To Freeport! No, we’re not going to LL Bean!!!! (Maine Beer Co. & Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Co.)

With this 2-fer post, I have now been to 10 breweries on the trail and am now eligible for…wait for it…a Maine Brewer’s Guild Trucker Hat, y’all!!!!! But I’m not in it for the schwag, just the glory. So let’s get to it!

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This past January I attended a beer dinner at Blaze in Bangor. The entrees were paired with beer from the Maine Beer Co. It was an excellent meal and a lot of fun. The owner, Dan Kleban was there and he told the stories behind a lot of their beers. Check that post out here.

Maine Beer Co. was founded a little over 5 years ago by brothers David and Dan Kleban. In that time, their beers are some of the most sought after not only in Maine, but the country. The website details their story better than I could, so go check that out!



A Tiny Beautiful Something Pale Ale – 5.5% ABV

Brewed with a new hop variety, El Dorado. This beer was light with a bite to it. Slight citrus.


Lunch IPA – 7.0% ABV

Named after a whale that has been spotted off the Maine Coast with a bite taken out of it’s fin, this is one of their more sought after beers. Nice, smooth IPA with citrus and pine tones.


Red Wheelbarrow – 7.0% ABV

A red ale that is unique and superbly crafted. Malty characteristics stand out.


King Titus – 7.5% ABV

Porter. Chocolatey.

Now this brings up a topic of conversation I had with my friends during this visit. What’s the difference between a Stout and a Porter?


This is kind of an interesting article that asks brewers that very question. Doesn’t seem to be a clear-cut distinction. Consensus seems to be stouts are a richer, more intense version of a porter.

Next stop!

Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company!

Guess I didn’t take any pictures other than my beer. Oops! My bad!

Gritty’s has been in business since 1988, starting in the Old Port. Since then, they have won several awards for their beer, bars and food. They have 3 locations in Portland, Freeport and Auburn.

***WARNING*** all of these pictures look the same…


Original Pub Style – British Pale Ale 4.5% ABV




Blonde –

Coppery flavor.







Pilsner –









Vacationland Pale Ale – 4.8% ABV

I found it ashy. #sorrynotsorry

I tried their Raspberry Wheat Ale but I did not get a picture I guess.  And it was, not surprising, raspberry tasting.

As Jay-Z would say, onto the next one!!!!


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