Maine Beer Company

Maine Beer CompanyMaine Beer Company
Maine Beer CompanyMaine Beer Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

525 US Route 1
Freeport, Maine, 04032-7009
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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Vibe was sterile indoor ordering area with some picnic benches for family style seating. Patio area was full with little kids, dogs, and good beer appreciating people. Ample retail area with large coolers full of beer anywhere from 1 day old to 1 month old. Capacity for maybe 150?

Quality of the beers are solid. Had Dinner on tap today which was awesome. Bottled versions of Woods and Water, Zoe, and Black Barn 6 were very good as was Lunch.

Service was well go get your own. However the folks pulling the beers were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Tips go to their charitable cause which is awesome!

Selection on tap was around 9 beers and bottle wise there were around 9 available.

Food - Pizza was serviceable but nothing special.

Overall there are some solid albeit overpriced beers here but i am not going to be picky having traveled from the desert southwest. It was a good experience and i would come here again if ever in the are in the future!

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I hadn’t been there since the expansion and was just overwhelmed by how intimate and friendly it feels. I didn’t feel like I was stuffed into a sardine can. Expansive area to mingle. AND I happened upon a release of Dinner and a brew I didn’t even know they brewed, Second Dinner. I had heard about Dinner and how hard it is/was? to get in the past. Seems like they will have it the first week of each month now. Wonderful. Oh what a feeling. Well done Maine BC.

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Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great space in Freeport Maine close to the Highway. They have brick oven pizza and picnic tables inside and outside with lots of games to play. Great spot to visit.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Extraordinary facility, very clean and refined, with solid selections and delicious pizza and massive pretzels with mustard. The beer is the star, of course, and I was lucky enough to come when both Dinner and Second Dinner were available and on tap. The reality is that Maine Beer Co. beer is pretty reasonably priced for what you get, and I came away quite pleased with the experience.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Beautiful facility with whitewashed barn interior, a fountain, and a full pizza oven. Honestly, the place was far cleaner and sterile than I expected any craft brewery to ever be. The only thing which sort of pissed me off was the price of Dinner: $8 for about a pint bottle (16.9 fl oz). Dinner and Heady Topper are super comparable, but when you drive all the way out to Stowe, at least The Alchemist only charges your $4 per pint can versus when you drive out to Freeport, Maine Beer charges you 2x for their beer. I understand that they're running a business, but for a brewery that likes to advertise how well they pay employees and how much they contribute to environmental causes, they don't seem to be that sympathetic to the everyday guy trying to stock up on a fantastic beer he can't get anywhere else. Alchemist is a B-corp and manages to be environmentally and socially friendly while not overpricing their product.

Other than that, the brewery experience was a good time. They have a shuffleboard set and a couple dartboards that were fun. I could easily see bringing family here and having a beer and meal. Will definitely go again, but I hope as they grow, they manage to experience economies of scale and can reduce the cost of their best beer a bit, or at least distribute it as they do most of their other beers.

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Photo of seanh99
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I was here on a busy Saturday in Early December not very large tasting room and was quite crowded. They got me beer quickly tho and I enjoyed my time chatting with others. Definitly will get back when the weather is warmer.

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Photo of trapp2424
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Venue update - April 2019 - the new taproom opened up 5 weeks ago I'm told and this is a MUST VISIT place for the venue and the beer combined. Wow. Nicest taproom I've ever been to. Beautifully done by them with bottle coolers on the left, incredibly nice restrooms, a second level with skeet ball and darts along with many tables. On the main level, there is a pizza nook and the tap line was manageable on the Sunday we visited. Many tables to sit and a water fountain in the middle of the place that added to the atmosphere. Just an incredible place and can't recommend highly enough due to the new venue and of course, world class beers flowing: Lunch, Dinner, Second Dinner and others.

Visited in November 2018 and we fortunate to run into Dinner release so we enjoyed some of draft and bought some bottles to go. Located off Route 1 in Freeport, plenty of parking and clean inside although a strange layout with restrooms on the side of the main bar which makes it hard to get into them with the inside crowd. Pretzels available as well as a limited menu which included a Cuban sandwich for $12. Beer was great.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Tiny, tiny, cozy little tap room. Two coolers, one with cases, one with singles. The usual suspects on tap. 5oz pours for $2.70. Tried a pour of Dinner, and left with a bottle. There were beautiful looking pretzels, but I'm not sure how much they cost, or if that's a regular thing. Bottles are about $6, Dinner is about $8. Good parking space, no crowd on a Tuesday afternoon, and good selection. Will return.
Edit: Tucker is the man. Tucker, if you're reading this, you're the man!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.87/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

August 2018 - a Maine visit highlight, a must stop for any beer lover in the vicinity. Indoor/outdoor tap room space, with a massive expansion underway. 8 drafts on tap, with options for tasters/flights. The quality of the beer here is top of the scale. Try everything. Plenty to buy to go cold in bottles, with an ever evolving stock. Plus, an outdoor pizza kitchen turning out high quality pies - no need to mess with any other food. Where it is at.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Maine Beer Company is right on US Route 1 in Freeport, Maine. Relative to the ample parking, the serving space seems a bit small, although it can clearly accommodate several dozen, but in discussion with the server, I understand there are plans to renovate and expand the serving space dramatically. I stopped in hoping to try Dinner, their DIPA ranked #1 in Maine on BA, but found that will not be released until Memorial Day.

That said, the bar itself is large with 8 taps all dedicated to MBC originals, which are uniformly excellent. Bottled versions of what is on tap are also available. The space is modern, bright, and impeccably clean. In addition, the vibe is low key and welcoming and the serving staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Sadly, I did not really have time to stay for long, but would certainly be glad for that opportunity in the future.

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Photo of tonypeezoh
3.55/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Maine Beer Company - ironic because most people who live in Maine can't afford it. Decent beers but overpriced. Haven't bought from MBC since we now have access to better beers that are $4/can rather than $8/bottle. If the unique 16.9 fl oz bottle and bottle carbonation is causing you to try to charge a premium, switch to cans and a brite tank...

Looking forward to seeing the new taproom expansion and I am hoping you bring your prices back down to earth or I will continue buying other beer.

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Photo of RionMyers
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Just love the quality beer this brewery produces. Do not have a ton of beers to choose from as they believe in offering quality over quantity ("Do What's Right"). Yet, what they do have is probably the best quality top to bottom. They are expanding their facility by leaps and bounds and was so happy to be able to visit them this summer while on family vacation.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Maine Beer is about consistency and quality. Not big or flashy, just good beer. The tent outside was full so I went inside, lines were reasonable and in no time I had a sample pour and 3 beers to go. Tap room is cozy, you will get to know your neighbor. But it's fun, and I picked up a beer I had not seen in stores. If you are in Portland, you gotta make the drive to Freeport.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

A small interior space just off the highway, as well as a patio with some excellent oven baked pizza made by a guy just working his tail off. Board games available to keep the kids busy if you need. Their website shows 10 beers that they brew; they have 8 of them available on tap at any given time. Sadly, they did not have "Dinner" the day I was there. My wife & I split their "All In" flight where you get 5oz of each of the 8 beers. As we went through them, one thing which struck me and is different than most flights I've had is ... they were All REALLY good. Even their session IPA was full of taste & stood out for me as the best session I've had - avoiding that somewhat watery taste & feel that accompany most sessions. Ratings will follow as I made some notes as the tasting went along but this brewery makes good beer. That and, they make only beer that suits my style preferences so that works out well too. Only real downside is the beer is too pricey. $18 for the flight and then $6 per bottle if you want to take some home. We did, as their beer is very well done, but compared to the Alchemist at 12.50 per 4 pack (which we did earlier the same day), the value is just not there. I would have purchased a lot more take home with a better price point.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I'm surprised I have never rated this before. This place first off strikes you as very clean, the space in the taproom is very bright and clean. Their beers are exceptional as anyone has ever been anywhere and had their beers knows. They lean heavily toward IPAs that are delicious and hey crystal clear. The only downside to their beers is the shelf life of them are shorter than short. But most of their beers are exceptionally balanced and finish dry. The staff is friendly and they have about 6 of their beers to try and most of them are available for sale by the bottle or 12 pack case. Although, this is one of the more established breweries in Maine I was still awestruck by the amount of people at this brewery and the amount of beer being sold out the door. These guys are crazy busy and even though their taproom isn't that old they are doing a 4.1 Million dollar expansion. Good for them they do make great beer, and there are whispers that Dinner will be brewed more often once the expansion is done.

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Photo of cmurphy7
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

visited the tap room in freeport for my Dinner pick-up this morning. it is a small tasting room, but the staff did an amazing job managing the crowds and organizing the release. incredibly friendly and helpful staff. while I didn't stay long, left me with a great impression of the brewery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited several times while I was stationed in Maine, and every time I have ever been here, I always had fantastic service. They keep a well lit and extremely clean little place. Staff is quite friendly and knowledgeable. If you're in the area, I recommend checking them out. Check their website when they decide to do "Dinner" releases.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.87/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Nice place with a great selection of Maine Beer. They have a great selection on draft and even more bottles to drink there or go. They also did flights of beer. Really good large pretzels

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +5.3%
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 -30.2%
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 -7.3%
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 -0.7%
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 -22.2%
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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Maine Beer Company in Freeport, ME
Brewery rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 27131 ratings