The Ultimate Guide to the Breweries in Portland, Maine
Depending on which region of the country you claim as home, you may hear Portland, Maine, referred to as “The Other Portland.”
Often in the shadows of the Oregon city by the same name, Portland, Maine is a bit of a hidden gem in the northeast US.
While you’ve likely heard about the great beer scene out in Portland, Oregon, the breweries in Portland Maine rivals any other beer city out there.
Must be something about the name Portland that coincides with great beer!
The Portland Maine brewery scene boasts the most breweries per capita in the United States. With roughly 70,000 in population and nearly 20 breweries, that’s a lot of beer per person!
We visited to all the breweries in Portland, Maine over the course of three days in Portland. We even threw in a distillery and a winery just for fun too.
We have grouped the Portland breweries based on proximity to each other and how we’d suggest hopping around too!
Table of Contents
- Allagash Brewing Company
- Definitive Brewing Company
- Battery Steele Brewing
- Austin Street Brewery
- Foundation Brewing Company
- D.L. Geary’s Brewing
- Shipyard Brewing Company
- Sebago Brewing Company
- Oxbox Blending & Bottling
- Maine Craft Distilling
- Rising Tide Brewing
- Urban Farm Fermentory and Gruit Brewing Company
- Lone Pine Brewing Company
- Goodfire Brewing Company
- Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company
- Liquid Riot
- Bunker Brewing Company
- Bissell Brothers
- Sea Dog Brewing Company
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Early to the Portland, ME brewery scene, Allagash Brewing is one of the most popular places in Portland and one of the places you’ve likely heard of even if you haven’t visited Portland.
Allagash is about 15 minutes outside of downtown Portland…don’t let that get you down though; Uber/Lyft are aplenty and there are 5 other breweries within walking distance, so you can definitely make a day of it on the outskirts of downtown.
If you know when you’ll be going, be sure to book one of their free brewery tours online to ensure you reserve a spot.
We didn’t know about this prior to our visit, but got there right when they opened and put our names on the waiting list and were able to squeeze into the first tour of the day.
The brewery tour was super informative and fun, and went through their entire brewing process start to finish.
This also happened to be the largest breweries we’ve ever visited.
And of course, you get free beer – 4 flight-sized samples of some of their brews, including the one that started it all, the Allagash White. We highly recommend the Allagash brewery tour!
Don’t think that their most popular beer, Allagash White, is the only beer here either.
There are so many options from the at least 17 taps inside and out.
Grab the pre-determined, daily flight of 4 beers for only $5. Half-pours of beer are only $2.50 and full pours of beer are only $4!
Allagash Brewery started canning beers in May 2018, so you can even bring some home with you.
We grabbed a 4-pack to enjoy on our hike in Acadia National Park. You can really do some damage at Allagash…to your wallet and your liver!
But make sure you save some of both for the other 5 Portland breweries nearby.
Definitive Brewing Company
Right across the street from Allagash and open every day but Tuesday, Definitive Brewing boasts a wide variety of different types of IPAs, like most of the breweries in Portland, Maine.
However, they did have a few non-IPA choices for those hop-averse folks out there.
The Definitive Ale gives off notes of cantaloupe and other tropical flavors and is their flagship IPA, as you might expect given the name.
If you happen to be there when the Fire N’ Company pizza truck is outside, don’t miss out on the Salty Tom pizza, a simple combination of tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and oil, cooked to perfection on the mobile wood-fired oven.
It was “definitely” a good idea to get some food in our stomachs at this point to hold us over for the remaining four stops nearyby!
Battery Steele Brewing
Battery Steele Brewing is just down the road (literally, Google Maps says 492 feet) from Definitive Brewing.
Sharing a wall with the next stop on the list, Battery Steele Brewing offers (surprise surprise) many different types of hop-forward beers with the Flume, a tropical and citrusy double IPA, being one of the mainstays.
Hoppy beers are a staple at many of the breweries in Portland, Maine!
They have also started to branch out and offer other options such as sours and even stouts.
The tasting room is rather small, but the back patio outside of the garage doors serves as a nice overflow area to enjoy the beautiful Portland, ME weather.
Austin Street Brewery
Austin Street Brewery is right next door to Battery Steele and offers, you guessed it, an array of IPAs and pale ales. (Are you also seeing a trend with breweries in Portland Maine?)
The Patina Ale is Austin Street’s flagship pale ale which is citrusy, piney, and has just enough bitterness to balance everything out. Like Battery Steele, very small tasting room with a larger outdoor patio space and picnic tables.
Foundation Brewing Company
Foundation Brewing Company is on the backside of the building from Battery Steele and Austin Street.
(Seriously, this little building houses three separate Portland breweries – goes to show size doesn’t matter…).
It must be something about this building because it was also the former home to Rising Tide Brewing, Bissell Brothers, and Maine Beer Company before each found their current homes in Portland and surrounding cities.
Foundation has the widest variety of beers. Yes, it does have the hop-heavy portion of the menu, which is all very good, but it also had several sours, a pilsner, and a lager on tap when we were there.
Flights were $8 for 4 generous pours of their beer. Fill out a flight card while waiting in line and then enjoy your brews in the tasting room or out on the patio.
D.L. Geary’s Brewing
D.L. Geary’s Brewing is said to be New England’s first craft brewery – holding the 13th microbrewery license dating back to 1983, also making this brewery the first maine brewery.
Geary’s is about a 10 minute walk (.5 miles) from the cluster of breweries on Industrial Way.
We decided to walk it to give our bodies some time to digest some of the delicious craft beer we had already consumed. Another petite tasting room, Geary’s is definitely still doing things its own way.
They haven’t gotten into the New England IPAs that most of the beer world is crazy about right now. Instead, they have stuck to what they’ve done well for so many years.
Geary’s Pale Ale was the beer that got this place started back in the 1980s and it continues on today with the boom of breweries in Portland Maine.
Our personal opinion: visit to say you’ve been to New England’s first craft brewery; not because the beer is astounding.
Downtown and East End breweries in Portland, Maine
Shipyard Brewing Company
I’ll say this, any brewery that opens at 9AM throughout the week (11AM on Sundays) is our type of brewery!
So naturally, after our breakfast had time to settle on our walk down to the port, our very first downtown Portland brewery stop was Shipyard Brewing Company.
Being the largest of Maine’s breweries, we expected an entrance filled with fanfare, but we found the exact opposite.
Other than the large mural of Shipyard’s logo on the side of the building, the inconspicuous entrance was under a simple blue awning and brings you right into the brewery store.
Walk towards the back of the store and you’ll enter the tasting room in which you can do a flight of 4 beers for only $6.
They had 14 beers on tap and included many beers from Sea Dog Brewing Company, which they also own.
Since this is one of Samantha’s favorite breweries in Portland Maine (and in general), we decided to get 3 flights (the clock had yet to strike 10:30AM…don’t judge) to try as many beers as possible straight from the source.
Some of Samantha’s favorites include the Melon Wheat Ale (summer seasonal) from Shipyard and the Blueberry Ale by Sea Dog, both of which were on tap. As you can see, she was rather happy!
We also made sure to get the Pumpkinhead Ale, one of the most popular Shipyard beers, to ring in the cooler fall weather and the start of football season.
In her opinion, this is a must-do when visiting the breweries in Portland, Maine.
Sebago Brewing Company
The headquarters of Sebago Brewing Co are actually located in Gorham, Maine, about a 20-minute drive west of Portland.
However, there are several brewpubs around Maine, including in Old Port in downtown Portland.
The Portland Sebago Brewing location is located at the bottom of a Hampton Inn and offers a full menu and a full bar, in addition to the Sebago brews.
The Frye’s Leap IPA is what they call “Maine’s Legendary IPA”, but Chris was actually more partial to the Hop Swap IPA.
Not sure if it was just the atmosphere of being in the downstairs of a hotel or what, but we quickly moved along to another Portland brewery.
Oxbox Blending & Bottling
Oxbow Blending and Bottling is actually a small farmhouse brewery located in Newcastle, Maine, which is about an hour north of Portland.
However, their urban outpost, right in the heart of Portland, is where all of their production and bottling occurs…aptly named!
The bar has a wide selection of Oxbow and guest beers on tap, as well as a selection of wines.
Numerous sours, saisons, and other farmhouse-style beers on tap to sip and enjoy at one of the many large, communal tables. Oxbow is one of the few breweries in Portland Maine that has made their way to Virginia and partner with our local VA breweries at different beer festivals.
Head just outside into the beer garden, which is shared with Frites Shack, a satelitte location of the well-known Duckfat restaurant.
Very limited menu at this spinoff serving the famous Belgian duckfat frites, poutine, and even milkshakes!
Perfect drunk-food and much shorter line than the actual Duckfat restaurant!
BONUS: Maine Craft Distilling
This is a bonus more so because it was on the way from lunch to our next brewery stop, but make sure you stop by this place if you enjoy craft cocktails. As Samantha has said, craft isn’t just for beer!
Maine Craft Distilling was located a short walk from our AirBnB, and we decided to stop in for a drink before continuing on our beer quest (guess we’ve aged out of the “beer before liquor, never sicker” thing).
This place produces many different types of liquor and crafts them into delicious and crafty cocktails.
We had one of their bestsellers, the Lemonshine, which is a mixture of their blueberry liquor and lemonade. Very refreshing! They also have a food menu and offer many local craft beers on tap.
Rising Tide Brewing
Rising Tide is one of the anchors of the up and coming East Bayside neighborhood and boasts a huge outdoor area right outside of the large garage bay doors leading into the tasting room.
A wide-ranging menu of beers should satisfy any beer palate, and includes some of their flagships such as the Ishmael, an interesting copper ale, and the Zephyr, one of the mainstay IPAs.
We also happened to get a private tour of the brewery (no one else wanted to join…promise we showered), which is just behind the tasting room.
During the tour, one of the main brewers came over to us and let us try the Cutter, an imperial IPA, straight from the barrel. Samantha, never a fan of IPAs, even enjoyed the freshness of this beer.
Overall, a really cool place in a hip neighborhood which reminds us a bit of the Richmond Brewery scene in our hometown. The vibes of this place makes this one of our favorites of the breweries in Portland Maine!
Urban Farm Fermentory and Gruit Brewing Company
About a 5-minute walk up the road from Rising Tide, Urban Farm Fermentory creates kombucha, jun (similar to kombucha), cider, gruit (used for bittering and flavoring beer prior to the popularity of hops), and mead.
A flight of (5) 2-oz. pours costs $6 if you stay within the same type of alcohol, and $7 if you mix and match.
I’ll be honest, these were some funky drinks which perfectly matched the funky, hipster-vibe. But nonetheless, it was another stop on our brewery crawl!
Of all the breweries in Portland Maine, this place will have the most unique flavors for your tastebuds!
Lone Pine Brewing Company
Another hop-forward brewery in Portland, Maine, Lone Pine Brewing Co is located near the northernmost point of the Portland peninsula.
They usually have about 7 craft beers on tap, and most, if not all, will be some sort of IPA or pale ale.
This being our sixth stop of the day, Chris got a half-pour of the Diamond Unicorn, a double IPA, and then we moved on to the next stop.
The tasting room was a bit crowded and cramped, as was the small outdoor patio. If you want some space to spread out a little, head up the hill from Lone Pine and down the alley to Goodfire Brewing.
Goodfire Brewing Company
If you guessed that Goodfire had a bunch of IPAs on draft, congratulations.
But you don’t win anything because who didn’t guess that?!
The CMYK (yes, those letters on your color-printer ink) is their main IPA and in the popular New England-style. Decent sized tasting room with some overflow picnic tables outside.
Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company
As one of the only true brewpubs in Portland in the heart of downtown, Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company offers many different types of beers, many in that old English-style pub variety, which are all brewed onsite and have “never travelled more than 30 yards from ‘grain to glass’.”
The Best Bitter was the original beer back in the late 80s and is still a part of Gritty’s rotating drafts.
Liquid Riot is located right on the waterfront in Old Port and was Maine’s first brewery/ distillery/ restaurant/ bar.
The setup inside Liquid Riot allows you to sit at the bar while peering into the actual production rooms for the various beers and liquors which are all made onsite. (See main picture at the top to see their beer!)
I hesitate to pinpoint any beer here as they are constantly changing. However, I can tell you that each of the beers that we had, plus the jumbo pretzel with beer cheese, were very good! Definitely a must-do when seeking out breweries in Portland Maine.
Bunker Brewing Company
Bunker Brewing is located in the West End of Portland if you’re heading back towards the airport from the city.
It was a little bit difficult to get to based on where our GPS took us, but rest assured, it’s there…just keep going and you’ll come upon the building with large garage bay doors leading into the tasting room.
Yet another hoppy Portland brewery, but Bunker also offers sours, lagers, and even porters.
Large indoor tasting room which opens up to the brewing operations to the immediate right.
Only about 5 minutes from Bunker Brewing, Bissell Brothers is very well-known in the beer world for its hoppy New England IPAs and its long lines of people waiting to get their hands on the newest 4-pack of beer.
Since moving to its much larger current location, Bissell Brothers was able to double its production capacity and now boasts Maine’s largest tasting room.
The size of the current brewery on Thompson’s Point allows Bissell Brothers to accommodate the droves of beer fans who flock here to scoop up the newest release.
Cans are released every day that they are open (except Sundays) and oftentimes sell out.
Their release schedule is online, so do your homework and figure out what day you want to go. Be prepared for a wait too as this is one of the top breweries in Portland, Maine!
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Sea Dog Brewing Co actually started up in Camden, Maine, which is about an hour and a half north of Portland.
However, there are several brewpubs in Maine, New Hampshire, and even Florida.
The Portland brewpub is located about 5 minutes from the airport, making it the perfect last stop on our beer journey through Portland.
We had a quick snack, grabbed a souvenir koozie, and Samantha had her Blueberry Wheat Ale one last time before we made our way to the airport.
Overall breweries in Portland, Maine
Phew! What a whirlwind of a journey to taste all of the breweries in Portland Maine.
By our count above, 20 breweries/ wineries/ distilleries (18 breweries) are all within a quick drive of downtown Portland, Maine. We know we missed a few, which only means we will have to return to complete the list!
Seems like we only had time for boozing in Maine, right? Wrong! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Portland, Maine post, including where we eat, what to see, and where we stayed!
Before you go signing us up for an AA meeting, we want to say that we did this at an attainable pace by sharing flights and drinks at each location.
We also made sure to drink water at every place and ate frequently. Uber/Lyft or our own two feet were our only modes of transportation. Always drink responsibly. Never drink and drive.
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