Its status as "the other Portland" is unfair given everything this coastal town has going for it. The bar and brewery scene has blown up in the last five years, and though it can't match its Oregon counterpart in sheer numbers, the quality here is phenomenal.
Best Brews, Breweries, and Bars
Start with a tour and tasting at Allagash, the first great Belgian-style brewery to take root in the U.S. It doesn't offer a full-service bar (just four-ounce samples), but Allagash will sell you beer to-go from its retail store, and we highly recommend the available-only-at-the-brewery House Ale.
Portland, Maine's real strength lies in its ridiculously hoppy pale ales and IPAs. You'll find world-class offerings at an impressive triumvirate of breweries: Maine Beer, Bissell Brothers, and Foundation Brewing.
While we love eating seafood fresh at the docks, when you're ready to sit down for a meal, head to Novare Res. The cozy Belgian cafe features 30 taps covering the best of Maine, the U.S., and Belgium.