Where to eat — and drink — after a hike in Acadia National Park

We emerged from the woods after a 5-hour bike/hike, with no energy to prepare either food or ourselves for dinner.  The idea to go directly to Knox Road for BBQ and beer was perfect.  The dress code was flexible, ranging from the basic (Red Sox t-shirts) to the high-end (Patagonia t-shirts), and the menu fit our appetites (big).

Knox Road Grill serves Mainely Meats BBQ and specialty ales and sodas from The Atlantic Brewing Company, where it’s located.  The 15 or so tables are mostly outside under a canopy and on a terrace, from which you can see the huge stainless vats in the brewery next door.

Lunches and dinners, all served with coleslaw, potato salad, and delicious baked beans, feature your choice of pulled pork, ribs, hot Italian sausage, chicken, or a combination.  On the table there’s both a traditional sweet BBQ sauce and a hot one.  We indulged in a dinner of pulled pork and a combination platter.

There are no napkins here.  Just a big roll of paper towels on each table.

Beer is seriously satisfying.  Diners get to experience The Atlantic Brewing Company’s full line of ales, as well as seasonal specialties.  They run the gamut from light and fruity to dark and rich, extracting flavors from malts and hops imported from England and water straight from the well in Town Hill, Maine.  I’m not the only blogger raving about the ales of this micro-brewery.

So, join the locals and visitors relaxing from a day of hiking and biking.  You’ll feel satisfied, not only because Knox Road Grill doesn’t pinch your pocketbook, but also because, thanks to The Atlantic Brewery, the second or third beer might be even better than the first.

Knox Road Grill is located at 15 Knox Road, Bar Harbor.  They are open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.  The Atlantic Brewing Company gives free tours of the brewhouse daily at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 throughout the summer season (Memorial Day to Columbus Day). They also have free tastings of all of the beers and rootbeer and blueberry sodas in the gift shop. No reservation is necessary.

For more ideas on where to eat during a trip to Acadia National Park, visit OUR ACADIA.

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