BA in Communications & Culture in 2007. Livingston developed an obsession with fine beers and began brewing his own in his college dormitory; an obsession that led to the successful online beer journal, BlogAboutBeer.com, which he authored for nearly four years.
After losing his mother, Barbara, to breast cancer in January 2009, Livingston took the leap of faith to sell BlogAboutBeer.com, leave his day job, and publish a business plan that would later become Baxter Brewing Company, an eco-conscious brewery that is the first in New England to package 100% of its beer in metal containers only – aluminum cans and stainless steel kegs. Between July 2009 and June
2010, Livingston raised a total of $1.3 million in private, bank and city funding to open Baxter Brewing Co. in a vacant civil war-era textile factory in downtown Lewiston, ME. Baxter shipped its first case of beer in January of 2011. When demand for the company’s beer exceeded production capability, Livingston raised an additional $100,000 for an August 2011 expansion that doubled capacity. Named the “2011 New Brewery of the Year” by BevNet Magazine, today Baxter Brewing Co. employs 18 people, with plans to further add to its workforce in 2013. The company grossed over $1 Million in their first year, and brewed a total of 5,040 barrels of beer in their first full year of production. A feat recognized later as a record for first year production in the U.S. craft beer industry. Today the company is in the midst of a 400% production expansion project in Lewiston which will cost nearly $2 Million.