#9 Maine Beer, Best in the World!

 

Maine’s state motto is Dirigo, or “I lead.” It’s a motto that fits the state entirely, for reasons good and bad. At the turn of the 18th century, for instance, Maine led the nation in drunkenness – those early farmers and fishermen liked to party hard, apparently. In 1851, the passage of the prohibitionary Maine Law made the Pine Tree State the first dry state in the country. And in the 1980s, Maine joined the growing craft beer revolution with DL Geary Brewing, one of the United States’ earliest microbreweries.

With about 50 breweries in the state and more than a dozen in planning, it’s safe to say that the state turned and ran from its brief flirtation with temperance. Maine’s vibrant beer scene boasts some of the largest (Shipyard), fastest-growing (Baxter), and best-reviewed (Allagash) craft breweries in the country. A tour of the state’s beer isn’t just a survey of styles that draw from European, English and American traditions; it’s a tour of craft beer history.

Allagash Brewing Co
50 Industrial Way
Portland, ME  04103
207-878-5385

Andrews Brewing Co
353 High St
Lincolnville, ME  04849
207-763-3305

Atlantic Brewing Co
15 Knox Rd
Bar Harbor, ME  04609
207-288-2337

Austin Street Brewery
1 Industrial Way, #8
Portland, ME 04103
207-831-6387

The Bag & Kettle
Village Center, Sugarloaf Resort
Carrabassett Valley, Maine 04947
207-237-2451

Banded Horn Brewing Company
32 Main St  Building 13-W
Biddeford, ME  04005
207-944-5026

Bar Harbor Brewing Co
8 Mount Desert St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-4592

Baxter Brewing Co
130 Mill St
Lewiston, ME  04240
207-333-6769

Belfast Bay Brewing Co
100 Searsport Ave
Belfast, ME 04915

Bissell Brothers Brewing Co
1 Industrial Way
Portland, ME  04103
207-423-3622

Black Bear Microbrew
19 Mill Street
Orono, ME  04473
207-949-2880

Boothbay Craft Brewery
301 Adams Pond Rd
Boothbay, ME  04537
207-633-3411

Bray’s Brewpub & Eatery
678 Roosevelt Trail US
Naples, ME  04055
207-693-6806

Bunker Brewing Co
122 Anderson St
Portland, ME  04101
207-450-5014

Captain Dick’s Brewery
73 Mile Rd
Wells, ME  04090
207-646-0228

DeepWater Brew Pub
33 Tenney Hill
Blue Hill, ME  04614
207-374-2119

DL Geary Brewing Co
38 Evergreen Dr
Portland, ME  04103
207-878-2337

Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub
8 Western Ave
Kennebunk, ME  04043
207-967-4322

Foundation Brewing Co
1 Industrial Way, Suite 5
Portland, ME 04103
207-370-8187

Friars’ Brewhouse
55 Orcutt Mountain Rd
Bucksport, ME  04416
207-469-0882

Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Co
21 Ledgewood Lane
Lyman, ME  04002

Freeport Brewing Co
110 Breakwater Dr
South Portland, ME  04106
207-837-3021

Geaghan Brothers Brewing
570 Main St
Bangor, ME  04401
207-945-3730

Gneiss Brewing Co
94 Patterson Rd
Limerick, ME  04048
207-793-0046

Gritty McDuff”s Brew Pub
396 Fore St
Portland, ME  04101
207-772-2739

68 Main St
Auburn, ME  04210
207-376-2736

183 B Lower Main St  Rte 1
Freeport, ME  0403
207-865-4321

The Inn on Peaks Island
33 Island Avenue
Peaks Island, ME 04108
207-766-5100

In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation
250 Commercial St
Portland, ME  04101
207-221-8889

Jack Russell’s Steak House & Brewery
102 Eden St
Bar Harbor, ME  04609
207-288-4914

Kennebec River Brewery
Rte 201
The Forks, ME  04985
207-663-4466

The Liberal Cup
115 Water St  Rte 201
Hallowell, ME  04347
207-623-2739

Maine Beer Co
525 Blue Star Memorial Hwy
Freeport, ME  04032
207-221-5711

Marshall Wharf Brewing Co
40 Marshall Wharf
Belfast, ME  04915
207-338-1707

Monhegan Brewing Co
1 Boody Lane
Monhegan, ME  04852
207-975-3958

Oak Pond Brewing Co
1208 Oak Pond Rd
Skowhegan, ME  04976
207-474-3233

Oxbow Brewing Co
274 Jones Woods Rd
Newcastle, ME  04553
207-315-5962

Peak Organic Brewing Co
110 Marginal Way #802
Portland, ME 04101
207-586-5586

Pennesseewassee Brewing Co
458 Plains Rd
Harrison, ME  04040
207-743-9808

Penobscot Bay Brewery
279 S Main St
Winterport, ME  04496
207-223-4500

Rising Tide Brewing Co
103 Fox St
Portland, ME  04101
207-370-2337

Rock Harbor Brewing Co
416 Main St
Rockland, ME  04841
207-593-7488

Rocky Coast Brewing Co
705 Main St
Ogunquit, ME  03907
207-641-0640

Run of the Mill Public House
100 Main St
Saco, ME  04072
207-571-9648

Sea Dog Brewing Co
26 Front St
Bangor, ME  04401
207-262-0061

125 Western Ave
South Portland, ME 04106
207-871-7000

1 Main St.
Topsham, ME 04086
207-725-0162

Sebago Brewing Co
48 Sanford Dr
Gorham, ME  04038
207-856-2537

65 Portland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043
207-985-9855

211 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101
207-775-2337

201 Southborough Drive
Scarborough, ME 04074
207-874-2337

29 Elm Street
Gorham, ME 04038
207-839-2337

Sheepscot Valley Brewing Co
74 Hollywood Blvd
Whitefield, ME  04353
207-549-5530

Shipyard Brewing Co
86 Newbury St
Portland, ME  04101
207-761-0807

SoMe Brewing Co
1 York St  #3
York, ME  03909
215-718-3541

Strong Brewing Co
7 Rope Ferry Rd
Sedgwick, ME  04676

Sunday River Brewing Co
1 Sunday River Rd
Bethel, ME  04217
207-824-3541

Tributary Brewing
10 Shapleigh Rd.
Kittery, Maine 03904

Tumbledown Brewing
805 Farmington Falls Rd #7
Farmington, Maine 04938

Distilleries

Maine Craft Distilling
101 Fox Street
Portland Maine 04101
207-798-2528

New England Distilling

26 Evergreen Drive
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 878-9759
347 Carroll Rd,
Union, ME ‎
(207) 785-3024
437 U.S. 1
Freeport, ME 04032‎
(207) 865-4828

This List compiled by Josh Christie Author of this Great Book about Maine Beer Here—>

Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland (American Palate) by Josh Christie

 
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