Orono Brewing Company, Orono, ME

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This was the last place we visited on our recent Maine trip with Amanda. Orono Brewing Company is located right in downtown Orono, ME. They have not been open that long, only since late in late 2014. They have an intriguing tap list, and a nice little place to visit and taste some beers.

 

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We ordered 2 sample paddles to share between
the 3 of us, they were $7 for five 5oz beers.

 

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White Nitro Cream Ale (nitro) – 5%
Definite cream taste and mouthfeel. Light, easy drinking, with a light malt flavor. Nothing stands out, but a good beer.

 

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Megan and Amanda

 

Golden Grave Witbier – 5.1%
Classic Belgian flavor, citrus and chamomile stand out with hints of coriander. Amanda thought it was ‘aromatic tasting’, Megan thought it was a really good witbier.

 

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Tap Into Summer Blonde Ale – 5%
Smells of grapefruit, light in body. Mark liked it, nice balance of hops, slightly fruity, really good for a summer beer. Megan thought it was too hoppy. El dorado, Citra and Mosaic in the dry hop. A collaboration beer with Geaghans Brew Pub, Black Bear, and Penobscot Bay Brewing.

 

Dream Job Session Pale – 4.7%
Fairly light in body, more malty than expected, a touch bitter. In collaboration with Central Street Farmhouse.

 

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Lightning Tree IPA – 6.8%
Really good, piney and citrus with a bitter aftertaste. Mark really liked it, too hoppy for Megan and Amanda.

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Amanda’s ‘too hoppy for me’ face

 

Woodmans Red Ale (nitro) – 6.1%
‘Smooth, mellow and nicely malty. Great creamy mouthfeel’. Yup, they said it best. Megan thought it had a malty taste, Amanda said roasty or toasty, they described it as ‘distinctly biscuity malt’, so they were both kind of right.

 

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Existential Crisis Hibiscus Saison – 5%
Interesting, flavorful taste upfront with saisony second taste, ‘spicy and dry’ from the yeast strains. Megan’s favorite.

 

Siberia Farms Saison – 5.8%
Much lighter, less complex saison flavor, spicy and dry, but not as much as the previous beer, spicy aftertaste.

 

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Habanero Lemon IPA – 6.5%
Lemon, IPA, Habenero sequence. IPA dominates, surprisingly well balanced for the ingredients involved. Drinkable, hoppy, hint of spice is tamed down by lemon and hops.

 

Amorica American Stout – 7.3%
Mark thought it was a really good stout. Dark, roasty, full bodied. Roasted malt smell and taste, creamy mouthfeel. Megan said it was not bitter so it made it feel lighter.

 

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They have a small Draught Room menu, we ordered Brewery Grain Soft pretzels that came with a spicy IPA mustard, they were pretty tasty.

 

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If you want a full meal, they have either a close association or partnership with Woodman’s Bar and Grill, which is right across the street. They usually have all of Orono Brewing Company’s beer on tap. They open at 4pm for dinner and stay open late for drinks.

 

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They have a nice little Draught Room, as they call it. There are a hand full of tables and some space at the bar for tasting beers.

 

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The place has a nice feel to it. A lot of wood and metal, sort of mixing
rustic and modern design, we liked it.

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This was probably our favorite place we have visited up in the Bangor/ Orono area. We liked most of the beers, they had plenty of new and unique styles and were really experimenting with flavors and taste combo’s.

 

 

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Want to visit?
Hours of operation

Monday – Wednesday: 3pm-10pm
Thursday and Friday: 3pm-12am
Saturday: 12pm-12am
Sunday: 12pm-7pm

As always, check their website or Facebook for the
most up to date information about them.

Geaghan Brothers Pub and Craft Brewery, Bangor, ME

Atlantic Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME

Bar Harbor Cellars, Bar Harbor, ME

Bar Harbor Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME

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Atlantic Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME

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Our 3rd stop in Bar Harbor was at Atlantic Brewing Company, Amanda was with us. They have a whole compound with the brewing facility, tasting room and store, as well as Mainely Meat BBQ. We did not take the tour, but were able to taste all the beers on tap.

 

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Atlantic Brewing Company was started in 1990, as Acadia Brewing. They have moved and upgraded several times, and now run a 15 barrel system that they use for everything. Atlantic Brewing actually bought out Bar Harbor Brewing, the owners of Bar Harbor Brewing were ready to retire and sell. Atlantic Brewing Company now owns and still operates out of both facilities.

 

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They are just starting to run small batch brews on a small 7 barrel system to experiment with new styles and flavors on a smaller scale. They don’t want to tie their bigger system up with large amounts of test or experimental beers.

 

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Our Tasting:

Summer Ale – 4.2%
Made with German hops, has a Pilsner taste, but not a bad Pilsner taste. Good, really light flavor. Megan and Amanda thought it was nondescript.

 

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Blueberry Ale – 5.1%
Real strong Blueberry smell, and strong Blueberry taste. Blueberries are added during fermentation with yeast, which gives it the strong blueberry taste. Better Blueberry beer than Bar Harbor Blueberry.

 

Real Ale – 4.8%
This is their lightest beer besides the Summer Ale which is just seasonal. Light in body, decent flavor, hint of caramel, from a quick malt dip??? This was Amanda’s favorite, Mark and Megan both liked it as well.

 

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040609 Double IPA – 6.8%
Good IPA, a hint of piney hops, with a touch of citrus, fairly strong flavor. Made with Columbus and Centennial hops. Not Mark’s favorite style IPA, Amanda thought it was bitter with a hint of Grapefruit.

 

Coal Porter – 5.6%
Chocolate malts gives it a chocolate flavor. Light in body, hops added to give it a dry finish, Megan and Amanda thought it was ok, Mark liked it.

 

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Ellen’s Coffee Stout – 5.4%
They used 50 gallons of cold brewed coffee in this beer. A milk stout, good body, really good flavor, we all liked it, and bought some.

 

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Extra tasting, because we saw it and asked for it:

Island Ginger – 5.7%
30lbs of crushed ginger root added to this wheat ale. Light in body, ginger bite is boiled away so it has a lighter ginger taste. Amanda thought it was too carbonated and lacking that strong ginger taste, not bad but not great.

 

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After the tasting we sat outside and ate at Mainely Meats BBQ. They have seating inside as well as outside.

 

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The food was great and we got a ton of it. Enough for dinner for the 3 of us, a late snack, and several days of lunch for Mark.

 

With dinner we tried:

Brother Adams Honey Bragget – 10.5%
Smells sweet, heavy, malty, but sweet taste. Amanda thought it had a viscous mouthfeel, we agree. It is ‘brewed in the fall, cellared over the winter, like a desert wine, made to be sipped’.

 

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Macfoochies Scottish Ale
‘Sweet and full bodied, with a low hop profile’. Mark agree’s, full bodied, touch of sweetness, he liked it for a Scottish ale, robust but not overly strong. Amanda thought it was too heavy, she was hoping for more of a Red Ale flavor.

 

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Mark tasting Mafoochies

 

 

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Megan was not a fan of Mafoochies

 

They make their own root beer, Amanda thinks it was pretty standard. Mark liked it, a good flavorful Root Beer.

 

Brewery Hours
Monday – Sunday: 
10:00 am-5:00 pm

As always, check Facebook or their website for the most up to date information.

 

Other places to visit nearby

Bar Harbor Cellars

Bar Harbor Brewing

Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery in Oakland ME

Dragonfly Farm and Winery in Stetson, ME