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Elite Event at Stars & Stripes in Portland, ME



October 31st to November 4th is National Veterans Small Business Week. We had a lot to celebrate locally this year: former marine Brad Nadeau, owner of the Freeport and Portland based Stars & Stripes Brewing was named Maine Veteran Owned Business of the Year! The staff of Stars & Stripes invited the Yelp Elite Squad to raise a glass to all those veterans in our lives recently.

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Brad (the owner and a former Marine) has truly created something special in a city that’s already chock full of great breweries. The military themed space is perfectly done with an elegant homage to the armed forces. I had a very delicious beer flight and the gentleman working the bar (also a vet) was super helpful and helped me (a novice beer drinker) make my choices. All of the beers have cool names and my absolute favorite was the Sour Sailor. I loved it so much that I purchased a 4 pack to enjoy at home.

Monquita R, Yelp Elite
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I’d been by the Stars & Stripes location in Freeport with welcoming fire pits blazing outside, but had not gone into the Portland location. So glad we had the opportunity tonight. Although no warming fires, the interior was very welcoming and a comfortable place to hang out. Very impressed that owner Brad made all the wooden furniture, and like the way he re-purposed the previous tenant’s wine room as a showcase for Stars & Stripes merchandise. Liked hearing Brad’s story, and happy to support this local Maine business that supports others. Oh, and the beer is pretty damn good too!

Cindy Y, Yelp Elite

Read the rave reviews from the event to relive the experience! 


About Stars & Stripes Brewing

“Stars & Stripes Brewing Company is a veteran owned and operated craft brewery donating a percentage of proceeds to veteran organizations. Doors opened on Veterans Day 2018 in Freeport and expanded into the Old Port during the spring of 2022.  Our taprooms serve to honor and support veterans, military families, and a supportive local community. All are welcome! We believe that not all wounds are visible and understand first-hand the often-difficult transition from military life into civilian life. Our flagship beer: Semper Fi.P.A. is a real treat for beer drinkers across all ranks!”

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