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The Thirsty Pig

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very good

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
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

Place added by: Doctuh on 10-10-2011

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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of hudsonheat
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

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2.6/5  rDev -34.5%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of jjboesen
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

EDIT/UPDATE: I went back recently and I have to say that my thoughts on this place changed from my previous 2-3 times being there in just one visit. I started to notice things that I had not noticed prior to this visit. Beers are VERY well priced...given the quality of the food I'm even more impressed. To me this is a place that is looking to offer value in both the quality of their food and low beer prices. They appear to have a minimal mark-up on beers...and once again, the food is amazing!

The more I think about this...the more I think Novare Res should have them cater their bigger events. This has just shifted to a MUST-TRY place for me when friends come to visit.

Photo of supercodes
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

This is an establishment designed for the niche meat/beer enthusiasts in our delightful community. There is a limited tap/bottle selection, but what is offered is always exclusive and delicious. The menu accompanying your brew is a decent selection of delicious hot dogs and sausages done in several different, unique styles (I recently had their chorizo sausage w/ jalapeno aioli, and it worked quite well). The size of the Pig is fairly small, but the deck is one of the best in Portland, so if you find yourself in the area during the summer months, make sure to take advantage of the deck service! Overall, highly recommended.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Great little place in Portland where you can get a different option for food and some great rotations of craft beer offerings. The restaraunt has a slight industrial feel to it, with a bar in the back and plenty of seating throughout. Lots of craft beer themed art adorns the walls, and there are copies of BA available on the counters to peruse while you are eating/drinking. You order at a main counter, and then your food and drinks are brought out to you. I was there in a party of 3, and our orders came out very fast. The food is very tasty, and the menu leans more towards sausage/meat offerings, inlcuding pulled pork, brawts, hot dogs, etc. I had a buffalo chicken dip that was pretty goddamn tasty. There were 6 or 7 beers on tap, and I think they were almost all Maine craft offerings, but covered a variety of styles. From what I have heard about the place, the taps rotate fairly frequently. Prices were very reasonable, and I am actually looking forward to getting back to the Thirsty Pig soon. Good food and good beer in a great city...can't beat it.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Easily accessible on the bustling exchange street, this beer/cider/mead bar offers ample indoor/outdoor seating, several well selected taps, and even thirsty pig store merchandise.
We had no trouble finding seating for a party of 6 on a hot Saturday evening (which can be a nightmare at novare res) and had most of the back patio to ourselves. Several excellent beers were on tap (peeper, prince tuesday, oxbow freestyle) as well as a local mead and cider. Although the staff was scatterbrained and hard of hearing we managed to get our orders and samples in a reasonable amount of time and a reasonable price at that. Overall I really liked this place for their beer selections and atmosphere and will likely return next time I'm in Portland.

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