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In sheer number of craft breweries and distilleries, Maine is well outranked by California, Colorado and several other states. But with far fewer people, Maine ranks #6 for craft breweries per capita — one per 36,000 Mainers, according to the Brewers Association, a national trade organization. (Compare that to one brewery per 118,000 residents of California — hey, where would you rather live?)
Maine’s small-batch distillers are not quite nipping at brewing’s heels, but their numbers are growing, with Maine Craft Distilling in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood, Infiniti Fermentation & Distillation on the city’s waterfront and Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York among the most recent newcomers.
Most of these distilleries and breweries like having visitors; they are justifiably proud of their products and their process and want to show off both. The larger operations offer tours and tastings, some of the smaller ones just do tastings (because frankly, there’s not much to see). We’ve put together a comprehensive map of brewers and distillers that will be delighted to show you around and/or give you a taste — and we’ll do our best to keep it updated with the latest information. However, it’s always a good idea to call before you visit.
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50 Industrial Way, Portland | 207-878-5385
Tours typically last about 30 minutes; reservations are strongly recommended. Free tastings of four, 3-ounce beers, which change daily, are separate from tours and offered in the retail store. Due to the high volume of visitors in the summer months, there may be a wait for tasting. Open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; last tour at 4 p.m.; taps close at 4:45 p.m.
15 Knox Rd., Bar Harbor | 207-288-2337
Open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free tastings all day. Free tours at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Tours take 20+/- minutes and are suitable for all ages.
130 Mill St., Lewiston | 207-333-6979
Tours are conducted Wednesday-Sunday at 3 p.m. Each tour includes one free 4-ounce pour of one regular, commercially available beers. Also has a tasting room offering samples: 4-ounce pour $1; 8-ounce pour $2; 16-ounce pint $4.
19 Mill St., Suite 4, Orono | 207-889-9123
Tastings in the taproom: Monday – Wednesday 3-10 p.m., Thursday – Friday 3 – 11 p.m., Saturday 2 – 8 p.m. 5-ounce samples $1.25; pints $4; weekly “Brewer’s Choice” special $3.50.
301 Adams Pond Rd., Boothbay | 207-633-3411
Brewery tours are available daily during business house with a purchase of a $5 wooden nickel, which is immediately redeemable in the brewery or at the tavern. Tour and tastings last approximately 30 minutes. 21-plus only. Hours: Wednesday – Thursday 3 – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
122 Anderson St. Portland | 207-450-5014
Offers tastings and samples Thursday and Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m. Call to schedule a tour.
28 Evergreen Dr. Portland | 207-878-2337
Tasting room open Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., with tours of the brewery offered at 2 p.m.
21 Ledgewood Lane, Lyman | 207-423-9348 or 207-409-6814
Stop by the new taproom every Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. for Growler Night with free wood-fired pizza and live music. Call to schedule tours of the brewery.
525 US Route 1, Freeport | 207-221-5711
Tasting room open Tuesday-Saturday noon-7 p.m.; Sunday and Monday noon-5 p.m. The tasting room features 8 beers on tap, including some brewery only releases. Huge glass windows allow for a view of the brewery operations. No tours.
101 Fox St. Portland | 207-798-2528
Tours and tastings available Tuesday-Thursday 1-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon-6 p.m.
437 U.S. 1, Freeport | 207-865-4828
Tours are offered five days a week (seven during the summer months). Each tour lasts about 30 minutes. The free tours are on a first-come, first-served basis, typically noon-5 p.m.
51 Washington Ave. Portland | 207-773-6323
Open for tastings Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Tours offered Monday – Saturday: May-December 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; January – April 3 p.m.
2 Pinchy Lane, Belfast | 207-338-1707
Tasting room hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. After 4, tastings are available at Three Tides bar and restaurant next door.
26 Evergreen Dr., Portland; 207-878-9759
Tours offered Monday – Friday noon – 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oak Pond Rd. Skowhegan; 207-474-3233
Tours conducted during regular business store hours, Monday-Friday 3-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 12:30-5:30 p.m. There are no predetermined tour times and tours occur upon request as business allows. Tours are led by owners Nancy or Don Chandler, who also brew the beer.
Brewery tasting room: 274 Jones Woods Rd., Newcastle; 207-315-5962
Tastings Wednesday-Saturday noon-7 p.m.
Blending & Bottling tasting room: 49 Washington Ave., Portland
Tastings Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 1-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1-11 p.m.
279 S Main St. Winterport | 207-223-4500
Tasting room open May – December, Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. $3 for four, 1-ounce samples of wine or four 2-ounce samples of beer. Larger servings of beer, wine and cider available.
103 Fox St., Portland | 207-370-2337
Tasting room open Monday – Saturday noon – 7 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Tours offered Monday – Thursday 3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
48 Sanford Dr. Gorham | 207-856-2537
Tours and tastings Monday-Friday at 2 p.m. Visitors are asked to call ahead.
86 Newbury St. Portland | 207-761-0807
Virtual tours offered every hour on the hour 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Sign up for full brewery tours online, offered on Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m., except in the winter.
161 Chicken Mill Pond Rd. Gouldsboro | 207-546-2408
Tasting room open from June-October or off season by appointment.
Winery: 347 Carroll Rd. Union | 207-785-3024
Open for tours and tastings every day, including Sundays and holidays, Mother’s Day – Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Portland tasting room: 324 Fore St. | 207-761-8GIN
Winter hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday – Monday; noon – 5 p.m. Sunday
152 Fairfield St. Oakland | 207-877-4477
Open for tastings and tours: May – Labor Day Noon – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday; Labor Day – Dec. 31 Noon – 5:30 p.m. Thursday – Sunday.