Craft beers and ciders are thriving in Maine

There are hundreds of reason to love Maine, and thriving craft beer and cider (or in local speak, cidah) industries are two of them. Here are some of the beverage romances we had during our recent visit to the Vacationland state.

List of breweries in Maine.

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Sebago beer and Downeast cider in Portland Maine
Downeast Cider House was founded by Ross Brockman and Tyler Mosher during their senior year of college. Sebago Brewing Co. poured its first beer in 1998, and now has four locations in Maine.
Gritty McDuff mural in Freeport that reads "Blessed be the mother who gives birth to a brewer"
A lovely sentiment at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub, just up the road from L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine.
Sea Dog India Pale Pale and Wild Blueberry beer in six-packs
Founded in 1993, Sea Dog is Maine owned and Maine brewed.
Allagash Beer and Pemaquid oysters at Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, Maine
Allagash Brewing Company is a brewery in Portland, Maine. Founded in 1994 by Rob Tod, Allagash sold its first batch of beer in the summer of 1995. It goes great with Pemaquid oysters at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland.
Gritty McDuff also produces flagship and seasonal ales in custom 22 oz. bottles.
Gritty McDuff also produces flagship and seasonal ales in custom 22 oz. bottles.
Three lobster roll and beer in Belfast
In Belfast, Maine, we stopped at Three Tides to enjoy raw oysters, a lobster roll and Marshall Wharf Brewing beer.
Urban Farm Fermentory hard cider in Maine
According to its website, “Founded in March 2010 by entrepeneur Eli Cayer, a Mainer himself, the Urban Farm Fermentory is an experimental fermentation center … Our array of fresh pressed Maine apple cider is spontaneously (or wild) fermented in a Farmhouse style until it’s bone dry & tart. ‘Spontaneous fermentation’ utilizes naturally-occurring yeast in the air and on the fruit, which means even the yeast culture in our cider is local.”
Belfast Bay Brewing Lobster Ale six-pack
According to the Belfat Bay Brewing website, “Owner Pat Mullen says, ‘When my wife suggested that a brewery from Maine should make a beer called Lobster Ale, a red ale seemed the perfect brew. Unlike our highly hopped neighbors beers, we decided to brew Lobster Ale to be very ‘user friendly.’ We cut down on the hops and added slight amounts of black and dark crystal to the brew. The result is a medium hopped, medium flavored, very drinkable red ale.”
Pint of Sea Dog beer
A perfect cold beverage to enjoy after hiking almost a mile out to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.
Bull Feeney Lobsters love Guiness beer sign in Portland, Maine
I would drink a beer that was good enough for lobsters. Wouldn’t you?
Pint of Geary Brewing beer in Bath, Maine
After touring the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, we had a couple cold pints of Geary Brewing beer.
Time for a pint sign in Portland, Maine
An endearing wall mural in Portland, Maine.
Bottles of pink Rogue Voodoo Doughnut beer
We knew of Rogue Brewing and Voodoo Doughnuts from Portland, Oregon, but it was a big surprise to find it in Portland, Maine.
Three Tides offers a quirky outside, waterfront bar in Belfast, Maine.
Three Tides offers a quirky outside, waterfront bar in Belfast, Maine.
In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland, Maine
They have three of our favorite things at In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland, Maine.

About Kristine K. Stevens

Book Cover200Kristine is the author of "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World." This nonfiction book tells the story of how she sold her house, quit her job and traveled around the world.

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