We were ahead of the game in Maine, with Allagash Brewing Company opening over 25 years ago, before the recent craft brewery boom. The brewery scene was still pretty new the last time I was there – so I guess it’s time for another visit! That’s one extensive piece of writing on Breweries in Portland! But, like Bunker’s Cypher, Liquid Riot’s Intergalactic manages to retain the good of both styles, fusing them into a hoppy lager / light IPA delight. with the Maine Beer Box, a shipping container retrofitted to serve 50 Maine beers around the world (in Iceland in April 2017, in Maine as of March 2018). With dozens of breweries and countless locally sourced restaurants, it’s no wonder Portland, Maine, is a beer geek and food lover’s paradise. We offer regularly scheduled and private tours in Greater Portland and Southern Maine on bright green school buses that provide a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more. The Portland Maine brewery scene boasts the most breweries per capita in the United States. Even after 2-ounce samplers of these brews we were so hopped out we decided to forgo the Flume Double IPA (8% ABV) and Endless Ride Kettle Sour (3.7%). Other features have been added over the years including an event calendar, a list of Sunday Brunch options, the Under Construction page, the restaurant real estate listings, and most recently the My Kitchen Their Table chef interview column. The part I wasn’t expecting, though, was just how much the breweries embrace their patrons’ pets. I don’t drink beer but I love this post! My husband and I try to visit Maine at least once a year but we have never checked out their breweries. Not only would we call Grizacca a perfect gateway drug to farmhouse ales, we learned a bit of history while sipping it. The quality and diversity of amazing breweries make Portland a must-visit for beer lovers. I knew the other Portland was a big craft brew town. Born on the edge of Portland, Maine in 2014, our focus has always been on building a business we are proud of that makes a difference in our community one beer … The Their There They’re Noble Pilsner (4.2% ABV) was the lightest, cleanest of the pilsners we tried on the 2018 tour of Portland microbreweries. But if you’re in the mood for great beer and a fantastic meal, try these spots that serve the best brewery food in Portland. Now if you’ll please excuse us, we’re stick around until the grisette revival, driven by Oxbow and other American microbreweries, reaches the Pacific Northwest. Only a few of the Portland, Maine breweries serve food, so pick carefully. We planned to sample more than two of Rising Tide’s excellent brews, but couldn’t hear our own thoughts in the ruckus, let alone focus on the beer. We are open daily and sell flights, 10 oz pours, growlers, and packaged product as well as Capt’n Eli’s Soda. Similarly, the Lichtenhainer (4% ABV) is a sour smoked ale. Not only were we not disappointed, Rising Tide rose to our top three list of Portland, Maine microbreweries on the strength of their product. I love the food breweries often have some of the best veggie burgers ever and beer cheese! Outside of Portland, I only had a chance on this trip to go to Liberty Cup in Hallowell. This comprehensive list of breweries in Portland, Maine (and South Portland)* is the result of excessively intensive, existentially taxing, and extensive field research. What a great resource! Or beer, even. I’ve never been but this is so helpful for those planning to visit. This alleyway joint is one of the best beer bars in the country, according to the Brewers Association, and hands-down our favorite bar in Portland, Maine. Even stronger, Zombie Bunny (6.6% ABV) is an excellent Helles Bock delivering a malt-forward sweetness on the back of Mandarina hops. Even though the brewery is only 4 years old, their ales are widely available in restaurants and bars around Portland; they’re just that good. Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 9:00 p.m., SUnday noon to 8:00 p.m. Search for “breweries in Portland” or “Portland breweries” and your results page will take you to Oregon. The 12 breweries on the Portland peninsula are all within walking distance, with three miles separating the furthest breweries (Bissell Brothers in the southwest and Goodfire Brewing in the northeast); you can combine the 5 (soon to be 6) breweries out on Industrial Way into a single tour or brewery hop. Hours: Daily 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Happy Hour is Monday–Friday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Thanks for sharing!! Join us for a Walk Through Time! As we sipped this pleasant take on witbier, we waxed nostalgic over the memories of the Netherlands where we enjoyed wits at canal-side patios on sunny days. What would you tell an outtah-statah about Maine? Will bookmark for future travels 🙂. This because once again, as with the other new brewery in town, Battery Steele, hazy beer leads the way here. It’s a decent specimen of the style, albeit not suited to being drunk in the midday sun. Urban Farm Fermentory puts out a range of fermented beverages: beer, mead, cider, kombucha, and jun, all produced using local and foraged ingredients. Gritty McDuffs Untappd: 3.36 Open 7 … Libbytown. Knowing the style of beer a brewery does is so helpful to choose which ones to visit! From left: A busy day at Foundation; Riverton Flyer Pilsner; a sandwich board sign out front, The Riverton Flyer Pilsner (5.5% ABV) is a solid pilsner whose enjoyment was only hampered by the delivery vehicle. This tour begins on Commercial Stree… You can’t miss their name or logo in Portland, as they are pretty much everywhere (and if you do manage to miss Shipyard, they own Sea Dog Brewing as well). Perhaps a little too loud as the machine hum of the canning line accentuated that of the crowd. Portland Maine Breweries. Food is great too. Yes, it did require serious dedication and fortitude. Boothbay Craft Brewery is a great place to start your tour of the best breweries in Maine near our inn. Inside was human mayhem: people curl through airport-style tape barriers dividing queues for can purchases and for drafts and crowd around long communal tables and rounds furnished from oil barrels. The other two brews in our sampler were completely new styles to us. We are finding the learning curve to be even steeper than that from Pilsners we accustomed to in Europe to IPAs in the Pacific Northwest. Though we regret to say that we came here once, we confidently declare Liquid Riot to be one of the best breweries in Portland, Maine. Who knew hanging out at warehouses was so hot! Portland Food Map launched in 2007 as a directory of the local food community. "Plenty of tables, plenty of wide ranging beers to choose from including soda! Nice, thanks for sharing the article. There are plenty of porters to go around. Though they offer ales as well, this brewery in Portland, Maine is really strong in lagers and Pilsners and we went for those. The flagship White (5.1% ABV) was the very first brew released by Allagash and also the very first we had in Maine. In addition, Sea Dog’s beer list features an unusual number of fruit-fortified brews, including Apricot, Raspberry, and Blueberry Ales. Portland is definitely on my travel bucket list and your guide is so complete! For good reason. Thanks, Jas, it’s an easy mistake to make. The bar food was pretty good, wings were high quality, cooked as requested and properly heated. Like most tasting rooms, Oxbow’s is in a warehouse while still managing to provide a welcoming space for the visitor. It was a lot of fun to do the research blind like that. Where the hazy IPA specialist’s space hopped with crowds of drinkers and can buyers and loud pop rock, Island Dog stood empty and cavernous and mellow with classic rock on quiet (the space does fill up for the various events hosted here, including comedy nights, concerts, and private events). Craft beer seems to be a growing scene just about everywhere. A one barrel pilot system has even been rolling out experiments. All of which is to say, craft beer continues its rise in the Pine Tree State, including in its biggest city, defying the national flattening trend. Nice, you’ve experienced a true conversion. But even your introverted reviewers managed to strike up a conversation with a fellow traveler. True to the tongue-in-cheek description, it did cure what ailed us at the time (a hazy IPA overload), becoming a sort of a palate cleanser. Were it not for rough-hewn wood paneling and rotating for-sale art on the walls, the tap room, off Highway 1 and Interstate 295, would be just another warehouse. You can hone your walking and drinking skills touring breweries in Portland, ME, but be careful on those undulating brick sidewalks on the peninsula. Maine’s largest city’s neighbor to the south, South Portland, boasts another four breweries. Since it began in 1992, Shipyard has grown to be the biggest brewery in Maine. A fairly uncommon style, IPLs are hopped like IPAs and yeasted and aged like lagers, which often results in beers that are neither here nor there, with the best of both worlds lost in translation. Portland, Maine has one of the most vibrant craft beer scenes in America. Our custom sampler flight of four brews for $8 included. We’ll sit at the bar, though. Portland, Maine has a thriving craft beer scene. As befits the founders’ inspiration and training, the brews made at Geary’s comprise mostly English-style ales. Now breweries can be found all over the greater Portland area. In Maine overall, a dozen breweries opened since spring 2017. We could tell even from just two brews the people behind Rising Tide love beer (and the community, what with one of the co-owners being a Maine State Representative). Curious about Portland's history with railroads fires wars famous poets and Hollywood producers? The tasting room has that cavernous warehouse feel with large tables you would expect at an industrial park location but once it fills up, it gets tight. Lone Pine sits at the top of the section of East End nicknamed Yeast Bayside for all the breweries located there (I also heard it called Yeast End). Live acoustic…” more. Wow, this is like a mini encyclopedia about breweries in Portland! Thanks for this terrific rundown! You would need plenty of good food to go along with this 3-day tour. it was love at first taste and I should have photographed the can. Serving off-the-boat-fresh seafood and Pub Fare from 11 to 10:30 daily. To us, the Maine Brewer’s Guild does a better job than its Oregon counterpart—in some ways anyway. Spacious and a bit impersonal, the place gave us a feeling wecould be anywhere. Hazy/East Coast/New England IPAs continue their ascendance here. Thanks, Victoria. Nothing like sharing stories about favorite places in Sarajevo, Bosnia or hearing about the intricacies of living in Somalia over strong ales in a brick-walled basement while the coastal wind howls outside. Hours: Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The limited-edition Samara Maple Brown Ale (7% ABV) is a lovely specimen with strong notes of added maple and coffee, a liquid dessert to top off the day’s walking-and-drinking adventures. 2 Dine In – handles food delivery for 126 restaurants. I never would have guessed that. Foulmouthed Brewing is on the other side of Casco Bay, in South Portland. Bissell Brothers Brewing. Hours: Sunday–Thursday noon to 11:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday noon to 1:00 a.m. (Happy Hour Monday–Thursday 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.), Summer hours: Monday 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday–Friday 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday noon to 8:00 p.m., Sunday noon to 7:00 p.m. (closed Tuesday–Wednesday). Copyright © 2013-2018 Where Is Your Toothbrush? Cheers! The Biscuit Phrase Elderberry Belgian Dubbel (3.5% ABV) is so sour it doesn’t taste like beer, but then we are not fans of sours (not yet, anyway). But I guess it’s getting big almost everywhere. On a sunny spring Saturday, it’s madness: droves of youthful, puffy-vested beer lovers flood the warehouse spaces and roped off patios out front to imbibe. Nice, the craft beer movement is sweeping across Canada, too! Hear the story of the Bennu Coconut Stout (8.1% ABV), for example, a tasty, well-balanced dessert-like brew made by all the women who work at the brewery, including the head brewer Lisa Kellndorfer. South Portland, too, gained a brewery since our last visit. Breweries in Portland, Maine: Allagash Brewing Company Allagash is one of the oldest and best breweries in Maine, brewing since 1995. This guide to Portland’s breweries was originally published in April 2017 on our first visit to Maine. Still, we will return to Foulmouthed just to see what the brewers come up with next. Definitely bookmarking this for when I do get a chance to visit Portland, Maine. Island Dog’s beer list spans a spectrum of styles, in a something-for-everyone kind of way. Thanks, Archana. A month before our 2017 visit, the Geary family sold the Portland, Maine microbrewery, a response to the same market pressures old breweries in Portland, Oregon, like Bridgeport, have faced. For now, you can check out the photos of “peak experiences” submitted by customers on their packaging. And, like the breweries on Industrial Way in Portland, Island Dog Brewing, established in June 2017 and inspired by a visit to a microbrewery on a beer bus tour, occupies a warehouse space in a nondescript business park building. From the influential craft beer giants, Allagash, to newcomers like Bunker, Portland has some of the best breweries … Thanks, James. Austin Street Brewery (far, left) and Battery Street Brewing (near, right) on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Most microbreweries we visited in Portland, Maine only have a tasting room, attached to the brewing facility itself. What a great and comprehensive guide! Taps over an old bathtub and a nicely restored fireplace mantle and chimney are a nice nod to the love of things reclaimed. Luckily for our old-school taste buds, Bissell’s lineup also features Precept Pilsner (5.6% ABV), which gave us a little taste of Central Europe. The two stouts helped squash the heartburn we developed from the first three brews and replace the bad taste in my mouth with delightful dessertiness. A non-fiction writer, he is the author of Guerrilla Yardwork: The First-Time Home Owner's Handbook. We all like a good drink now and then so its nice to knew where we can find one and where it came from. My husband and I visit” more, “This place is always great! I only knew about the other Portland which instagram and tumblr go gaga about. It's no secret that what makes a good brewery is the food truck parked outside, and what makes a good food truck is the beer that goes with it. You can’t drink a full pint but the friendly staff will offer you a free flight of four (and excellent restaurant recommendations, if you ask). Cheers! Instead, we went with the Intergalactic India Pale Lager (6% ABV). We’re inviting you to visit our breweries all across the state: in city pubs and river lodges, revitalized mills and old barns, along downtown storefronts, and down hidden dirt road hideaways. "Plenty of tables, plenty of wide ranging beers to choose from including soda! Maine works hard to promote its beer outside the state and even abroad, e.g. We should have come to Oxbow in Portland, Maine to take lessons. Haven’t been to Portland yet but will definitely look back on your article for some breweries to visit when we do go there. 82 Hanover St. … Recently relocated from East Bayside, where some maps and guides still place it, its beer hall-style tasting room is homey and welcoming the way a mountain chalet can be at the end of a long hike. The tasting room is on premises at the brewery and also serves as the start/end point of brewery tours, which are no longer free. Their Belgian-inspired beers are widely available and popular across the state and beyond. Wow, I had no idea there were so many craft breweries in Portland, Maine! Now I know I must make some time to visit. Sounds like Boothbay Craft Brewery’s Route 27 Lager. Which is your favorite and why? 2. Your email address will not be published. Hours: Monday–Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Friday 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Saturday–Sunday noon to 1:00 a.m. Come hither, the gateway to farmhouse ales is open. The highlight of our visit: a peek inside the brewery, with unique brick-walled fermenters and a wood-walled mash tun. The Maine Beer Trail connects more than 100 craft breweries, both inland and on the coast, and grows every year. PORTLAND, Maine — Under the governor's slow reopening guidelines, bars and brewery tasting rooms are not yet allowed to reopen in Cumberland, York, and Androscoggin counties. Considering the sheer number of breweries, steady market growth, and particularly excellent reputation, perhaps there’s less of a need to promote Oregon beer. And unlike Liquid Riot, another brewery” more, “Wow wow wow. Lemonless Lemonade IPA (6% ABV), to the tune of three Spanish couples cheering with a bottle of bubbly, no less. So many choices in Portland, ME. Who new there was so many breweries in Portland!! Great details to plan a beer tour. The rye bite we appreciate about rye ales was completely non-existent and totally overwhelmed with the suspended yeast flavors. Awesome!! Even better: It came served with a healthy dose of sunshine melting the snowbanks from a storm a few days prior. Cheers 🙂, Gosh, so many breweries in Portland! Hours: Wednesday–Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday noon to 9:00 p.m., Sunday noon to 8:00 p.m. (closed Monday–Tuesday). Destination breweries with brew pubs, like Gritty’s or Sea Dog, are comfy places to enjoy a few pints and classic pub grub. Though it’s only 3 years old, Fore River Brewing’s name comes up in beer-related conversations a lot. In Oregon, beer-trail type initiatives stay on the local level, e.g. Here in FL, we usually are stuck with wheat and pale ales. looking for the beer i had at the Taj Indian Cuisine Restaurant with Route 27 in it’s title. Holy hell, I did not imagine such a comprehensive and thorough list. wow! Batson River Brewing & Distilling 1 Brewpubs, Distilleries. Seems like the 2 have some stuff in common 😉 And that one is not so far from where I’m from too 🙂. The lunch buffet sampler tray looks good but where is the food? 1. Cue lines out the garage door on a sunny, crisp Saturday and the tiny space and roped-off patio crammed to the brim. The Chocolate Porter (6% ABV) left us wanting for a little more chocolate and body. Portland is great for craft beer lovers. Bean Outlet as well as Maine Beer Company, a producer of hoppy American-style ales. African A beer for the road. Breweries with Taprooms: Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. - 4 Thompsons Pt Ste 108-109, Portland Maine Beer Company - 525 US Route 1, Freeport; Brewery Extrava - 66 Cove St, Portland; Battery Steele Brewing - 1 Industrial Way, Ste 12, Portland; Austin Street Brewery - 1 Industrial Way, Portland; Goodfire Brewing Company - 219 Anderson St, Ste 6, Portland; Foundation … Not affiliated with the hotel. It was the Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Blueberry Ale (11.1% ABV) that blew our mind. We went there to catch an NFL game and they had a good selection of games and plenty of TVs. Although as I read I kept doing a double take because I of course kept thinking about Portland, Oregon. It must have taken a lot of research. CarHop – provides alcohol andd food delivery for 81 breweries, distilleries and restaurants. We will likely visit Portland at some point since I have a few friends there. Foundation Brewing was born on the idea that at the base of human community, you will find good people and good beer. We visited the same Saturday as Bissell Brothers, and the contrast couldn’t have been starker. You bet, Claire. A shot of mead delivered the sweetness we craved after all the fermented flavors. I’m glad I tried it. Our insider’s guide is here to help. Cheers! Maine Beer Company Untappd: 4.04 Open 7 days a week 11 AM – 8 PM Monday through Saturday, 11 AM – 5 PM Sunday Food: Yea. woaaah! Perhaps so as to satisfy as broad a palate as possible, their lineup contains 19 beers, most of which are available in their downtown facility and tasting room. My order was delivered on time and I was able to show my ID through the glass. Other than travel and writing, his passions include ice hockey, brewing beer, and juggling projects. Thank you for such a complete and elaborate guide . We invite you to visit the Shipyard Tasting Room at our brewery in Portland, Maine. We host a rotating lineup of our core and seasonal offerings and features new beers and pilot brews that have not yet hit the market. I cannot believe you managed to visit 12 breweries in just 3 days. Please let me know if you’ve spotted other Maine city/town/regional takeout lists to add to the list. In short, if you want to know what breweries Portland, ME has to offer, go with the current edition of the Maine Beer Trail Map. Yet “the other Portland,” as we call it in “our” Portland, Oregon, even though our fair city got its name from it, is a craft beer lover’s paradise. ), the idea behind the business (small and local) and plans for the future (slow and steady growth with self-distribution only). 207 Beer Company Airline Brewing Company Allagash Brewing Company Ambition Brewing Atlantic Brewing Company The tap room is a lively, down-to-business space typical of joints fronting a brewing facility. Yes, it’s not the best known fact. They were out of our first choice, Shaka Zulu (5.6% ABV), a Nordic Blonde made with South African hopes and Maine oats. I don’t drink Beer, but I can appreciate a comprehensive article! We could not see IBU (International Bitterness Unit) values listed anywhere as is the standard around the Pacific Northwest. Oh wow, I never knew there was another Portland! Patina (5.3% ABV) is a hazy brew, juicy and hoppy in a way that you’d never know it’s an American pale ale if the label didn’t say it. While saisons and bières de garde quenched farmer’s thirst, grisettes came from the mining world (the word means “little gray,” as in stone). Wow! the American pale ales and IPAs. If you don’t have time for all the breweries in Portland, ME (who does?) Thank you for such a comprehensive list! Wheat beer aged on cucumbers? On our first attempt, a Sold Out sign greeted us at Battery Steele Brewing’s door; the tiny new Portland brewery is just that small and that popular. Indeed, when I first researched Portland, Maine I was shocked (in a good way). While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to swing by the bevy of breweries on Insutrial way like Definitive, … I’m not much of a beer drinker myself but I know that your list will get hubby all passionate about going on a brewery-designed holiday! Bar, Pub, American, $$$ Maine’s first great beer bar, the Great Lost Bear … From left: Avalon DIPA, OnSight IPA, and Avalon DIPA. Portland, Maine being a small town, it is possible to visit most breweries on foot. A stone’s throw from Allagash, Austin Street Brewery is in the same industrial office park building as Foundation Brewing and Battery Steele Brewing (see below). We sampled the Afterglow IPA (7% ABV) at Eventide Oyster Company, to accompany the famous lobster roll. Definitely worth a stop if you're visiting Portland!” more, “Adorable brewery in a great neighborhood! The granddaddy of Maine breweries opened a tasting room last summer, offering a rotating selection of its English-style beers in 5-ounce and 10-ounce pours. Delivery Services. A bit hoppier and boozier than the Pilsners we’re used to in the Old World, Precept does everything right otherwise. I like the sound of the BBQ at Salvage. Thanks for sharing! Conveniently located down the road from Allagash (Austin and Foundation are on the same street), Geary’s is the oldest craft brewery in Maine. We were excited to go to Peak Organic until discovering that the brewery does not have a taproom or any other public facility to go to. It looks like the beer scene in Portland, Maine is even better than Vancouver. This is super comprehensive, thank you! Must be something about the name Portland that coincides with great beer! Polly. Have you been to any of these microbreweries in Portland, Maine? You can find locally crafted brews in just about every corner of the state. You learn something new everyday. A boozy fusion of classic old-country styles, it is intense and complex, with bourbon and fruit notes alternating with the porter base and the distant-land sweetness of Scotch ales. Okay, hungry! I have yet to visit Maine, but it looks like I have yet another reason to go. If you’re in town when they’re releasing Dinner, a double IPA, hop in line–it’s generally regarded as one of the best DIPAs ever made. With roughly 70,000 in population and nearly 20 breweries, that’s a lot of beer per person! Farmhouse ales are the most recent addition to our beer-drinking repertoire. Four breweries are located in South Portland, making them the best breweries near Portland, Maine. The same goes for the Industrial Park Ale (9%), an experimental double IPA that’s so strong and overwrought it would have won Oregon’s hop wars of yore. The food is ridiculous” more, “A favorite waterfront watering hole frequented by islanders, fishermen, music lovers and locals. I live near Branson, Missouri, where the Moonshine business is seeing a revival. Lygonia IPA (6.5% ABV), made with Cascade and three lesser-known hops, nicely straddles the hazy line with the fabulous, citrusy flavor and cloudy appearance without the juicy heaviness of hazy IPAs. The Jewel Box $$ Dim lights, mostly from candles and vintage lamps, illuminate the wall art, … That there are so many testifies to the vigor of the local craft beer market. I had no idea the craft beer scene was so big there. This is one exhaustive post on Breweries. It’d be heresy to visit Portland and not stop at one of the best breweries in the world. Good sports bar in Portland Maine. I would highly recommend this to anyone who also loves beer more than anything. Come on a weekday or in bad weather for a seat in the tiny tasting room and personalized attention from staff. Go to Baxter. Rising Tide Brewing is an artisanal craft brewery in Portland, ME offering beer in an airy tasting room, live music, food trucks, private events, tours, and more. Like the commuity of fermented brews, the taproom, located in a warehouse near Lone Pine and Goodfire breweries, has the comfortable feel of a community space. Now we’ve got both coasts covered. "We started out at the Maine Jewish Museum, followed by lunch at the Portland Lobster Company, then a trip to the Shipyard Brewing Company tasting room - all an enjoyable easy walk and pleasant day." I love beer so a visit in Portland is a must!!! While initially the West Coast IPA style seemed to be a thing in Portland, Maine in a similar way the New England IPA was a thing in Portland, Oregon, the fad did not last. A bit hazy and very hoppy and dry in the finish, Afterglow is one of those big brews that make you thirstier as you drink them. The Everlong Hoppy Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) lives up to its name in being surprisingly hoppy, and it walks just this side of hazy life. Before we could get to the saison, stout, or barleywine, we ran out of patience and daylight. The flagship Export Golden Ale (5.1% ABV), the Coffee Porter (4.5% ABV), and the unique beer & tea fusion Sea Dog Fireberry Tea Ale (4.6% ABV) are all fine, quaffable ales. Once again another great article spreading the good word of Portland…And, while discussing craft beer! Copyright © 2004–2021 Yelp Inc. Yelp, , and related marks are registered trademarks of Yelp. A lunch buffet sampler tray at Sea Dog Brewing. My husband would love this; he’s really into craft beer! Thanks, Zinara. My husband loves great beer and I love to plan in a few brewery visits and great beer bars in our travels. Now this is my kind of guide! Will keep this in mind when I am in Portland. Looks like a fun place! Me neither, before I went. The Farmhouse Pale Ale (6% ABV) is a delightful, mildly hoppy saison. We tried to avoid drinking the kinds of beers we already knew from the West Coast, e.g. Look for Island Dog’s brews in restaurants around town featuring them as their own, branded specialty beers. This is probably one of my favorite breweries in Portland. With nearly every brewery choosing to be a member of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, this is the most comprehensive list of Maine craft breweries you’ll find in Maine. In breweries like this, which try to appeal to a broad swathe of pub goers (their tagline is “brews for every taste”), we have a hard time picking one brew over another and order flights in hopes of finding at least one gem. The brewery has got its branding down, with the black-and-white interior of a converted garage putting a polished face on the clean visuals. While they come with that old-school feel, they are fine exemplars of their respective styles. The raspberries are harvested locally and brewed with the squadron. You’ll only be right in part. But for any craft beer lovers, this is your guide. Unfortunately, there are few breweries that serve food in Portland. 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