Everything You Need to Know About Monhegan Brewing Company


Picture yourself on an island, beer in hand, feeling the cool breeze on a sunny afternoon. You can experience this relaxing scene at the Monhegan Brewing Company. This small brewery on Monhegan Island, Maine, offers refreshing craft beers in a unique island community. Take a short boat ride and visit this spot for an excellent day trip from Boothbay Harbor. Read on to learn about the brewery, the beers, and the island.

There are so many fun things to do in our area. In addition to taking a trip to the Monhegan Brewing Company, check out some more of our favorites. Request your free Vacation Guide to explore the best activities and attractions in Boothbay Harbor. It’s filled with helpful information on restaurants, museums, historic sites, festivals, and more. Get yours today and find out how to get the most from your trip.

Learn About Monhegan Brewing Company

When you order a beer at Monhegan Brewing Company, you’re supporting a local, family-owned business. It’s run by Matt and Mary Weber as well as Mary’s father, Danny McGovern. The brewery is in great hands with Danny, whose experience started in 1992 when he opened his own brewery. Over the years, he has refined his craft while working with other Maine breweries as well.

If you’d like to try some of their creations, head to the south side of the island where their tasting room is open from May to October. Check out some of their events, too,  including live music performances and Painting with Pints.

Visit the Island

Are you wondering how you can get to the island? Step aboard a boat with Balmy Days Cruises as it departs from Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor. It leaves the mainland at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. offering a full day of fun at Monhegan Island. Be sure to take advantage of our Monhegan Island Adventure special during your stay. Get two tickets for the Balmy Days Cruises as well as a map of the island and trail guide.

At the island, explore miles of hiking trails offering spectacular views of nature. There are no cars or paved roads here, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for relaxation. It’s excellent for birdwatching and walks through wildflower-filled pathways. You may even catch a sighting of whales and seals off the coast.

Try Their Brews

Of course, make sure you save plenty of time to enjoy a drink at Monhegan Brewing Company. Choose from a rotating selection of beers throughout the season. For a hoppy taste, try the Balmy Days German Kölsch. If you prefer an extra malty flavor, we recommend the Trap Stacker Special Ale. Their Quadricentennial Pale Ale is a smooth, English-style bitter that commemorates Captain John Smith’s arrival to Monhegan Island in 1614.

Each beer has a unique name based on a nearby landmark or island theme. Local artists even designed the labels for the bottles. The owners use Weyermann German malt as well as some hops straight from the island. With so many great options, we suggest ordering a flight and trying a variety. You can also get growlers, bombers, and bottles to take home.

Stay Nearby at Topside Inn

View inside Room 2 at Topside Inn

Do you need a comfortable place to stay so you can enjoy everything our area has to offer? At Topside Inn, we offer several excellent guest rooms in Boothbay Harbor. Consider Room 2 for a luxurious atmosphere with inviting decor. Get a good night’s rest in your queen-size bed and wake up to a view of the colorful sunrise. Then, start your day with a fresh, full breakfast from local ingredients.

Whether you’re here to check out the brewery, tour lighthouses and historic sites, or just sit back and relax, we have accommodations to make your stay special. Check our availability and make reservations for a relaxing getaway in coastal Maine. We hope to see you soon.