The state is home to over 80 craft breweries, a number that is growing every year, making Maine the ideal vacation spot for home brewers and other lovers of craft beers. According to the Maine Office of Tourism’s Visitor Tracking Research Annual Report, 39% of first-time visitors and 35% of return visitors stated that the top priority of their stay was to visit local brew pubs or craft breweries. More and more travelers are planning vacations around particular personal interests, and that means that beer fans are turning vacations into beercations, which combine the traditional of parts of a Maine vacation (sightseeing, experiencing nature, enjoying history and company) with the state’s delicious brews.
With that in mind, the Maine Brewers’ Guild created the Maine Beer Trail. Visitors to the state (and locals too) can download the map/passport to sample Maine’s greatest brews. As you visit various breweries and brewpubs on the trail, you get the passport stamped. With enough stamps, you can earn a branded trucker’s hat, T-shirt, and other souvenirs of your Maine beer tour.
Another great approach is the Brew Bus, a fantastic service and member of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, that transports visitors from brewery to brewery safely. Anyone who has ever embarked on a beercation or a journey around their city knows that easy transportation can make it that much easier and worry free.
As you plan your beer journeys around the state, put Rock Harbor Brewing Co. on your must-visit list. The popular pub and restaurant on Rockland’s Main Street brews award-winning stouts, IPAs, and more, and will open a new brewery this summer. Rock Harbor was voted Best of the Best for Knox County in several categories, and is a member of the Maine Brewers’ Guild. The city of Rockland is a highlight of Maine’s popular Midcoast region, featuring a picturesque harbor and historic lighthouse, top-ranked museums, and fantastic restaurants and lodging options.
As the Maine Beer Trail’s tagline says, “The best beer is in ME!” So what are you waiting for? Stop in to Rock Harbor, Rockland’s favorite brewery, to drink up, wind down, and spend time with some great craft brews!