Around 16 miles (26km) from downtown Portland is Freeport, where you’ll find Maine Beer Co. They started out in the hotspot brewing incubator a block from Allagash—in fact, they created that space in 2009—and are now revered for their wonderfully hoppy ales and commitment to their mission statement: “Do What’s Right.”
The beers are in the hazy, hoppy style and are elegant, clean, and balanced—and so hoppy they’ll make you say “wow” out loud. Lunch is a great example of a powerful IPA and big beer that’s incredibly drinkable and fresh, all with bitterness, balance, and a bright flavor through the middle, while Mo is a tropical-scented Pale Ale that’s lush and lovely.
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The Maine Beer Co. follows “1% for the planet” by donating 1% of gross profit to environmental non-profits. Their motto also encourages them to be as sustainable as possible: they are very low-waste and solar panels off-set their energy use, helping them as they head toward being off-grid. And they donate money to a whole range of different charities and not-for-profit organizations, with the goal of creating a sustainable relationship between their beer and our planet.
Their “Do What’s Right” mission statement is built on three pillars: producing outstanding beer, giving back, and smiling every day. That smile sums up the whole place perfectly. Maine Beer Co. do everything right.
WHAT: Maine Beer Co.
HOW: The tasting room is open Monday to Saturday, 11am-8pm, and Sunday, 11 am-5pm (www. mainebeercompany. com).
WHERE: 525 U.S. Route 1, Freeport, Maine 04032, USA
With their charitable ethos, Maine Beer Co. are going out of their way to validate the saying that beer people are good people.