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Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides RestaurantMarshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
BA SCORE
95
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 15.47%
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 912
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 17
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2 Pinchy Ln
Belfast, Maine, 04915-6873
United States
phone: (207) 338-1707

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

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(Place added by: deltatauhobbit on 03-17-2008)
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Reviews by slander:
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

So I'm hiding in Maine from an impending job, it's true. Left Karl & Nance's house in Monmouth late morning with some suggestion of returning at some point some days from now. Lunch, and through Augusta and out the other side, and then you just run 3 for like ever 'til you come to Belfast, it's cool little shops of stuff to see. The shortest distance cutting through but the looong way around to Southwest Harbor, I now totally understand that whole "as the crow flies" thing. Still, quite necessary to come through this way, from some of the things I'd heard...

Up the stairs, around the back, past the little glass room over the deck on the bay and in; my new favorite place. Owner David was behind the bar and asst brewer Jared showed up after a bit. As I'd arrived just after opening, it was quiet and we got talkin' plenty; beer, the brewery, the local scene, and I now know what a lobster pound is. A crazy "M" shaped green concrete topped bar seats 10, with a frosted plastic base and a curved piping foot rail; pint & shot glasses and growlers displayed atop. Cool glass candles on the bar, colors, sizes, shapes. Barback is a collection of racking for glassware and coolers holding bottled selections; wines & booze lining the tops and the sills of the paneled windows above overlooking the Passagassawakeag River. Glassware racked above, a tap blackboard strung with white xmas lighting, and a raised wine rack to one side. A 6 gallon carboy sits on the end filled with blueberry vodka in the making, and a tiny food prep and kitchen area in the corner somewhat concealed. Plank wood and some foldy metal corrugated walls, and wood rafter ceilings. 4 booths sit adjacent to the length of the bar and a corner table. Some drop blue cup lamps on center, track spots, mounted red bulb lighting on the walls and mismatched drop lampshade lighting over the tables. Space heatered outside glass walled room with seating for the dirty smokers. The deck area beyond has long wooden benches on both sides and is tarped/canopied in the summer months. Mismatched lampshade lighting strung on a line, and Bocce & a fire pit below.

Hardboiled eggs for bar snacks, and what with no thank you, I look to the small tight menu with tapas goods, salads, quesadillas, pizzettes, sandwiches, scallops & mussels. Had me a garlic sautéed shrimp quesadilla of awesome, just to hold me over 'til the dinner I'm going to be very, very late for.

12 tap stainless steel box on the center of the bar with doubles on the end to pour 14 in all. Currently, one's off so it's 13 beers on tap. Seems you only get 5 beers on a sampler, so I'll have to get 3 of them, fact finding research and whatnot. Okay, I'm thinking these 5 to start with (Sea Level Stout, 4.5% Irish stout on nitro, dry & roasty; Pemaquid Oyster Stout, also on nitro, 5.4% sweet & chocolatey; Phil Brown Ale, 6.2% smoked malts, a bit peaty, you get some smoke, yes; Wrecking Ball Baltic Porter, molasses, inky 8.5% goodness, win!; Happy Dog Coffee Porter, 8.2% the Baltic on coffee, just amazing), okay, next up, I'll have these 5 (Little Toot, a second runnings small beer made from the barleywine, light & dry at 4%; Tug Pale Ale, a pleasant 4.3% APA, good hoppiness; Illegal Ale-Ian, a 6.4% hybrid wheat with blue agave, strange, this one, but sweet & tasty; Old No 55, a dark, malty 7.7% birthday beer old ale; Attenuator Doppelbock, big 8.5% malty & caramel, nice), and well, I'll take the remaining 3 (Big Twitch IPA, 8.2% dry hopped and nicely assertive; Cant Dog Imperial IPA, not overly sweet at 10%, very tasty; Chaos Chaos Russian Imperial Stout, chocolatey & big alcohol at 11.3%, reeeeal nice), and double up on this one and this one to fill up the sampler. And then he let me try the Root Beer, which was solid, and that's it, nothing else, I don't apple porn know what you're talking about. My favorites were the Phil Brown Ale, Old No 55, Wrecking Ball Baltic Porter, Happy Dog Coffee Porter, Chaos Chaos RIA & Cant Dog Impy IPA, but there really wasn't a crap beer in the lot; just a great range, nearly ½ of them coming in over 8%.

Also, a small bottled list with a dozen plus entries; an interesting handful of craft selections (DogFishHead Midas Touch, Old School Barleywine & 120 Minute IPA, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde & Maudite, Sea Dog Blueberry Ale), a couple 'o blah imports, a few macros, an N/A, sodas, and then a tight little list of about 2 dozen wines. But there ain't no need for any of that 'cause, did I mention the beer here?

Seriously, this was supposed to be an in and out stop but still here 3 hours later, I find myself trying to forget the rash of shit I'm going to take for flat out missing dinner (again). Good chill tunes and a great vibe, I do dig this space, and the beers are excellent. Simply one of the best goddamn brewpubs I've ever seen.

slander, Jun 05, 2009
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I went to both the Three Tides and Marshall Warf and I was more attracted to the Warf than the restaurant. The Warf was very authentic seeming and very small, quiet and personal, which I personally am more drawn to. The server was excellent, very patient and willing to answer all our questions thoroughly without even so much as a sideways glance. They clearly know their stuff at Marshall Warf! The Beer itself was only a bit above average but I am glad I experienced it. I tried their APA, Happy Dog Coffee Porter, Wet Dog, and
T2-R9 Barleywine. Though it seems like a mixed bunch of beers it seemed like each one was just a bit off from what I really would have liked. However, the location and the feel of their taproom is definitely worth the trip to Belfast to experience

Owl-Head, Jan 06, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -12.5%

stopped by three tides for dinner with friends & sampled all 11 drafts on tap. i was impressed w. the diverse line-up until i starting sampling them. thier kolsch was buttery, flawed. their small stout was a bit too thin & watery. porter was too alcohol forward. BUT- their RIS, sexy chaos, is hands down world freaking class! so, once i settled with a glass of sexy chaos, i was all set & a bit forgiving. yes, it was that good.

great atmosphere. friendly service. great food & incredible harbor views. i like the layout as it kinda feels like a adult playland: indoor bar, elevated outdoor dinner seating, and a lower, more casual, space with great proximity to the water. it's authentically maine.

craft_shannie, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Chegui
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

I loved their Cant Dogg. It was made the day before. I will visit them again on my yearly Maine trip. I passed by this place countless of times and never really noticed it was there. The barbecue spot by it was how I found it. I followed the smell and noticed the hidden gem that is Marshall Wharf.

Chegui, Aug 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Rats anyone?

Although I frequent this site often, this is the first time I've reviewed a brewery. In fact I created an account just to do this one review. 

I just returned from a two week road trip with a few buddies checking out different breweries across northern New England. When it came to Maine everyone raved about Marshall Wharf, so we couldn't wait to get there and check it out. 

We tried a number of beers and I can honestly say there wasn't one that we didn't enjoy. The atmosphere was great, complete with a biergarten right on the bay. The only thing I would have changed was the gravel area across from the handicap ramp. It looked like a dumping ground for all their junk. It definitely took away from some of the charm of the place. All in all, I was pleased to find that this place was everything that everyone had claimed. 

Unfortunately my opinion changed abruptly by the end of the night.   Upon our departure, one of my buddies stopped by the brewery windows to check out their setup. He quickly called the rest of us over and we were shocked to see rats scurrying all over the brewery. There was a group gathered around a pile of, what appeared to be, grain on the floor. I stood there in horror picturing rats rummaging through grain bags that were then used to brew the beer we just drank. 

The next morning I woke up early and took a walk down the footpath that happened to pass right in front of Marshall Wharf. I couldn't help myself from taking another look inside.  The rats weren't around anymore. Instead, what I saw was even worse. The window sill and one of their tanks (I think it may have been their mash tun, but I'm not sure) were covered in rat feces. 

Although their beer was phenomenal I felt this was something I couldn't keep quiet on.  I have to assume there must be rats running around the kitchen in Three Tides as well. 

microbrewnerd, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of geocool
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%

I finally visited Marshall Wharf brewery. It was a nice stop on the way up to Acadia, and great to pick up some growlers to enjoy during our week long stay there. They had just been at the Belfast Harbor Fest the day before where they sold out of a bunch of stuff so they only had five taps on. Their Phil Brown Ale was delicious and drinkable (really had to drink a full pint from the growler to appreciate how great it is). Also Big Twitch IPA was fantastic, I got two growlers of that one. At 9% I'd call it a DIPA, though. They also had Deep Purple Rauchbier which was nice and smokey, but I decided against getting a whole growler of it, bottles would be better for that one IMHO. They also had a 4% stout made from second runnings from their RIS, (Little Mayhem) and a 3% red ale (Pinchy Red) that I didn't care for. On the trip back to return the emptys I also sampled a Kolsch that was pretty good.
I was hoping their RIS Chaos Chaos would be available, but it wasn't. I was told that their restaurant next door has 17 of their beers on tap. I thought it was a little irksome that the beers were on tap just twenty feet away but still not available for tasting or growler fills in the brewery tasting room. But it is what it is. I'll be making this a regular stop every year from now on.

geocool, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of rderedin
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%

I actually attended the Marshall Wharf Brewing New Release/Tasting get together(albeit briefly). I went in to buy some growler's only, I had my little girl with me or I would have stayed for the tasting. I knew going in I wanted to try one of their stouts, little did I know they had multiple stouts. Personally, I didn't expect that, I thought they might have one and a small selection of other brews. I literally had to scan their board for a few minutes(to make sure I wasn't missing anything) to select the beer I wanted. I probably should have done some research before going in.

I've actually never had their beer and when I asked for a general description the owner(again, presumably) gave a relatively precise description and I think after realizing he went over my head dumbed it down for me. He was very down to earth about it. The guy doing the pouring for the tasting also seemed very knowledgable as well and I wouldn't have any hesitation about asking him for recommendations. They actually had a bunch of empty growlers behind the counter and when I asked about one of them he immediately knew what it was.

I'm saving the two growlers I bought for a later date. The service itself was excellent. Having my hands full with my daughter, the owner(presumably) offered to box up my growlers for me and bring them out to the car. That was really cool because I really did need a hand.

I work about 45 minutes away and during my routine beer shopping lunch breaks I was told by one of the owners about their excellent brews. I'll have to say that I'm totally geeked out about being able to get growler's so close to my home. Even if I try their beer and it's mediocre I'm definitely going back just due to their service and selection.

I don't hand out 5's just for fun. I like knowing that I can go to a place where they are knowledgable enough to give you recommendations, the service is great and the selection is wide.

I'm only rating the quality as a 3.0 because I haven't actually tasted their product yet. However, I'll rate each beer I've tried after tasting it.

rderedin, Mar 11, 2012
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Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant in Belfast, ME
95 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.