With more than 100 breweries, Maine is a beer drinker’s paradise, and Portland boasts a high concentration in a relatively small area. Here are six can’t-miss taprooms and tasting rooms.
1. Best place for the IPA-averse: Allagash Brewing Company
Founder Rob Tod had no way of knowing that the first beer he got uncannily right in 1995 would still be the brewery’s best seller all these years later. But classics endure for a reason, and Allagash White is a perfect beer. Other great, mostly Belgian-style options include Curieux, the brewery’s Tripel aged seven weeks in bourbon barrels so it tastes kissed by coconut and vanilla. 50 Industrial Way, 207-878-5385, allagash.com
2. Hop head’s dream: Bissell Brothers
Maine’s answer to “it’’ breweries like Vermont’s The Alchemist and Brooklyn’s Other Half is Bissell Brothers, where graphic art pops off the walls and lines form for IPA releases like Swish and Nothing Gold. The beers are hoppy in an East Coast, tropical lollipop way, and worth the hype. With lofted ceilings and big garage doors opening onto a patio, the brewery is a fun (and Instagrammable) space for hanging out. 4 Thompson’s Point Road #108, bissellbrothers.com