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July 30, 2012

Portland Maine Beer Road Trip

Today I'm happy to feature a guest post by Steve Gitlin who recently traveled to Portland, Maine to check out all it has to offer in the ways of good beer. Steve submitted all of these awesome photos and if you scroll down he breaks it down for you between having to drive and walk around town. I'm actually going to be going up to Maine in September so this is really helpful for me having never been to Portland. I hope this helps you out too!

Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Curieux barrels, aging to perfection

Flatbread Company

The Great Lost Bear
Gritty McDuff's
Gritty's taps

Maine Brewing Co.

Nova Res Bier Cafe

Portland Lobster Co.

Steve enjoying lobster and great beer
Rising Tide Brewing Company

Sebago Brewing Company
Sebago taps

Shipyard Brewing Co.
Shipyard taps

Day 1: Driving Stops
A) Portland Head Light - best scenic site of the trip, non-beer related
B) Allagash Brewing Company - name speaks for itself, but only better in person
C) Maine Beer Company - small batch brewers
D) The Great Lost Bear - more of a local pub, with an enormous selection.  Put in a session!
E) Rising Tide Brewing Company - small startup that does artisanal hand crafted ales
F) Peak Brewing - non pictured as tours were unavailable our weekend, but the beers are great and I wish I could have visited
G) Bier Cellar - best spot to buy beer to bring home/to the room

Day 2: Walking Spots
A) Gritty McDuffs - Maine's original brew pub
B) Portland Lobster Company - must do lobster rolls and great local craft selection
C) Sebago Brewing Company - brew pub with extremely fresh beers
D) Shipyard Brewing Company - the local hero
E) Flatbread Company - wood-oven organic pizza with 20 taps to choose = no brainer
G) Novare Res Bier Cafe - the most popular spot in Portland and a place where we all feel right at home


  1. Portland is, by far, one of my favorite beer-cation destinations! I had shared some tips with you on twitter a while back, but it occurred to me that I left out one key destination: Porthole Restaurant. Nothing helps you recover from a Portland pub crawl like sittin' on a deck overlooking Casco Bay with a hot cup of coffee & and huge breakfast. They're located right down on Custom House Wharf (off of Commercial St) in the Old Port. Walk over to Wharf St (between Fore & Commercial Sts) and check out Rogues Gallery, too, for some killer shopping. Cheers!

  2. Thanks Jon! I just wrote it down. Can't wait to check Portland out.