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
United States

(207) 221-5711 | map
mainebeercompany.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.26
Beers:
28
Reviews:
4,819
Ratings:
27,131
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.51
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
386
pDev:
9.09%
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Reviews by Oleyomoleyo:
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Oleyomoleyo from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jun 28, 2015
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slander from New York

4.33/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pre ‘Love and Pils’ play day Friday. Witz & I shot up to the Bean store early so I could shop for a fleece vest I reasonably wouldn’t (and didn’t) find in July. Heading south on 1 through Freeport, I wax poetic about the barley coated chicken sandwich at Gritty’s (they call it the chicken stacker these days), Jameson Tavern (where Maine was liberated from the tyranny of Massachusetts’ rule), the strange civil war store that used to be over there (me, pointing), and other musings from our annual visits up since the 90’s. Now back down at the south end of (outlet) town, we seek the beer we know is near…

Annnnnnnnnnd Fuck! Someone’s mad expanded, like, a whole lot. This was a little place, right? Well it’s not anymore. Entered down there through the side all disoriented. If I’m correct and I am, we’re where the brewery used to be. It’s a large open space with a vaulted arced ceiling with skylight action, exposed ductwork, and drop tear drop lamps in rows across the room and over the bar. White walls with their (excellent) ‘Do what’s right’ mission statement printed and squared framed windows up atop the big wall. Rectangular tiled floors. Large potted & small hanging plants, wall mounted lamps, & some colorful nature prints.

Long straight marble topped bar with a blue tiled base, and no seating (Get your beer, then stand clear). 10 white logo knob handled tap towers (a row of 9 and a nitro sitting higher) on both ends of the bar. Draft list printed on wood slat pieces on the barback (beer, style, & ABV) with pricing atop (5oz for $2.50, 10oz for $5, 16oz for $8, and a flight of 4 beers for $10), and glassware shelved below.

So, 10 beers up (Pepper, Pale Ale, 5.5%; A Tiny Beautiful Thing, Pale Ale, 5.5%; Mo, Pale Ale, 6%; Another One, IPA, 7%; Lunch, IPA, 7%; Dinner, DIPA, 8.2%; Mean Old Tom, Stout, 6.5%; Zoe, Amber Ale, 7.2%; Black Barn Program #4, Hoppy Pils, 5.1%; Black Barn Program #5, Session IPA, 4.7%). I caught 4 on a sampler (Another One, Lunch, Zoe, Black Barn Program #5, Session IPA), and then took in a few 10oz pours (Dinner, Black Barn Program #4, Hoppy Pils). Mad fresh Lunch at the source was delightful, and likewise Dinner, too. But the star of the show was Black Barn Program #4, just a perfectly done Pilsner.

Bar counter table and 3 raised roundies off the bar, 2 rows of picnic tables end to end past there in the center of the room shared, and another 5 picnic tables to the rear fronting a giant brewery behind a wall of glass. Between the bar and brewery sits a giant fountain; stone base, slab top, & tile inners, with (like) a large metal tree sculpture in the rain. We called it “The weeping metal tree”. “Maybe a copper beech”, said Becky (she’s earthy and knows things).

7 cooler doors on the other end with bottles & cases for the taking and making of mixeds. I suppose I could slum it with 10 day old bottles of Lunch (and thank you for the friends and family hook, yo). And a swag corner nearby (why didn’t I get that winter hat 2 years back that I now don’t see for sale in July?)

Blue tile fronted pizza oven just into a kind of side space off the big room; I’m looking into its mouth and I see fire! Another row of tables picnic and some more raised roundies there, and through to an outside space with picnics under a strung lit awning.

Their food menu consists of a house salad that we were careful not to make direct eye contact with and 5 pizzas (Cheese, Pepperoni, Margherita, Sausage & onion, and Tartufo). We took in 4 of them for the eat and did forgo the fifth, being the cheese pizza. I was super psyched that everyone ate the pepperoni and hardly touched the stupidface Tartufo mushroom and that’s all that was left because I really like that, yeah, that’s my favorite (ISO: new friends). The pizzas were good, nothing crazy, but they fixed my head.

Additional seating and games upstairs. Good views over the room from up here. 2 tired seating, with a step up picnic table zone over the bar below, and the lower section, 9 rectangular tables across from a half dozen little roundys on a shared bench. The games are 2 dartboards, and the messing with you they did to get you to go upstairs to look for gaming. From here I spy what used to be the tasting room proper; looks like it’s now a private event space.

Dude (can I call you ‘Dude’?), it’s Maine beer. Their beer is excellent and you knows it. You’re going there.

Jul 11, 2020
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shawver74 from North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Part of 2020 summer road trip. This is one of the coolest taprooms I've been to. Very modern and clean. Solar panels everywhere.

Jun 23, 2020
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Gavilan from Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Mar 01, 2020
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zbelair from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jan 12, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

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!

Aug 31, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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.

Aug 29, 2019
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A_Rad from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Aug 09, 2019
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Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Jul 13, 2019
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npolachek from New York

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.

Jul 03, 2019
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jun 29, 2019
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Pinkylives from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jun 23, 2019
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Jun 21, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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.

Jun 11, 2019
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nwhittin from Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jun 01, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 28, 2019
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coombski from Maine

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Apr 26, 2019
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Icka31 from Massachusetts

4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 18, 2019
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stonytokes from Maine

3.16/5  rDev -29.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Feb 11, 2019
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eddie704 from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Feb 08, 2019
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Zach423 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Jan 09, 2019
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seanh99 from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 06, 2019
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trapp2424 from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 16, 2018
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

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!
-California

Nov 14, 2018
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cedmunds from South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Oct 22, 2018
Maine Beer Company in Freeport, ME
Brewery rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 27131 ratings