The Liberal Cup Hallowell, Maine

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Delicious pub food & brew made just for you!

The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery in Hallowell, ME, is our take on the traditional English pub. Our mission is to provide a gathering place for our local friends and seasonal visitors to enjoy good food and drink.

Like the pubs that dot the English countryside, The Liberal Cup is an inviting and cozy spot to bring family and friends. And while the draughts will conjure that familiar flavor of jolly ol’ England (ales and bitters being our specialty), we’re happy to brag that the food will not.

Our award-winning chef has taken classic pub fare and elevated it with fresh, local ingredients.  His daily specials highlight Maine's seasonal offerings and on the weekends he likes to turn The Cup into a gastropub with his haute and nouvelle cuisine creations.

Headed South? Visit The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery, our sister brewpub in Saco.


Bug Lager

Dog Days Summer Wheat

Tarbox Cream Stout

Alewife Ale

Summer Bitter, Summer Draft

Summer Bitter, Summer Not(Cask)

Guest Tap

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter

Next on Tap







Daily Specials

Dinner Friday August 28th

Braised Rabbit Pappardelle with Locally Foraged Mushrooms and Sage Demi Glace - $13

Organic Heirloom Tomatoes with Torn Basil, Burrata Cheese, Nasturtium Flowers and Balsamic Syrup - $12

Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Crab and Lobster in Crispy Tempura Batter - $11


Grilled Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with Portuguese Fishermans Stew - $22

Brined and Pressed Local Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower and Charred Corn-Bacon Risotto - $21

Ale and Herb Braised Pork Belly with Roasted Red Pepper Whipped Potatoes - $23

Prime Rib au Jus - Queen $17  King $20

Brewer's Cut: USDA Prime NY Strip with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Steakhouse Butter - $30

Vegetarian: Gemelli with Zucchini, Swiss Chard and Mushrooms in Chile Cream




Welcome & Thanks for checking us out!

I opened The Liberal Cup in 2000, realizing a life-long dream of establishing a traditional English pub on this side of the Atlantic.  At the impressionable age of 17, I had fallen in love with the English country pub--a place for families and friends to gather for all occasions, as well as a local watering hole for those out and about or on their way home.  English pubs are cozy, informal, and meant for all to enjoy.  I hope that is what you’ll experience when you walk through our door.  It’s certainly cheaper than a trip to England, and the food is better. I promise.  As for the beers I brew, although I love experimentation, I keep them all within the English tradition:  drinkable, affordable, and for the people.  So, please, come and sit for a spell, share a story and laugh, and just enjoy yourselves. 


Geoff Houghton
Owner, Founder, Brewer