10 Best Maine Brew Pubs Strive For Ale Excellence

Maine's brew pubs can be found throughout the state. In the Portland area, brew pubs have long been key to the city's focus on individual craftsmanship. This is most evident in pubs such as Gritty McDuff's Brewpub and Restaurant, the Sebago Brewing Company, and Seadog Brewing Company. These establishments have stood the test of time with ale presentations that define high standards of brewing expertise. Just outside of the city, locations such as Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery in Saco and Federal Jack's in Kennebunk have introduced suburbanites to the true pleasures of craft ales. Further afield, Portsmouth Brewery in nearby Portsmouth, NH (http://www.10best.com/destinations/maine/portland/all/nightlife/portsmouth-brewery/) regularly offering a wide selection of fresh drafts that have secured their strong reputation within the brewers' craft. In recent years, the mountains of western Maine have earned high marks for brew pubs that are strong on quality and taste including the Kennebec River Brewery, the Sunday River Brewing Company, and the Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery. Each of these establishments have offered their own unique twist on the brew pub trend with delicious menu offerings ranging from steaks to salads. Several also have heightened their "go to" destination reputations with live music featuring the best in top name talents.



Sea Dog Brewing Company specializes in craft ales brewed in the classic English tradition. This process is made possible through ingredients such as English two row malted barley and British premier fermenting Ringwood yeast. The result are ales...  Read More

Federal Jack's
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For more than two decades, Federal Jack's has been a mecca for beer lovers in southern Maine. This expansive pub serves up some of the finest beers, brewed fresh on the premises, to be found anywhere in the Pine Tree State. There are also...  Read More



Located just outside of Augusta, about an hour's drive from Portland, the Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery has become a magnet for craft beer and entertainment fans in the western Maine mountains. This pub features a warm, inviting...  Read More



There is nothing quite as satisfying as a delicious craft ale after a day on the slopes. Those seeking such pleasures have long turned to Sunday River Brew Pub in nearby Bethel, Maine. The pub is associated with Sunday River, one of Maine's...  Read More

The Great Lost Bear
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With its "bear theme," The Great Lost Bear has become a kitschy, fun destination for craft ale fans and families alike since its opening in 1979. While beer is not brewed on premises, this restaurant features an impressive selection of ales –...  Read More



You know a brew pub is serious about its product when its website features a complete tutorial on brewing craft ales. Such is the case with Sebago Brewing Company, with locations in Gorham, Scarborough, Kennebunk and Portland. One of the...  Read More



Opened in 1988, Gritty McDuff's goes to great lengths to create a hometown pub type of atmosphere within its rich wood and brick interior. It's location in Portland's popular and historic Old Port district means a welcome diversity of patrons...  Read More



The Run of the Mill in Saco has long combined historic ambiance with a relaxed, casual pub feel. Operating within one of the many restored mills that were once a mainstay of the Saco and Biddeford economy, The Run of the Mill Public House...  Read More

Portsmouth Brewery
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Within the past ten years, Maine and neighboring New Hampshire have become highly popular destinations for microbrew pubs. Perhaps it has something to do with wanting a "cold one" following a day of aggressive mountain hiking, biking or downhill...  Read More



Associated with The Forks Resort Center, a popular white water rafting destination in north central Maine, the Kennebec River Brewery does a great job as a stand alone brew pub operation. Indeed, this brewery has gained a loyal following in...  Read More