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Taps: 17 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Just had dinner with the family here and was looking forward to trying some of their own brews. The place is located in the lower floor of an old building (former post office I think) which opens out onto the main street in the middle of town. It looks inviting and is kind of different. On this Tuesday night we walked into a busy, lively place, loud and bustling with movement. After a fifteen minute wait to be seated and listening to a good group of blues musicians while I eyed the beer menu I studied their menu. They listed 7 standard brews from their brewpub and had what appeared to be a couple specialty brews available this night. Well, by time we got seated and I could interrogate our waitress for more beer details, the first words were that they only had three brews available tonight and they were fruit laden or some other variety devoid of hops or anything else respectably brew worthy. Fortunately they had Kennebec River's IPA on as a guest tap. Unfortunately, it wasn't too great as chronicled in my review. But it was a beer that made it down the hatch and that allowed me to otherwise enjoy a very good meal and a fun, family friendly atmosphere. The music was good. The place was kind of loud for the dining experience. It's pretty much one big room with the bar running into the dinning area with booths and tables. The bar is pretty good size and the bandstand is right near it. They had a good number of taps which looked like it included about 10 macro types including Guinness and Newcastle and some of the usual American standards. Bottled brews were no better from what I could see. Being a brewpub it's difficult to accuse it of not being a "beer bar", but I did not get the feeling from anyone here that this place was known for, or concentrated on their beer. It was just an added gimmick to complement what is obviously a very popular drinking hole and eating establishment. It's a fine place to stop, friendly, lively, and good eating, but don't go out of your way if your craving a "beer" experience, like I did.
08-11-2010 02:14:42 | More by Durge
3.94/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love this place when I am home, there is nothing for great micro's out of central Maine. So I hide in this place, Mainely Brews. Depending on the night, there is live music, usually bluegrass, jazz, or blues. There are a few pool tables, some dart boards and lots of places to sit. Lights are dim and the beer is great.
Mainely Brews carries; Magic Hat # 9, Shipyard Export and Summer Ale, Smuttynose WeizenHeimer, Bar Habor Blueberry, Geary's Hampshire Special, along with two in house brews; Two Cent Bridge Ale and Headstash Ale, both are good brews and I recommend trying them if you stop in. In all, nothing spectacular, but I love this peice of home.
08-30-2005 20:53:27 | More by HoorayBeer
Mainely Brews in Waterville, ME
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.