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Oxbow Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
4.1/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
38
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
1,653
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
50
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
4.64%
 
 
Taps:
6
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Oxbow Brewing CompanyOxbow Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

274 Jones Woods Rd
Newcastle, Maine, 04553-3123
United States

(207) 315-5962 | map
www.oxbowbeer.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2011

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 50
Reviews by ebustin:
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3.64/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hopley
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Oxbow has great beer and fantastic locations at both the Newcastle and Portland locations. I've never been to an event at either place - but the vibe must be great. The Portland location is big and is more like a bar with picnic tables and an area where games and other activities can occur. The Newcastle location is worth the trip, if not just for the drive (including taking a picture of "Cowshit Corner" farm). It's just a beautiful country location in beautiful scenic rural Maine.

One problem though is that they do not clarify on their website what is available in growlers vs. what is only available to drink on premises - this can be very frustrating, especially when you make the trip, only to find that the beer you want to take home in a growler can only be drunk on premises. While employees are usually accommodating and nice, some have also displayed "attitude" which can be a real turn-off for any retail business. They are more than happy to clarify what is available over the phone, but this is not efficient, and most other comparable breweries of their size are easily able to clarify these simple issues on their websites, which are usually updated on a daily basis. My only other issue with the Portland location is that they seem obsessed with having customers enter through one door, pay for their purchases, then walk through a gate to pick up their bottles, and leave through another door. It's easy enough if you do it all the time, and probably makes sense if it's busy, but...really? Is it really necessary to always adhere to such an arcane and otherwise absurd formality in a "farmhouse"? Just seems completely daft to me. Nonetheless, these are minor grievances to an otherwise great brewery.

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Photo of cvallance
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Amazing woodland farmhouse brewing. I love this place. Loud beer from a quiet place might be the coolest tag line for a brewery ever....

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Photo of boredalready
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I am reviewing the original Newcastle Tasting Room. While the new Portland tasting room is a big, badass space I was disappointed with the selection of beers on draft there. The original tasting room, nestled in the woods, is a fun, relaxed, cozy place to get your grubby hands on some delicious beer. I have found the selection of beers better and have often been able to get bottles there (as opposed to Portland). Anyway, I am a huge fan of Oxbow and it is because of the tasty suds and the experiences up in the woods of Newcastle.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of illpass78
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great addition to the beer scene around here. Great offerings and great people.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -7.2%

I stopped in here for the first time last weekend with Festero for the goods from the woods gathering. This place is off the beaten path, you're not going to bump into this by mistake, but that adds to the charm. Wooded compound for lack of a better word serving up some great rustic ales. There's a tasting room with many a dozen seats and a handful of taps for samples, growlers or glasses. Building to the left of the tasting room houses a somewhat cramped brewhouse and fermentorium. I'm not sure what the food situation is or the level of service, but I had a hell of a time last weekend and wouldn't hesitate to stop by if in the area.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.4%

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Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle, ME
93 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.