"Sure, San Diego has beaches and great beer, but to me Portland, ME is Beervana. The beauty of this peaceful, oceanside Northeast city is contrasted by a vibrant and amazing beer community. You've got one of the most reputable and storied breweries in the world with Allagash Brewing Co. that brews phenomenal beers across a diverse range of styles, from clean and approachable to funky and wild. Then, right across the street, you've got a few startups rocking their own thing, my favorite being Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. These guys are loud and bright, and they brew and can some of the best IPAs in the Northeast, including The Substance, their flagship IPA, and Swish, a dreamy double IPA.
"In addition to the breweries in town, you've got great bars Downtown that bolster an exciting nightlife. My favorite is The Thirsty Pig where they always have an ME-focused beer list and great sausages. Also, check out MAPS, a hip basement bar that's smartly decorated with, well, maps. It's a great spot to grab a glass of The Substance and enjoy Beervana." -- Mike V. Sardina, Societe Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)