FROM HERE TO BEER—Get to one of Maine’s breweries or brew pubs
With 98 breweries and counting, Maine is a beer connoisseur’s paradise. With creative brews, scenic locations, free or reasonable tours and tastings and a variety of pub food, these breweries and brew pubs are just a sampling of places worth a stop. Please drive responsibly—designate a driver, take your time in downtown districts or make a reservation with the Maine Brew Bus.
Exit 7: York
Southern Maine Brewing Company (S?ME)
1 York St., Unit 3, York
This small local brewery serves solid tasty local beer. The tasting room is open Saturday from noon to 8 pm., Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday from noon to 9 p.m.
Exit 25: Kennebunks
Federal Jack’s Brew Pub
8 Western Ave., Kennebunkport
This pub and eatery on the Kennebunk River is the birthplace of award-winning handcrafted ale Shipyard.
Exit 32 & 36: Biddeford & Saco
The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery
100 Main St., Saco
This 14-barrel brew pub at the Saco River and Mill Complex specializes in handcrafted beer and casual pub fare.
Funky Bow Brewing Company
21 Ledgewood Lane, Lyman
Deep in the woods of rural Lyman, Funky Bow brews American-style beers with a rustic twist. The tasting room opens at 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday with live music and pizza on Friday and Saturday nights.
Exit 44–46: South Portland & Portland
Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way, Portland
This maker of Belgian-inspired beers is open seven days a week for free tours and tastings, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours book up in advance, so register online before you go.
Foundation Brewing Company
1 Industrial Way #5, Portland
Serving new interpretations on classic styles, the tasting room opens at noon (except on Tuesdays).
Bunker Brewing Company
17 Westfield St., Unit D, Portland
This old-school brewery serves ales and lagers. The taproom opens at noon Friday through Sunday and at 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Rising Tide Brewing Company
103 Fox St., Portland
The tasting room opens at noon daily and overlooks the production area where Rising Tide makes artisanal, small-batch ales. There’s live music on the tar patio on Sundays all summer, 1–4 p.m. Private tours are available daily.
Shipyard Brewing Company
86 Newbury St., Portland
Visit Shipyard’s tasting room to try their lineup of core and seasonal beers, including pilot brews that haven’t yet hit the market. They open at 11 a.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. the rest of the week and sell flights, 10-oz. pours and growlers as well as Capt’n Eli’s Soda. Make a reservation for a full tour.
15 Ocean St., South Portland
This small brewpub in a repurposed auto garage serves an eclectic tap list and comfort food. They open at noon on weekends and 3 p.m. on weekdays. (Foulmouthed is a play on words dating back to the 17th century when this region was named Falmouth.)
Exit 47 & 48: Westbrook & the Lakes Region
Sebago Brewing Company
Gorham, Portland, Kennebunk and Scarborough
Visit the new brewery at 616 Main St., Gorham (tasting hours start at 11 a.m. daily) or one of the brew pubs: 211 Fore St., Portland (Old Port); 65 Portland Road, Kennebunk; 201 Southborough Drive, Scarborough (near the Maine Mall); and 29 Elm St., Gorham.
Exit 52 & 53: Falmouth, Yarmouth & Freeport
Portland, Freeport and Auburn
Maine’s original brew pub serves English-style fresh ales and comfort food seven days a week, beginning at 11 a.m., with locations at 396 Fore St., Portland; 187 Lower Main St., Freeport; and 68 Main St., Auburn.
Exit 182: Bangor
2 Feet Brewing
80 Columbia St., Bangor
This new brewery and tasting room opens at noon on Sunday and 3 p.m. every other day, with a selection of finger food made in-house.
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Bangor, South Portland and Topsham
Try Sea Dog’s British-style ales at a brewery tour in Bangor (26 Front St.) or at one of the three local brew pubs: 25 Front St., Bangor (overlooking the Penobscot River); 125 Western Ave., South Portland (near the Maine Mall); or 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham (on the Androscoggin River).
Maine Brew Bus
Though not a brewery, Maine Brew Bus is an easy way to check out multiple breweries without driving. New England’s original brew bus is like a field trip for beer lovers—with transportation, snacks, tours, and, of course, beer included. Tours are led by knowledgeable guides as well as, of course, a non-drinking driver.