This past Wednesday (May 14th) marked the second meeting of the Maine Beer Writers’ Guild. We met at the Casco Bay Lines terminal at 7 o’clock and all took the ferry boat over to Peaks Island to head to the Inn on Peaks Island. The inn is owned by the Shipyard Brewing Co., our gracious hosts for the evening, and serves as a very small brewpub (really a brew closet) for the company.

The Inn on Peaks is the quintessential picturesque old-timey inn on the quintessential picturesque old-timey Maine coastal island. If you’re ever in the Portland area (especially during the summer months, though the island is great all year around), I would absolutely recommend taking the ferry over to the island. It’s quick (about 20 minutes), cheap (about $7) and a whole lot of fun.

As can be expected, lots of beer was downed — the highlights being Casco Bay Riptide Red on cask and some very fresh Chamberlain Pale Ale — and stories of when we had our “first ‘better beer’ ah ha! moment” were swapped. The weather was perfect and you really couldn’t ask for a better evening on the island or a better excuse to visit Peaks.

For the reactions from the other members of the guild, as well as pictures, membership info, and lots of other fun stuff, check out And once again – many thanks to Shipyard for being our Gracious hosts for the month!


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