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

Dunkel John's Band

Dummer's Lane Brown Ale

 Backhouse Bitter



Back Draft

Guest Tap

 Peak Organic's IPA

 Updated: September 20, 2018

Dinner Specials


Fresh Maine Crab Cakes - $12

With Scallions and Golden Tomato Coulis

 Pan-Roasted Halibut Cheeks -$13

with Roasted Orange Pepper – Cannellini Bean Purée, Arugula, and Orange-Scallion Vinaigrette

 Beer Battered Clams -$14


Free Range Bell & Evans ½ Chicken -$20

Brined & Roasted with Fresh Herbs over Garlic Roasted Purple Potatoes with Chipotle-Walnut Butter

 Spicy Red Curry Braised Beef Short Rib -$23

with Eggplant, Peppers, and Crispy Rice Cakes

 Masala-Crusted Halibut -$25

over Sweet Potato Risotto with Wild Mushroom Butter

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

 Brewers Cut: Grilled Wagyu Skirt Steak with Pepper Relish - $25

 Vegetarian: Teriyaki Vegetable Stir Fry with Sriracha and Green Onions