What could be better than an ice cold beer after a day of adventure? An ice cold local beer! Lucky for you, Maine is home to 45 breweries, so your hardest decision will be which local beer to taste first. Let us help you narrow it down. Here’s a list of our favorite Portland ME breweries.
Allagash Brewing Co.
Allagash Brewing Co. opened in 1995 by Rob Tod, a man with an appreciation for Belgian-style beers. Tod realized there weren’t many breweries offering Belgian-style beers in the U.S. He saw an open market and decided to go for it. He released his first batch of Allagash White in the summer of 1995. Allagash Brewing Co. now offers six year-round beers, as well as seven yearly releases and a few smaller releases.
Visit Allagash Brewing Co. for a brewery tour and guided tasting of four beers. Each tasting tour lasts about an hour and is limited to 10 visitors. The brewery is open for tours Monday through Saturday. Saturdays are busy days, so plan accordingly. Tickets for the brewery tour and tasting are free, however, reservations are suggested. Visit the Allagash website for more information or to make a reservation for a brewery tour or tastings of Allagash beer.
If you don’t have time to take the Allagash brewery tour, Allagash Brewing Co. also offers tastings in its onsite retail store.
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Shipyard Brewing Co. celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. This family owned brewery offers 20 varieties of beer, including eight year-round brews, seven seasonal brews and six specialty brews. Two more specialty brews are in the works: Imperial Stout and Imperial Rye IPA. Shipyard also produces Capt’n Eli’s Soda, a caffeine-free soda sweetened with pure cane sugar. Cat’n Eli’s Soda comes in seven flavors, including Root Beer, Orange Pop and Strawberry Pop.
A Shipyard Brewery tour includes free video tours and tastings daily. Visit the Shipyard Brewing Co. website for more information about tours and tastings.
Here’s a fun fact: Shipyard Brewing got its start at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub on the waterfront. As the story goes, two master brewers started Federal Jack’s and Kennebunkport Brewing Co. in 1992. By 1994, ales produced at the brewpub became so popular that the owners created Shipyard Brewing Co. Stop by Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub for a taste of Shipyard’s brews, as well as a bite to eat.
The Great Lost Bear
For a taste of nearly all Maine-brewed beers, stop by the Great Lost Bear. This restaurant/pub has 69 taps with more than 50 craft beers from the Northeast and 15 Maine microbreweries. It also features a Craft Beer Showcase every Thursday from 5-9 p.m.
Other Portland ME breweries include:
- Bray’s Brewpub and Eatery
- Gritty McDuff’s
- Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery
- Sea Dog Brewery
- Sabago Brewing Co.
Dockside Guest Quarters
Portland, ME is about an hour’s drive from the Dockside Guest Quarters, making for a great day trip. After touring a local brewery or two, come back and relax at Dockside Guest Quarters in York, ME. Our accommodations include guestrooms in the Maine House, separate suites in multi-unit buildings, and a seaside house. During your stay, be sure to reserve a table at our Dockside Restaurant, featuring fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere.