This is one of those unfortunate endings where you can't blame them for trying. Stars & Stripes Brewing Company in Portland will be closing its doors permanently.

This veteran-owned-and-operated craft brewery has two locations. One is on Varney Road in Freeport, and one is on the corner of Spring and Cross Streets in Portland. What makes Stars & Stripes Brewing so special is that they honor and support veterans in many different ways, including donating a percentage of their proceeds to veteran organizations.

A statement on their website says,

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.

Unfortunately on January 30, they announced that their Portland location would close on February 24 after one last hurrah.

Their location at the corner of Cross and Spring Streets has been a difficult one for businesses to grab a strong foothold in. It's a problem in many other places in Portland as well.

The good news is that Stars & Stripes Brewing Company's Freeport location will remain open, and with the closing of the Portland location, they'll be able to focus more on Freeport.

I admire the work that Stars & Stripes has done with supporting their fellow veterans by donating a percentage of their proceeds to veteran organizations and the local community, and we all thank them for their service.

It's sad to see them have to shut down Portland, but Freeport is just a quick ride up I-295.

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