In'Finiti Fermentation & Distillation
Active Beers: 24
Beer Ratings: 113
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
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 -0.5%
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 -41.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$$
We ordered lunch and beer. I had a liter of the fest bier that was fine. Others in the party ordered different beers that were supposed to be 12 or 16 oz according to their beer menu. They all came in the same size 12 oz glasses. When I pointed this out to the waiter he said I was wrong in an extremely rude manor. I showed him how 3 of their "16" oz glasses filled with water just filled my empty liter mug. He then asked me if I knew how many ozs were in a liter which I did. He had no reply when I told him about 36 fl oz constitutes a liter. This math wiz then explains to me that 3 16oz glasses should just fill a liter and too bad if I didn't like it. To top it off this little punk was wearing a Coors t shirt!
I'll never go back there even though the food and beer were acceptable. You only get 1 chance to make a first impression. If I had been with some of my regular beer drinking friends I would have asked for the manager and made a point. I didn't feel like doing this with some relatives I rarely see.
Too bad but they rip you off there.
10-13-2013 23:46:09 | More by Doppelmax
4.03/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
In'Finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland, ME
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