Maine Attracts Small Craft Breweries and the Chefs who Love Them

Justin Kennedy

When it comes to beer, Portland, Maine, is used to being overshadowed. This bucolic seaport town has long been second-tier to neighboring Boston and to the much cooler, superbly hip West Coast city with which it shares a name. But over the last decade—thanks to a group of young, forward-thinking restaurants, bars and breweries—the East Coast Portland has quietly become New England’s premier city for both innovative brewing and chef-driven dining.

“When I...