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Oxbow serves up the perfect pair: Beer and cross-country skiing

The brewery’s new tasting room in western Maine has free Nordic trails. Even better: Many other breweries in Maine also sit a stone’s throw from amazing trails for skiing, strolling or bicycling.

Jesse Hemingway came to Oxbow Beer Garden’s year-old Nordic ski trails for lunch and a ski with friends. He left more than two hours later – after a few more loops around the trails by himself.

In a state chock-a-block with micro-breweries, Hemingway, who lives in Westbrook, appreciated the chance to visit a beer garden that also offers a unique outdoor experience, especially in Maine, where wild, natural scenery is as popular as, well, beer.

“I don’t know if other beer gardens are going this way. But it’s good to mix in some activity that goes beyond just bellying up to the bar,” Hemingway said. “This place is beautiful and the trails are in great shape.”

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