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The Thirsty Pig

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BA SCORE
89
very good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

37 Exchange St
Portland, Maine, 04101-5009
United States
phone: (207) 773-2469

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thethirstypig

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(Place added by: Doctuh on 10-10-2011)
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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%

Old Port wandering, with some time before hotel check in drop off slack about. Fuck, even I can find Exchange Street blindly. And I did. Parked there, too. Found a beer in a storefront on the strip of touristy Maine things. Thank you for opening early in the day unlike those who shan’t be named...

Enter and push through to the rear, it’s a large open airy well lit room. Caramleizing onions grillin’ & chillin’ to the left, and past there, a ’J’ shaped green plasticy bar, with a vertical slat wood pieced rounded base and your feet left to dangle or rung below; seating for 8 on hightop wood chairs. The barback wall of brick holds a center Thirsty Pig block logo over a shelved row of piggy stamped kegs. Drafts selections are chalked on small black slabs fronting them in alt colored chalk, and bottled selections printed the same along its sills. Glassware a-danglin’ from the underside, and sinkage & beer coolers below. Curved wood sickle piece overhead, with spots tracing the bar and counter piece, and drop spots running its perimeter.

Cream wall uppers with framed prints over vertical wood slat lowers, with some pillar lighting pieces; they are cool. A large front window to the right of the glass panel doorway; another smaller one angled in between, and smaller boxed panel windows above. To the rear, paneled windows upper & lower to both sides of doors to the deck. Slat wood floors, and high ceilings of pressed tin & crown molding done in silver. Sunken spots and some drop red glass lamp pieces. Flatscreens in some corners for your viewing displeasure. A dozen and a half or so mismatched tables & boos clustered and not, some bar counter space on the divider hiding the loo, and a rear deck holding a bunch of square mesh tables Shipyard umbrella’d up.

Wood tap box on the bar with small toy pieces I shouldn’t touch, atop (I may have inadvertently wound up a Scooby Doo wheeled item and watched as it quickly buzzed away). 10 taps, ½ of them local Maine craft (Maine Peeper, Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale, Allagash White, Shipyard Summer Ale & Export Ale), the other ½ a mix of regional craft (Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA), craft afar (Goose Island Pere Jacques, Rogue Hazelnut Brown), a local Mead (Maine Mead Ram Island Lavender Lemonade), and local cider (Fatty Bampkins Maine Hard Cider). I drank the Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale & Maine Peeper. A single handpump on the bar (currently unused but it’s usually Shipyard Thumper), and upwards of a dozen and a half bottles (including Maine Brewing beers and an open handful of Belgians), if nothing on taps floats you.

So, they do sausages here; 10 of them listed on the big board. I so should not have lunched further south and just dealt here, Rosamunde style, but alas, I didn’t know the deal ‘til I got here and saw the scene. And I’m bummed, ‘cause a blueberry chicken sausage sounds like it’d be all me. Good crowd. I just met Josh (who has heard the best beer story ever, secondhand ‘til now), and ran into Brendan and family a long way from Philly home. Trivial Pursuit cards and full gamings for the play. Service serves, knows their game. Good beer here, nicely representing their local wares.

slander, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of hudsonheat
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Love this place. Great food. Limited beer selection, but always great local taps!

hudsonheat, Thursday at 04:49 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

s005jjf, Aug 29, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -34.5%

DrTrogdor, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Beer list, food (Greek sausage) and atmosphere work all excellent. Service, however, was sub par to borderline offensive. Don't tell me how annoying it is to have to make my food. I didn't make your hours of operation. But, damned that sausage though!! Paired just beautifully with the Bissel Baby Genius.

bosshop, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

MacQ32, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Roze, Jul 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

mk_ultra, Jun 19, 2014
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