Maine Beer Trail Guide Offers a Handy Itinerary
Planning an itinerary for a Road Trip for Beer can take a lot of time: researching brewery hours and locations, contacting them to arrange tours and tracking down little-known brewpubs along the route.
But thanks to the Maine Brewers’ Guild, most of that work is already done for the road tripper. The Maine Beer Trail guide offers a checklist of 25 breweries and brewpubs throughout the state, and the brochure is available at information centers throughout the state or it can be downloaded from the Maine Brewers Guild website.
The six-page guide includes the checklist, a brief description of each venue and a full-color map.
And road trippers can earn prizes for taking the trip. Visit five of the breweries on the list and you get a free baseball cap from a Maine brewery; visit 10 for a T-shirt; and if you hit all 25, you win a prize pack of Maine beer gear.
One of the best things about this guide is that includes a lot of lesser-known stops. For instance, many craft beer drinkers outside of Maine have heard of Shipyard Brewing Co, Allagash Brewing or Sea Dog Brewing Co., but how many have tasted brews from Run of the Mill Public House in Saco, Oak Pond Brewing Co. in Skowhegan or Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk?
Taste a Lot of the Beer at Once
If you’re planning to take a Road Trip for Beer to The Pine Tree State any time soon, you might want to schedule it to encompass the Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2011. The event at the Boothbay Resort in Boothbay will feature beers from most of the brewers on the Maine Beer Trail. Special guest Sam Calagione , founder of Dogfish Head Brewing Company in Delaware, will attend and bring some of his brewery’s lauded brews, including 120 Minute IPA and Bitches Brew.
All of the proceeds will support the Maine Brewers’ Guild and its continuing mission to promote the craft beer industry in Maine.
Tickets are $50 and include beverages and traditional Southern barbecue.