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


Alewife Ale

Bug Lager

Oatmeal Stout

Ex-Wife Extra Bitter

What's Hoppenin' XPA

"I Do" Brew


Hoppy Father's Day

On Next

 Dog Days Summer Wheat

Guest Tap

 Sam Adams '76

 Updated: June 15, 2018

Dinner Specials


 Crispy Tempura Fried Squash Blossoms - $11

stuffed with Goat Cheese and Lobster with Nasturtium Microgreens and Tomato Jam

 Seared Scallops - $13

with shaved Asparagus & Red Amaranth Salad, Watermelon Gelée, and Watermelon-Ginger Vinaigrette

Beer Battered Clams - $14


 Sole Dore - $22

Egg-battered Sole with Lemon-Caper Butter and Truffle Whipped Potatoes

 Smoky Udon Bowl - $23

Udon Noodles with Bone Broth, Smoked Buffalo, Duck Confit, Shrimp, Mushrooms, and an Egg

 Chile-Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast - $24

with Corn-Poblano and Basil Risotto

 Brewer’s Cut: Grilled Wagyu Skirt Steak with Bleu Cheese & Bacon Potato Gratin and Black Truffle Butter - $26

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

 Vegetarian: Ziti with Asparagus and Broccoli Alfredo