After I lived in Maine within the late ‘90s by way of the 2000s, Maine was on the forefront of what was then known as microbrews. It was no California, however the states half-dozen or so breweries ranked it close to the highest of what would turn out to be the “craft beer” motion. Locations like Shipyard Brewing Co. and Geary’s (each in Portland) have been staples of the unbiased beer scene since earlier than the phrase “craft” was connected to beer.
I’m nonetheless within the Pine Tree State as I write this, working from a lodge room nestled within the foothills of Western Maine close to the place I used to reside. However our go to began again in Portland earlier than hopping by way of small seaside cities alongside the scenic coast and heading into the inside. Like all the time I made it a degree to hit as many breweries as our time would enable.
In Portland, I actually like Liquid Riot. From the open design to the old-fashioned arcade video games, this place has enjoyable for everybody, together with beers brewed and alcohol distilled on-site. For libations, hold it easy: Haute Usual No. 2 with the Liquid Riot Home Whiskey Mix, sugar, and bitters; or Herbie, a moderate-ABV dry-hopped session ale. I used to be bummed to search out Liquid Riot out of their house-made kombucha, however the bartender was fast to supply hand-crafted, made-to-order “sodas” for the non-alcohol drinkers.
After all, we additionally hit the Geary’s in Outdated Port — the place for nightlife in Maine.
Additional up the coast we stopped on the eco-friendly Atlantic Brewing Firm on Mt. Desert Island, the place we loved some outside video games earlier than the solar set and the bugs began to manifest.
We additionally dropped some cash in Bar Harbor, having lunch from Maine Beer Firm (thought of the crème of craft in Maine. We solely had time to drive previous the brewery in Freeport — it appears to be like cool from the skin).
Heading inland, we discovered Mason’s Brewing Firm in Brewer (proper subsequent to Bangor), a quasi-industrial, post-apocalyptic themed brewery providing beers named IV Norseman and Mushroom Cloud. We tried the Mosaic Hipster Apocalypse, which is described as “dank and piney with robust tangerine traits.” It’s a stable beer, proving Mason’s consideration to element and dedication to a high quality product.
The principle vacation spot of our journey was right here in Western Maine the place I used to get pleasure from brews from the Granary (Farmington, and now defunct) and a spot I can’t bear in mind close to the ski resort of Sugarloaf USA. The recognition of craft beer has launched 10* breweries since I used to reside right here together with Ambition Brewing (Wilton), which many locals think about the very best brewery, regardless of its small measurement and brief historical past, within the space.
*Fluvial Brewing in Harrison will open quickly, they promise, making 11 breweries on this a part of the state. Compared, the Higher Portland taproom listing lists 38 areas for beer tasting. The beer increase goes robust in Maine!
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Michael C. Upton is a contract author specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes feedback at email@example.com and fb.com/SomebodiesProductions.