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Find Out What’s on Tap with Dad on a Father’s Day Beercation in Portland

With coastal views, an elevated food scene, a city living aura, and small-town charm, the heart of the Pine Tree State is the perfect place to venture with your dad this Father’s Day. Follow along to find out where to stay, the best breweries to visit, and other things to do around Portland, Maine this June.

Where to Stay in Portland

Weekend getaways are the main ingredient in the recipe for a relaxing summer. Made up of 21 unique neighborhoods, Portland is a mosaic of personalities. Each visit, you’re able to find your match by experiencing a new adventure. 

In terms of a home base area, we especially love Old Port for its cobblestone streets, petite boutiques and historic feel, and Cape Elizabeth for the lighthouses and sprawling shoreside parks. South Portland’s historic theater district and fishing roots provide the area with quintessential New England charm. Westbrook is wonderful if you’re interested in river activities and exploring public parks, and they have a welcoming main street community as well. Parkside is lively with a true city feel, exciting nightlife, and sensational food scene while Falmouth is known for its calm beaches and elegant homes. With unparalleled ocean views, Peaks Island is the ideal place to experience the intimate island community. 

Start by checking out our lodging options to find the exact charm you’re looking for in a place to stay. Then move on to the fun part: planning your brewery visits.

Breweries to Visit

Portland is a mecca for local brewed beers, ales, and IPAs, perfect for fathers with a love for high quality beverages.Thousands of people flock to the city each year to hang out at all the local breweries in town. Craft beer has taken off, and these Portland brewery tours are ready to welcome your father to the fun. 

If you’re unsure which brewery you want to visit or you seek a guided tasting experience, a local tour is the way to go. With the ability to stick to craft beer only or expand to seltzers, ciders, and spirits, you are able to pick a Portland, Maine brewery tour that fits your preferences. 

Allagash Brewery

Though their classic is a refreshing Belgian-style wheat beer, a visit to their tasting room will allow you to try wilds, sours, barrel-aged, and spontaneously fermented beers as well. In addition to their commitment to creating exciting craft beer, they're also devoted to becoming more sustainable and supporting the Portland community. 

Lone Pine Brewing Co

If you’re one to choose your beverage by the looks of the can, Lone Pine is for you. With creative cans and even more creative flavors (like Raspberry Sparkler or Holy Donut Coffee Cake), this brewery is ready to serve up the fun. 

Rising Tide Brewing Company

Pup and family-friendly, this family-owned brewery serves small-batch craft brews and elevated comfort food. They believe in using ingredients from local farmers to create unique flavors of the highest quality. Grab Dad and visit their patio for a relaxed day in the sun.

Geary Brewing Co

Ever since the winter of 1986, this brewery has been perfecting a comprehensive line of heritage beers brewed in open fermentation. Choose from a hazy, juicy IPA, sour, fruited lager, stout, sweet porter, or even house-brewed root beer to enjoy in their beer garden or in front of a live band on Saturday night. 

Island Dog Brewing

With new beer releases every so often, you’re sure to find something new with every visit to this dog-friendly brewery. If your dad is a lover of the classic Belgian and German ales, he will be a fan of this locally sourced spot. Bring your dog along for a day in the taproom or on the sunny patio in South Portland.

Other Things to do Around Portland

There is so much to do with your old man besides brewery tours in Portland, Maine. The Portland Museum of Art features work by Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, and Winslow Homer along with a wide variety of American, European, and contemporary works. 

Or, visit the oldest lighthouse in Maine. The Portland Head Light is located in Cape Elizabeth’s Fort Williams Park and was first lit in 1791 after being commissioned by George Washington four years prior. For almost 200 years, this lighthouse served as a navigational beacon for passing ships. 

If you’re fascinated by architecture, stop by the Victoria Mansion. Boasting luxury and grandeur, this summer house was originally built for hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse in the mid-1800s. After a long history, it now stands as a museum in honor of Queen Victoria. 

About New England Inns and Resorts

New England Inns and Resorts was founded in 1907 and has been devoted to providing unforgettable experiences ever since. With over 300 hotels, inns, resorts, and more located across New England, we support exceptional hospitality with a dedication to keeping it local at every location. 

Regardless of your interests, you’ll never run out of things to do around Portland, Maine. So, raise a glass to Dad this June and hit the road exploring. We are ready to help you find your perfect place to stay this Father’s Day weekend.