While Portland is often viewed as the epicenter of Maine's craft beer scene, the truth is there are many breweries in the Midcoast area that are worth visiting. With one brewery in downtown Camden and several within a short drive's distance from our Camden boutique hotel Whitehall, you're never too far away from some fresh, locally-brewed craft beer. Next time you're on a lark to Camden, visit these breweries near Camden to experience the thriving Maine beer scene.
Sea Dog was one of the early pioneers of craft brewing in Maine and has expanded to several locations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Florida. In addition to a range of styles, including a blueberry wheat ale, Sea Dog carries some of Shipyard Brewing's beers. Finder, a New England-style IPA, is Shipyard's latest and most popular brew. You can enjoy a meal at this full service brewpub too.
You can find another great brewpub in neighboring Rockland, on Main St. Rock Harbor. They brew their own beer here, with 7 styles reflecting today's hoppy beer trends—Double IPA, a session IPA and several pale ales. If you're just after the beer, check out the newly opened tap room at 5 Payne Ave and enjoy a flight.
Making some of the most popular beer in the state, Marshall Wharf is a relaxed place to visit on the Belfast waterfront. Just a short drive north of Camden, Belfast is a great day trip with one of the best breweries near Camden. The tap room is a more relaxed affair, while Three Tides, the bar upstairs, opens in the evenings with a menu of small plates. Try the unusual styles, some brewed with seaweed and oysters for a real taste of the coast.