We visited Maine Beer Company for the first time this summer. We were camping in the area and just had to stop in. It was a rainy day and pretty crowded, they do have tents set up out front for additional space and seating.
Maine Beer Company opened in 2009 in the legendary IndustriALE Way across the street from Allagash. They moved and expanded to Freeport in 2013. They are again working on expanding and are part way through a 2 part expansion.
Addition added to the back of the current
building where the brewing is taking place.
Additional construction happening. They are expanding the tasting room, and they are also upgrading their system from
a 15 barrel system to a 60 barrel system, with additional 120 and 240 barrel fermentors. That will be a huge expansion.
We ordered a flight of 8 beers, 5oz each for $18.
Post Ride Snack – session ipa 4.9%
A flavorful beer for a session ipa, with a bit of a lingering bitterness on the finish.
Peeper – pale ale 5.5%
Light, grassy hop flavoring. A good, light pale ale. Mark got more ‘pine’ than the berry flavors described.
Woods and Waters – ipa 6.2%
A little bitter with a very mild hop fruitiness.
Lunch – ipa 7%
This beer seemed to get more bitter as Mark drank it, not much tropical fruit notes as described, some sweetness from the malts.
Thank You – ipa 7%
Smells fruitier and taste fruitier than the other ipa’s. A good, strong hop flavor, fruity and/or floral. This was a very tasty, hoppy and ‘fruity’ ipa.
Pilot 18 – pilot dipa 8%
Brewed in collaboration with Novare Res Beer Cafe. First thing Mark noticed was some ‘heat’ on the end, you could taste the alcohol. Malty, red, bitter, trying to be fruity but didn’t quite get there, only a pilot batch though.
Zoe – amber ale 7.2%
Better than the average amber. More flavorful, dark raisin notes – their term but we agree, on the nose and taste, and a tiny bit roasty.
Mean Old Tom – stout 6.5%
Smells super roasty. Nice chocolate flavor and not too bitter, smooth and creamy, we both agreed. Subtle vanilla flavor, we noticed that after reading the description.
All of their beers are bottle conditioned. That means they carbonate naturally in the bottle and are not ‘force carbonated’ like most beers. That is interesting, most beers that are bottle conditioned today are usually sours or heavy dark beers, you don’t see a lot of ipa’s being bottle conditioned.
“Do what’s right” is there motto. They have
lot’s of solar panels outside, see below.
They also donate 1% of all their gross annual sales to charity. They donate to a lot of different charities and operate as green of a business as possible.
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 – 8:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 5:00