It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the steady stream of new brews, beer varieties, and other goodies coming from Maine’s brewing industry and alcohol-adjacent businesses. As of spring 2022, Maine now has 165 breweries, up from 156 in April 2021.
Whether you live here all year round or are just passing through, how on earth do you decide which drink to choose for your summer activities? We are here to help you. Here are seven canned beers, ciders, kombuchas, and cocktails, all made in Maine, nearly all new to the scene, and all great choices for Maine’s warm weather and beautiful scenery.
Floating Vacation, Allagash Brewing Company
The latest canned version of Allagash is Floating Holiday, a lager brewed with lemon zest and sea salt. Allagash has killed it over the past few years with its widely distributed and relatively inexpensive four-pack craft beer. — though you can still get the weird, wild, and funky bottled stuff at the Portland Brewery and craft beer destinations. Floating Holiday would, as the name suggests, taste delicious sitting in a float on a body of water.
Cloud Mushroom, Mason’s Brewing Company
This farm-hopped season was first released in 2017, but then didn’t reappear on Mason’s beer list until 2020. Mason dubbed it a “lawnmower beer” – the kind of thing that quenches your thirst after cutting back 40. It’s definitely has a bite of hops, but it’s still light, as it should be for a season. Available in shops and at the brewery on the Brewer waterfront.
Staycation Land, Baxter Brewing Company
Another Maine brewery known for its simple but high-quality beers is Baxter, which launched Staycation Land last year, a lager you can give to those friends and family who tend to prefer a Bud Light but who will drink a craft beer if offered. But make no mistake: this is an extremely well-made classic lager, easy to drink but with a balanced mix of bitter and sweet.
Slightly Raddled, Mast Landing Brewing Company
Westbrook-based Mast Landing created this delicious grapefruit-centric kolsch last year, and it was a big enough hit to bring it back this summer — in fact, it just hit tap lines and shelves this week, although it won’t be in stores until later this summer. If you find yourself in Westbrook or Freeport, drop by Mast’s tasting room to grab a four-pack of this crisp, zesty, tangy and exceptionally sessionable summer beer.
Maine Mule, artisanal distillation of Maine
Although not exactly the new kid on the block, Maine Craft Distilling’s line of canned cocktails offer a great alternative if you’re not a beer lover, nor are you a big fan of beer. hard seltzer. They’re all good, but the Maine Mule, made with Maine Craft Distilling’s Ration rum and ginger beer, is particularly tasty with a sunny edge.
Original Blend, Freedom’s Edge Cider
Freedom’s Edge Cider just launched last summer and has created several varieties of hard cider from its Albion apple orchard and tasting room. Its original blend is widely available in Maine stores, and it’s a satisfying semi-dry cider made from several local and English apples that’s best served chilled, or even over ice.
Aloha, Maine Booch Brewery
Another brewer new to the scene, Maine Booch Brewing started making kombucha in Damariscotta last year. Technically, it’s called “booch,” which means it’s properly alcoholic, unlike kombucha, which typically only contains 1% or less alcohol. Its Aloha blend features hibiscus and ginger, a perfectly summery pairing that’s also dandy as part of a mixed drink. Maine Booch Brewing is only available at the brewery, so you’ll have to travel all the way to Lincoln County to sample or fill up a growler.