Unfortunately I’m not a fisher-person and I receive lots of emails asking about fishing in Maine. I finally stumbled across this website. Take a look (they have a great underwater fish video on their home page, too).
In the mid-1980s, when Dave Geary sold his first pints of Geary’s Pale Ale, there were only 13 craft breweries in the entire United States. Today, Maine has around 50 breweries crafting hundreds of unique beers. Yes, it’s a competitive field, but it’s also a close-knit and friendly one. Maybe it’s our coastal location, but they’ve all got a “rising tide raises all boats” philosophy. It’s in that spirit that the Maine Brewers Guild was founded.
GRAB YOUR PASSPORT
That spirit, and Maine’s very distinctive hospitality, combined in 2009 with the creation of the Maine Beer Trail. It connects nearly 50 craft breweries, both inland and on the coast. Visit Rocky Coast Brewing in Ogunquit or Kennebec River Pub & Brewery in The Forks, Black Bear Microbrew in Orono or The Bag and Kettle Brewpub at the top of Sugarloaf. Be sure to grab a Maine Beer Trail Passport when you hit the road. Visit 10 breweries, and you’ll be rewarded with a Brewers’ Guild hat; 20 breweries gets you a t-shirt.
You can enjoy the Maine Beer Trail even if no one in your party is willing to make the noble sacrifice of being the designated driver. Take a guided tour with The Maine Brew Bus, complete with beer, snacks, tours and, yes, beer trivia. Or just stick to Portland. There are nearly a dozen breweries just a short walk or cab ride apart, including Shipyard Brewing Co, Sebago and—note the name—Rising Tide Brewing Company.
WHATEVER YOUR THIRST
Maine’s breweries are located all over the map, not just literally, but figuratively as well. At Friars’ Brewhouse in Bucksport, Brother Donald Paul of the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary brews his trademark Whoopie Pie Porter. Penobscot Bay Brewery in Winterport uses the beer they brew to make their signature beer-flavored ice cream. And in a rustic space on Portland’s waterfront, In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation not only brews beer, but distills their own vodka, whiskey and rum.
Maine may have a crazily diverse selection of breweries, but they all share one common theme: They’re serious about making an absolutely great product.
Departures Saturday and Sunday through mid-October.
The Downeast Scenic Railroad was named Best Day Trip in this year’s poll of Down East Magazine readers’ favorites. Thousands of Down East readers voted February through April for their statewide selections and the Downeast Scenic Railroad made the list. The full list of the Best Of honored businesses, places and more, appears in the July issue of Down East.
The “Best of Maine” awards occur annually and provide Down East readers the opportunity to nominate the Maine people, places and things that mean the most to them. Based solely on popular vote, the winners represent the best of Maine as identified by the people who know Maine the best: residents and repeat visitors.
This year thousands of readers nominated their favorites across Maine,” said Down East Editor in Chief Kathleen Fleury. “To be included in this list selected by the readers of Down East or the editorial team here means that you truly are part of what makes Maine so great. Our readers and team take the task of selecting the Best Of very seriously. It really is an honor.”
“We are certainly honored to be chosen as this years Best Day Trip by Down East Magazines readers.”, said Downeast Scenic Railroad/Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, Inc. President, Tom Testa. He added, “This is a huge acknowledgement to our board, generous supporters and especially our volunteers, all who have given in so many ways to help make the Downeast Scenic Railroad project the preservation and educational success it is today.”
Taller Than the Statue of Liberty!
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is the crown jewel of coastal Maine, offering spectacular 360-degree views of the Penobscot River and Bay, the Maine countryside and the distant western mountains. Tourists and travel writers alike have been attracted to the unique character of this structure, its historical significance and the stunning vistas. Engineering and transportation geeks are fascinated by the award-winning and innovative design. Visitors of all ages and interests will enjoy this unique campus that includes
the tallest public bridge observatory in the world;
historic Fort Knox;
picnic tables and grills;
a diversity of interpretive panels explaining the history of the region, natural wildlife of the area and more;
a covered pavilion for hosting family reunions, small weddings and other special events; as well as
the perfect backdrops for your vacation or family photos.