Portland, Maine ranked top craft beer city in the world

Yes, you read that right- Maine’s largest city has been named number 1 on a list of the top cities in the world for craft beer by the website Matador Network.

Matador Network bills itself as “the world’s largest independent travel publisher, with over 12 million unique monthly visitors,” and included other cities such as Munich, Tokyo, Montreal, and Denver on their list.

Portland, Maine. Image- Chris Shorr, BDN.

Portland, Maine. Image- Chris Shorr, BDN.

They even gave shout outs to local breweries such as Allagash, Maine Beer Company, Bissell Brothers, and others.

Here’s what they said about Portland:

“With a population of just under 204,000, Portland is Maine’s largest city. However the fact that it’s small shouldn’t mean anything. Not only is it considered to have the most restaurants, per capita, than any other U.S. city, but it’s jam-packed with craft brewery operations and bars that support them.

When it comes to beer, there are the big players — Allagash and Maine Beer Company, to name the best — but there’s also quite a few of the little guys.Bissell Brothers, for instance, founded by Noah and Peter Bissell, has only been around since 2013, but their Substance Ale is on pretty much every tap in the Portland metro area and beyond. This is a city that welcomes people branching off on their own. And if you can brew a good beer, pretty much every bar in town wants to support you.

Craft beer is poured at Novare Res Bier Cafe in Portland’s Old Port neighborhood. Image from the Novare Res Facebook page.

Craft beer is poured at Novare Res Bier Cafe in Portland’s Old Port neighborhood. Image from the Novare Res Facebook page.

Novare Res is probably the most necessary place to start your beer tour of Portland. They’ve got all the local ones on 25 rotating taps, plus 500-plus bottles from around the world. From there, Oxbow, Rising Tide and Bunker all have tasting rooms within close reach of each other. There’s also, of course, the Maine Brew Bus, which you can hop on for as low as $55 per person and get taken to basically every place you need to worry about it when it comes to guzzling Maine beer.”

For the full list, click here.

Note: The population of Portland proper is roughly 66,000. Matador used the population of Greater Portland.

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a sixth generation Portlander who loves all things Maine. He has worked with mentally ill and marginalized adults at a Portland non-profit, on a lobster boat in Casco Bay, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.