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Want to visit Maine breweries? Looking for info on the best breweries to visit in Maine? Planning your trip and want to see which breweries are nearby? Here’s a couple key resources to help you find the best beer Maine has to offer:

Maine Beer Trail: A passport listing breweries in the state, broken down by region, and info on whether or not they have a tasting room, offer tours, and serve food. This is your guide to Maine breweries. Print it out and visit breweries, have them sign and date the trail, and mail it in to be rewarded. 10 breweries visited = a hat, 20 breweries visited = t-shirt, all Maine breweries = Prize Pack. Click link FMI.

Map of Maine Breweries: this is the most up to date version, and includes breweries that have opened up since our last version of the Beer Trail printing. Click the link for a google map of all the breweries in the state, and find the brewery closest to you!

Maine Brewery Tasting Room Spreadsheet: This is the comprehensive list of all the tasting rooms in the state and their hours, as of Summer 2017. Created by local author and bonafide beer geek, Josh Christie.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

We’re hosting a few fun events this fall/winter, and also want to let craft beer fans know about some other happenings around the state – keep an eye on the Guild Facebook page and this website for more info!

  • October 15-21 – Greater Bangor Beer Week: Series of events around town throughout the week, hosted and organized by the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau. FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/110616182954237/
  • November 5th-11th – Portland Beer Week: Series of events around town throughout the week, hosted and organized by local bar/ restaurant owners, brewers, and friends of the craft beer industry. FMI: https://www.facebook.com/PortlandBeerWeek/
    • November 6th – Pro-Am Competition – A ticketed event at Salvage BBQ offering attendees the chance to try beers created by pairing local homebrewers and professional brewers. Featuring Portland-based breweries. Organized by the Mashing Maineiacs Homebrew Club, benefitting the Maine Brewers’ Guild. 100+ tickets
  • November 12, 3-5PM, Our 4th Annual ‘Freshmen Orientation’ – small format event featuring all of Maine’s newest brewers in a round-robin style format. Very limited tickets, about 150. TICKETS: brewedinmaine.brownpapertickets.com
  • January 13, 2018, Winter Session Beer Festival. Featuring Maine breweries, local food, and local beers set within the awesome space of the Brick South building at Thompson’s Pt Portland, ME. Warm atmosphere, old beer, good times. More info coming  soon.

 

Congrats to Lone Pine Brewing Company on their growth and this big move to make more beer, and carry the torch forward in a great spot in Gorham! w. Sebago Brewing Company ...

We are excited to announce that late last week, Lone Pine Brewing Co. and Sebago Brewing Co. finalized an agreement for the purchase and sale of Sebago Brewing's complete production facility just outside of Portland. This purchase will allow us to significantly increase the quality and capacity of our core brands, while opening the door to the continued development of our overall product line. Sebago Brewing Company is currently Maine's fifth-largest production brewery. Many of you will know Sebago for their brewpub locations throughout Maine. The facility that produces all Sebago beer for keg and can sale (the facility we just purchased) is located outside of Portland in the industrial park of Gorham, Maine. After seeing continued growth year over year, Kai, Tim, Brad and the Sebago team are currently in the process of building out a much larger showpiece and destination facility. Sebago will maintain the use and licensure of the current production system until the first weeks of 2018. Sebago will then continue their storied brewing tradition at their new and expanded 31,000 square-foot location on Rt. 25 in Gorham. For the time being, there will be no changes to our current operation on Anderson Street. Portland, and especially East Bayside, is our home. We are not moving away. Anderson Street will continue to be our tasting room, studio lounge, and miniature rock and roll warehouse. Diverting our core brands to a larger operation will allow us to continue expanding our product portfolio with our current small batch facility, while allowing us to strategically rearrange and (hopefully) open up more space to welcome in the public. Since we opened our doors last year we have had very real issues keeping more than a handful of beers available on draft in our tasting room at any one time, some weekends falling back to a single beer on offer and running the risk of shutting down due to lack of supply. Earlier this summer we had our first true issues handling the physical traffic coming through our doors. It became very obvious to us very quickly that there would be not be enough room in our small space in Bayside to accommodate both more guests and more beer. We never want to turn anyone away due to capacity restrictions or lack of product. This expansion will alleviate a lot of problems all at once. We have already begun brewing at the Gorham facility, with our first run of Portland Pale hitting the fermenter just before last weekend. We will be slowly increasing production throughout the remainder of the year before taking over full capacity. For the time being, we will not be giving tours or serving beer at our Gorham location. Give us a chance to hang our banners and make it home. We plan to remain respectful of Sebago's space and operations until their transition out, at which time we will begin making decisions regarding public access. We would like to thank everyone who helped make this project a reality. 20 months ago we began this adventure with meager funds on a large-yet-glorified homebrew system. For four months we lived off of near-nothing and worked around the clock, on our own, to turn a forgotten pink industrial warehouse full of live-wires and foundation holes into a usable production space. It's been a long road, but life moves fast. We are humbled but not complacent. Expect greater things to come. Thank you to Tim, Kai, and the Sebago crew for their assistance throughout this process. Thank you to our families and friends, who have endured our extended absences along with every high and low. Thank you to our now 240 retail partners, who have accommodated a small self distributor from Southern Maine as we dealt with the challenges and rewards associated with moving every bit of beer throughout this great state ourselves. Finally and most notably, thank you. We are excited by the thought of offering more of the beer we love, while bringing new and exciting products to life. Thank you for enjoying our beer, for continuing to support our little tribe, and for making our small piece of earth in East Bayside feel like home. - Tom, John, and the Lone Pine team

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A view from the top! ...

Not many people see the top of the #mainebeerbox, but it's thanks to these three entities that this concept ever became a reality. Thanks SnapSpace Solutions Zajac, LLC and Maine Brewers' Guild for making this miracle happen. SO proud to have this unique, one of a kind, draft dispense container here in Belfast, Maine for Three Tides & Marshall Wharf Brewing Company 10th Year of Beer. Only using 47 of the 78 draft lines.

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The #MaineBeerBox is headed to the watefront of Belfast, Maine this weekend where Beer Box co-creator David Carlson of Three Tides & Marshall Wharf Brewing Company will be using it to serve a plethora of Marshall Wharf Brewing Company beers in celebration of their 10th year of beer! ...

10 Years of Beers & Pemaquid Mussel Festival

October 14, 2017, 5:00pm - October 14, 2017, 10:00pm

Three Tides & Marshall Wharf Brewing Company celebrates 10 years of brewing beer at Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. 44 MW beers pouring out of the Maine Brewers' Guild Maine Beer Box. Pemaquid mussels & Belgian style frites, food trucks too. $35/ tasting glass and 70 oz from choice of 44 beers. $15/ general entry and a la carte from 20 beers. Live music w/ Fremont Street String Band at 8pm. Free in town hotel shuttles from 4pm - 12AM. 21+ w/ID

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Our annual Freshmen Orientation is your chance to try a beer and meet the brewers from nearly every new brewery in Maine! Limited tickets to this unique showcase of Maine's newest brewers are now on sale! The event is slated for Sunday, November 12th from 3-5PM in Portland at Bayside Bowl, and is hosted by the Maine Brewers' Guild with generous support from our sponsor Nason Mechanical Systems. Featuring:
Battery Steele, Cushnoc Brewing Co., Drumming Grouse Brewery,LLC, Flight Deck Brewing, Fogtown Brewing Company, Goodfire Brewing Co., Island Dog Brewing, Lake St. George Brewing Company, Machias River Brewing Company, Nonesuch River Brewing Company LLC, North Haven Brewing, Woodland Farms Brewery, Yes Brewing
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Freshmen Orientation 2017: Introducing Maine's Newest Brewers

November 12, 2017, 3:00pm - November 12, 2017, 4:00pm

Our annual Freshmen Orientation is your chance to try a beer and meet the brewers from nearly every new brewery in Maine! Limited tickets to this unique showcase of Maine's newest brewers are now on sale! The event is slated for Sunday, November 12th from 3-5PM in Portland at Bayside Bowl, and is hosted by the Maine Brewers' Guild with generous support from our sponsor Nason Mechanical Systems. Featuring: Battery Steele, Cushnoc Brewing Co., Drumming Grouse Brewery,LLC, Flight Deck Brewing, Fogtown Brewing Company, Goodfire Brewing Co., Island Dog Brewing, Lake St. George Brewing Company, Machias River Brewing Company, Nonesuch River Brewing Company LLC, North Haven Brewing, Woodland Farms Brewery, Yes Brewing

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