Maine is quickly becoming known as a world-class craft beer destination. In fact, we recently tied for 2nd place in the number of breweries per capita in our state (with 9.6). While Portland may be the first city that comes to mind when dreaming of great beer, we are holding our own here in the Acadia region. Adventurous and traditional beer lovers can find a wide range of options right here. Check out these local breweries and festivals, and enjoy responsibly! 

Atlantic Brewing Company

Atlantic Brewing’s Town Hill Location

Atlantic Brewing is MDI’s very own brewery, known by locals and visitors alike for its variety of creative beers. This family-owned brewery was first founded in downtown Bar Harbor, inside the Lompoc Cafe.  As demand increased and they outgrew that space, Atlantic Brewing moved to an estate brewery built on the site of a 19th century Bar Harbor farmstead in Town Hill. Their Town Hill location (15 Knox Rd, Bar Harbor) also hosts Mainely Meat BBQ. In 2017, Atlantic Brewing opened Midtown Brewery in downtown Bar Harbor (52 Cottage St), just a block away from their original location. Midtown is a modern brewery and taproom focusing on pilot and specialty batches.  Grab a gift certificate here!

Featured Beers

Atlantic Brewing Company’s Blueberry Ale

Blueberry Ale 

Description: This amber ale hits as a beer first and then ends with a subtle berry finish. This brew is not overly fruity or sweet and has just enough blueberry flavor to complement the hops.

Where to buy it: You can find this beer widely distributed in restaurants and grocers throughout Maine. It’s on draft at most bars and restaurants on MDI, and can also be purchased at both of Atlantic Brewery’s locations.

Suggested Pairing: Great with pizza or lobster rolls

Fun Fact: Nearly twenty years ago, a local farmer stopped by their brew pub looking to sell his truck full of wild Maine blueberries, providing the inspiration for Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. 

 

Atlantic Brewing’s Islander Beer

Islander

Description: A Session IPA brewed with Mosaic, Amarillo, and El Dorado hops. Dry hopped for a fruity finish.

Where to buy it: Both of Atlantic Brewing’s locations, and local craft beer stores The Liquor Locker and House Wine.

Suggested Pairing: Pairs nicely with tacos or pasta dishes

Fun Fact: The Islander just came to Halifax, Nova Scotia with us and was poured from the Maine Beer Box, a giant kegerator made out of a shipping container!



Fogtown Brewing Company

Fogtown Brewing Company’s diverse tap list includes barrel-aged sours fermented with locally foraged berries, stouts brewed with organic Maine oats, refreshing pilsners and lagers brewed with heritage Maine malts, saisons (including one brewed with seaweed from the Gulf of Maine), IPAs made with fresh Maine-grown Cascade hops, and whatever else they can dream up.

Fogtown Brewery in Ellsworth

The Fogtown tasting room hosts local & original live music, open mics, craft nights, charitable fundraising events, arm wrestling competitions, and homebrewing courses, and more.  Visit them in Ellsworth at 25 Pine Street (at the corner of Hancock and Elm), and relax in their outdoor biergarten. They also host a food truck during taproom hours.

Featured Beers

Fogtown’s Yellow Sub Beer

Yellow Sub

Description: A 5.7% abv kettle sour naturally soured with lactobacillus & dry hopped with mountains of Citra.

Where to buy it: On tap at Fogtown Brewery, and in cans at Global Beverage in Ellsworth, Josie’s in Surry, Stomper’s Beverage in Holden, Town Hill Market and the Liquor Locker in SWHarbor 

Suggested Pairing: Pairs wonderfully with cheese platters and seafood.

Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fogtownbrewing/ to watch a hilarious video of a lobster meeting a Yellow Sub can!

Fogtown’s Second Thought

Second Thought 

Description: A 8.3% abv New England double IPA, massively dry-hopped with Lemondrop & Ekuanot.  

Where to buy it: On tap at Fogtown Brewery, and in cans at Global Beverage in Ellsworth, Town Hill Market, and local craft beer stores like the Liquor Locker in SW Harbor. 

Suggested Pairing: Great with meat and poultry dishes that caramelized vegetables, as well as fried foods.



 

Airline Brewing Company

Airline Brewing Company features locally-made traditional beers, cask ales, and ciders. They tend to favor ales and stouts rather than IPAs, and focus much attention on the environment and customer experience. You can visit their brewery in Amherst (22 Mill Lane) for tastings, or their classical English pub location in downtown Ellsworth (173 Main Street). The pub has a diverse menu of food and snacks, and serves beer in sizes ranging from 5oz to 64oz growlers. 

Airline Brewing Company’s Ellsworth Pub

Featured Beers

Brown Porter

Description: This 4.9% abv porter tastes of toffee, chocolate, and coffee malt mixed with traditional English hops, creating a medium body with a dry finish.

Where to buy it: On tap at the Airline Brewing Ellsworth location and their Amherst brewery.

Suggested Pairing: Try it with their Roast Beef Toasty!

 

Schoodic Sunrise

Description: A classic German Wiessbier that pours hazy yellow with persistent white head.Features  aromas of clove, banana, and spice, with a soft wheaty feel.

Where to buy it: On tap at the Airline Brewing Ellsworth location and their Amherst brewery.

Suggested Pairing: Goes nicely with seafood, or Airline’s Quesadillas



Note: Jack Russell’s Steakhouse brews its own beer that it serves in house and in growlers (at least least we knew.)

Beer Festivals and Tours

Looking for more great ways to enjoy local Maine beers? Visit the Maine Brewers’ Guild website to find the Maine Beer Trail, plan your own beer route, or rent the Maine Beer Box (a 40 foot, refrigerated shipping container with 78 taps!). 

MDI is host to several beer festivals each year. In October, visitors to Southwest Harbor can attend Acadia’s Oktoberfest, which features a brewfest, local breweries, and a homebrew competition. Find tickets and more information at http://www.acadiaoktoberfest.com

For those here in the winter, don’t miss the Bar Harbor Winter Beer Festival. Held outdoors in January, beer lovers can try a vareity of beers from local brewers while trying their hand at fun games and contests. https://www.visitbarharbor.com/bar-harbor-winter-beer-fest

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