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Maine Beer Company

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BEER AVG
4.12/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(207) 221-5711 | map
www.mainebeercompany.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
25
Reviews:
4,215
Ratings:
24,929
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
296
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
4.99%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by Abilow33:
Photo of Abilow33
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The atmosphere was neat. It looks like an old style New England Barn on the outside. When you go in it is more of a modern feel. You can watch the beer making process through the window. I was a little disappointed that they did not have Lunch in the bottle (sold out). But they did have it on tap. The prices were kind of high.

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Photo of Dylanloe
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of munro78
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
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 Beer21
4.63/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Lovecraftian_IPA
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Seebeej
4.21/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RatchetBrewing
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -16.6%
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 rjp217
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Lappleby24
4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
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 +12.8%
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 +18.8%
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 CayseyW
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jvodom
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Loved it here. Great beers and great service.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
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 MilaMila
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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Maine Beer Company in Freeport, ME
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.
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