Mental health discussions are coming into the spotlight for Maine’s craft breweries

Maine’s craft brewing industry faced tough realities during the past two years, closing taprooms early in the pandemic in favor of curbside service, fretting supply shortages and paring staff, all of which added to the stress and mental health issues among workers.

Mental health is a frontburner topic across most industries, but craft brewers in Maine generally haven’t talked publicly about problems such as depression, sleeplessness and overdrinking. That changed Thursday, when the New England Craft Brew Summit in Portland held a panel on supporting mental health in the craft beer industry.

“We can pretend we are OK, but almost nobody is OK,” said Meaghan Swan, a mental health worker and co-owner of Tumbledown Brewing in Farmington. “This has been brutal for everybody.”

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