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Start your day with lunch and a flight at Gritty’s while overlooking the Androscoggin River and the Bates Mills in Lewiston.  Lewiston was rated the 7th safest city in the United States by Wallet Hub in 2017, and also the Most Underrated City in Maine by Thrillist.

The Lewiston Auburn Community has a rich history in being known as a mill community.  The next stop on the tour is a short walk across the Longley Bridge, named after Maine’s past Governor James B. Longley, to Baxter Brewing Company.  You’ll be able to take a tour of the brewery and enjoy an assortment of brews. Baxter Brewing Company was the first brewery in New England to package 100% of its beer in metal containers only (kegs and cans).  Baxter has won many awards since opening in 2011.  Located in one of the Bates Mills, you’ll be able to see original mill machinery in the tap room and brewery.  Be sure to check out the newest addition at Baxter Brewing known as The Pub offering a full bar along with their own craft brews and tasty bites!

If you missed The Pub at Baxter, you may want to stop for a snack or two to prepare for more beer consumption.  DaVinci’s Italian Restaurant’s garlic knots may be a great choice to add more carbs to your tour and is a 2-minute walk away.  There are a variety of restaurants within walking distance of Baxter Brewing and on the way to your next stop at Bear Bones Beer.

Bear Bones is a nano-brewery, which produces in batches of three barrels or smaller.  Bear Bones recently added another location in Bridgton, Maine, so if you’re on your way to the ski slopes in the winter, or Sebago Lake and beyond in the summer, you can enjoy their beer there as well.

You’ll have to keep an eye on the time, and get over to The Vault before they close to stock up on some excellent craft beer and wine choices.  The Vault also offers various teas and Fiore Olive Oils.  Lisbon Street is host to many great restaurants like Orchid, Forage Market, Mother India all within a minute of Bear Bones and the Vault. More options for dinner or a snack found here.

Once you’ve found some dinner, you can head back across the bridge for a nightcap at Craft Brew Underground.  Brand new establishment in the basement, as you can tell by their namesake Underground, they boast 130 different bottles and cans from all over the world and offer 9 on tap.

Need to stay the night? The Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch is the closest hotel to the start and finish line.  Another great option just a hop across the bridge is Hampton Inn Lewiston – Auburn and an unique opportunity in the heart of Lewiston is the Inn at the Agora.  More great options in the area are found here.

If you have more time in the area, take a drive out to Lost Valley Brewing Company.  While you’re enjoying one of their brews, make plans to come back in the winter for skiing, snowboarding, and their snow tube park!

Just around the corner, check out Wallingford’s Fruit House, featuring Ricker’s Hard Cider, open from August – December.  Plan to enjoy some cider and warm cider donuts.

If you’ve missed Wallingford’s, take a drive to Turner to Ricker’s Tasting Room.  Take a tour of their facility and canning line, and enjoy a Maniac cider at the end!

If you’re headed north, be sure to check out Grateful Grain Brewery! Click here to read an article about Grateful Grain Brewery

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