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Portland, Maine - Beer Capital of the Northeast

Portland Breweries

In the Portland peninsula, first-rate micro-brewery and nano-brewery are very near each other in Portland’s "yEast Bayside" neighborhood. A third, larger brewery is in the Old Port, close to the ferry terminal. In the Riverside outskirts is another micro and two larger breweries.

Brewery Description Address Tu - Th Friday Saturday Sunday
Rising Tide Micro. Regular tours and food trucks 103 Fox Street
Bayside
12 – 7 pm 12 - 7 pm 12 – 7 pm 12 - 5
Bunker Brewing Nano 122 Anderson St
Bayside
Th 5 – 8 pm 5 – 8 pm 12 – 5 pm  
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. Micro 4 Thompson's Point Road, Ste 108-109 W-Th 12 - 6 pm 12 - 8 pm 12 - 8 pm 12 - 5 pm
Foundation Brewing Co. Micro 1 Industrial Way Th 3 - 7 pm 12 - 7 pm 12 - 7 pm 12 - 5 pm
Maine Beer Co Micro. Possibly the best, worth the 25-minute drive from Portland 525 US Route 1 (south of Exit 20) Tu – Th, 12 – 7 pm 12 – 7 pm 12 – 7 pm 12 – 4 pm
Shipyard Brewery Local 86 Newbury St
East End of Old Port
Apr-Nov tours
Tues 5:30 - 7 pm
     
DL Geary Brewery Local 38 Evergreen Dr
Riverton
Tours ~11:00 am
by appt
     
Allagash Brewery Local, specializes in
Belgian style weissbier
Industrial Drive
Riverton
Tours M-Sa
~11 am - 4pm
by appt
     

Follow this link to read a little more about the breweries.

Portland Distilleries

Two distilleries are near the "yEast Bayside" breweries. Another is just up the hill, and a fourth is over the hill in the Old Port.

Distillery Description Address M - Th Friday Saturday Sunday
Maine Craft Distilling 101 Fox St
Bayside
       
Urban Farm Fermentory Producers of cider and kombucha 200 Anderson St
Bayside
Th 4 – 7 pm 12 – 7 pm 12 – 7 pm  
Maine Mead Works   51 Washington Ave
East End
Dec: M - Th 11 – 6 pm
tours @11:30
Dec: 11 – 6 pm
tours @11:30
Dec: 11 – 6 pm
tours @11:30
12 – 4 pm
Liquid Riot   250 Commercial St
Old Port
       

Old Port Pub Crawl

The Old Port boasts a plethora of pubs with great selections of hand-crafted brews from near and far - all within a short walk. Most have a happy hour that allows one to indulge in superior beer at a modest price.

Pub Description Address Happy Hour
Andy's Old Port Pub open daily 11am - 10:30pm; live acoustic music nightly 94 Commercial St M-F 2-7
Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub One of the originals, since 1988 396 Fore St
also Lower Main St, Freeport (north of Exit 20)
 
Sebago Brewing Company   221 Fore St
also at the Inn on Peaks Island
Tuesdays 20 oz for $2?
Allison's PI mug is #72 :-)
Novare Res Bier Cafe Huge selection of brews! 4 Canal Plaza
tucked in behind Exch St buildings
 
North Point Cozy atmosphere! 35 Silver St M-F 4-6 $3 draft
East Ender Small, nice menu, summer tables on sidewalk 47 Middle St
East End of Old Port
M-F 4-7 select draft $2.75
also $3.50 margaritas!

Expanding Horizons On and Off the Peninsula

Pub Description Address Happy Hour
Silly’s Fun admosphere! Closed M+Tu 40 Washington Ave
East End
None
Great Lost Bear Largest selction of beers in town! 540 Forest Ave
Deering/Woodfords
M-Th $3 beer specials
Hot Suppa   703 Congress St T-Sa 4-6 $1 oysters