Maine’s Kennebec Valley is home to 11 craft brewers and several beer-centric events. Paying tribute to the Capital area’s historical past in their names are Cushnoc Brewing Co. in Augusta or the nearby Bateau Brewing in Gardiner for their Four Oars IPA. On Water Street in  Hallowell sits The Liberal Cup. This brew-pub offers an ever-rotating menu of English-style, house-made beers to wash down some Bangers & Smash or Shepherd’s Pie.

Bigelow Brewing is worth a taste in Skowhegan; they make their beers with Maine hops and local fruits and vegetables. Stop by Waterville Brewing Company. Golfers will appreciate their Mulligans Amber Ale. Plus, keep an eye out for the food trucks out front. In Fairfield, Meridians retail shop claims to have the freshest IPAs, the biggest stouts, and funkiest sours and wilds around.

Please note, many of the breweries offer food, whether it be a full menu or wood-fired pizza. Most that do not, offer snacks, host food trucks, or allow you to bring your own food. Check their websites for more info in advance of a visit.

Celebrating Local Maine Beers

June kicks off with Snow Pond on Tap and Augusta’s well-established Kennebec River Brewfest, Labor Day weekend marks the Annual Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest, where you can sample dozens of Maine-made beers.

Sample a few craft beers at Grateful Grain Brewing Company in Monmouth.

Explore these local Craft Brewers

NameLocationTasting/Tap RoomFood
Bateau BrewingGardinerX
Bigelow Brewing CompanySkowheganXX
Cushnoc Brewing Co.AugustaXX
East Outlet BrewingCambridgeXX
Grateful Grain Brewing CompanyMonmouthX
Kennebec River BreweryThe ForksXX
Oak Pond BrewerySkowheganX
Outland Farm BreweryPittsfieldXBYOF
The Liberal CupHallowellXX
van der BrewWinthropXBYOF
Waterville Brewing CompanyWatervilleX

Map of Breweries in Maine’s Kennebec Valley

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Other Visitor Resources: Maine Beer Trail