I see all the cool stuff other parts of Maine have going on and I get a little jealous. So, I’m making this list to pump up our tires. Midcoast is cool too! And ya’ll oughta know about it!
We’ve all been so focused on the BRUINS this week, we almost forgot about the BREWIN’. It’s American Craft Beer Week May 13th – 17th, 2014. And I don’t know if you knew, but Midcoast, Maine happens to be home to a good few breweries some of which are on the Maine Beer Trail! So, let’s brag a little bit about the cool breweries in our midst and what we’ve got going on during Craft Beer Week!
Andrew’s Brewing Co. & Andrew’s Brew Pub / Lobster Pound
2521 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville, Maine | (207) 789-5550
They’ve got a brand new bar! It’s freshly renovated as Andrew’s Brewing Co. joined the Lobster Pound. They’ve got Andy’s Golden Ale, Andy’s IPA, Andy’s English Pale Ale, Andy’s Red Ale. And they’ve got poutine, pizza & wings. Oh, and lobster. Located right on Lincolnville Beach, it’s a perfect stop to welcome the summer weather. Enjoy English ales and pub food and seafood. They’ve got a pretty sweet happy hour too, 4-6, Monday – Saturday. Check out the details on the Happy Hour page of my blog.
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
Originated in Belfast, Maine | 207-460-8654
Photo Source: Belfast Bay Brewery
This brewery started in Belfast, Maine, but is no longer operating out of the midcoast area. Their popularity now allows them to bottle in Portland and sell their beers in several states and beyond. And with a beer called the Belfast Bay Lobster Ale, no wonder! Who wouldn’t want to try it? I’m curious, aren’t you? They’ve also got the McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout. You can find their beer in a store near you or see them pouring at beer fests around Maine. Check their website for more info, BBC swag, etc. www.belfastbaybrewing.com
Boothbay Craft Brewery & Watershed Tavern
301 Adams Pond Road Boothbay, Maine | 207-633-3411
Photo Source; Boothbay Craft Brewery
This brew pub is part of the Boothbay Resort and has that good old tavern feel. The microbrewery is fairly new (2011). You can watch the brewers work. And they have all your favorite ways to have fun while you enjoy your craft beer in the summer weather: bier garten, bocce court, pool table, game room, gift shop, growler fills. Some brews they offer: “633” American Pale Ale (named after the telephone exchange in the area), Black Rocks Stout, Dexter “Rippa” Red IPA, Ken Brown Ale. And yes, they do tours & tastings! Check their website for more info about tours and brews. In celebration of Craft Beer Week here’s what they’ve got goin’ on:
- Brewery is open Tuesday – Saturday 9-5 with daily tours at 3:30.
- Tavern will be open 3-9 p.m.
- Beer Flights – 10 different Craft Beers Custom Brewed on premise-$18
- Beer Gift Packages with FREE brewery tour $25 ask for details
- Growler reﬁlls on select beers – only $8 (633, Big Ken Brown, Black Rocks Stout, Lions T-ale)
- $4 pints on “till their gone” Specialty Craft Beers – (633, Big Ken Brown, Black Rocks Stout, Lions T-ale)
And, if you want to extend your beer fun, you can even stay over night in one of the cottages! www.BoothbayCraftBrewery.com
Oxbow Brewing Co.
274 Jones Woods Rd., Newcastle, ME | 207-315-5962
Oxbow Brewery is another young brewery (2011). Their beers are primarily Belgian-style farmhouse beers. They offer a variety of special experimentals, seasonals and signature brews on tap in the tasting room located at the brewery. Tours & Tastings Wednesday – Saturday noon- 7 p.m. They also have neat events! www.oxbowbeer.com
Check out when Joe Ricchio paid them a visit during a beer fest. I used to have a wicked crush on Ricchio (of Food Coma). That probably says a lot about why I’m single. Ha.
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company & Three Tides 40 Marshall Wharf Belfast, ME | 207-338-2700
They have Belgian Ales, English, Irish & Scottish Ales, Stouts & Porters, Wheats. My god, they have everything. There are something like 17 different Marshall Wharf beers that you can get at Three Tides, the brew pub located right next to the brewery. They’ve been brewing since 2007. They’ve got a fabulous location right on Belfast Harbor. Waterfront views, bocce ball court, outdoor fireplace, outdoor dining.
Photo source: Three Tides
The Illegal Ale-ian is really good. And punny. They’ve got the Imperial Phil Brown now, which I’m excited to try. There’s a Wrecking Ball Baltic Porter that Miley Cyrus should stay away from (Is she even 21? Whatever, either way I don’t want her licking my drink). The brewery offers tastings Tuesdays – Sundays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or after 4 p.m. head over to Three Tides and sample there. www.marshallwharf.com www.3tides.com
Monhegan Brewing Company
1 Boody Lane Monhegan, ME | 207-975-3958
Photo source: Monhegan Brewing Co.
Ayuh, you CAN get there from here. Get on the ferry in Port Clyde and head out to Monhegan Island. More info on getting there here. The Monhegan Brewing Company’s tasting room awaits and some of the prettiest rocky island views. They offer Lobster Cove American Pale Ale and more. I know with beer names like Shipwreck IPA and Dead Man’s Cove IPA it sounds like you shouldn’t make the trek out there, but I know you’re not chicken. It’s worth the trip out there. Truly gorgeous views. And if you’ve never experienced Maine Island life, you’re missing out. ‘Cause, lol Maine – check out this beer delivery:
Photo Source: Monhegan Brewing Co.
Tasting room open daily for the seaon, starting in April. Call for tour info. www.monheganbrewing.com
Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery 416 Main St., Rockland, Maine | (207) 593-7488 Rock harbor is another new microbrewery for the Midcoast area. The beers are brewed on location. You can see the brewing area & equipment set up in a glassed off area right inside the restaurant. www.rockharbor.me
There will be a Sam Adam’s Tap Takeover at Rock Harbor this Friday night, May 16. Get over there and sample some craft brews. Or go get a Sam Summer, or five. They will have 8 Sam Adams drafts , including Rebel IPA, Porch Rocker, Grumpy Monk, & White Lantern and 6 Rock Harbor beers on tap such as, Beacon IPA, Twin Screw Pale Ale, & Rock Warrier IPA. Grab dinner there (yummy pub food) and then stay for live music.
$2 Pistol will be treating Rockland to some awesome cover songs. Everything from Eric Clapton to Jake Bugg. Get ready to boogy!
Other Weekend Beer Events:
There will be a Beer & Wine Tasting at Rockland Food Service Friday night, 4-6 p.m. Another great opportunity to sample craft beers and take some home with you.
Comedian Erin Donovan will be telling jokes at the Camden Opera House on Saturday May 17, 2014. Erin has the blog I’m Going to Kill Him and has some youtube vids too. Be warned, probs not office appropriate. Unless you work at home. In which case, are you hiring? Ok, back on task – Tickets are $15. Show starts a 7:30 p.m. I list this with the beer events because everything is funnier after a few beers, but especially a comic!
And my last beer related activity in the midcoast this weekend is the aptly named Ale House String Band which will play at the Highlands Coffeehouse in Thomaston this Friday May 16 at 7 p.m. Give them a listen on their website or on reverbnation.
Photo Source: Ale House String Band
Also, if you don’t make it to a brewery, you can still sample craft beers at whatever restaurant or bar you end up at! Might I suggest visiting 3 Crow in Rockland or 40 Paper in Camden? Heck, visit both of them. They have a fabulous draught list currently featuring many Maine beers such as Oxbow, Sebago, Marshall Wharf, Allagash, etc. and they offer flights of beer for sampling. So get out there and enjoy Craft Beer Week!
For my full listings of happenings in the midcoast this weekend (live music, etc.) click here. Thanks for reading!