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Essential Guide to Maine Brew Pubs, Fall 2015

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The Essential Guide to Maine Brewery Tasting Rooms maps out where to grab a fresh draft straight from the source at dozens of Maine breweries. Let's not forget the brew pubs, though. These places offer a full food menu to accompany their house-brewed pours. From Eliot to The Forks, Sugarloaf Mountain to Belfast Bay, some focus on burgers and pale ales, while others venture toward Belgian tripels and entrees that would be right at home on a fine dining menu. Many also offer growler fills or bottles to take home.

This list omits brewery tasting rooms, which are featured in a separate map. Please note: State law stipulates that a brewery can only fill its own branded growlers, which require a fee but can be refilled on subsequent visits. Also, brew pub hours and beer availability are subject to change, so it's wise to click through to a brewery's website or call before visiting. If we screwed up the details of a venue featured here, or missed a valid location, please let us know and we'll do our best to update.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Federal Jack's Brewpub

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8 Western Ave
Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 967-4322
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This is where Shipyard got its start back in 1992, as a brand brewed by Federal Jack's. While that brand soon expanded to Portland and became the state's biggest brewing operation, Federal Jack's still brews its Shipyard Export, Fuggles IPA, Old Thumper, and other offerings on its own seven-barrel system. There's something for everyone on the large menu, from salads to burgers to fried clams to paella.

2. Sebago Brewing Company

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65 Portland Rd
Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 985-9855
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Though Sebago now has a full production brewery in Gorham, the original restaurants are still considered brew pubs, serving fresh beer from holding tanks. Here, at one of Sebago's four brew pub locations in southern Maine, find year-round beers like Frye's Leap IPA, Saddleback Ale, and Runabout Red, along with a wide selection of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The food menu goes a step beyond standard pub grub, with any array of apps, salads, burgers, and entrees.

3. The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery

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100 Main St
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 571-9648
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Located on the Saco River, Run of the Mill is larger than The Liberal Cup, its sister brewery, but it features the same beer choices, like Bug Lager and Smelt Camp Strong Ale. The upscale pub menu has loads of options, from "mac and beer cheese" to seafood scampi. Check out the ever-changing specials board, too.

4. Sebago Brewing Company

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211 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-2337
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Though Sebago now has a full production brewery in Gorham, the original restaurants are still considered brew pubs, serving fresh beer from holding tanks. Here, at one of Sebago's four brew pub locations in southern Maine, find year-round beers like Frye's Leap IPA, Saddleback Ale, and Runabout Red, along with a wide selection of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The food menu goes a step beyond standard pub grub, with any array of apps, salads, burgers, and entrees.

5. Sebago Brewing Company

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201 Southborough Dr
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 874-2337
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Though Sebago now has a full production brewery in Gorham, the original restaurants are still considered brew pubs, serving fresh beer from holding tanks. Here, at one of Sebago's four brew pub locations in southern Maine, find year-round beers like Frye's Leap IPA, Saddleback Ale, and Runabout Red, along with a wide selection of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The food menu goes a step beyond standard pub grub, with any array of apps, salads, burgers, and entrees.

6. Sebago Brewing Company

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29 Elm St
Gorham, ME 04038
(207) 839-2337
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Though Sebago now has a full production brewery in Gorham, the original restaurants are still considered brew pubs, serving fresh beer from holding tanks. Here, at one of Sebago's four brew pub locations in southern Maine, find year-round beers like Frye's Leap IPA, Saddleback Ale, and Runabout Red, along with a wide selection of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The food menu goes a step beyond standard pub grub, with any array of apps, salads, burgers, and entrees.

7. Liquid Riot Bottling Co.

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250 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 221-8889
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The waterfront location, the salvaged wood and metal finishes, the bar stool views of the brewing and distilling equipment...this is an impressive spot even without the beer menu, which features a slew of styles, from hoppy American IPAs to German lagers to Belgian quads. Recently renamed, this spot — from the owners of nearby renowned beer bar Novare Res — makes its own vodka, "bierschnapps," and whiskey, too. The food menu isn't huge, but features locally sourced ingredients and dishes that are a notch or two above regular brew pub fare. Think green curry mussels or Vietnamese chicken salad.

8. Gritty McDuff's

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396 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-2739
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Gritty's, Maine's first brew pub, dates back to 1988. It now has three locations pouring its classic English-style ales: Original Pub Style, Black Fly Stout, and Maine's Best IPA, to name a few. Food options include a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, as well as some British pub favorites like fish and chips and shepherd's pie.

9. Gritty McDuff's

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187 Lower Main St
Freeport, ME 04032
(207) 865-4321
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Gritty's, Maine's first brew pub, dates back to 1988. It now has three locations pouring its classic English-style ales: Original Pub Style, Black Fly Stout, and Maine's Best IPA, to name a few. Food options include a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, as well as some British pub favorites like fish and chips and shepherd's pie.

10. Gritty McDuff's

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68 Main St
Auburn, ME 04210
(207) 376-2739
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Gritty's, Maine's first brew pub, dates back to 1988. It now has three locations pouring its classic English-style ales: Original Pub Style, Black Fly Stout, and Maine's Best IPA, to name a few. Food options include a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, as well as some British pub favorites like fish and chips and shepherd's pie.

11. Sea Dog Brewing Company

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125 Western Ave
South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 871-7000
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This English-style ale purveyor (purchased by Shipyard some years back) has expanded beyond Maine's borders in recent years, but this is one of three locations in the Pine Tree State. From a blueberry wheat ale to a hazelnut porter, Sea Dog's beers cover the full spectrum. There's always a dozen or so on tap to chose from. The food menu is big and includes breakfast. There are all the regular bar food choices, plus some more refined seafood options like cedar plank salmon and pan-seared cod with risotto.

12. Sea Dog Brewing Company

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1 Bowdoin Mill Is, Ste 100
Topsham, ME 04086
(207) 725-0162
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This English-style ale purveyor (purchased by Shipyard some years back) has expanded beyond Maine's borders in recent years, but this is one of three locations in the Pine Tree State. From a blueberry wheat ale to a hazelnut porter, Sea Dog's beers cover the full spectrum. There's always a dozen or so on tap to chose from. The food menu is big and includes breakfast. There are all the regular bar food choices, plus some more refined seafood options like cedar plank salmon and pan-seared cod with risotto.

13. Sea Dog Brewing Company

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26 Front St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 947-8004
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This English-style ale purveyor (purchased by Shipyard some years back) has expanded beyond Maine's borders in recent years, but this is one of three locations in the Pine Tree State. From a blueberry wheat ale to a hazelnut porter, Sea Dog's beers cover the full spectrum. There's always a dozen or so on tap to chose from. The food menu is big and includes breakfast. There are all the regular bar food choices, plus some more refined seafood options like cedar plank salmon and pan-seared cod with risotto.

14. Bray's Brew Pub

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678 Roosevelt Trail
Naples, ME 04055
(207) 693-6806
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In a converted old farmhouse, Bray's offers several of its own beers on tap, along with a hearty selection of draft beers brewed elsewhere and dozens of bottled choices. The food choices are diverse, from chicken fingers to Veal Oscar.

15. The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery

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115 Water St
Hallowell, ME 04347
(207) 623-2739
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This English-style pub, sister to Saco's Run of the Mill, offers up seven of its handcrafted brews at any of time, like the top-selling Bug Lager (a Bohemian pilsner) and Smelt Camp Strong Ale. The upscale pub menu includes choices like "drunken pot roast" and "bangers and smash."

16. Ebenezer's Brewpub

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112 Pleasant St
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 373-1840
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Formerly Lion's Pride Pub, this brew pub from Chris Lively, proprietor of renowned Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, pours beers made at his attached Lively Brewing Company. Selections change often and feature a wide variety of styles, like Mary Jane, a dank IPA, and Holy Candy, a Belgian tripel. Look for these brews to feature prominently in the food items, as well, especially when special beer dinners roll around.

17. Geaghan's Restaurant And Pub

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570 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 945-3730
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The pub has been in the family for decades, with the brewery (recently expanded) added just a few years ago. The American-style ales include Bangor Tiger IPA, Smiling Irish Bastard Pale Ale, and Presque Isle Honey Blonde Ale. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served, and the menu is extensive, with plenty of American and Irish pub classics to choose from, as well as solid steak and seafood offerings.

18. Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

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1771 US Rte 201
The Forks Plt, ME 04985
(800) 765-7238
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Located on the grounds of the Northern Outdoors "rafting and adventure resort," offerings from this brew pub include Bear Naked Black Lager, Deer-in-the-Head Lite, and Magic Hole IPA.

19. The Bag & Kettle

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5092 Access Road
Carrabasset Valley, ME 04947
(207) 237-2451
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On the mountain at Sugarloaf, The Bag has been sating skiers with beers and burgers for some 40 years. The vibe is English pub and the beers echo that, with choices like Bag Brown Ale and Pick Pole Pale Ale. The Bag's Potato Ale gets a distinctive Maine spin by incorporating locally grown spuds. There are lots of choices on the menu, but the Bag Burger is the only world famous one.

20. Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery

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416 Main St.
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 593-7488
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The 16 taps feature a rotating handful of house beers, like Twin Screw Pale Ale and Spruce Head Stout, as well as a medley of micros and macros brewed in other places. The food trends toward gourmet-pub-grub, with items like house-roasted fried tomatoes and Haddock Rockefeller to go along with wings, burgers, soups, salads, etc.

21. Three Tides

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2 Pinchy Ln
Belfast, ME 04915
(207) 338-1707
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Perhaps stretching the definition of a brew pub, this is the best place to find a large selection of Marshall Wharf beers on tap, with 20 or so to choose from. The bar, which has a large outdoor beer garden open in the warmer months, is steps away from the brewery and tasting room, all of which sits right on Belfast Bay. There's a plentiful tapas list, with everything from Swedish meatballs to Pemaquid oysters.

22. Shipyard Brew Pub

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28 Levesque Dr
Eliot, ME 03903
(207) 439-0602
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Offering a lineup of Shipyard brews like Export Ale, Monkey Fist IPA, and the "-head" line of seasonals, the pub also has a sizable menu with soups, salads, burgers and entrees.

23. Watershed Tavern

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301 Adams Pond Rd
Boothbay, ME 04537
(207) 633-6314
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This is the tavern arm of Boothbay Craft Brewery, which brews beers like 633 American Pale Ale, Ken Brown Ale, and Black Rocks Stout. Food is no afterthought here, with wood-fired pizzas, an impressive specials board and numerous seafood options, along with soups, salads, burgers, and paninis.

24. Liberty Craft Brewing

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7 Coon Mountain Ln
Liberty, ME 04949
(207) 322-7663
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A small, family-run operation, this brewery converted to a brew pub early on. There's a rustic feel to the secluded, scenic spot, where you can order a burger or bratwurst with your St. George Golden Pilsner or Chupacabra XXX IPA. Stop in for tastings, growler fills, and even some 12-ounce bottles to go.

25. The Lobster Pound And Andy's Brew Pub

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2521 Atlantic Hwy
Lincolnville, ME 04849
(207) 789-5550
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Founded in 1992, Andrew's Brewing Company is one of Maine's oldest, hence its focus on classic British styles like an English pale ale or a Black and Tan blend of pale and porter. When the company teamed with The Lobster Pound, a six-decade institution, it gave fans an easy way to track down all of its beers in one place. An extensive menu of pub fare includes a couple of surprises like Irish nachos (with potato wedges in place of corn chips).

26. Jack Russell's Steakhouse & Brew Pub

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102 Eden St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-5214
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Out-of-towners clamor for the blueberry beer at this steakhouse, a fixture for visitors to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Don't miss the burgers and Maine potato fries, either.

27. Sunday River Brewing Company

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29 Sunday River Rd
Bethel, ME 04217
(207) 824-4253
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Perfectly placed to take advantage of Maine's long ski season at Sunday River, this brew pub is a solid burgers-and-pizza kind of eatery with a beer for nearly every taste.: wheat, raspberry wheat, brown, porter, and more. Join the Mug Club and become a regular, or take home a growler of your favorite pour.

1. Federal Jack's Brewpub

8 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043
This is where Shipyard got its start back in 1992, as a brand brewed by Federal Jack's. While that brand soon expanded to Portland and became the state's biggest brewing operation, Federal Jack's still brews its Shipyard Export, Fuggles IPA, Old Thumper, and other offerings on its own seven-barrel system. There's something for everyone on the large menu, from salads to burgers to fried clams to paella.
8 Western Ave
Kennebunk, ME 04043

2. Sebago Brewing Company

65 Portland Rd, Kennebunk, ME 04043
Though Sebago now has a full production brewery in Gorham, the original restaurants are still considered brew pubs, serving fresh beer from holding tanks. Here, at one of Sebago's four brew pub locations in southern Maine, find year-round beers like Frye's Leap IPA, Saddleback Ale, and Runabout Red, along with a wide selection of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The food menu goes a step beyond standard pub grub, with any array of apps, salads, burgers, and entrees.
65 Portland Rd
Kennebunk, ME 04043

3. The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery

100 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Located on the Saco River, Run of the Mill is larger than The Liberal Cup, its sister brewery, but it features the same beer choices, like Bug Lager and Smelt Camp Strong Ale. The upscale pub menu has loads of options, from "mac and beer cheese" to seafood scampi. Check out the ever-changing specials board, too.
100 Main St
Saco, ME 04072

4. Sebago Brewing Company

211 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
Though Sebago now has a full production brewery in Gorham, the original restaurants are still considered brew pubs, serving fresh beer from holding tanks. Here, at one of Sebago's four brew pub locations in southern Maine, find year-round beers like Frye's Leap IPA, Saddleback Ale, and Runabout Red, along with a wide selection of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The food menu goes a step beyond standard pub grub, with any array of apps, salads, burgers, and entrees.
211 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Sebago Brewing Company

201 Southborough Dr, Scarborough, ME 04074
Though Sebago now has a full production brewery in Gorham, the original restaurants are still considered brew pubs, serving fresh beer from holding tanks. Here, at one of Sebago's four brew pub locations in southern Maine, find year-round beers like Frye's Leap IPA, Saddleback Ale, and Runabout Red, along with a wide selection of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The food menu goes a step beyond standard pub grub, with any array of apps, salads, burgers, and entrees.
201 Southborough Dr
Scarborough, ME 04074

6. Sebago Brewing Company

29 Elm St, Gorham, ME 04038
Though Sebago now has a full production brewery in Gorham, the original restaurants are still considered brew pubs, serving fresh beer from holding tanks. Here, at one of Sebago's four brew pub locations in southern Maine, find year-round beers like Frye's Leap IPA, Saddleback Ale, and Runabout Red, along with a wide selection of seasonal and limited-edition brews. The food menu goes a step beyond standard pub grub, with any array of apps, salads, burgers, and entrees.
29 Elm St
Gorham, ME 04038

7. Liquid Riot Bottling Co.

250 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
The waterfront location, the salvaged wood and metal finishes, the bar stool views of the brewing and distilling equipment...this is an impressive spot even without the beer menu, which features a slew of styles, from hoppy American IPAs to German lagers to Belgian quads. Recently renamed, this spot — from the owners of nearby renowned beer bar Novare Res — makes its own vodka, "bierschnapps," and whiskey, too. The food menu isn't huge, but features locally sourced ingredients and dishes that are a notch or two above regular brew pub fare. Think green curry mussels or Vietnamese chicken salad.
250 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Gritty McDuff's

396 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
Gritty's, Maine's first brew pub, dates back to 1988. It now has three locations pouring its classic English-style ales: Original Pub Style, Black Fly Stout, and Maine's Best IPA, to name a few. Food options include a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, as well as some British pub favorites like fish and chips and shepherd's pie.
396 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

9. Gritty McDuff's

187 Lower Main St, Freeport, ME 04032
Gritty's, Maine's first brew pub, dates back to 1988. It now has three locations pouring its classic English-style ales: Original Pub Style, Black Fly Stout, and Maine's Best IPA, to name a few. Food options include a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, as well as some British pub favorites like fish and chips and shepherd's pie.
187 Lower Main St
Freeport, ME 04032

10. Gritty McDuff's

68 Main St, Auburn, ME 04210
Gritty's, Maine's first brew pub, dates back to 1988. It now has three locations pouring its classic English-style ales: Original Pub Style, Black Fly Stout, and Maine's Best IPA, to name a few. Food options include a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, as well as some British pub favorites like fish and chips and shepherd's pie.
68 Main St
Auburn, ME 04210

11. Sea Dog Brewing Company

125 Western Ave, South Portland, ME 04106
This English-style ale purveyor (purchased by Shipyard some years back) has expanded beyond Maine's borders in recent years, but this is one of three locations in the Pine Tree State. From a blueberry wheat ale to a hazelnut porter, Sea Dog's beers cover the full spectrum. There's always a dozen or so on tap to chose from. The food menu is big and includes breakfast. There are all the regular bar food choices, plus some more refined seafood options like cedar plank salmon and pan-seared cod with risotto.
125 Western Ave
South Portland, ME 04106

12. Sea Dog Brewing Company

1 Bowdoin Mill Is, Ste 100, Topsham, ME 04086
This English-style ale purveyor (purchased by Shipyard some years back) has expanded beyond Maine's borders in recent years, but this is one of three locations in the Pine Tree State. From a blueberry wheat ale to a hazelnut porter, Sea Dog's beers cover the full spectrum. There's always a dozen or so on tap to chose from. The food menu is big and includes breakfast. There are all the regular bar food choices, plus some more refined seafood options like cedar plank salmon and pan-seared cod with risotto.
1 Bowdoin Mill Is, Ste 100
Topsham, ME 04086

13. Sea Dog Brewing Company

26 Front St, Bangor, ME 04401
This English-style ale purveyor (purchased by Shipyard some years back) has expanded beyond Maine's borders in recent years, but this is one of three locations in the Pine Tree State. From a blueberry wheat ale to a hazelnut porter, Sea Dog's beers cover the full spectrum. There's always a dozen or so on tap to chose from. The food menu is big and includes breakfast. There are all the regular bar food choices, plus some more refined seafood options like cedar plank salmon and pan-seared cod with risotto.
26 Front St
Bangor, ME 04401

14. Bray's Brew Pub

678 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, ME 04055
In a converted old farmhouse, Bray's offers several of its own beers on tap, along with a hearty selection of draft beers brewed elsewhere and dozens of bottled choices. The food choices are diverse, from chicken fingers to Veal Oscar.
678 Roosevelt Trail
Naples, ME 04055

15. The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery

115 Water St, Hallowell, ME 04347
This English-style pub, sister to Saco's Run of the Mill, offers up seven of its handcrafted brews at any of time, like the top-selling Bug Lager (a Bohemian pilsner) and Smelt Camp Strong Ale. The upscale pub menu includes choices like "drunken pot roast" and "bangers and smash."
115 Water St
Hallowell, ME 04347

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16. Ebenezer's Brewpub

112 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME 04011
Formerly Lion's Pride Pub, this brew pub from Chris Lively, proprietor of renowned Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, pours beers made at his attached Lively Brewing Company. Selections change often and feature a wide variety of styles, like Mary Jane, a dank IPA, and Holy Candy, a Belgian tripel. Look for these brews to feature prominently in the food items, as well, especially when special beer dinners roll around.
112 Pleasant St
Brunswick, ME 04011

17. Geaghan's Restaurant And Pub

570 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
The pub has been in the family for decades, with the brewery (recently expanded) added just a few years ago. The American-style ales include Bangor Tiger IPA, Smiling Irish Bastard Pale Ale, and Presque Isle Honey Blonde Ale. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served, and the menu is extensive, with plenty of American and Irish pub classics to choose from, as well as solid steak and seafood offerings.
570 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401

18. Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

1771 US Rte 201, The Forks Plt, ME 04985
Located on the grounds of the Northern Outdoors "rafting and adventure resort," offerings from this brew pub include Bear Naked Black Lager, Deer-in-the-Head Lite, and Magic Hole IPA.
1771 US Rte 201
The Forks Plt, ME 04985

19. The Bag & Kettle

5092 Access Road, Carrabasset Valley, ME 04947