The Thirsty Pig
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Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
01-02-2014 00:33:43 | More by slander
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3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $
The Thirsty Pig is more of a sausage restaurant than a beer destination; but the sausages are so damn good! It can be found on Exchange Street, almost across from the entrance to Novare Res (See My Reveiw) and amid the hustle and bustle of the Old Port.
It consists of a large single room strewn with tables, with booths along the wall. There is a small semi-circlar bar in the middle, where you get the grub. There is loud music blasting away - during my visit, the TV above the bar was running "The Big Lebowski." The beer selection was limited to 10 frequently rotating taps, but well chosen and included Long Trail, Gritty and the superb Rising Tide Zephyr.
I enjoyed this place, because I love fresh sausages, which come in several varieties, and these are worth a visit. Just avoid the chilli relish or you will die. Great eats with decent beer. Not bad. The Thirsty Pig abides.
11-15-2013 01:42:19 | More by jjboesen
The Thirsty Pig in Portland, ME
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.