Travel Tuesday: Visit Shipyard Brewery’s Newly Renovated Tasting Room in Portland, ME

Instead of your average run-of-the-mill date night, head out for an entire day-long adventure to beautiful Portland, Maine, starting (or ending) with a stop at Shipyard Brewery. Shipyard’s newly renovated tasting room is now three times larger, with 1,700 square feet. The inviting space combines industrial accents like metal stools and brick walls with a Cheers-worthy glossy wood bar and big chalkboards announcing the tasting options. The rotating menu proffers 14 beers—including core Shipyard and Sea Dog varieties (hint: try the brand-new Island Time Session IPA) and even pilot brews—and the full portfolio of six Capt’n Eli’s sodas. Sampling options range from flights to 10-ounce pours; plus 32- or 64-ounce growlers are available for those favorites that are homeward bound. 86 Newbury Street, Portland, ME, 207-761-0807

As a native of South Coast Mass., Jen knows southern New England well but is never surprised when she discovers a new favorite destination. An English major who has worked in publishing as an editor and freelance writer for over 15 years, she enjoys interviewing, writing and especially blogging for Southern New England Weddings (because weddings are endlessly pretty and inspiring!). She lives in Rochester, Mass., with her husband and two young daughters.

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