While some tasting rooms have banned mutts, others still embrace them.
Portland beer fans howled when the announcement was made this spring: Bissell Brothers was banning dogs both inside their Thompson’s Point tasting room and out on the patio. A week later, Rising Tide followed suit, banning dogs in the tasting room across town, though they still allow them in their spacious outdoor seating area. Mast Landing in Westbrook also muted the mutts, banning them from their brewery inside and out.
Where’s a dog gotta go to get a drink (of water) while their owners party (responsibly) in this state? There are still plenty of options. Here are some:
TRIBUTARY BREWING CO.
10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery
Complete with a yellow Lab that serves as the brewery dog, lording over the Kittery tasting room, Tributary offers a classic, laid-back atmosphere. Dogs are, of course, welcome inside and out on the patio. The only restriction is on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when there is usually live music. And chances are your dog is very OK with not being bombarded by too much noise. Although Tributary’s tasting room is cozy and informal, the brewery sits next to a large parking lot, with a bank on one side and a post office next door, so there’s not much room for Fido to stretch out.
FUNKY BOW BREWERY AND BEER CO.
21 Ledgewood Lane, Lyman
Dogs are more than welcome at the Lyman brewery. Co-founder Paul Lorain jokes that the brewery would rather have dogs than people. There’s plenty of space for either mammal to stretch out. Set deep in the woods, Funky Bow offers a rural escape for canines and humans alike. But leave the leash in the car. The brewery says dogs are only welcome if they are off-leash, as they tend to get more aggressive when they’re on one.
BARRELED SOULS BREWING CO.
743 Portland Road, Saco
The yard at Saco’s Barreled Souls isn’t large, but your pup is welcome to hang out while you drink. Word of advice: Keep it on leash. Unlike Funky Bow, Barreled Souls is working with acres of land. And with two sets of cornhole in action almost constantly, there are always objects that could hit a dog or a dog might want to chase. Also, Route 1 is a short jog away from the yard. Still, the yard is a nice spot for a dog to lay down. That’s especially important in the summer, when outdoor patios at other breweries often mean pooches have to sit on hot asphalt or concrete.
ALLAGASH BREWING CO./FOUNDATION BREWING CO.
Industrial Way, Portland
Two of the top breweries in Portland sit across the street from each other; both allow dogs on their patios. Allagash has a water bowl out for the dogs, and they are welcome to hang out in the medium-sized outdoor space. Across the street, Foundation co-owner Tina Bonney says she’s seeing an increase in the number of dogs coming with owners. “But that could be a factor of the summer weather as much as the practice becoming more popular,” she said. She added there’s an even better place to take your dog as part of your brewery visit: Riverton Trolley Park is across the street and hooks up with a hiking trail that runs a couple of miles along the Presumpscot River.
THRESHERS BREWING CO.
22 Main St., Building 3B, Searsmont
Who? You can’t be blamed if you haven’t heard of Searsmont’s tiny Threshers. It opened last year and made just over 2,500 gallons of beer. Threshers offers a casual counterpoint to Portland’s glossy and busy breweries. Of course, it welcomes dogs – much of the brewery’s equipment is jury-rigged from farm equipment. Dogs are welcome both inside the tasting room and out.
Grab a Citra IPA and make yourself comfortable. The staff will likely hurry over to attend to your dog – and eventually you. Just the way it should be.