1. The Great Lost Bear

City: Portland, Maine
Address: 540 Forest Ave.
Website: greatlostbear.com

Lost Bear and its founder David Geary are two big reasons why craft beer is what it is today. Geary's bar opened in 1986 when microbrewing mostly existed as a sort of crafty science experiment in garages across the country. And over the years he has expanded the bar with each and every new micro that sprung up in the Northeast and around the country. The Lost Bear is a huge advocate and one of the first bars to do so many of the staples of true beer bars (tastings, food pairings, meet the brewer, tasting by region). Show your respects and browse some of the truly amazing beers being brewed in the state and the region in general. All hail.