Brewery reviews- Maine

March 31, 2017



Allagash Brewing Company

50 Industrial Way, Portland, ME

Founded: 1995

Last visit: June 2016


Nice: Mostly Belgian-style beers served in a modern yet rustic-looking facility.

A great tour (book online) which includes a visit to the impressive barrel room.

They host events in all 17 states (and Washington, D.C.) they distribute to.

Stupid: Customers have to choose between taking a tour or sampling at the bar.

Notes: Named after a river in northern Maine. (I had to ask!)

Favorite beer: Curieux (barrel-aged tripel)

Food: No food served.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.



Maine Beer Company

525 US-1, Freeport, ME

Founded: 2009

Last visit: June 2016


Nice: Hopheads adore their hoppy beers.

Stupid: All of their hoppy beers are hoppy.

Notes: Hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy.

Favorite beer: The least-hoppy one.

Food: No food served

Rating: Hop on over if hoppy hops are your thing.



Maine Mead Works

51 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME

Founded: 2007

Last visit: June 2016


Nice: Very friendly staff will tell you everything you want to know about mead.

Open every afternoon and sometimes beyond.

Next to Oxbow Blending & Bottling.

Stupid: Not much parking in the lot but they'll help you with where to go.

Notes: Regular meads are branded as HoneyMaker while lower-ABV (but still almost 7%) meads go under Ram Island.

Favorite mead: Ram Island Lavender Lemonade

Food: No food served

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.



Oxbow Blending & Bottling

49 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME

Founded: 2011

Last visit: June 2016


Nice: They brew many varieties of beer but specialize in Belgian-style ales.

Their Freestyle Series features experimental and one-off beers.

Next to Maine Mead Works.

Stupid: They had some weird rule where I bought to-go beer at the bar but had to get it behind a gate near the exit. Something like that. Was strange but didn't affect anything.

Notes: This is where they blend and bottle their sour beers. The brewery proper is in Newcastle, ME.

Favorite beer: Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale

Food: Small menu

Rating: 🍺🍺 Definitely go.

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