A Surprising Town in Maine Identified as Having the Best Beer Scene in America
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The beer scene in Maine is no longer a secret, with visitors associating Vacationland with beer as much as they do lobster and moose. But as with any popular attraction where that people will travel for, different cities and towns in Maine have been working hard to become the beer capital of the Pine Tree state. So while Portland has carried the mantle as a beer lovers destination, there's another small town in Maine that is getting a lot of recognition.
USA Today has officially named Bar Harbor as one of the 10 best small towns in America when it comes to their beer scene. Bar Harbor has long been a travel hotspot for tourists, with its proximity to Acadia National Park, its great ocean views and beaches and pleasant village-like vibe. As it turns out, there's been a growing beer scene that's also been drawing people to the area.
Once upon a time, Bar Harbor visitors were all about those whale watches, sunset cruises and deep sea fishing adventures. Many visitors are still all about those activities but have added in brewery stops and tours to their game plan. And for good reason, there's quite a few places to visit for a town with limited space.
Bar Harbor is home to three breweries and another restaurant that does their own beer thing. Around town, you'll find Atlantic brewing, Fogtown Bar Harbor and Bar Harbor Beer Works. There's also Jack Russell Steak House who brews their own beers to the delight of patrons.
Bar Harbor also got the nod because they don't take the winter off. For years, the town hosted a winter brew fest that attracted people to the area in the offseason. The other three seasons speak for themselves.