Considered the Gateway to Down East Maine, Brewer straddles major north-south and east-west transportation routes, including Interstate 395, Route 1A (the Bar Harbor Road), and Route 9. The last artery connects central Maine with Atlantic Canada. Brewer's 9,021 residents enjoy a life-style that offers the best amenities of urban living (good schools, government services, shopping, and employment) and intimate contact with nature. Shady forests, subdivision, sunny fields, shopping centers, and industrial and commercial facilities bring people and wildlife (deer, raccoons, eagles and songbirds, to name a few species) together in a manner not seen in many large cities.
The city's enviable accessibility to a highway network, a railroad, and the deep water channel of the Penobscot River make Brewer an ideal locations for economic development. Ocean-going tankers and watercraft ply the river, while major employers life a paper mill, a bakery, and an auto parts manufacturer add vitality to the local economy.
Brewer provides many recreational opportunities for children and adults. In warmer weather, there are activities like golf, swimming, tennis, biking, organized sports for youngsters, hiking, and boating (the state has a boat-launching ramp on the Penobscot River in North Brewer). Aviators can use the small, privately-owned Brewer Airport year-round. In winter, people hike, ski or snowmobile in the woods that carpet the city.
Exciting new economic development in Brewer Maine includes:
Cianbro Corp. plans to turn the former Eastern Fire Paper mill into a modular construction facility, creating over 500 well-paying manufacturing jobs.
Lowe's Home Centers' decision to become one of many new businesses locating in the city's Wilson Street corridor.