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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: 48 | Ratings: 309
Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I went by myself on a Monday afternoon on a short trip to the Portland area, so I'm sure this place is a little more lively and fun on the weekends/nights. It was still busy, but the staff kept things moving. Love the window into the brewery that gives you the ability to watch the beers you're drinking in the early stages. Good selection of beers and nice seating areas inside and outside. Only downsides are no growler fills and my only real complaint was more about the cold pretzel I bought, which I wouldn't have if I hadn't touched it already. I'm sure they're much better warm. Overall, a cool place with some great beers and fun atmosphere.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

V: Everything was very chill, there is a very relaxed and friendly environment not to mention the aesthetic is consistent and the building is beautiful
Q: everything is well maintained, the food is great (though portions are admittedly small), and the place is clean and welcoming
S: staff are very polite, helpful and friendly
S: selection is admittedly limited but let's be honest nobody is wandering in here from the road not knowing what their in for, this is a place you go because you mean to go there, great overall would highly recommend

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Photo of TTripp725
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

The vibe that this place puts off is off the hook. My girlfriend and I enjoyed a flyte of several beers and the company of two different sets of complete strangers who were touring Maine Breweries as we were. The staff was extremely polite and helpful even though they were getting slammed. There wasn't one beer that we tried that we didn't like, and price to quality ratio is in the customer's favor. This will be one place that we visit every time I travel back home to visit my family

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Photo of munro78
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Just visited, and eeeehhhhh. Pro's: very clean, efficient. Con's: No growler fills, beers were pricey, and nothing else to sample outside pale ale and iPa's. Read their reviews and was disappointed, imo

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Pulling in and seeing the big solar panels and the brick oven pizza truck is glorious. The inside is small but easy to get a taste or full glass. 8 options available including the always delicious lunch

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Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A 15-minute or so drive from downtown Portland. Traffic in Maine is never much of a thing, even if the locals say otherwise.

You know about MBC's beers: they're awesome. If you like them, you should stop here. They don't sell growlers, sadly, but they always have plenty of bottles for sale at a significant discount versus what they cost in shops. Lunch (the beer, not the meal) is typically available, but not always. Dinner and other highly coveted beers are sold ONLY during specially designated release periods.

If you're staying around to drink, all beers cost 5 bucks per 12 ounce pour. They typically have all of their regular offerings on tap.

The vibe is very Maine-y. The place looks and feels more like a house than a production brewery. There's a big porch and yard where you can drink outside (with your dogs, if you want) and you can see the brewery through the taproom. Everyone is very friendly and service is prompt.

My only complaints is that the bottle prices, while cheaper than stores, are still pretty high. They also don't typically have anything on tap that you can't find bottled. That's good and bad, I guess, since you avoid mad scrambles for rare releases, but I also like being able to try new stuff when I visit a brewery. Overall, though, this is an excellent brewery and visiting makes for a pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of JohnnyLarue
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Walked in on a summer afternoon. Not much selection left as far as bottles. Was kind of looked at by the guy behind the counter as "what are you doing here?". He handled the purchase a bit perfunctory . Maybe I was there at a bad time.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2

You will know you're there by the giant standalone solar arrays to the side of their building. As with their label art style, the sign to the entrance is very minimalist, and with the semi-busy nature of the main road, you're better off looking for these fixtures. Small but modern and clean interior with a window overlooking the brew operations. A couple of bench style seats inside with a few picnic tables outside, it's a very mellow place to chill and have a drink in broad daylight, but would not handle the crowd of a typical trendy bar.

Beer selection is fairly limited, but very high quality. They keep things pretty streamlined so you're always going to have the opportunity to discover both the nuances and larger differences of one IPA to the next. Food is very minimal, which basically comes down to snacks. Tons of their brews are on sale in coolers, fresh and ready for those looking to stock up.

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Photo of exitmusic
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +17.6%
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 +11.3%
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%
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 +13.6%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.9%
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 +2.4%
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 -5.9%
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 -4.2%
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 -14.6%
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%
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 +9.4%
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 -16.7%
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 +3.1%
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
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | 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 +12.9%
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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