Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Active Beers: 54
Beer Ratings: 804
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 17 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by slander:
4.75/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
06-05-2009 02:51:43 | More by slander
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Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant in Belfast, ME
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