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

1762 Rye PA

Grasshopper IPL

Smelt Camp Strong Ale

 Tarbox Cream Stout

Cassk Kicking IPA


 Australian Hopped Rye PA

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Guest Tap

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 Updated: February 15, 2018

Dinner Thursday 2/22/17


Pulled Chicken and Chorizo Quesadilla with Pepper Jack Cheese and Artichoke Hearts - $10

 Beer Battered Clam - $16


Pork al Pastor Taco Salad Bowl. Crispy Pork Slow Cooked in Pineapple Juice, served on Spring Mix with Mexican Beans & Rice, Citrus Crema, & Guacamole - $11

 Corriander Shrimp Tostadas (2). Sauteed Shrimp on Spinach with Red Cabbage Lime Slaw and Queso Fresco, served with Mexican Beans & Rice - $13

 Taquito Burrito. Crispy Turkey & Poblano Taquito wrapped in a Sun-dried Tomato Tortilla topped with Pico de Gallo and Guacamole, served with Mexican Beans & Rice - $12

 Brewers Cut: Herb-rubbed Flank Steak with Gorgonzola Cream - $21

 Vegetarian: Enchilada Lasagna. Mixed Vegetables with Queso Fresco, Cheddar, & Enchilada Sauce with Lasagna Noodles