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Dave Patterson

Dave Patterson is a writer and musician who is thirsty for craft beer. He's been immersed in the New England beer scene for years as a patron and since 2013 as a beer writer. In his attempt to drink all the great beer America has to offer, Dave has become convinced that the Maine beer scene is among the best in the country. He can be spotted throughout the state at breweries, bars, and backyards imbibing brilliant Maine beers. It is his belief that craft beer plays an integral role in bolstering a vibrant local economy, so he urges you do your part by drinking local beer to support your community. Twitter: @PattersonWriter​

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Posted: September 7, 2016

A guide to Maine’s breweries

Written by: Dave Patterson

There is a lot of beer making going on in Maine and we do our best to keep up with all the state has to offer. This roundup offers ideas for your next tasting stop with some basic details on the type of beer offered at each location.

MAINE BREWERIES

Allagash Brewing, 50 Industrial Way, Portland
Established in 1994, Allagash focuses on Belgian-style ales. Their world-class barrel-aging facility has produced many award winning beers. The tasting room offers four free samples during business hours.

Rising Tide’s tasting room on Fox Street in Portland. Photo by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

Andrew’s Brewing Company, 4975 High St., Lincolnville
Andrew’s specializes in English ales. Though first opened in 1992, they started a brewpub in 2014 known as The Lobster Pound in Lincolnville.

Atlantic Brewing Company, 15 Knox Road, Bar Harbor
One of Maine’s first breweries, established in 1991. Atlantic brews English and American style ales along with stouts and porters. Tasting room open from May to October.

Austin Street Brewing, 1 Industrial Way, Portland
Known for their flagship Patina Pale Ale, this nano-brewry founded in 2014 focuses on American style ales as well as sour beers brewed with Brettanomyces. The small tasting room features samples and bottle purchases.

Banded Horn Brewery, 32 West Main St., Biddeford
stablished in 2013, they brew German style ales, lagers, and stouts giving their beers an American twist with big hop additions. Tasting room located in a repurposed Biddeford mill and offers samples, growler fills, and bottle and can purchases.

Barreled Souls Brewing, 743 Portland Road, Saco
Maine’s only brewery to barrel ferment all their beers. Barreled Souls opened in 2014 and offers a diverse list of beers and growler fills in their cozy tasting room. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Baxter Brewing Co., 130 Mill St., Lewiston
The first Maine brewery to feature can-only packaging. Opened in 2010 Baxter brews a lineup of pale ales, IPAs, stouts, and porters. Tasting room located in a historic Lewiston mill.

Bigelow Brewing, 473 Bigelow Hill Road, Skowhegan.
Established in 2014, this microbrewery offers growler fills and 22 ounce bottles of their American style ales at their Skowhegan brewery.

Bissell Brothers, 1 Industrial Way, Portland. Try The Substance Ale. Tasting room open Saturdays.After opening in 2013, they became renowned for their IPA, The Substance. This is a hop-forward brewery that focuses on creative takes on the American style ale. They serve samples and sell cans of their beer at their tasting room.

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Black Bear Brewery, 19 Mill St., Suite 4, Orono
Since opening in 2008, they have gone through a few expansions and now feature a tasting room. Look for American style and English style ales.

Belfast Bay Brewing, 100 Searsport Ave., Belfast
The majority of their beer is contract brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland. Best known for Lobster Ale and McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout which they have brewed since 1996.

Blank Canvas Brewery, 71B Center St., Brewer
This nano-brewery was opened in 2015 and offers a diverse selection of beer. Samples and growler fills available in the tasting room.

Boothbay Craft Brewery, 301 Adams Pond Road, Boothbay
Located off of historic Route 1, this brewery opened in 2011. They feature bold American style ales, IPAs and stouts. The brewery is attached to the Watershed Tavern where you can enjoy their lineup of beers along with pub fare. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Bunker Brewing Company, 122 Anderson St., Portland
One of the first breweries to brew a craft lager in Maine. Founded in 2012, Bunker have moved to a larger facility and are now canning their signature lagers and ales. Tasting room features samples, growlers, and can purchases.

Bray’s Brew Pub & Eatery, Route 302 & 32, Naples
One of Maine’s first brewpubs, established in 1995. They feature a wide variety of house-brewed beers from traditional style beers to more experimental brews. Brewery and pub are located off Route 302 in a 125-year-old former inn.

Deep Water Brewing Co., 33 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill
This microbrewery is located in a renovated barn on the site of Deep Water Brew Pub. They feature a traditional lineup of ales and lagers.

D.L. Geary Brewing Co., 38 Evergreen Dr., Portland
Maine’s first post-Prohibition brewery. Opened in 1986, Geary’s focuses on English style ales. Their tasting room opened in 2014 and samples of their flagship beers as well as experimental pilot batches.

Fore River Brewing Co., 45 Huntress Ave., South Portland
Opened in the winter of 2016, this brewery currently focuses on three beers: an IPA, a stout, and a red ale. The tasting room is spacious and  features draft pours and growler fills. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Foundation Brewing, 1 Industrial Way, Portland
Foundation focuses on farmhouse ales, American style ales, and stouts. Founded in 2014, their small tasting room offers can releases, growler fills, and samples.

Friar’s Brewhouse, Bucksport/Bangor.
Located on the 34 acre grounds of St. Elizabeth monastery on the side of Orcutt Mountain. The Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary are the friars that have been producing artisan brews since 2013. Renowned for their Whoopie Pie Stout.

Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company, 21 Ledgewood Lane, Lyman
Funky Bow opened in 2013 and is located on a working farm. They brew American style ales and stouts. The tasting room features Friday and Saturday night growler fill parties with live music, food, and samples.

Geaghan Brothers Brewing Co., 570 Main St., Bangor
The brewery and pub are located in Fireside Inn and Suites, serving food and offering their lineup of beers on draft. They opened in 2011.

Gneiss Brewing Company, 94 Patterson Road, Limerick
The brewery and tasting room are set on a working farm. Gneiss – established in 2013 –  focuses on beers brewed with at least fifty percent wheat grain and fermented with German Hefeweizen yeast. Read more from the Beer Muse.

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Gritty McDuff’s, Lower Maine Street, Freeport; 396 Fore St., Portland; 68 Main St., Auburn
Opened in 1988, Gritty’s serves English style ales defined by malty characteristics and fermented with ringwood yeast. Their brewpubs offer food and draft pours of their lineup of beers.

Hidden Cove Brewing, 73 Mile Road, Wells
Located in the Fire N Brew restaurant and founded in 2013, Hidden Cove features a selection of American style ales. Growler fills and draft list available at the restaurant. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Liquid Riot Bottling Co., 250 Commercial St., Portland
Founded in 2013, Liquid Riot brews a wide variety of beers ranging from sour beers to dark stouts. They are also a distillery and serve house-made spirits. The large tasting room offers a full draft list of their beer along with growler fills and can and bottle purchases.

The Inn on Peaks Island, 33 Island Ave., Peaks Island
Serves Shipyard Brewing beers and offers a full menu of food.

Kennebec River Brewery, 1771 Route 201, The Forks
Located at Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort, the brewery has been making unfiltered all-natural beers since 1997.

Kennebunk Brewing Company & Federal Jack’s Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Kennebunk
Birthplace of Shipyard Brewing Company in 1994, located at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub. Serving English style ales fermented with ringwood yeast.

The Liberal Cup, 115 Water St., Hallowell
Liberal Cup was founded in 2000 and features English style ales in a quaint brewpub inspired by the pubs of England.

Lively Brewing, at Ebenezer’s Brewpub, 112 Pleasant St., Brunswick
The sister brewery to the world famous Ebenezer’s Pub and Restaurant, Lively Brewing was established in 2014 and features a diverse list of beers in their lineup from American and British ales to saisons.

Maine Beer Company, 525 Route 1, Freeport
Highly regarded for their hop-forward American style ales. Opened in 2009, their tasting room features samples and bottles to purchase.

Marsh Island Brewing, 2 Main Street, Orono
Marsh Island opened in 2015 and features bold American style IPAs and ales.

Marshall Wharf Brewing Co., 2 Pinchy Lane, Belfast
Established in 2007, Marshall Wharf is known for big, bold beers that are high in malts, hops, and alcohol. Tasting room open seasonally. Located next to Three Tides bar where their beers can be found on draft. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Mast Landing Brewing Co.,920 Main St., Westbrook
Tasting room opened March 2016 and hosts weekend hours. They also feature crowlers, a 32 ounce can packaged in front of the customer for off-site consumption.

Mason’s Brewing Company, 15 Hardy St., Brewer
Located on the Penobscot River, this brewery and restaurant features a number of rotating taps ranging from saisons to pilsners to IPAs.

Monhegan Brewing, Monhegan Island
Monhegan Brewing was opened in 2013 and is located on the remote Monhegan Island. They feature a varied lineup of beers crafted by Danny McGovern. Tasting room is open seasonally and features samples, growler fills, and bottle purchase. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Oak Pond Brewing, Oak Pond Road, Skowhegan
Oak Pond brews ales and lagers in their small brewery. First opened in 1996, they offer growler fills and samples in their tasting room.

Orono Brewing Company, 20 Main St., Orono
Focusing on American style ales and IPAs, Orono Brewing was founded in 2015. Their tasting room features samples.

Oxbow, 274 Jones Wood Road, Newcastle
American farmhouse brewery specializing in traditional Belgian farmhouse beers with American influences. Tasting room features samples along with bottle and growler purchases. Also visit their Portland tasting room at 49 Washington Ave. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Peak Organic Brewing Co., 110 Marginal Way, Portland
Founded in 2005, Peak offers an array of beers from American style ales to lagers to saisons all brewed with organic ingredients.

Pennesseewassee Brewing, 458 Plains Road, Harrison
Opened in 2012, brewing an Americanized English style ale.

Penobscot Bay Brewery, 279 South Main St., Winterport
Brewery opened in 2009. They feature a wide range of beers such as IPAs, stouts, and wheat beers.

Rising Tide Brewing Company, 103 Fox St., Portland
Rising Tide has brewed American style ales, along with wheat beers, stouts, and porters since 2010. Their large tasting room features samples, growler fills, and can purchases.

Rock Harbor Brewing, 416 Main St., Rockland
This brewpub opened in 2011 and features house-brewed beers along with a full pub menu. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Rocky Coast Brewing at Post Road Tavern, Ogunquit
Serving English style ales since 2012. Located in the Post Road Tavern.

Run of the Mill Public House Brewery, 100 Main St., Saco Island, Saco
Sister brew pub to The Liberal Cup in Hallowell, Run of the Mill was established in 2008 and features English style ales.

Sea Dog Brewing Co., 125 Western Ave., South Portland; 1 Main St., Topsham; 26 Front St., Bangor
Originally founded in 1993, Sea Dog has a number of brewpubs in Maine. Their beer is brewed at Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland.

Sebago Brewing Co., 48 Sanford Dr., Gorham (production); 201 Southborough Dr., Scarborough; 211 Fore St., Portland; 67 Portland Road, Kennebunk; 29 Elm St., Gorham (pubs)
Founded in 1998, Sebago is credited with bringing American style, hoppy ales to Maine. Tours and tastings are available by appointment at their Gorham brewery. Their lineup of beers can be sampled at their four brewpubs. Read more from the Beer Muse.

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Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company, 74 Hollywood Blvd., Whitefield
Established in 1995, Sheepscot Valley brews English style ales at their remote Whitefield brewery.

Shipyard Brewing Co., 86 Newbury St., Portland (brewery); White Cap Lodge, Sunday River, Bethel; Sugarloaf USA, Carrabassett Valley (brewhaus)
Maine’s largest brewery was founded in 1994. They focus in English style ales brewed with ringwood yeast. Samples and bottle purchases available at their tasting room.

SoMe Brewing Company, 1 York St., York
A nano-brewery founded in 2013. Their tasting room offers samples and growler fills. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Square Tail Brewing, 22 Mill Lane, Amherst
Founded in 2015, Square Tail focuses on traditional style beers. Their tasting room features samples and growler fills.

Strong Brewing, 7 Rope Ferry Road, Sedgewick
Strong Brewing, established in 2014, brews a lineup of ales and lagers. Growler fills are available at their Sedwick brewery.

Sunday River Brewing Co., 29 Sunday River Road, Bethel
Located at the base of the access road to Sunday River Ski Resort, the brewpub was established in 1992. They feature a varied list of beers available at the brewpub. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Tributary Brewing Company, 10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery
Tributary was opened in 2014 by legendary brewer Tod Mott. The tasting room features Mott’s diverse lineup of American style ales, IPAs, along with stouts and saisons. Read more from the Beer Muse.

Tumbledown Brewing, 805 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington
Features American style ales along with stouts and porters. Tasting room opened in 2014 and offers growler fills and samples.

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