Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Ali and Frazier. French fries and ketchup. Palmer and Nicklaus. Golf and beer.
Some things just go together. Take that final coupling, golf and beer. A well-crafted ale or lager and a pleasant place to enjoy them (in moderation of course) while recapping the day’s exploits of golf are as much a part of summer as bug spray and sun screen.
The Maine Brewers’ Guild, Maine Restaurant Association and Maine Office of Tourism recently joined forces to create the Maine Beer Trail – a statewide assemblage of award-winning breweries and brew pubs – where players can stop by for a frothy finish to their fairway forays.
Half of the brew pubs have locations right here in the Greater Portland area:
• Allagash Brewing, 50 Industrial Way
Portland, 800-330-5385, allagash.com.
New England’s original Belgian-style brewery. Allagash brews award-winning Belgian-style experimental and barrel-aged ales.
• Gritty McDuff’s, 396 Fore St., Portland, 772-BREW; Lower Main St. Freeport, 865-4321; and 68 Main St., Auburn, 376-BREW, grittys.com.
Featuring award-winning handcrafted ales brewed on premise, classic pub fare, spacious deck in Freeport and waterfront views in Portland and Lewiston. Serving lunch and dinner every day.
• D.L. Geary Brewing Co., 38 Evergreen Dr.
Portland, 878-2337, gearybrewing.com.
Geary has been producing classic ales for more than 20 years, including Geary’s Pale Ale, Hampshire Special Ale, and 11 other English-style varieties as well as root beer.
• Sea Dog Brewing Co., 125 Western Ave., So Portland, 871-7000; 1 Main St., Topsham, 725-0162; 26 Front St., Bangor, 947-8009, seadogbrewing.com. Serving creative pub fare with a flair and an award-winning line of year-round and seasonal ales including the popular Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale. Sea Dog also handcrafts its own traditional root beer.
• Sebago Brewing Co., 201 Southborough Dr., Scarborough, 874-2337; 29 Elm St., Gorham, 839-2337, 164 Middle St., Portland, 775-2337, sebagobrewing.com. For more than a decade, Sebago has specialized in fine, locally crafted beers. The pubs are inviting and friendly with a comfortable atmosphere. The brewery is located at 48 Sanford Drive in Gorham.
• Shipyard Brewing Co., 86 Newbury St.
Portland, 1-800-BREW-ALE, shipyard.com. High quality English-inspired ales are hand-brewed using time-honored methods and the finest ingredients. Shipyard also produces a full line of Capt’n Eli’s Soda.
• The Inn on Peaks Island, 33 Island Ave., Peaks Island, 766-5100, innonpeaks.com. A short ferry ride from Portland, the Inn offers cask-conditioned ale fresh from its 15-gallon brewing system.
Those wanting to stay in Portland for their beer and golf can couple their round at one of the above pubs with a round of golf at Portland’s 27-hole Riverside GC, which recently hosted the Charlie’s Portland Maine Open.
Those venturing into neighboring South Portland can test their abilities at Sable Oaks CC or nine-hole South Portland Municipal. Willowdale and Nonesuch River await in Scarborough. Gorham CC offers an 18-hole test to the west and Freeport CC a nine-hole quiz heading north of the Forest City.
Highland Links is a nine-hole environmentalist’s dream in Topsham and Brunswick GC a traditionalist’s joy across the Androscoggin River in Brunswick. Fox Ridge in Auburn and Turner Highlands in Turner are perfect compliments to Gritty’s Auburn establishment.
Remember, putt and sip responsibly.