MAINE

The 23rd state.
Capital: Augusta
Motto: Dirigo, (I direct or I guide)
Flower: White Pine Cone
Bird: Black-capped chickadee

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

 

Portland

We’re an independent craft brewery located in Portland, Maine. Our award-winning Belgian-style ales are available for tasting 7 days a week. We love hosting visitors in our brewery’s tasting room and also offer tours. In addition to our signature Allagash White—a Belgian-style wheat beer— you’ll find wild, sour, barrel-aged, and spontaneously fermented beers to try as well. As a workplace, we’ve been recognized as one of Maine’s best places to work for six years running, and we think you’ll feel the shared passion of our staff when you stop by. Beyond beer, we’re always working on becoming more sustainable in our brewing and supporting our Portland community. If you’re in the area, please come in and say hello!

Freeport

Our newly expanded tasting room features 20 draft lines, including some limited and brewery-only releases. We serve pizzas from our wood-fired oven using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Our new mezzanine offers additional seating overlooking the tasting room and the production space. We also offer merchandise, gift certificates, and bottles of our beer to go.

Portland and Milo

Bissell Brothers was founded in 2013 with a mission to change people's perceptions of what beer and the beer experience can be, while always staying dedicated to our home state of Maine. There is an energy that emanates from this company which drives us to get a little better each day. We continue to push the boundaries of what these beverages can be and what they mean to our customers.

Portland

Until you find your calling, you don’t know what you’re missing. And from the moment you do, it’s hard to think of anything else.
Foundation Brewing Company is the story of what can happen when you follow that calling, pushing past the easy appeal of everything safe, solid and sure to pursue the promise and perils of passion.
That’s not to say we threw caution to the wind. We didn’t. We started down this path with decades of home brewing experience, and the unyielding drive of brewing geeks captivated by the science of beer, intent on the pursuit of distinct flavors and disciplined in efforts to document what we learned.
Since we took the plunge and created Foundation, we’ve grown carefully, focusing more on getting better than getting bigger. We’ve opened our tasting room doors to growing crowds of curious beer-o-philes, taking the time to listen, to share new recipes, to gain new insights, and to test new ideas in our perpetual pursuit of the next great recipe.
At Foundation, beer is more than a business. It’s more than a pastime. It’s our calling. And we’ll never grow tired of looking for the perfect answer.

Kittery

One Tributary Leads to Another… that was the aha! moment when Tod Mott and his wife, Galen came upon the name of their new brewery. Tributary Brewing Company is Tod’s long-held dream of brewing his own beer and having his own place to serve it. Tod has been a master brewer for over two decades, working with some of the region’s most renowned breweries. Most fans know him as New England’s brewing legend, the creator of the original recipe of the highly acclaimed Harpoon IPA, and Portsmouth Brewery’s cult-status, Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout.

Portland

From its inception in an old barn in South Portland to its realization at Industrial Way, Battery Steele brewing has been fueled by a dedication to continuing the craft beer legacy of Portland Maine. The brewery was founded by Jacob Condon and Shane Noble, who together share a collective 25 years in the brewing industry. They strive to offer a wide variety of styles, frequently rotating through new ideas, variations, ingredients and concepts, to not only offer the community something new but also to continue to challenge themselves as brewers.

Bar Harbor

he Atlantic Brewing Company began as Acadia Brewing in 1990. At first the brewery was located inside the Lompoc Cafe in downtown Bar Harbor and had a maximum capacity of just one barrel at a time. Within a few years the demand for our beers had grown so much that we moved the brewery two doors down from the restaurant and increased our capacity to seven-barrel batches. However, by 1998, we had outgrown that facility as well and so we moved again – this time to our current location on the Knox Road. Our estate brewery was built on the grounds of a 19th century Maine farmstead, that employs native vegetation and local stonework.

Belfast

Located on Marshall Wharf next to the tugboats and lb, Belfast's intown lobster pound on Belfast Harbor.
3 public parking lots just a stone's throw away

Portland

Rising Tide Brewing Company is an independent, family-owned brewery that anchors Portland, Maine’s vibrant East Bayside neighborhood. We are guided by creative flavors, quality, consistency, community, and a love of all things outdoors. Rising Tide supports our farmers, using local ingredients in every beer.
Our beers are available in cans and on draft in our tasting room in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood and at select locations in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Our beers are unfiltered and unpasteurized.  Each can is alive! For the best experience, handle gently, store cool, and drink fresh.

Newcastle, Portland, and Oxbow

Oxbow is a small farmhouse brewery located in rural Newcastle, Maine. The brewery is nestled in an enchanted forest amongst rolling farmlands and winding tidal rivers, of which the ebb and flow provide a constant reminder that the coast is near. The name Oxbow is inspired by the bends in these rivers, the Dyer in particular, which features stunning horseshoe-shaped oxbows where the river covers tremendous ground to travel what could otherwise be a very short linear distance. We employ a similar approach when crafting our beers, taking months or years to create a beverage that is commonly produced in a matter of days.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Millinocket

Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. It is located within Baxter State Park, a wilderness-managed area in which humans come second that some refer to as the 51st state. The mountain, being a mile above sea level, towers above the comparatively low Maine lakes and forests. Due to the northerly latitude, timberline is at about 3,500 feet.
Katahdin is most impressive from the south, a sheer-like granite fortress towering to the heights. It's shape is somewhat horseshoe-like with the open end heading northeasterly. Click this link to see an excellent overview photo.There are 5 main peaks on the horseshoe, counterclockwise from the north they go: Howe Peak, Hamlin Peak, Baxter Peak (summit), South Peak and Pamola Peak. The most dominant and intimidating feature on Katahdin is the Knife Edge, an appropriately-named jagged arete only a few feet wide in places and a memorable traverse from South Peak to Pamola Peak. Katahdin is climbed frequently, being a popular destination because of its prestige.
Katahdin would appear to be volcanic in origin with it's cirques resembling craters (view from the northeast reminiscent of St. Helens somewhat) but it is actually granite that has been eroded away and carved by glaciers.

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Bar Harbor

Many visitors are unaware that Mount Desert Island—or MDI, as it's known locally—has a rich history, established culture and thriving economy separate from Acadia National Park. The island has a local population of approximately 10,000. This population swells in the summer, at which time you might see such "summer visitors" as Martha Stewart or Rockefeller heirs who have summer cottages here.  Mount Desert Island is the sixth-largest island in the contiguous United States, and the third-largest on the Eastern Seaboard. Based on a solid foundation of Somesville and Cadillac Mountain granite, revealed and shaped by the retreating Laurentide Ice Sheet at the end of the Pleistocene Age, Mount Desert Island covers more than 108 square miles—an area smaller than Long Island, but larger than Martha’s Vineyard.

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Winter Harbor

Schoodic Peninsula, the only part of Acadia National Park found on the mainland, boasts granite headlands that bear erosional scars of storm waves and flood tides. Although similar in scenic splendor to portions of Mount Desert Island, the Schoodic Coast is a more secluded area. It is about an hour drive from the Hulls Cove Visitor Center on Mount Desert Island.
After passing through the town of Winter Harbor and entering the park, you will find the Frazer Point Picnic Area, with tables, fire rings, comfort stations, and drinking water along with seacoast views of islands, coves and rocky beaches. Leaving the picnic area, the park road is one-way and parallels the western shore of the peninsula leading to Schoodic Point. There are automobile turnouts for viewing along the way. From these turnouts you can see Mount Desert Island and enjoy views of lobster boats, wheeling gulls, and forest-draped islands.

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Camden

Camden Hills State Park signature location is the scenic vista high atop Mt. Battie where sweeping views of Camden, Penobscot Bay, and surrounding islands await. On a clear day, visitors can see Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. Renowned for the panoramic view of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay from the top of Mt. Battie, which inspired Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Renascence," the park still inspires wonder in visitors today. Mt. Megunticook, the highest of the Camden Hills - and highest peak on the mainland - is a moderate climb by foot trail. Other hiking opportunities abound and are well-mapped.

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Acadia National Park

Thunder Hole is the place in Acadia National Park to experience the thunder of the sea against the rocky shores of Maine! On calm days you may wonder what the fuss is all about. But wait until the waves kick up a few notches. Thunder Hole is a small inlet, naturally carved out of the rocks, where the waves roll into. At the end of this inlet, down low, is a small cavern where, when the rush of the wave arrives, air and water is forced out like a clap of distant thunder. Water may spout as high as 40 feet with a thunderous roar! Hence the name: Thunder Hole.

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Ogunquit

With its ocean views, plentiful benches, and nearby downtown Ogunquit, the Marginal Way in Maine is one of New England's most beloved scenic coastal walks.  
The view spreads out and down—to the icy, thundering seawater, smashing against rocks, spraying out over tide pools, buffeting seal-smooth wet-suited surfers and divers.
Everyone has a different way of enjoying it.  The beauty of this beautiful walk cannot be overstated. Nor can the overall friendliness of the experience, in every sense of the word. Physically, there is little climbing involved, and definitely maximum payoff for the little climbing that you will do.

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Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. At 3.5 million visits a year, it's one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. Visitors enjoy 27 miles of historic motor roads, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.

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Greenville

Moosehead Lake, in the heart of the Maine Highlands region,is the state's largest body of water. It measures 40 miles long and covers 74,890 acres. It is also covered with coves, inlets, points of land, islands, rock piles and deep shorelines—all the fish-holding features that anglers look for in a body of water.The lake is known for landlocked salmon, brook trout and togue (lake trout).You can rent a boat and fish on your own or hire a Registered Maine Guide who can provide local insight and expertise. You'll find lodging and meals at one of the historic Maine sporting camps in the area.
Moosehead Lake has a maximum depth of 246 feet, so if you're visiting during the summer you should come prepared with lead-core line or downriggers because the surface temperatures rise in mid-June. Moosehead Lake stratifies, as do most deep lakes throughout the state. You can commonly find fish in the one- to five-pound range. The larger fish tend to be caught during the ice-fishing season or right after ice-out in May and continuing into early June.

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Harpswell

Fast-growing residential growth along Casco Bay has fragmented and destroyed much wildlife habitat. For the species that remain, the undeveloped islands in the eastern Bay provide a critical resource. The Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program has helped to protect three of these islands: 11-acre Mark, 27-acre Flag, and 125-acre Whaleboat.
Mark Island is one of the most valuable seabird and great blue heron nesting islands in southern Maine. Its shores support eider and gull nests while its windswept trees are home to black-crowned night herons, great blue herons, and the northernmost snowy egret population in New England. The Nature Conservancy purchased the island and transferred it to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for long-term management.

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Ogunquit

Perkins Cove, at the mouth of Josias River, 1 mile southeastward of Ogunquit, is a small landlocked harbor, very popular with yachtsmen, at which a number of fishing, pleasure, and party fishing boats base.
The facilities of the harbor are controlled by the village corporation, and the moorings are under supervision of the harbormaster, who usually can be found at the town float landing on the north side of the harbor by the footbridge.
Diesel fuel by truck and water are available at the town float, which has 5 feet reported alongside. Seasonal stores, lodging, and restaurants are at the harbor. Ice, provisions, and marine supplies are also available at the harbor or at Ogunquit.

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Boothbay Harbor

The Boothbay Harbor Region is perfectly situated to provide residents and visitors with the very best Maine has to offer.
Located within a reasonable commuting distance of most major Maine cities, this mid-coast peninsula offers the perfect balance between small town coastal charm and urban accessibility. With one of the best boating harbors north of Boston, this area has long been the home to fishermen and sea captains and has attracted the notice of top notch marine biologists as well.
Our peninsula is also home to nature lovers, botanists, gardeners, artists, merchants, and entrepreneurs. Many non-profit organizations call this region home and work hard to further their missions in support of the arts, seamanship and marine education, conservation, historic preservation, and more. Whether you are looking to move here to raise a family, retire, or just for a change of pace, this region offers many opportunities for people to work, play, get involved, or just relax.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Lincolnville

As the story goes, a hobo, a traveler looking for work nearly 100 years ago, visited our farm in Lincolnville. He was welcomed. He felt safe. Upon his departure, he carved in the barn door a “hobo symbol” to let fellow travelers know they would find hospitality here.
All these years later, we have proudly embraced, are motivated by, this story and the spirit of welcome meant to be offered to guests. While the door with the fabled hand carving is treasured, we have adopted a current day artist’s interpretation of it as our logo. It is our inspiration to beat our guests’ expectations, to offer a respite from busy lives.
When you see our Hobo symbol, know that you are in a safe and friendly place. We invite you to our Cellardoor properties with open hearts, generosity, and camaraderie. Whether you join us for a tour of our winery, a wine tasting, a food and wine pairing, or one of our big events, we hope you enjoy your time with us.

Owls Head

Breakwater Vineyards is a small farm winery located in Owls Head, Maine. The winery offers wine tasting during the summer season. We are now closed, but hope you can come back and visit us again next year. Our wines are available throughout the State of Maine.

Bar Harbor

Our wines are produced using grapes mostly from Europe and a few  from California. The European grapes are from small independent vineyards where they are hand-picked and juiced for us and then shipped to us across the ocean in refrigerated juice vats. When they arrive at our warehouse door towards the end of December, we begin the process for new wine. Typically we make  our wines to the dry side and they ferment to at least 12.5% ABV.
Our specialty wines consist of different fruits from around New England and Canada. Apples, a big grower here in Maine, make a nice base or blend for interesting wines. Wild Maine Blueberries, the biggest staple here in Maine were used by the Atlantic Brewery for their Blueberry Ale. Many years later, we used them for both a semi-sweet and semi-dry version. Blueberry has become the top seller since 2012;
Ice Wine is the other specialty wine we produce here. We have had two varieties, the Vidal Blanc 2006 vintage and the present Cabernet Franc both from grapes picked for us in Niagara Ontario Canada, We leave plenty of flavor and sweetness stopping fermentation at 11.5% ABV.

Gouldsboro

We make wine that evolves in concert with our environment, our community, and the availability of our ingredients. We're committed to using only pure, top quality fruits that grow naturally in our region. This means we are confident that our fruit wines are the best, most satisfyng available—and a far cry from the commercial fruit wines you may be used to.
Our expanding family of wines are delicious on their own or as a complement to your favorite foods.
Due to license borders, our wines are only available for purchase directly from us or local wine and food stores in Maine.

Union

Join us daily in our post and beam tasting room to sample our wines grown right on the farm.
Feel free to walk the grounds or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with a glass of our wine.
Seasonal local food and snacks are available for purchase.
Check our Facebook or Instagram page or call to find out about any special events or samplings going on.

Woodinville

Chateau Ste. Michelle, our award-winning wines interweave with our rich heritage to create a wine experience you'll never forget.  Celebrating more than 50 years of winemaking. Since then, we have combined Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation. In fact, Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at our Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington.

Benton City

From its inaugural 1995 vintage, Col Solare's mission has been to unite these two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based red wine from the very best Washington fruit.
With opening of a new winery and planting of the estate vineyard on Red Mountain in 2007, that vision has evolved to focus on showcasing the Cabernet Sauvignon of this unique AVA and, ultimately, the specific fruit of the Col Solare estate vineyard. While this vineyard is young, Col Solare's partners and winemaking team have high hopes that it will produce wines to be enjoyed for years to come.

Union

TRUE TO MAINE, TRUE TO OURSELVES
We brought our knowledge of fermenting and distilling back home to Maine, and we've been committed ever since to crafting wines and spirits from real Maine ingredients. 

Maine's unique growing seasons have become our inspiration, and we delight in finding new distillations to make from the bounty of Maine fruits and grains. 

 Winterport 

The Winterport Winery, owned by Michael and Joan Anderson, opened its doors in the fall of 2001 but it really had its beginning in the Christmas gift of a home winemaking kit some 30 years earlier. What was a hobby then has now become a full time work and a family involved business - what used be stored in the family basement now occupies the 3200 sq. ft. winery and 1100 sq. ft. tasting room.
Our tasting room is a wonderful place to sample some of our wines. Come also to browse through our retail store and find that unique gift idea such as wine related items or something for that hard-to-shop for person.

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