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Maine Beer Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar

525 US Route 1
Freeport, Maine, 04032-7009
United States

(207) 221-5711 | map

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 281
Photo of exitmusic
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Besides the delicious beers I had been told to expect, I was pleased to find a wood fired pizza oven, coolers containing singles as well as cases, and a good number of tables, a few indoors, several outdoors. It seemed like 40% of their business there is people picking up beer rather than sitting down for one (and I was there on a Saturday), so don't worry about getting a table.

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Photo of Kv0nT
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

First beer release campout. Everyone was friendly and chill. Lots of great trading going on. Shot gunning Brights! Beer is excellent. One of the best I have ever had!

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Photo of Gavage
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Located about 15 minutes north of downtown Portland, it is real easy to find on northbound Rt. 1. Small tasting room overlooks brewing operations on a lower level through a glass window. Few tables and barrels fill the room. Nice beer can display is above the bar. A blackboard listed 8 beers on draft, along with pricing for bottles to go. Pretzels for sale here too. This is a great place to have some awesome beers, and worthy of the drive from Portland.

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Photo of JoelKatz0212
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I'd give it a 5 overall except their offerings sometimes don't make it to the store. Lunch and Dinner are my favorites but Mo rates high too. The tasting room is small yet friendly and has a nice window where the magic happens.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Totally awesome place to try a flight, or two. peek through the glass into the brewery and enjoy the music on weekends. Must visit if you are in Maine! Right off the interstate too.

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Photo of -Rick
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Went here for one of the Dinner releases, and it ran quite smoothly. Its a nice looking brewery, small, but a fine place to grab a pint. No food on site to speak of, but a solid selection of MBC beers

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Photo of LeeeMare
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

First road trip beer release I've been too, their set up was solid, from what I hear much improved for previous releases. Weave the line to the brewery entrance, food truck on site through the night to keep you busy. Once we got moving they were waiting for you with a case as you made your way inside, straight ahead and up the stairs right into the draft room to check out. Icing was the full flight of every beer they have on tap that day! Just not nearly enough room in there...

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Photo of gonzo000
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Friendly people and a laid back attitude drive the Maine Brewing Company. Stood in line for Dinner in Dec. 2015 - Day started at 4:30 AM where I was ~225 in line. Ticket process was smooth and they moved the line at a steady pace. Returned to the tap room which opens at 11. The service was exceptional even though there were a lot of people in the space. The tap room could be larger, but I think it was a particularly busy day given the release.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Used to live in Yarmouth a while ago, moved away two months after this place opened up in Freeport. Met the BA user Blue_Rogue here and both of us really enjoyed a clean vibe here. Staff is super easy to talk with. Every beer I've ever had by these guys has been really good. Definitely go back if I'm in the area.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nice, friendly, clean and earth friendly solar powered freestanding building just off I-295 in Freeport about 20 minutes north of Portland. Modern clean and comfortable facilities. Good people and happy to help. A bit of food, german style soft pretzels, etc. Beer selection is good because Maine beers are good, and they have about 5-6 of them of tap. A bit disappointing that there was only one tap for anything different than their mainline beers. Also, they had an additional guest tap for Stone Arrogant Bastard. Glad I went but could have had essentially all these beers just checking out the bars in Portland. And down in Maryland where I live as well.

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Photo of LeRose
3.63/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped in several times. Nice tasting room with a view of the operation. The selection is always good, very high quality beers. Price is not bad for what you get. The vibe...sometimes you walk I and feel welcome, sometimes you don't. Service has varied from outstanding, pleasant, and friendly to downright rude. The vibe and service aren't related...vibe is more due to the patrons. I would normally blow that off, but the last visit it was mentioned by the people I was traveling with. Erodes the enjoyment when you don't feel welcome.

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Photo of Sam_Beardsley
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped by on a recent Portland trip. Didn't have much time and was a fairly quick in and out with a couple samplers. Their quality is top notch and they are highly underrated. I would put them up head to head with any other top brewery you can think of.

Minimalist atmosphere. Clean and simple. Do what's right!

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Photo of MacQ32
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Refined/classy tasting room, extra points of energy efficiency and pollution awareness i guess? 7 of their beers on tap with one guest tap - so the selection is fantastic. The beer itself is always spectacular and consistent. You can't really complain about MBC, tons of bottles in stock too.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

So crowded and not enough space for a true line to form. Total free for all. Beers were fine, and they had about six available along with several bottles as well.

Hard to park as well.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Place was not packed to my surprise only because i'm a huge "lunch" fan. I was expecting long lines and limited cases but the truth is that they had no limit and there were no lines. Lunch is one of my all time favorite beers. There really wasn't too much vibe going on. Just a regular tasting room with a nice view but the staff on this particular day didn't go out of their way to make me feel welcomed. They weren't rude, don't get me wrong, but they weren't very welcoming either. I tasted everything they had except for Dinner which wasn't available at the time but that's ok, I had a great experience... more so due to the fact that I was in great company. Regardless, a very nice looking tasting room, great beer and great selection. If the staff would have been even slightly more hospitable I would have given it a straight up 5. Will definitely go back though (for the beer). lol

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Photo of Budlum
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Lovely place that is all about the beer. I found the staff to be friendly and helpful without overbearing. The beers are tremendous - a must visit. Seating is limited so plan accordingly,

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Photo of JNbeerded
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of the cleanest breweries I have seen. As a home brewer, I understand the importance of cleanliness and sanitation when making beer, and this brewery exemplifies that standard. Nothing is worse then going to a place that creates something you consume and seeing how dirty it is. Also great beer, good service, what else can you ask for?

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Very chill and laidback environment. Even at the brewery MBC stuff isn't cheap, but $6 a bottle is solid and in line with RR's IPAs. Cool merch as well. Had no problem at all buying my stuff and pours were generous and easy to acquire. Outdoor seating makes for a cool experience. Selection gets a 4 because they were out of Another One when I visited, which was a crushing disappointment.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I popped into MBC really quick on a recent ME trip. Pretty simple set up inside, small standing bar and a few seats, bright spacious interior with the brewery in plain sight behind a window. Nice, but not really my ideal kind of hangout. Taplist was solid, with maybe 7 or 8 of their beers available, and a good selection of bottles for takeout. I see bad reviews for service, but as I was only there a few minutes to pick up merch and a few bottles, I really didn't have an issue.

I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to return here, when their beers are pretty accessible even back home in Philly, and they're really just a tasting room and don't serve food. But when in the area, it's obviously worth checking out.

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Photo of bcarter
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The tasting room is quite small, so you should expect to stand at the bar, especially if you are up there any time near a Dinner release. The vibe is quite simple, but pleasant. Almost every beer they produce (Dinner excluded) is on tap and/or bottled and available from the fridge.

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Photo of epyon396
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

The review below me about the terrible service was pretty on point. They acted like it was a burden selling me beer. One bartender was a little awkward, but nice. The other had absolutely zero interest in conversing or being personable. It was off putting and a little disappointing consider how much I love this brewery and their beer.

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Photo of Brooklynsmaine
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

All Beer incredible. Service at Brewery is terrible on many occasions coming back to Portland from road trips we have stopped in and felt like they were doing us a favor selling us beer. We miss Jeremy B. He was all about beer and customer service.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Great place and great beer. I visited on a Saturday and must have been of like mind with many others ... the place was packed! Tried several beers and all were very good to great. This place would be even more enjoyable with more space! As with many tasting rooms in New England, it almost feels like an afterthought.

Service was quick and understandably impersonal. There are a few tables, a nice window into brewhouse, and the place is spotlessly clean. Definitely a worthy visit.

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

First: the beer. MBC makes some fantastic hop-forward beers, each of which has a profile (between the malt and the water) quite unique. MBC brews are instantly identifiable, and more importantly, delicious.

Second: the brewery. The facilities are relatively small, but the staff is very friendly and open. They've got long communal tables for the samples (no food), which you can get as a flight of 4 or a flight of 8. You can get a decent selection of their beer on the premises, including very limited brews (oddly, no growlers). There is also a corner with some childrens' games and books, which is great for family trips to the brewery.

The main room has an open window looking into the brewery itself, so if you can't get a tour, at least you can see their operation.

If you're near the area, there's no reason not to swing by MBC for a visit.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Upon entering the taproom, I turned to my wife and said "This place smells delicious". All of the beer samples throughout the place created a citrusy hop smell in the air! It was crowded and busy in the middle of the afternoon, but I grabbed a Lunch and found a nice quiet bench next to the viewing area to taste and take notes. They had several of their beers on taps and a few bottles in the cooler as well. Nice viewing area of the brewery operation.

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Maine Beer Company in Freeport, ME
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.