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Craft Beer in Maine

More than 100. Sometimes we forget that Maine is a small state, so it is impressive we have more than 100 craft breweries. That’s because in Maine we take our beer seriously — from the simple ingredients to how we make it, Maine’s craft beers are an art form. All you need to make a beer is just water, hops, malt and yeast. Each ingredient must be the best to make a truly exceptional beer.

Maine’s breweries rally to ensure our water is the finest. Several breweries, including the Maine Beer Company, Allagash Brewing Company, Rising Tide Brewing Company and Bissell Brothers, joined together in 2019 to form the Maine Brewshed Alliance to educate people on the importance of effective stewardship of Maine’s waters. Sebago Lake is the source for all of Portland’s craft breweries and it is some of the best drinking water in the country — so clean it doesn’t need to be filtered and happens to have the mineral content of the water used by most Belgian beer brewers. Icy-cold aquafers are the source for others, like at Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle and at the Oxbow Beer Garden in Oxford.

Many Maine breweries use homegrown hops, and barley and oats for the malt. Hops grown in Aroostook County are now being used by brewers including Gritty McDuff’s in Portland and the Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company in Bangor. Some brewers, like Allagash, even use wild Maine yeast to craft some of their beers. In Waldoboro, Odd Alewives Farm Brewery grows a variety of hops, fruit, herbs and even vegetables, all for beer production. In addition to a Maine-grown base for all their beers, Fogtown in Ellsworth uses locally foraged ingredients such as berries, sweet fern, spruce tips and other delights to enhance their seasonal brews.

Planning to get off the beaten path? No problem. You’ll find the nano-brewery, The Pour Farm in Union; Bigelow Brewing in Skowhegan (where their beer is made with malts that are grown in Maine and fruits and vegetables from local farmers); Norway Brewing, a family-owned microbrewery that has an onsite restaurant with a seasonal menu using local products; and Monhegan Brewing, 10 miles out to sea on Monhegan Island.

When Baxter Brewing in Lewiston opened in 2010 in a converted mill space, they were the first in Maine to can all its beer. They have now added The Pub at Baxter as an ode to Lewiston-Auburn’s manufacturing history, and they offer food; games like shuffleboard, Skee-Ball and cornhole; live events and outdoor seating alongside a waterfall in the canal.

To ensure you catch all the breweries throughout the state, check out the Maine Beer Trail and follow along.

Maine Beer Festivals

There are several craft beer festivals happening throughout the state. Be sure to check calendar listings. Consider the annual Snow Pond On Tap along the shores of Messalonskee Lake in Sidney. They have many beers to try as well as live music. Mast Landing's Wavy Days Beer Fest at Thompson’s Point in Portland features guest breweries from all around the country, with more than 50 guest breweries pouring their beers.

There are several craft beer festivals happening throughout the state. Be sure to check calendar listings. Each of Maine’s craft brewers has their own story and creates unique beers that help tell it.

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  • Indulge in an unforgettable evening of culinary excellence and exquisite wines at our festive Prelude 5-Course Wine Dinner.

    Phone: 207-967-4050

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    Address: 95 Ocean Ave , Kennebunkport

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    Phone: (207) 233-7485

    Website: www.mainedayventures.com

    Address: 94 Commercial St , Portland

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  • The newest microdistillery in Maine and 1st in Washington County

    Phone: (207) 483-8021

    Website: hsspirits.com

    Address: 1363 Main Street , Harrington

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    Phone: 207-663-4466

    Website: www.northernoutdoors.com

    Address: 1771 US Route 201 , The Forks

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  • Farm brewery, wood fired kitchen, & brew pub

    Phone: 207-790-8406

    Website: oddalewives.com

    Address: 99 Old Rt 1 , Waldoboro

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  • Award Winning Handcrafted Maine Spirits

    Phone: 2073639322

    Address: 441 US ROUTE 1 , York

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