Guide to New England’s Breweries and Distilleries

By Emily Marcus, June 28, 2019

Destination: Portland, Maine

No New England brewery list can be complete without mention of Portland. With nearly 20 breweries and microbreweries, the city is constantly pushing innovation to the next level, and that creativity can be seen in the gastronomic and distillery scene as well.

Sublime Suds: Rising Tide Brewing Company

Located in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood, Rising Tide stands out from the pack for a few reasons. They use local ingredients in every beer, creating unique and lively flavors. Their industrial, spacious tasting room and seasonal tar patio make for a great post-meeting hangout or private event space, offering perks like patio games, brewery tours, and the ability to bring in food trucks!

Spectacular Spirits: Maine Craft Distilling

Operating under their “farm-to-flask” principle, Maine Craft Distilling collaborates with local farms to create brilliant craft-distilled spirits like “Blueshine Blueberry Liquor” and “Chesuncook Spirit,” made from carrots.  Plan a company party at the distillery and rustic public house which provides three spaces for events ranging from 15 to 100 attendees. All events include access to the patio, a menu of MCD craft cocktails, wine, local draught and domestic beer, many food options and a catering menu prepared in house by their chef, and complimentary spirit tastings.

Sagacious Suggestion: Portland Harbor Hotel

Up your work trip by staying at the ultimate spot for corporate groups: the Portland Harbor Hotel. The cozy and nautical feel of this 95-room boutique hotel reflects its prime location in the Old Port district (with multiple breweries and distilleries within a block). Plus, their three stunning event spaces are perfect for meetings of any size (capacities range from 18 to 120).

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