Books and Brews in Portland, Maine: Paste Magazine — January 2017
The coastal city of Portland, Maine has a rich history: lighthouses and the mansions with widow’s walks that guided long-ago ships, cobblestone streets lining the Old Port area and storied buildings of the West End. Established in 1632 as a trading and fishing settlement, Portland maintains much of its 19th century architecture, landmarks and flavor, and time spent here gives visitors a colorful Maine experience.
Steeped into this history is a literary culture that includes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo; Stephen King, who was born in the city; and its most celebrated local, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow’s “city by the sea” has an adventurous spirit that is woven into the region’s fabric. You’ll see evidence of it in the creative community, lauded museums, independent art studios and galleries.
Portland also has both a thriving craft beer scene, and is well-known for its pubs, microbreweries and taverns. While the “other” Portland gets more beer respect, the Maine town was just rated the No. 1 city in the world for craft beer by Matador Network.
Here is our guide to putting together that perfect “Books and Brews” itinerary.