Austin Street’s second Portland brewery, on Fox Street in East (or “Yeast”) Bayside. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald

Allagash Brewing Co.

About: Since starting in 1995, Allagash aims to create the “best Belgian-style beer in the world” and does so by using local ingredients. Bite Into Maine food truck is located on site.

Try this: Allagash White, its flagship (and most popular) beer

Location: 50 Industrial Way, Portland

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday  through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @AllagashBrewing (Twitter/Instagram), Allagash Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Austin Street Brewery

About: Started by two best friends who still own 100 percent of the company to ensure that the beer they produce is the best it can be. It’s the only brewery with locations in both of Portland’s brewery hubs.

Try this: Patina Pale Ale or Florens, an American IPA

Location: 1 Industrial Way and 115 Fox St., Portland

Hours: Industrial Way – noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday; Fox Street – noon to 9 p.m. daily

Follow: @austinstreetbrewery (Instagram), Austin Street Brewery (Facebook)

 

Battery Steele Brewing

About: Made by two brewers with over 25 years of experience. Many of their beers have been rated nationally.

Try this: Flume, a New England IPA

Location: 1 Industrial Way, Portland

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday

Follow: @batterysteelebrewing (Instagram), @Battery_Steele (Twitter) and Battery Steele Brewing (Facebook)

 

Birchwood Brewing

About: Opened in 2017 and focusing on American ales and lagers brewed in equipment built by the owners. Enjoy warm pretzels and a fire pit at this family- and dog-friendly spot.

Try this: Flagship brown, wheat and IPA styles

Location: 19 Portland Road, Gray

Hours: 3-9 p.m. Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, 2-7 p.m. Sunday

Follow: Birchwood Brewing (Facebook)

 

Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

About: One of Maine’s most popular and widely known breweries, started by two brothers from northern Maine.

Try this: The Substance, New England IPA and Bissell’s flagship

Location: 4 Thompson’s Point, Portland

Hours: 2-8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @bissellbrothers (Instagram), @BissellBrosBrew (Twitter)

 

Black Pug Brewing Co.

About: A brewery that brews in small tanks in order to make new recipes possible. Enjoy your beer in a pug glass.

Try this: Thai.P.A.

Location: 30 Bath Road, Brunkswick

Hours: 3-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @blackpugbrewing (Instagram)

 

Brickyard Hollow Brewing Co.

About: A “fun and creative” craft beer pub with live music and a full food menu.

Try this: Diversified IPA

Location: 236 Main St., Yarmouth

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @brickyardhollow (Instagram), Brickyard Hollow (Facebook)

 

Bunker Brewing Co. 

About: A micro-craft brewery that features pingpong and corn hole, and is dog friendly – what could be better?

Try this: Machine Czech-style Pilz, its flagship lager

Location: 17 Westfield St., Portland

Hours: 2-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @bunkerbrewing (Instagram)

 

Definitive Brewing Co.

About: Opened in 2018, Definitive Brewing already has a large array of unique craft beers and hosts food trucks at its brewery.

Try this: 35, a session ale, or Vanilla Dome, a milkshake IPA made with rotating fruit flavors

Location: 35 Industrial Way, Portland

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @definitivebrewing (Instagram/Twitter) Definitive Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Flight Deck Brewing

About: The Brunswick brewery operates with 100 percent renewable energy and offers live music, food trucks and dog-friendly areas.

Try this: P-3 pale ale or Tea-56, a strinkingly pink hibiscus beer

Location: 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick

Hours: 4-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

Follow: @flightdeckbrewingco (Instagram), @flightdeckbrew (Twitter), Flight Deck Brewing (Facebook)

 

Fore River Brewing Co.

About: Started in 2015, its goal is to create “diverse” beer.

Try this: John Henry Milk Stout

Location: 45 Huntress Ave., South Portland

Hours: 2-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 2-9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @foreriverbrewing (Instagram)

 

Foulmouthed Brewing

About: A small brewery with a rotation of craft beers that change with the seasonal cuisine offered on location.

Try this: Sun Soaked, a sour version of a Belgian wit

Location: 15 Ocean St., South Portland

Hours: 3-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @foulmouthedbeer (Instagram/Twitter), Foulmouthed Brewing (Facebook)

 

Foundation Brewing Co.

About: Foundation was born after decades of home brewing. Many claim that Foundation is home to the best craft brew in Maine.

Try this: Epiphany, a New England IPA and its top-rated beer

Location: 1 Industrial Way, Portland

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @foundationbrew (Instagram/Twitter), Foundation Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Geary Brewing Co.

About: Former owner David Geary learned how to make beer in 1984 by the best: English and Scottish nobleman. Today, Geary’s has new owners, but the traditional Geary’s Pale Ale lives on.

Try this: Geary’s Pale Ale or the London Porter

Location: 38 Evergreen Drive, Portland

Hours: 2-6 p.m. Monday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @Gearybrewing (Twitter/Facebook), Geary Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Goodfire Brewing Co.

About: Opened in 2017 and equipped with lots of seating, card games and plenty of beer.

Try this: Hypercube double IPA

Location: 219 Anderson St., Portland

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @goodfirebrewing (Instagram/Twitter), Goodfire Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Island Dog Brewing Co. 

About: Named in honor of the two rescue dogs of husband and wife owners, the brewery sources its ingredients locally. Bring a picture of your dog to hang among the others.

Try this: A Beer Called Blue, an American pale wheat ale with hints of blueberry

Location: 125 John Roberts Road, South Portland

Hours: 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3-8 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @islanddogbrew (Instagram/Twitter), Island Dog Brewing (Facebook)

 

Liquid Riot Bottling Co.

About: Liquid Riot imports its hops, malt and yeast from around the world, and has served and brewed over 300 different beers. With a view of Casco Bay, the brewery is also a distillery and a restaurant with an array of food options.

Try this: Head Stash IPA

Location: 250 Commercial St., Portland

Hours: Noon to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, noon to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Follow: @liquid_riot (Instagram/Twitter), Liquid Riot Bottling Co. (Facebook)

 

Lone Pine Brewing Co.

About: Lone Pine released its first bottles of its flagship Portland Pale Ale in 2016 and has since become one of the nation’s fastest-growing breweries, recently opening a second brewing facility and tasting room in Gorham, while maintaining a presence in Portland’s East (or “Yeast”) Bayside brewery hub.

Try this: Brightside IPA and Oh-J IPA

Location: 219 Anderson St., Portland, and 48 Sanford Drive, Gorham

Hours: Portland: 2-8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Gorham: Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday

Follow: @lonepinebrewing (Instagram), @lonepinebeer (Twitter), Lone Pine Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Maine Beer Co.

About: A humble beginning started by two brothers and a $300 brewing kit bought off of Craigslist, only to eventually open up their own brewery in Freeport. One percent of their earnings goes to Maine’s environmental nonprofits.

Try this: Peeper, an American pale ale, or Lunch, an IPA

Location: 525 Route 1, Freeport

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday

Follow: @mainebeerco (Instagram/Twitter), Maine Beer Co. (Facebook)

 

Mast Landing Brewing Co.

About: Started in 2015, after a couple years of home brewing and now one of the fastest-growing breweries in the nation.

Try this: Tell Tale Pale Ale, its flagship, or Gunner’s Daughter, a peanut butter milk stout

Location: 920 Main St., Westbrook

Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @mastlanding (Instagram/Twitter), Mast Landing Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Moderation Brewing 

About: With a taproom that dates back to the 1800s, this brewery opened in 2018 by two Brunswick natives who together have a decade of experience of brewing.

Try this: Its flagship, The Noble Experience, or Bird, a hoppy strawberry ale

Location: 103 Main St., Brunswick

Hours: 3-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @ModerationBrewing (Instagram), @moderationbeer (Twitter), Moderation Brewing (Facebook)

 

Nonesuch River Brewing 

About: Scarborough’s first and only brewery serves its own brews and cocktails using natural resources and ingredients.

Try this: Blonde, for the “gateway” beer drinker. More experienced? Try the Double IPA.

Location: 201 Gorham Road, Scarborough

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @nonesuchriverbrewing (Instagram), Nonesuch River Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Oxbow Brewing Co.

About: Oxbow, named after the bends in the Dyer River, prides itself in taking time to create the perfect beverage in its barn house in Newcastle, which is also open to beer-hungry visitors, as is a beer garden in Oxford. The Portland tasting room also serves as its bottling facility.

Try this: Farmhouse Pale Ale, its flagship, or Luppolo, an Italian-syle pils

Location: 49 Washington Ave., Portland

Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, noon to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @oxbowbrewingcompany (Instagram), Oxbow Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Rising Tide Brewing Co.

About: The family-owned brewery makes unfiltered and unpasteurized beers that only use fresh, natural ingredients.

Try this: Ishmael, its flagship copper ale, and Maine Island Trail Ale, a popular session ale

Location: 103 Fox St., Portland

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday though Wednesday, noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @risingtidebeer (Instagram/Twitter), Rising Tide Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Sebago Brewing Co.

About: Started in 1998, Sebago Brewing has four brewpubs in southern Maine, along with its Gorham tasting room, where you can enjoy wood-fired pizza with your brew.

Try this: Frye’s Leap, an IPA

Locations: 616 Main St., Gorham

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

Follow: @sebagobrewing (Instagram/Twitter), Sebago Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Shipyard Brewing Co.

About: One of Portland’s first breweries, Alan Pugsley has brewed Shipyard ales since 1994 and has won many awards since.

Try this: Export, its flagship ale, or Finder, its foray into the newer New England-style IPA

Location: 86 Newbury St., Portland

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @shipyardbrewing (Instagram/Twitter), Shipyard Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Stars and Stripes Brewing Co.

About: Stars and Stripes opened by veteran Brad Nadeau on Veterans Day 2018 and features patriotic themes across its brews.

Try this: Semper Fi.P.A, its signature, or Liberty Pale Ale

Location: 8 Varney Road, Freeport

Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @starsstripesbrewing (Instagram), Stars & Stripes Brewing Co. (Facebook)

 

Urban Farm Fermentory 

About: A unique brewing operation that not only brews fermented beers by using botanicals, but also makes Kombucha and cider on tap.

Try this: Blanche Moron, a Belgian IPA

Location: 200 Anderson St., Portland

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Follow: @fermentory (Instagram/Twitter)

 

Yes Brewing 

About: Since opening in 2017, the sibling duo behind Yes Brewing has released over 30 unique beers and promises to only create more.

Try this: Neon Cowboy, a sour

Location: 609 Main St., Westbrook

Hours: 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Follow: @yesbrewing (Instagram), Yes Brewing (Facebook)

One of the nation’s fasting-growing breweries, Lone Pine recently opened a larger brewing facility and second tasting room in Gorham. Photo by Carla Jean Lauter

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