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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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The Black Birch

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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."

When Pigs Fly Wood-Fired Pizzeria

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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."

Ebenezer's Pub

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Men's Journal called it "the best beer bar in the world." Good luck finding someone who has been there and disagrees.

Bray's Brew Pub

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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.

Pai Men Miyake

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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."
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.

Novare Res Bier Cafe

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It's Portland's beer mecca.

Mama's Crowbar

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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."

The Great Lost Bear

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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.

The Thirsty Pig

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Sausage and beer from folks who know both very well. From a commenter: "Great selection of local craft beers."
One of the best craft beer selections on the Midcoast.

The Badger Cafe and Pub

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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."

Three Tides

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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."

Nocturnem Draft Haus

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Says one reader: "None of the preciousness of Portland bars, all of the quality product."

The Black Birch

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."

When Pigs Fly Wood-Fired Pizzeria

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."

Ebenezer's Pub

Men's Journal called it "the best beer bar in the world." Good luck finding someone who has been there and disagrees.

Bray's Brew Pub

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

Pai Men Miyake

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."

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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.

Novare Res Bier Cafe

It's Portland's beer mecca.

Mama's Crowbar

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."

The Great Lost Bear

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.

The Thirsty Pig

Sausage and beer from folks who know both very well. From a commenter: "Great selection of local craft beers."

3Crow

One of the best craft beer selections on the Midcoast.

The Badger Cafe and Pub

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."

Three Tides

From the comments: "... I can sit outside overlooking the water and enjoy any number of INSANE Marshall Wharf beers found nowhere else."

Nocturnem Draft Haus

Says one reader: "None of the preciousness of Portland bars, all of the quality product."