If you’re looking to get a true taste of Downeast Maine, try out a brewery! Atlantic Brewing Company is located in Bar Harbor. About an hour away from Deer Isle, it makes a great day-trip to take during your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn! Here, you can taste brews like their famous blueberry ale and explore the quaint coastal town. You most likely won’t find their delicious brews outside of Maine and New Hampshire, so give them a try while you have the chance!
If you’re planning a trip to Deer Isle, take advantage of our free Vacation Guide. Planning a vacation can be hard, so we’ve chosen our favorite things to do in the area to save you from hours of research! Skip the tedious part of preparation and use our free guide to find:
- Wineries and breweries like Atlantic Brewing Company
- Cultural events, museums, and entertainment
- The best restaurants in the area
- Festivals and attractions you won’t want to miss
- Outdoor activities for all skill levels
History of the Atlantic Brewing Company
The Atlantic Brewing Company, then known as Arcadia Brewing, began in 1990 in a small cafe with the capacity to brew just one barrel at a time. With such a high demand, the brewery moved into a restaurant where they could brew 7 barrels at a time. By 1998, the demand was so high that they had to move yet again. They are now located on the grounds of a 19th century Maine farmstead with a full store and tasting area!
Visiting the Atlantic Brewing Company
The Atlantic Brewing Company offers free tours 3 times a day until the month of October. Be guided through the facility as you learn how beer is brewed! Tickets for the tours are distributed one hour ahead of time, and they are first-come-first-served, so make sure to get there ahead of time. The tours all end with a tasting of the brews. There are up to 6 beers on draft at one time to try and growlers available to fill if you find one you like. After the tour and tasting, you can browse the shop for apparel, glassware, and other types of beer. If you don’t have enough room in your suitcase, you can always ship some home or order from their online store!
Atlantic Brewing Company Beers
The Atlantic Brewing Company brews everything from classics to seasonals. When you go, make sure to try one of their oldest brews: Atlantic Brewing Company Blueberry Ale. This ale has been around since 1993 and is a favorite to everyone that stops by. The flavor profile begins as a tasty ale but then has a wild Maine blueberry finish. Each beer has a story behind it that are all inspired by the brewery’s past or the history of Maine!
Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn
Pilgrim’s Inn is tucked away in a gorgeous slice of paradise on Deer Isle. It’s in the perfect spot to relax away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yet be close enough to fun attractions like the Atlantic Brewing Company. Choose from 12 cozy rooms and cottages that will make Deer Isle feel like your home away from home. Let us start your day off right with a delicious homemade breakfast each morning! If you would like help planning your stay, just fill out our Deer Isle Getaway Planner form. We want your stay to be as special as possible, and we look forward to seeing you!