Did you know that 99.9% of all the craft beer in Maine comes from members of the Maine Brewers’ Guild? Did you also know that Maine was home to the first brewery in the eastern half of the country since Prohibition? We could go on and on listing fun facts about the craft beer industry here, but let’s cut to the chase. Surely, you’d like to experience it for yourself! Find out what you need to know before your tasting tour and help yourself to a full glass of fun courtesy of our local breweries.
We included some of our favorite craft beer destinations below, but it’s far from the complete list of breweries, bars, and attractions we recommend. Check out our free Vacation Guide to see even more places that you don’t want to miss during your visit to Midcoast Maine!
3 Breweries You Need to Visit in the Maine Brewers’ Guild
The non-profit trade association known as the Maine Brewers’ Guild includes over 100 different breweries! So, whether you’re into hoppy IPAs or crisp ciders, there are plenty of options to satisfy your thirst. Here are a few of the many excellent breweries to visit near Topside Inn:
1. Boothbay Craft Brewery
First up on our list is the Boothbay Craft Brewery, which is less than ten minutes away from our inn. Don’t let the small stature of the brewery fool you — there are so many delicious beers and friendly staff members waiting inside. Their rotating selection includes a barrel-aged sour, juicy IPA, vanilla porter, and even a doppelbock with notes of maple, bacon, and waffles!
If you’d like to check out the Boothbay Craft Brewery, make sure you take advantage of our VIP Brewery Tour special! It’s the best way to experience this local hotspot.
2. Oxbow Brewing Company
Another excellent destination for craft beer fans is the Oxbow Brewing Company. Their location in Newcastle, ME, lets you unwind with your favorite beverage in a peaceful atmosphere. All of their beers are brewed within a renovated barn in a beautiful section of rural Maine. Step inside the taproom next door to see their selection and grab a seat outside to soak in the scenery.
3. Monhegan Brewing Company
Of course, a list of the top breweries in the Boothbay Harbor area isn’t complete without the Monhegan Brewing Company. Here, you can sip beer and support a fantastic, family-owned business that’s a short cruise away from our inn. You’ll immediately notice how well they’ve captured the essence of coastal Maine and the laid-back vibes of Monhegan Island. You can enjoy all of the fun activities and restaurants on the island, and then sit back and relax with a drink at the brewery.
Earn Points With Every Pint
Are you ready for the Maine Beer Trail Challenge? Download a tasting passport from the Maine Brewers’ Guild website or grab one from a local brewery. Then, the fun begins. All you need to do is visit participating breweries to start earning rewards like a hat, t-shirt, and even a special prize pack if you manage to stop by all the locations. Just remember to get a staff member to initial and date on your trail pass at each brewery!
Stay at Topside Inn for the Ultimate Tasting Tour
If you need a place to stay so that you can enjoy all the flavors of Maine, there’s no better option than the Topside Inn. Our property offers a convenient location in the heart of Boothbay Harbor with unique and delicious flavors of our own. You’re welcome to rest up in our coastal-themed accommodations and watch the sunset over the harbor after a fun-filled day of sipping beers. Then, wake up to a gourmet breakfast from local ingredients to begin another day of Midcoast Maine adventures. We even incorporate ingredients from our on-site gardens!