Maine Breweries

Maine is a craft beer lovers paradise. It has almost 30 breweries and brew pubs scattered all over the state. If you live here, you have more choices for amazing craft beer than most other states. So consider yourself lucky!

Here is an alphabetical list of all the great places to find a Maine micro-brew.

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Allagash Brewing - Portland
Allagash has six year round beers in its portfolio, seven yearly releases and numerous one-offs and keg only releases. They began as New England’s original Belgian-Style brewery and have grown into one of the industry’s most distinguished and well-respected brands. Their standard brews include White, Dubbel, Tripel, Four, Black and Curieux.


Andrew’s Brewing Company - Lincolnville
Andrew’s was the 5th craft brew operation to open in Maine. They brews four different ales. Summer Ale (seasonal) Brown Ale, English Pale Ale and St Nick’s Porter. All their beers are sold in Maine and Vermont in select locations.

 

 

 

Atlantic Brewing Company –  Bar Harbor
Atlantic Brewing Company began brewing in 1991. They have steadily grown over the years by having a strong commitment to tradition, quality and service. Their standard list of beers include Bar Harbor Real Ale, Coal Porter, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale and Mount Desert Island Ginger. They also brew several season ales.

 

Bar Harbor Brewing Company – Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor Brewing Company is Bar Harbor’s first microbrewery. For nearly twenty years, they’ve produced several gold and even platinum winning brews, all while producing only 260 barrels of bottle-conditioned beer a year. Their standard ales run the flavor gamut from light and fruity to dark and rich and include Thunder Hole Ale, Cadillac Mountain Stout, Harbor Lighthouse Ale, and True Blue Blueberry Wheat Ale.

 

 

Belfast Bay Brewing Company – Belfast
Belfast Bay Brewing is near the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia where just about every brewery makes a red ale, unlike the United States where red ales are not well known. When owner Patt Mullen’s wife suggested that a brewery from Maine should make a beer called Lobster Ale, he set out to make a perfect Maine red ale. Their flagship beer, Lobster Ale, is designed to be very “user friendly.” They’ve cut down on the hops and added slight amounts of black and dark crystal to the brew. The result is a medium hopped, medium flavored, very drinkable red ale. They also brew McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout.

 

Baxter Brewing Company – Lewiston
Baxter Brewing is Maine’s first brewery to distribute all of it’s beer in metal containers (cans and kegs). They’re also featured in the pilot episode of Local Brew. Their standard line of beers includes Stowaway I.P.A., Pamola Xtra Pale Ale, Amber Road Amber Ale, Celsius Summer Ale, and Hayride Autumn Ale.

 

 

Black Bear Brewery – Orono
Black Bear Brewery is an independently, family owned distributing microbrewery. They offer a variety of year round, seasonal & special release beers. Their standard brews include Gearhead Ale, Pail Ale, and Demon Stout.

 

 

Bray’s Brew Pub & Eatery - Naples
Bray’s Brew Pub & Eatery is located in a 130 year-old inn. They started brewing with a small 3½ barrel system in a barn on the property. They’ve been serving up the best food and hand-crafted ales in Naples since 1995. Bray’s produces the Lakes Region’s finest ales with a Pacific Northwest influence. Their standard beer line up includes Old Church Pale Ale, Mount Olympus Special Ale, Brandy Pond Blonde Ale, Pleasant Mountain Porter, Epicurean IPA and several more.

 

 

 

Bull Jagger Brewing Company – Portland
Bull Jagger Brewing is Maine’s only dedicated lager brewery. Founded in 2011, their flagship beer is Portland Lager. They’ve since expanded their offerings to include Dirigo Crimson Lager, Baltic Porter No.19, and Big Claw Pilsner.

 

 

Bunker Brewing Company – Portland
Housed in an old brick scrapyard building in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, Bunker Brewing Co. crafts small batch ales and lagers by hand, 1BBL at a time. Malt, Water, Hops, Yeast, Time, Temperature and the Passion to make a damn fine glass of beer.

 

 

D.L. Geary Brewing Company – Portland
The D.L. Geary Brewing Company is Maine and New England’s very first micro-brewery, shipping their first bottles of beer in 1986. Since then they have grown to one of Maine’s most recognized craft beer brands. Their standard brews include Pale Ale, Hampshire Special Ale, London Porter Ale, Summer Ale, Autumn Ale and Winter Ale.

 

 

 

Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub – Kennebunk
Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub is one of Maine’s first brew pubs. It is also the birthplace of Shipyard Brewing Company’s line of handcrafted ales. In 1992, owner Fred Forsley and master brewer Alan Pugsley established the Kennebunkport Brewing Company (KBC) and Federal Jack’s. Then in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company was built Portland, Maine. Federal Jack’s serves Shipyard beers year round. Shipyard still owes and operates Federal Jack’s.

 

Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub – Portland, Freeport, Auburn
Gritty’s is Maine’s first Maine Brew Pub, started in the Old Port of Portland, in 1988. When Gritty’s was started, founders Ed Stebbins and Richard Pfeffer had two simple goals in mind: to create a true, English-style pub serving fresh ales and great food, and to have fun doing it. Their standard brews include Original Pub Style, Best Bitter, Maine’s Best IPA, Black Fly Stout and Vacationland Summer Ale.

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery – The Forks
The Kennebec River Pub & Brewery is located at Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in the North Woods logging village of The Forks, Maine. Kennebec River beers are unfiltered and all natural, with no preservatives, additives or stabilizers. Their standard brews include Let’er Drift Summer Ale, Kennebec River India Pale Ale, Sledhead Red, Deer-In-The-Head Lite and several more. They are available on tap at the pub or in The Forks Resort Center.

 

The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery – Hallowell
The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery opened its doors in Hallowell in 2000. Since then, they’ve developed a following who truly appreciates great brews and food in a comfortable atmosphere. Throughout the year they produce 21 different ales and lagers, each one with a distinct character. They run the gamut from a Pilsner to a Cask-Conditioned Bitter to an Oatmeal Stout.

 

Maine Beer Company – Portland
Maine Beer Company is a small micro brewery creating very fresh & hoppy beer. Their production is limited and all of their beers are 100% bottle conditioned. They are dedicated to creating outstanding Maine craft beer. With a moto like “Do What’s Right” how can they go wrong? Their standard brews are Lunch IPA, Peeper Pale, Mean Old Tom Stout and several more.

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company – Belfast
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company was established in 2003 on Belfast Harbor. They pour 17 different beers at Three Tides, their adjoining brew pub. Their standard beer line up includes Danny McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout, Happy Dog Coffee Porter, Ace Hole Pale Ale, Cant Dog Imperial IPA, Deep Purple Rauchbier and many more.

 

Oak Pond Brewing Company – Skowhegan
Oak Pond Brewery (OPB) opened in 1996. Their 14 barrel brew system is housed in a converted chicken barn. In 2003, Don and Nancy Chandler became the new owners of the brewery, which is now family owned and operated. Their standard brews include Pale Ale, DoorYard Ale, White Fox Ale, Nut Brown Ale, and Oktoberfest. They also brew several season brews.

Oxbow Brewing Company – Newcastle
Oxbow Brewing is an American Farmhouse Brewery, specializing in traditional Belgian farmhouse beers with contemporary American influence. They brew small batches of beer in a renovated barn on an 18 acre property in Newcastle, Maine. Currently it’s only available in kegs at local pubs or by growlers, filled weekly at the brewery. Their standard brews include Farmhouse Pale Ale, Oxtoberfest, Saison Noel, and an ongoing series called the Freestyle Series.

 

 

Peak Organic Brewing Company – Portland
Peak Organic Brewing is a small craft brewing company dedicated to making delicious, handcrafted ales using only the finest artisanal ingredients. They work with local farms and artisan businesses to find tasty, sustainable ingredients to brew beer with. Their standard beer line up includes Pale Ale, Fall Summit Ale, Summer Session Ale, Simcoe Spring Ale, and several more.

Penobscot Bay Brewery – Winterport
The Winterport Winery, owned by Michael and Joan Anderson, opened its doors in the fall of 2001. They brew a variety of beers, including Red Flannel Ale, Half Moon Stout, Whig Street Blonde Ale, Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale, Meadow Road Wheat Beer, Humble B, and their latest brew, Wildfire Rauchbier.

 

 

Rising Tide Brewing Company – Portland
Rising Tide Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery that specializes in artisanal, hand-crafted ales brewed in small batches. Their beers are available in 22 oz. bottles, growlers at the brewery, and on draft at select locations in Maine and Massachusetts.

 

Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery – Saco
The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery is a 14 barrel brew pub specializing in hand-crafted beer and casual pub fare. All of their beers flow directly from their onsite brewery. They use the finest imported malts and domestic hops to brew a wide selection of beers, which include Bug Lager, Achtung Oktoberfest, Alewife Ale, Impact Ale, Dog Days Summer Wheat, Sow Your Oats Stout, Ex-Wife Extra Bitter and several more.

 

Sea Dog Brewing Company – Bangor, Topsham, South Portland
Sea Dog Brewing Company was founded in 1993 in Camden. Their name and mascot derives from the original owners dog, Barney, a Great Pyrenees. They produce 8 varieties of year-round and seasonal ales, including Bluepaw Blueberry Wheat Ale, Owl’s Head Light Ale, Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale, Old East India Pale Ale, and many more. Today they’re owned by Shipyard.

Sebago Brewing Company – Gorham
Sebago Brewing was established in 1998, and offers a full line of year round craft beers, five seasonal beers, and several highly-anticipated limited edition “Single Batch Series” beers throughout the year including Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, Dark Wheat Project, Barleywine, Milestone Ale, and more. Brewed with all American malt, hops and crisp water from Maine’s Sebago Lake, Sebago Brewing Company’s offerings are well known as creative, high quality, unique beers that tempt and arouse the palates of New England’s beer lovers.

Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company – Whitefield
Sheepscot Valley Brewing was established in 1995 by then homebrewer Steve Gorrill, the “Count of Whitefield”. They specialize in unique beer styles, including their flagship brew, Pemaquid Ale. Their brew line up also includes Boothbay Special Bitter, Damariscotta Double Brown and New Harbor Lager.

 

 

Shipyard Brewing Company – Portland
Maine’s largest brewery, Shipyard Brewing Company began in 1992 at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Kennebunk. By 1994 demand for their beer had grown so much they decided to open a dedicated brewery in downtown Portland. Today they distribute beer throughout Maine and the country. Their brew line up includes Export Ale, Bluefin Stout, Old Thumper, Fuggles IPA, Winter Ale, and many more.

Sunday River Brew Pub – Bethel
Sunday River Brew Pub was started 1992 in a brewpub nestled at the base of Sunday River ski area. They brew a selection of  craft beers onsite using only the best possible ingredients. Their standard brews include Stone Coast 420 IPA, Sunday River Alt, Sunday River Lager, Sunsplash Golden Ale, Knuckeball Bock and Black Bear Porter.