Just after dawn on July 31, Brent, Joshua, Jacob and Caleb Buck put on their Carhartts and tool belts and began assembling a steel tank for storing barley at their farm in Mapleton, in Aroostook County.
“We kind of learn as we go,” said Joshua, who is 26. “The first time we put up a tank a few years ago, we winged it. Now we don’t even need directions.”
The Bucks, who own and operate a 1,000-acre potato and barley farm, were doing their part to overcome a hurdle standing in the way of Maine’s craft beer industry becoming a larger player in the state’s economy: building infrastructure.