In New England people feel differently about the changing seasons. I love the transition from late summer to early fall. On the Maine coast and especially in Kennebunkport, the air takes on a crisp quality; you can often smell wood smoke in the air as dormant fireplaces are put into use again and there’s no doubt that it’s nice to snuggle under plump down comforters during cool autumn nights.
Leigh and I have lived in New England for our entire lives and this season has become my favorite. I love the change that we see in Kennebunkport: the pace slows, chefs at Kennebunkport restaurants take advantage of the changing season to refresh their menus, Kennebunkport shops and boutiques often offer special sales and deals and there’s nothing better than the vibrant colors of sugar maples opposed to the deep blue of the Atlantic ocean.
One of the primary things I love about fall is autumn beer. If you’re thinking about a trip to Kennebunkport I’d suggest taking the time to enjoy some of Maine’s finest breweries.
Just down the road from the Inn, in Lower Village Kennebunk, is the home of Shipyard Brewing, Federal Jacks. In the fall you’ll find Pumkinhead and Brewer’s Brown on Tap. Pumkinhead is a subtly spiced british style ale – not my favorite. Brewer’s Brown on the other hand is one of my favorite Kenebunkport brews. This is full bodied, dark brown has a nice smoky taste up front and a smooth finishing and crisp hop taste at the back.
After Jacks you can head over to Sebago Brewing Company in Kennebunk, Maine. Look for Local Harvest Ale in the late summer and early fall. This American Pale Ale has a bouquet of citrus, pine and lemon grass and a deep mahogany color. Or, try Boathouse Brown which can be enjoyed year round but for me especially works on a cool fall afternoon.
Our other local brew house is just up the road on Saco Island. At Run of the Mill Public House you’ll find a host of beers brewed on premise. From classic English style Pale Ales like “Alewife Ale” to real Malt centric ales like “Tented Kilt Scottish Ale” your sure to find something to satisfy your palate. This is a great place to enjoy the deck overlooking the falls. Their menu is traditional pub food, but done with a local focus. Good ingredients and a very cool restored mill setting make this a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.
There are so many fantastic craft brewers in Maine that you could spend a week tasting tour – if you want to, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is the place to make your home. Just a short drive up the coast you’ll find Portland where Allagash, Sebago, Shipyard, Gritty’s, Gearys and Peak Brewing all have their breweries. We’ll be happy to help with directions to these beer lovers destinations. Maybe we’ll see you out there!
Enjoy this new season.
All the best, Rob