beer trail

With hundreds (maybe thousands) of miles of hiking, biking, and ski trails and just as many watering holes, Maine’s Lakes and Mountains has welcomed the national craft beer love affair with open arms. Maine is home to over 100 brewers; about a quarter of them are peppered across the communities of Western Maine. Add in the handful of cideries fermenting the heck out of our region’s heritage breed apples, and you have the perfect local brew to quaff during your stay.

You can also check out the Breweries Tour on our Adventure Guide App or do your homework and hit up the social feeds to find the newest suds in the region (just don’t keep them a secret).

A Little Maine History

Maine was made for beer from the beginning. In the 1830s Maine got branded America’s “drunkest state.” Around the same time, the New York Times labeled the United States the “world’s drunkest country.” So…that would make Maine…drunkest of the drunk? This unbridled consumption led to the passage of the “Maine Law” in 1851—enacting a total ban on alcohol—championed by Portland’s sober-mind Mayor, the “Napoleon of Temperance,” Neal Dow. Prohibition came and went. As did the cocktail culture of the ’50s, ’80s, and ’00s. Finally, the passage of a Maine 2012 law permitting the direct sale of beer by brewers to the public blew the keg wide open on Mainers lifelong love affair with suds.

A tip of the hat to the Portland Press Herald, the Brews Cruise blog, and writer Ellie Yahn for the facts used in this story.

Lewiston-Auburn Area

Baxter Brewing, Lewiston, Maine
Baxter Brewing Co.
Lost Valley Brewing Co.
Rusty Bus Brewing, Lisbon St., Lewiston
Rusty Bus Brewing Co.
Side by Each Brewing Co.

On the lakes

Birchwood Brewing in Gray
Birchwood Brewing
Fluvial Brewing
Beer and fries at Norway Brewing Co.
Norway Brewing Co.
Saco River Brewing

in the mountains

Ambition Brewing varieties
Ambition Brewing
Flight of Steam Mill Brewing beers
Steam Mill Brewing
Sunday River Brewing Co.
Tumbledown Brewing Peak Bagger Ale
Tumbledown Brewing

ways to adventure

Plan Your Trip

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains offers a variety of resources to help you plan your next visit, including an annual visitor’s guide, stand alone map, and the new Adventure Guide App.

Visitor's Guide

Our Free Visitor's Guide will help inspire your next adventure along our mountain trails, lakes, scenic byways, bustling towns and more.

Map of the Region

Companion to the Visitor Guide, our dual-sided planning map will help you find your way to adventure in every season throughout the region.

Adventure Guide App

The App will point the way to all kinds of adventures, experiences and destinations in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains with GPS location maps and alerts.

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