Novare Res Bier Café
Taps: 26 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 113 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Jayli:
4.6/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped in here over Memorial Day weekend. A friend of mine in the area knew my affinity for good beer and decided this was a MUST GO TO. I have to say, dammit - she was RIGHT!
Novare Res is located just off Exchange St. For an out of towner, you'd walk right past this place and be none-the wiser for what you passed up. There is 2 separate sections to the place - the indoor part of the cafe, and the outdoor. The inside is what I would imagine pubs to look like in Germany and Amsterdam, with exposed brick floor, long wooden bar, and tables dispersed throughout. Outside has about 6-7 long picnic tables in the terrace.
Service was fantastic. Bartenders were knowledgeable and would let you sample different beers if you had questions. All beers are served in the proper glassware.
Selection is outstanding. They routinely rotate the 25 taps that they have, and offer about 300 bottles - fantastic Belgian presence. Prices can be a little steep, but the selection and availablility of these beers pretty much balance out.
This is by and far one of the best beer bars that I have been to. I onlt wish that I were closer to Portland..of course, my liver may be happy that I am not...
This is a must stop at for anyone in or visiting the Portland area!
06-01-2009 18:08:04 | More by Jayli
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4.95/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
When I pass from this life, I won't have to go far to get to Heaven. Novare Res is only about 15 minutes away.
It's tucked in an alley off Exchange Street and the elevation of the place makes you feel like you've walked into the catacombs of a Belgian abbey with the most beautiful beer selection you're likely to see in your lifetime.
These folks are the first to get Cantillon in the state. They get things on draft you never knew existed on draft on this side of the planet. Fou'Foune, anyone? De Struise, Tilquin, De La Senne? Sure!
There's a section of the menu specifically dedicated to rotating Maine drafts - and they're always amazing.
The bottle menu is a laminated spiral binder. There's a page dedicated to lambics. Am I dead yet? Somebody pinch me.
There's a room, under lock and key, inside which are housed huge chalices won by members of the Uprising after consuming beers representing every possible style from all over the world. These people are either wealthy, crazy, brilliant, or all three. The chalices may be used to consume any beer on the draft menu at the regular price. They've earned it.
Their annual tap takeovers are legendary. They're as nice and polite and helpful as can be. They have a classy outdoor deck with Cornhole. They have a back room with a fireplace surrounded by dozens of spent bottles of Lou Pepe and Lord knows what else. They have a daily sushi special, the best banh mi sandwich in Maine, and a killer hot dog. I've discovered more amazing music there than I know what to do with.
No fan of beer should enter the State of Maine without going to Novare Res. There's no excuse not to.
And now it's late and I have to go to bed before I change my mind and drive to Novare for a nightcap.
07-09-2014 01:58:36 | More by millionsuns
Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
99 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.