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

Alewife Ale

Pitch Black IPA

*New* Old Hallowell IPA

Achtung Oktoberfest

 Backhouse Bitter



Wicked Coffee Bug

Guest Tap

Boothbay's Thirsty Botanist 

 Updated: October 16, 2018

Dinner Specials


 Wild Mushroom Soup - $12

Locally-foraged Wild Mushrooms simmered with Sherry, Herbs, and Cream

 Lobster and Manchego Dumplings - $13

in a Russian-Style Dumpling with Brandy Butter

 Beer Battered Clams - $14


 Fish Curry - $23

Seared-Poached Grouper with Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, Herbs, and Spices with a rich Curry Stew

 Beef Short Ribs - $24

Braised with Smoked Chipotle Peppers, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Garlic, and Vegetables, served over Parmesan-Buttermilk Potatoes

 Sesame Glazed Pork Belly - $22

with Pan Fried Noodles and Vegetables

 Brewer’s Cut: Grilled Bistro Steak with Wild Mushroom Cream - $21

 Prime Rib Au Jus   Queen - $18  King - $21

 Vegetarian: Campanelle with Asparagus & Mushrooms in Black Pepper Cream Sauce