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Liquid Riot Bottling Company

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Liquid Riot Bottling CompanyLiquid Riot Bottling Company
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
54 Beers
40 Reviews
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 18
Visits: 57
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

250 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4617
United States
phone: (207) 221-8889

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @liquid_riot

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Place added by: morebeergood on 05-08-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 57
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of supercodes
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.. (993 characters)

Photo of Chowdahead
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,409 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Firstly, as the first BA review noted, the frontage/signage of In`Finiti is very low-key. I had been out for a run, where I figured I would see it, but never did. Later that day, while walking, I asked a local, who had to point it out to me....I had run right past it w/o any idea.

Anyways, upon entering, you will see some nice looking equipment. And then you will see the long bar and a good amount of tables too. So, they have craft beer and "artisinal cocktails" as well. I believe that their house liquors are not yet available. But, some of their house beers are available. While there, I tried both the IPA and DIPA. Both of them were pretty tasty. From what I recall, there was a total of 5-6 house beers on. And they also have a similar amount of beers on from other brewers, with a focus on Maine, i.e. Marshall Wharf, Oxbow.

The food looked very good, but I did not try any. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable of good beer as well as making a mean cocktail. And although it was a bit difficult to find, for the first time anyhow, these folks were doing a good business. The good people of Portland, ME, really enjoy their drinking and dining out. But with places like this, I can`t really blame them. I would be interested to see what other styles or tweaks they may do on their house beers down the road. (1,325 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

My wife and I made it a point to stop in here last weekend because it just opened recently. Very non-descript front; you'd never tell it was a restaurant or a bar from the outside. Kinda dark on the inside but inviting. All the brewing equipment is displayed behind the bar behind glass. I was really excited to try the beer. It's the first brewpub owned by the people behind Novare Res, also in Portland. There were 6 or 7 different beers on tap. A nice variety of styles; a few dark Belgians and some hoppy IPA styles. We went with the Belgian stout and the Belgian dark ale. I was also interested in trying the liquor they make, since they have an in-house distillery. But, after a friendly conversation with the waitress, she told me me the liquor won't be distilled until June the earliest. Also, they have no plans for beer-to-go. I did not try the food, just drinks. Prices were decent for the area. I really liked the feel of this place. Much different that everything in the area, so it will stand out. A bit upscale but with an edge. Plus, house-made booze. Everything you might want in one place. (1,107 characters)

Liquid Riot Bottling Company in Portland, ME
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.