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Here are 14 Essential Maine Craft Beer Bars, as Recommended by You, the Thirsty Readers

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Last week, Eater Maine asked you readers for the best craft beer bars the state has to offer. Your responses did not disappoint. You commented, emailed and left messages on Facebook, sharing the best spots in Maine to drain a good pint. We took those recommendations and made a map of 14 craft beer bars, stretching from Kittery to Bangor, with plenty of stops in between.

Are there still some good bars we missed? Let us know in the comments.


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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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From a commenter: "The selection is eclectic, contemporary, and ever changing. They cover most of the beer styles each evening and get rare brews in too, both international and domestic."

2. When Pigs Fly Wood-Fired Pizzeria

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460 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 438-7036
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A commenter says the craft beer program is great, with an always-interesting beer rotation: " ... 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."

3. Ebenezer's Pub

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44 Allen Rd
Lovell, ME 04051
Men's Journal called it "the best beer bar in the world." Good luck finding someone who has been there and disagrees.

4. Bray's Brew Pub

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678 Roosevelt Trail
Naples, ME 04055
(207) 693-6806
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In the Lakes Region, Bray's "has a nice mix of their own brews and some other great brews on tap," writes one reader.

5. 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 beer aficionados will not be disappointed. The Beer Babe says it "doesn't have an exhaustive list but always a super interesting one with taps not found anywhere else in town."
188a State Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-3277
The tap list features a good mix of craft beers from Maine and elsewhere. Kegs on deck are also listed so you can plan your next visit.

7. Novare Res Bier Cafe

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4 Canal Plz
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 761-2437
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It's Portland's beer mecca.

8. Mama's Crowbar

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189 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
A reader says it's "a cozy, friendly space boasting six outstanding taps at any one time and a carefully curated selection of top-notch (all-American craft) bottles."

9. The Great Lost Bear

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540 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-0300
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It's been serving up a wide variety of beer for 30+ years, since back when "microbrew" was the preferred term for craft beer. Check out the Allagash Alley.

10. The Thirsty Pig

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37 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-2469
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Sausage and beer from folks who know both very well. From a commenter: "Great selection of local craft beers."

11. 3Crow

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449 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 593-0812
One of the best craft beer selections on the Midcoast.

12. The Badger Cafe and Pub

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289 Common Rd
Union, ME 04862
(207) 785-3336
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Writes a reader, "For such a small town & place, [they] have 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."

13. Three Tides

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2 Pinchy Ln
Belfast, ME 04915
(207) 338-1707
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From the comments: "... I can sit outside overlooking the water and enjoy any number of INSANE Marshall Wharf beers found nowhere else."

14. Nocturnem Draft Haus

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56 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 907-4380
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Says one reader: "None of the preciousness of Portland bars, all of the quality product."

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1. The Black Birch

2 Government St, Kittery, ME 03904
From a commenter: "The selection is eclectic, contemporary, and ever changing. They cover most of the beer styles each evening and get rare brews in too, both international and domestic."
2 Government St
Kittery, ME 03904

2. When Pigs Fly Wood-Fired Pizzeria

460 US Route 1, Kittery, ME 03904
A commenter says the craft beer program is great, with an always-interesting beer rotation: " ... 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."
460 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904

3. Ebenezer's Pub

44 Allen Rd, Lovell, ME 04051
Men's Journal called it "the best beer bar in the world." Good luck finding someone who has been there and disagrees.
44 Allen Rd
Lovell, ME 04051

4. Bray's Brew Pub

678 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, ME 04055
In the Lakes Region, Bray's "has a nice mix of their own brews and some other great brews on tap," writes one reader.
678 Roosevelt Trail
Naples, ME 04055

5. Pai Men Miyake

188 State St, Portland, ME 04101
Not a beer bar, per se, but beer aficionados will not be disappointed. The Beer Babe says it "doesn't have an exhaustive list but always a super interesting one with taps not found anywhere else in town."
188 State St
Portland, ME 04101

6. LFK

188a State Street, Portland, ME 04101
The tap list features a good mix of craft beers from Maine and elsewhere. Kegs on deck are also listed so you can plan your next visit.
188a State Street
Portland, ME 04101

7. Novare Res Bier Cafe

4 Canal Plz, Portland, ME 04101
It's Portland's beer mecca.
4 Canal Plz
Portland, ME 04101

8. Mama's Crowbar

189 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
A reader says it's "a cozy, friendly space boasting six outstanding taps at any one time and a carefully curated selection of top-notch (all-American craft) bottles."
189 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

9. The Great Lost Bear

540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101
It's been serving up a wide variety of beer for 30+ years, since back when "microbrew" was the preferred term for craft beer. Check out the Allagash Alley.
540 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101

10. The Thirsty Pig

37 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
Sausage and beer from folks who know both very well. From a commenter: "Great selection of local craft beers."
37 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

11. 3Crow

449 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
One of the best craft beer selections on the Midcoast.
449 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841

12. The Badger Cafe and Pub

289 Common Rd, Union, ME 04862
Writes a reader, "For such a small town & place, [they] have 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."
289 Common Rd
Union, ME 04862

13. Three Tides

2 Pinchy Ln, Belfast, ME 04915
From the comments: "... I can sit outside overlooking the water and enjoy any number of INSANE Marshall Wharf beers found nowhere else."
2 Pinchy Ln
Belfast, ME 04915

14. Nocturnem Draft Haus

56 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
Says one reader: "None of the preciousness of Portland bars, all of the quality product."
56 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401

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