Let’s Quench That Thirst
In 1996, Oak Pond Brewing Company opened up a brewery just outside of Skowhegan and it’s still at it today, joined by tasty upstart Bigelow Brewing Company. Sit down for a pint at the Old Mill Pub in town. This year, Main Street Skowhegan also presents the Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest on the first Saturday in September. Waterville is home to tasty suds at Mainely Brews. Looking for a drink in Hallowell? Try The Liberal Cup, offering an ever-rotating menu of beers, as well as The Quarry Tap Room and The Maine House. Kennebec River Pub & Brewery, located at Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks, offers great seasonal brews and some of the finest IPAs in the state.
Gardiner also has a brewer, or is it cider-er? Either way, look for Lost Orchard Brewing/The Crooked Halo, running a tasting room out of a converted church. In Fairfield, a new wine and specialty shop called Meridians recently opened its doors to great reviews, so stop in and stock up. Tree Spirits makes award-winning distilled beverages in Oakland, turning Maine’s best apples and maple syrup into superior wines and distilled spirits. In 2014 they also introduced absinthe—becoming the only state-licensed absinthe maker in Maine. Right across the street is Riverside Farm Restaurant & Wine Market, for a night of fine dining and music or the area’s best brunch.