Portland, Maine is known for its craft beer scene, with 90 plus breweries in the state producing some of our favorite beers, from New England-style IPAs to sours and lagers. Many of our guests at our boutique Portland hotel get right to the source of some of the best craft beer around by visiting the Portland breweries located on Industrial Way. This Portland neighborhood is an unlikely spot for some of the best beer in town but has become a haven for beer tourists. In addition to Allagash Brewing, one of the founders of Maine's craft beer scene, you'll find three other craft breweries with tasting rooms, and one bonus distillery tasting room.
Allagash has one of the best tasting rooms and tours of all the Maine breweries, which makes sense, as it's had since its opening in 1992 to hone its craft. While many are familiar with Allagash White, the company's Belgian-style wheat beer, the tasting flight will serve up lesser-known styles like James Bean, made with locally roasted coffee, and Little Sal, a sour aged with Maine blueberries. The tour is a great behind the scene look at what makes Allagash so special, from its barrel aging room to the coolship shed where sour beers are fermented. Tours book up fast, so reserve your spot online.
Across the street from Allagash, an industrial warehouse is home to three breweries that make for an excellent place to spend an afternoon. Foundation Brewing is the largest, having taken over several bays left empty after Bissell Brothers relocated to Thompson's Point. Foundation is best known for its Double IPA Epiphany, but also brews several other delicious IPAs, a great Pilsner, and brown ale. Rotating specials like the sour saison Zuurzing shouldn't be overlooked.
Walk around the corner from Foundation to find two more breweries: Austin Street and Battery Steele Brewing. Austin Street's flagship is its Patina Pale Ale, and you can sample it and a rotating selection of beers then pick up some cans of your favorite. Battery Steele is the newest of the bunch and brews a small number of beers. Try one or all four as you spend an afternoon at the tasting rooms of the Portland breweries on Industrial Way.