In'Finiti Fermentation & Distillation
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 79
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Wednesday, having rolled in from Vermont and seen some scenes. Early enough in the day that I won’t be missed in Monmouth for hours yet and can bop around some. I’m thinking In’Finiti before everyone hits town and it becomes a mob scene. Drove ove, and parked across the street after finding the front and side spaces to be owned by not them. Fed the meter and got shaken down for what changed remained. Welcome to Portland...
Expansive, bulging corner space of slate blue. Up & in, there’s an ‘L’ish bar of knotty uneven tree, with a very cool Allagash Curieux barrel stave base and piping foot rail; seating for 20 on shorty 2” cut slab log stools on steel frames. Barback holds taps on twisted industrial piping play; 2 prong, 3 prong, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, & 2, each set alternating in heights, the 3’s looking all trident like. Space for 22 taps in all running a good length over drainage. Tiered booze countered to the left, and a bit more to the right with wines stacked. Glassware shelved below & some cooler space. Barback wall is all glass looking in on tanks and tanks and tanks. Bar spur further down on the end seating another 5, looking in on the kitchen.
Purple walls with round portals cut into the side wall running the length, black ceiling, & silver ductwork. Drop industrial cone lamps tracing the bar, steel band ball lighting up front and to the rear, and Allagash barrel stave cylinder lamps along the seating above. 5 phat tree stump hightop tables adjacent to the bar, each with 3 stools that look like tootsie drops (remember them?) Raised side seating area holds nearly a dozen booths & tables; the tables being stage 2 mitosis cell split duos. Small area to the rear with 3 barrel hightop tables and a wood stove. And seating on the rear deck where we will take in dinner in a night or three’s time; 6 low boy tables, 4 hightops, & 7 barrel hightop tables.
Nodg-Nuh-Uh! Nodg-Nuh-Uh! Nodg-Nuh-Uh! Oh, I’m sorry, I just spotted Kjetil (the brewer from Nogne-O) and made him pronounce it for me like 7 times, but I think I’ve got it. Nodg-Nuh-Uh! Nodg-Nuh-Uh!
I will sample the house wares. There will be upwards of 15 on for the weekend event, but there are currently 6 house beers up; Black Abt (collab with Marshall Wharf), Belgian Royal Stout, 8.4%, very rich, roast, dark fruit; War Dark, Single Stout, 4.7%, chiocolate, coffee, roasty, bitter, nice; Rauchbier, 4.7%, campfire smokiness without awful baindaidyness, clean, well done; Mar-GOSE-Rita (collab with Smuttynose who should have known better), Gose gone no, please don’t, 5%, Fail; Belgian Amber, 6%, dry, hoppy, floral, spicy, very nice; Primus, 4.5%, an easy drinking Belgian table beer, earthy, spicy, clean & dry. War Dark, Belgian Amber, & Primus were the best of ‘em. + guest taps; a half dozen local heroes play (Bunker, Allagash, Rising Tide, Sebago, Oxbow, & Marshall Wharf), and the Dry Cidah from Portland’s Urban Farm Fermentory.
Lunch? Sure. Toyed with the lobster mac & cheese, but opted for the pretzel crusted chicken sandwich (avocado, tomato, arugula, and aioli on a Kaiser roll), and took in a side green salad accompaniment. This could be my new Maine chicken sandwich (don’t tell Grittys) and a steal at $7.
My wanting to revisit this place sometime not during The Festival weekend realized 6 months later, now finding 11 house beers on; Saison Mellifere (collab with Maine Mead), 5.5%, a nice saison, honey sweet; Small Baltic Porter, 4.6%, licorice, roast, chocolate, awesome; Disbelief, a strong dark Belgian, 8.1%, very dubbely, with maple syrup; The Killing, a cranberry sour, 5%, tart, and pleasant; Bruin, a dubbel, 5.7%, sufficiently dubbelly, sweet candy sugar, dry & nice; Steam, 5.1%, easy drinking steam, light & crisp; Barrel Aged #1 Dad Double IPA (collab with De Struise), a mere 15%, vanilla first & foremost, well masks the booze that I know lives there, caramel, yes, must be a shorty. Didn’t get at and/or don't remember the Hellesbock, Barrel Aged Impy Porter, Won IPA, or Tripel. The Saison Mellifere, Small Baltic Porter, The Killing, Bruin, & Steam were the best of this round.
Shooting the shit with owner Eric on revisit; he is engaging and some good shit. Let us sample some of this and that. It’s a good house. The bar & stools are from an old black walnut fallen in PA, and the ball and stave lamps are some cool shit. Excellent views out back, nice friendly folks, and the tunes are chili. Pints are $5 on the higher side and the beers are generally quite good. Yeah, this works for me.
01-04-2014 16:01:16 | More by slander
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in a blue clapboard structure on Chandler's Wharf - more sprcifically, across from Three Dollar Dewey, this appears to be the new kid on the Portland beer scene. Here, we have beer and spirits brought together under a single roof.
The distillery can be seen as you enter; it is in a small glass-enclosed room. To the left, as you enter, is a large dimly-lit area space with a high ceiling; the long bar is to the right and behind the bar, behind glass, is the brewery; on the left, on a riser, are tables and booths for intimate dining. There seems to be some kinda maritime industrial ambience going on here. That said, one can also say that it is rather cold, sterile and aloof. There were eleven house drafts, with five being IPAs (also on tap were a helles, an oatmeal stout, an IPL and a delicious baltic porter. There were three Belgian styles). The beer was well poured, well maintained and served by an efficient server who knew her stuff. The menu was limited; however, in anticipation of shoving sausages down my gullet at Thirsty Pig (see my reveiw), I did not partake of food. The House Beers are reasonably priced between $4-6; however, they offer $2 tasters.
Neat new place. I wish it well. Note: the logo worn by the staff is a horizontal "8," which is the sign for infinity. Little knowledge, don't hate.
11-18-2013 00:17:59 | More by jjboesen
2.3/5 rDev -40.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$$
We ordered lunch and beer. I had a liter of the fest bier that was fine. Others in the party ordered different beers that were supposed to be 12 or 16 oz according to their beer menu. They all came in the same size 12 oz glasses. When I pointed this out to the waiter he said I was wrong in an extremely rude manor. I showed him how 3 of their "16" oz glasses filled with water just filled my empty liter mug. He then asked me if I knew how many ozs were in a liter which I did. He had no reply when I told him about 36 fl oz constitutes a liter. This math wiz then explains to me that 3 16oz glasses should just fill a liter and too bad if I didn't like it. To top it off this little punk was wearing a Coors t shirt!
I'll never go back there even though the food and beer were acceptable. You only get 1 chance to make a first impression. If I had been with some of my regular beer drinking friends I would have asked for the manager and made a point. I didn't feel like doing this with some relatives I rarely see.
Too bad but they rip you off there.
10-13-2013 23:46:09 | More by Doppelmax
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I walked by this industrial looking building, marked distillery, several times before finally wandering in on a lazy Sunday. From the street, it is hard to know what is inside and was expecting perhaps an industrial distillery with tours.
Once inside, it is clear it is a large brewpub / distiller with most space given over to a bar and table. It is a pretty nice place. Long beautiful bar, lots of wood, industrial hand made wrought iron lamps, shiny copper distillery equipment on display, brewing equipment behind the long bar, heavy wooden tables off to one side of the bar, and a deck out back with views of the working waterfront.
They are a distillery (first product in likely a 9 months from now), a brewery, and a high-end gastro pub. I had a west coast style IPA that was very good (much better than what I expected). I didn’t try and other of the beers but they had a hand full on tap.
Food was very good but expensive for what you get. I should note my friend thought his fish and chips were some of the best he has had. Service was excellent.
09-15-2013 15:05:17 | More by rbowser
3.46/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | $$
a really cool place right in downtown Portland. didn't even know this was here, just sort of stumbled up. large place with a neatly configured bar with the brewhouse right behind it. close to empty when we rocked up just past 11am. only a small handful of beers on tap, but the ones we drank were fantastic. the sorachi rice is to die for, one of the best displays of sorachi hops ive had to date, and the sour was fun as well. bartender was a little arrogant and all, but we just ignored him. we didn't eat, but the food looked nice as well. they distill spirits here too, which people seemed to be enjoying when the place filled up a bit. a good stop for lunch or something, and ill bet it gets happening at night time too. worth visiting just for the sorachi rice session ipa.
08-20-2013 13:01:38 | More by StonedTrippin
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Nestled in the hub of the Old Port, this place has a great feel as soon as you walk through the door. The hardest part is finding parking, as per usual in Portland. Very long bar, with hightop tables behind it and an elevated seating area behind that. Clear view of fermenters and bright tanks behind the bar, and the taps are all made of old-school, cast iron piping. 7-8 of their own beers on-tap, with some guest taps available, also. Pretty solid cocktail menu, as well, just in case beer isn't everyone's thing. The bartenders were attentive despite the place being packed. Seems like this brewery is a solid hit in Portland. And, their distillery should be up and running soon, too. The food was gastropub style, with some interesting appetizers varying from pretzels to meat/cheese plates. Entrees ranged anywhere from a pizza to seafood. Prices vary greatly as well, depending on what you order. They do have half-growlers for sale, with prices varying on what beer you choose. Great new stop in the Portland metro area for people on a beercation.
07-30-2013 02:21:07 | More by GarthDanielson
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
In'Finiti is the latest brainchild of the proprietor of Novare Res (another local beer bar a few blocks away), with an intended emphasis on on-site brewing and distilling, combined with high level, creative cuisine, and some original cocktails.
First, let me emphasize that unlike Novare Res, In'Finiti is NOT a beer bar, nor does proclaim itself to be as such. This is quality dining as imagined by a beer nerd who wishes to accompany great, home made dishes, with great, home made beer and spirits. I have experienced dinner service, as well as the evening bar atmosphere, and both have their strong suits, but the dinner service is preferred, as this is when In'Finiti is able to truly wow you with great service.
Evening bar service still maintains an upscale patronage as you'll see at dinner, but with a surge in numbers to the point of over-crowding. With the higher price tag of most food and beverage options, folks with higher earnings make up most of the demographic, which can lead to some average beer drinkers feeling like a fish out of water if they are looking for the Novare Res atmosphere.
Yet another fine establishment better suited for meal service, while experimenting with some drinks.
06-23-2013 19:21:43 | More by supercodes
4.15/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$$
I stopped in here with mixylplik3 for dinner, thanks for showing me around this week Matt! Huge brick building directly on the docks on commercial street. Distillery behind glass off to the right as you walk in the door, the brewery is further down to the right behind the bar with seating to the left and I think every seat in the house can see the brewery. Nice deck sits right off the docks but it was still in the upper 50's so we sat inside. Decent menu, two pages, but maybe a bit small. I had a pretzel that was a little dry but had a fantastic mustard sauce. Shared some flatbread, frites and wings and they were all very good. We sampled a few of the brews and were quite impressed, they were all quite good, but the Headstach DIPA is a great brew. Our server was very attentive if not a bit flirtatious. Pricing; this was the most expensive dinner I had in Portland. The beer and food were really good I would go back in a heartbeat, but I would be more prepared to empty my wallet..
06-16-2013 02:36:53 | More by johnnnniee
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Been to In'finiti a few times now. Nice interior with the distillation equipment right as you walk in the door then a long bar with tables and the brewing equipment behind the bar. Kitchen is toward the back and open to the restaurant. A bit dark inside for my taste but the deck out on the water is great.
House made beer is good but not great. The descriptions on the menu all sound great but the product doesn't quite match as I have found most of the beers to be lacking flavor even the DIPA. Prices for the house made beers are fair. Guest taps are all Maine brewed for the most part however nothing you can't get at many other bars within a few block radius. Prices for the guest beers are higher then average.
Food is good but portions are quite small and prices are high. I don't mind high prices as long as I don't shell out a bunch of money and then leave hungry.
Service at the bar is quite good. Table service can be hit or miss as some of the servers seem more interested in chatting by the kitchen rather then taking orders or delivering drinks.
Crowd is quite diverse with local hipsters mixed in with lawyers from the firm next door mixed in with tourists from out of state.
Overall a solid and unique but not spectacular addition to the Portland beer scene. I am hoping their beers will improve in the future. A good place to go for after work beers or drinks on the deck in the summer.
06-05-2013 02:19:47 | More by Chowdahead
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Large cinder-block building on the waterfront with no sign and some ship's porthole windows.
Deck out back which overlooks a docking channel and boats. The interior is really nice with brass porthole pendant lighting, barrel stave ballisters on the hand rails, and barrel hoops fashioned into lighting as well. Tap set up fabricated out of black iron pipe and fittings with long-neck Belgian style taps. The brew house is viewable behind the glass in back of the bar as is the pot still upon entry and at the end of the bar. Custom wood bar top too, they really put some money into this place..(I heard 4,000,000)
The house brewed beers were tasty. The IPA was quite good but not great and the Belgian Blonde was ok too. Guest taps were not anything to get too excited about on my visit.
Food was expensive and served in tiny portions. Tasty, but quite high end and pricey.
Service was excellent at the bar.
I would go back but probably not to eat, I'm just not the kind of guy who shells out big bucks for small portions. I can see how they will do well with tourists and such given the location and upscale dining culture in Portland, but if I was a local it probably would not be my daily go-to.
05-22-2013 15:18:32 | More by brewandbbq
In'Finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland, ME
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