Oxbow Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 746
Beer Avg: 4.03
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
4.58/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The tasting room of Oxbow Brewing Co. is nestled in the woods off Jones Woods Road in Newcastle, ME. Its a quiet coastal Maine town with a wicked awesome brewery. You drive up to the tap room and brew house on a gravel/dirt drive way (though I've only ever been when its covered in snow) and find what looks like a small to medium camp. You walk in and you find you might actually be at camp! Except this camp has a hand full of taps that pour something fresher than the Maine air itself. Ok so I might be exaggerating, but the vibe at Oxbow is what I wished more bar/breweries in Maine felt like.
The quality of the beer and service are most exceptional. Everyone has a smiling face and is more than willing to answer any and all questions you have. I wish they could have more taps and thus more beers to offer, but this a small complaint as everything offered is excellent. Keep in mind that they are a farmhouse brewery. If you aren't a fan of these styles you may be disappointed. Then again its worth trying their stuff as you might find you like the way they do the different styles they offer! I know I sure do. You can pick up a growler here or a bomber of any specialties they might have out as well as some great merchandize (e.g. shirts, hoodies, glasses, etc.). They also offer some local food products like cheeses that are on display in a cooler by the entrance.
01-28-2014 02:53:53 | More by poolemhore
3.64/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
As mentioned a few months ago, I also missed the driveway to the Brewery on a trip there last August. My wife and I did a quick beer search on the phone while driving around the Boothbay Harbor region on our annual New England craft beer pilgrimage, and were directed to the Oxbow. I actually drove by the entrance convinced that this could not possibly be a retail establishment! Well, you know what they say about a book and its cover. The Oxbow was a real treat. Small, woodsy atmosphere, very little bar space and barrel tables create a stagecoach stop feel that I absolutely loved! The beer was everything a Belgium Farmhouse brewery would want to be. The Pale Ale was my favorite pick of the day.
We spoke with the young lady at the bar and I was surprised to learn that the Oxbow was available in one of our favorite Philly bars, the Kyber Pass. Sure enough, we hit the Kyber over the Christmas Holiday and right there on the sidewalk menu board was the Farmhouse Pale Ale! Sad to say we went inside and found out that they had just kicked the keg, go figure.
01-28-2014 01:14:16 | More by ebustin
4.61/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Wherever you're coming from, the drive is gorgeous. Rolling hills all around, streams with narrow bridges, fields, pastures, woods, and cows. Just past Cowshit Corner, you'll find Oxbow.
Set back in the woods a bit, Oxbow's brewhouse is flanked by a small tasting room, a pond, and some space for geese and pigs to roam. This is a rural Maine experience. You might expect some cantankerousness, but you get the opposite: Everyone is welcoming, and everyone is genuinely happy you chose to visit. Tim, the master brewer, couldn't be a more down-to-earth guy.
The beers, in the farmhouse tradition but with a contemporary crafty edge, vary from classic to groundbreaking. Oxbow is probably best known for their their flagship, Farmhouse Pale Ale, which is a simple, seamless, outstanding marriage of two classic styles. That's always been on tap whenever I've ventured up there. If you're lucky, they'll have bottles of the Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (BAFPA) for sale, which is as ridiculously delicious as it sounds (and ages fantastically). They might have some of their Freestyle series on tap along with one or two others. This past weekend, they had six varieties of their Saison Noel, including verticals going back since their inception.
Everything on draft is available by growler at reasonable prices ($10 for 64oz of FPA). By Maine law, you'll have to purchase or reuse one of their branded growlers - these go for $5. You can also try samples of everything on hand. If swag's your thing, they have all sorts of tasteful merch.
A trip from Portland, if that's where you're coming from, takes about an hour and twenty minutes going there and about two hours coming back. The trip back obviously includes the requisite stop at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick. Two hours fifteen if you also budget a stop at Maine Beer Company in Freeport. And, really, you know that's what you want to do.
12-23-2013 17:17:12 | More by millionsuns
4.85/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Easily one of my favorite breweries such a great atmosphere and they really know how to do events right. Easily the best bottle releases I have been to with food trucks, good music, and small sample lines. They are have always impressed me with the depth of knowledge on the beers they pour and brewing history in general, I always feel like I learn something new every time I visit. Love the variety that the freestyles provide and I feel like the barrel aging is really starting to come into its own and I am excited to see what they come out with next.
11-06-2013 14:46:34 | More by Tauroe
4.53/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
located outside the village of Newcastle, we actually missed the drive-way the first time past because we were too distracted by 1) the bald eagle that was soaring in a field a mile or two down the road, and 2) the osprey's nest that is built on the electric pole just yards before the property (the nest actually had a tree growing out of it!!). the brewery and tasting room are perfectly tucked away in the rocky, wooden 70 acre lot. we tried 4 oz samples of farmhouse pale, Loretta, freestyles 16 & 17, grizacca, and saison & grabbed a couple 12 oz of grizacca & farmhouse pale ale. all quality and well crafted. the staff (celeste) was absolutely awesome - very passionate and knowledgeable of their beers, as well as the craft beer scene. after chatting it up inside in tasting room, we took our glasses to one of the picnic tables outside & enjoyed the backdrop which include a couple of free range chickens. I loved the casual nature of this place - people, conversation, the space; but don't get me wrong - the beer is crafted purposefully. definitely a highlight in our beer adventures.
can't help but be happy here - great brews, awesome people, and the Maine woods.
09-21-2013 14:12:39 | More by craft_shannie
Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle, ME
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