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.

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



Bug Lager

Chazmo Altbier

Bi-Centenni-Ale DDH

Sow Your Oats Oatmeal Stout

Smelt Camp Strong Ale

Cassk Kickin' IPA


Grapefruit Bi-Centenni-Ale

 Guest Tap:

 New Belgium's Oakspire

 Updated: January 24, 2019

 Please Call Us for Weekend Specials



Dinner Specials


 Ahi Tuna Poke - $13

with Seaweed Salad & Buckwheat Noodle Salad

 Duck Confit 2 ways - $14

Duck Confit & Arugula Salad; Rillette of Duck

 Beer Battered Shrimp - $12


 Fresh Rock Shrimp - $23

with Brown Butter and Coriander over Basmati Rice with Bacon-Crab Sofrito

 Veal Osso Bucco - $24

Tender Veal Shank braised with Wine and Vegetables over Prosciutto-Goat Cheese Agnolotti and braised Escarole

 ½ Free-Range Chicken - $21

stuffed Prosciutto, Gruyere, and Herbs with Crème Fraîche whipped Potatoes

 Brewer’s Cut: Grilled Flank Steak with Spicy Garlic Sauce - $21

 Prime Rib Au Jus   Queen - $21  King - $24

 Vegetarian: Farfalle with Spinach and Onion in a Butternut Cream Sauce - $9