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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Black Birch

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2 Government St
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 703-2294
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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.

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2. When Pigs Fly Pizzeria

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460 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 438-7036
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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]

3. Ebenezer's Pub

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44 Allen Rd
Lovell, ME 04051
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.

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4. Pai Men Miyake

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188 State St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 541-9204
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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]

188A State St, Portland
ME, 04101
(207) 899-3277
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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]

6. Novare Res Bier Cafe

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4 Canal Plz
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 761-2437
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Portland's beer mecca, a must-visit on any beer pilgrimage. 'Nuff said.

[Photo: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company]

7. The Great Lost Bear

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540 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-0300
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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]

8. The Thirsty Pig

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37 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-2469
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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]

9. 3Crow

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449 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 593-0812
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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]

10. The Badger Cafe and Pub

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289 Common Rd
Union, ME 04862
(207) 785-3336
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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."

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11. Nocturnem Draft Haus

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56 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 907-4380
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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."

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12. Slab Sicilian Street Food

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25 Preble St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 245-3088
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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]

13. Newcastle Publick House

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58 Main St
Newcastle, ME 04553
(207) 563-3434
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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]

14. Fog Bar & Café

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328 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 593-9371
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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]

1. The Black Birch

2 Government St, Kittery, ME 03904
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]

2 Government St
Kittery, ME 03904

2. When Pigs Fly Pizzeria

460 US Route 1, Kittery, ME 03904
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]

460 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904

3. Ebenezer's Pub

44 Allen Rd, Lovell, ME 04051
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]

44 Allen Rd
Lovell, ME 04051

4. Pai Men Miyake

188 State St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

188 State St
Portland, ME 04101

5. LFK

188A State St, Portland, ME, 04101
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]

188A State St, Portland
ME, 04101

6. Novare Res Bier Cafe

4 Canal Plz, Portland, ME 04101
Portland's beer mecca, a must-visit on any beer pilgrimage. 'Nuff said.

[Photo: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company]

4 Canal Plz
Portland, ME 04101

7. The Great Lost Bear

540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101
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]

540 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101

8. The Thirsty Pig

37 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

37 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

9. 3Crow

449 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
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]

449 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841

10. The Badger Cafe and Pub

289 Common Rd, Union, ME 04862
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]

289 Common Rd
Union, ME 04862

11. Nocturnem Draft Haus

56 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
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]

56 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401

12. Slab Sicilian Street Food

25 Preble St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

25 Preble St
Portland, ME 04101

13. Newcastle Publick House

58 Main St, Newcastle, ME 04553
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]

58 Main St
Newcastle, ME 04553

14. Fog Bar & Café

328 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841
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]

328 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841

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