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14 Essential Craft Beer Bars in Maine

Shining stars in an already bright beer landscape.

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The beer scene in Maine has come a long way since 1986, when D.L. Geary opened the state's first post-Prohibition brewery. Where Budweiser once reigned, it seems like every last restaurant and pub in the Maine offers at least one locally-made draft option. Nevertheless, certain places go above and beyond the ubiquitous Allagash White tap handle — here are 14 throughout the state (RIP Mama's Crowbar) whose draft lists are required reading. Looking instead for bars that produce their own beer? Check out our guide to Maine's brew pubs.

Note: map points are listed roughly south to north.

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The Black Birch

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Kittery Foreside is one of the hottest dining neighborhoods in New England thanks in large part to The Black Birch, which offers an extraordinary draft line-up. As a reader put it, "The selection is eclectic, contemporary, and ever changing," with 20 taps covering a huge number of styles and rarities.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Black Birch]

When Pigs Fly Pizzeria

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For a 160 seat pizzeria, this place has an impressively diverse beer program. According to a commenter, "They have some killer brews in storage and sometimes they try to sell out one so they can put another one on because they're so eager to try it themselves! The food is great for the beer too."

[Photo: Courtesy of When Pigs Fly]

Ebenezer's Pub

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This golf course pub in western Maine with a particular affinity for Belgian styles has often been rated the best beer bar in the world.

[Photo: Courtesy of Ebenezer's Pub]

Pai Men Miyake

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Not a beer bar, per se, but aficionados will not be disappointed by the selection at this stellar ramen restaurant. The Beer Babe said it "doesn't have an exhaustive list but always a super interesting one with taps not found anywhere else in town."

[Photo: Courtesy of Pai Men Miyake]

The tap list features a solid mix of beers from Maine and elsewhere. Kegs on deck are also listed so you can plan your next visit.

[Photo: Courtesy of LFK]

Novare Res Bier Cafe

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Portland's beer mecca, a must-visit on any beer pilgrimage. 'Nuff said.

[Photo: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company]

The Great Lost Bear

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When it opened in 1979, The Great Lost Bear was still called The Grizzly Bear, craft beer was called "microbrew," and Maine had no breweries. Over the years, The Bear has added draft lines to keep up with the beer boom, and now has nearly 80 taps with a ton of local representation. A joyous piece of living history.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Great Lost Bear]

The Thirsty Pig

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A commenter praised The Thirsty Pig's "great selection of local craft beers." As a former employer of the brothers behind one of Portland's hottest young breweries, the Pig is also ground zero for Bissell Brothers Brewing drafts.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Thirsty Pig]

3Crow's Southern-influenced cuisine and whiskey selection are complemented beautifully by one of the best craft beer line-ups on the Midcoast.

[Photo: Courtesy of 3Crow]

The Badger Cafe and Pub

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A commenter wrote of this out of the way favorite, "For such a small town place, [it has] a beer selection that any beer geek would be happy to chance upon. Not a ton of taps (6) but the selection is very nice, plus a hand engine for cask when they can get it. Bottle selection is very nice as well."

[Photo: Courtesy of The Badger Cafe and Pub]

Nocturnem Draft Haus

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Referred to fondly as the Novare of the North for its contribution to Bangor's fledgling beer scene, Nocturnem was described by one reader as having "none of the preciousness of Portland bars, all of the quality product."

[Photo: Courtesy of Nocturnem Draft Haus]

Slab Sicilian Street Food

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With 20 taps curated by a former Novare employee, is it any surprise this is a contender for best beer bar in town? The list has something for everyone, from 'Gansett lovers to sour beer seekers, and the outdoor beer garden is a treat, with frequent live music.

[Photo: Adam H. Callaghan/Eater]

Newcastle Publick House

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A reader recommendation, you can't go wrong with oysters and well-priced drafts at this place. Can't choose from the long list? Try a taster flight of of four 6oz beers for $8 and settle the debate.

[Photo: Courtesy of Newcastle Publick House]

Fog Bar & Café

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Readers love the atmosphere and world-class beer selection at this artsy spot, which balances beers from here and from away.

[Photo: Courtesy of Fog Bar and Cafe]

The Black Birch

Kittery Foreside is one of the hottest dining neighborhoods in New England thanks in large part to The Black Birch, which offers an extraordinary draft line-up. As a reader put it, "The selection is eclectic, contemporary, and ever changing," with 20 taps covering a huge number of styles and rarities.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Black Birch]

When Pigs Fly Pizzeria

For a 160 seat pizzeria, this place has an impressively diverse beer program. According to a commenter, "They have some killer brews in storage and sometimes they try to sell out one so they can put another one on because they're so eager to try it themselves! The food is great for the beer too."

[Photo: Courtesy of When Pigs Fly]

Ebenezer's Pub

This golf course pub in western Maine with a particular affinity for Belgian styles has often been rated the best beer bar in the world.

[Photo: Courtesy of Ebenezer's Pub]

Pai Men Miyake

Not a beer bar, per se, but aficionados will not be disappointed by the selection at this stellar ramen restaurant. The Beer Babe said it "doesn't have an exhaustive list but always a super interesting one with taps not found anywhere else in town."

[Photo: Courtesy of Pai Men Miyake]

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The tap list features a solid mix of beers from Maine and elsewhere. Kegs on deck are also listed so you can plan your next visit.

[Photo: Courtesy of LFK]

Novare Res Bier Cafe

Portland's beer mecca, a must-visit on any beer pilgrimage. 'Nuff said.

[Photo: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company]

The Great Lost Bear

When it opened in 1979, The Great Lost Bear was still called The Grizzly Bear, craft beer was called "microbrew," and Maine had no breweries. Over the years, The Bear has added draft lines to keep up with the beer boom, and now has nearly 80 taps with a ton of local representation. A joyous piece of living history.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Great Lost Bear]

The Thirsty Pig

A commenter praised The Thirsty Pig's "great selection of local craft beers." As a former employer of the brothers behind one of Portland's hottest young breweries, the Pig is also ground zero for Bissell Brothers Brewing drafts.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Thirsty Pig]

3Crow

3Crow's Southern-influenced cuisine and whiskey selection are complemented beautifully by one of the best craft beer line-ups on the Midcoast.

[Photo: Courtesy of 3Crow]

The Badger Cafe and Pub

A commenter wrote of this out of the way favorite, "For such a small town place, [it has] a beer selection that any beer geek would be happy to chance upon. Not a ton of taps (6) but the selection is very nice, plus a hand engine for cask when they can get it. Bottle selection is very nice as well."

[Photo: Courtesy of The Badger Cafe and Pub]

Nocturnem Draft Haus

Referred to fondly as the Novare of the North for its contribution to Bangor's fledgling beer scene, Nocturnem was described by one reader as having "none of the preciousness of Portland bars, all of the quality product."

[Photo: Courtesy of Nocturnem Draft Haus]

Slab Sicilian Street Food

With 20 taps curated by a former Novare employee, is it any surprise this is a contender for best beer bar in town? The list has something for everyone, from 'Gansett lovers to sour beer seekers, and the outdoor beer garden is a treat, with frequent live music.

[Photo: Adam H. Callaghan/Eater]

Newcastle Publick House

A reader recommendation, you can't go wrong with oysters and well-priced drafts at this place. Can't choose from the long list? Try a taster flight of of four 6oz beers for $8 and settle the debate.

[Photo: Courtesy of Newcastle Publick House]

Fog Bar & Café

Readers love the atmosphere and world-class beer selection at this artsy spot, which balances beers from here and from away.

[Photo: Courtesy of Fog Bar and Cafe]