In'Finiti Fermentation & Distillation

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In'Finiti Fermentation & DistillationIn'Finiti Fermentation & Distillation
BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
45 Beers
210 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.96
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

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(Place added by: morebeergood on 05-08-2013)
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Photo of mbonugli
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of Doppelmax
2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

Photo of AirBob
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of s005jjf
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of jimpdx
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

I like where they are going here. The collab with dogfish (oyster stout) was really nice although we had to try it at Novare. Would like to come back when their barrel aged spirits are flowing. The mainline beers were a little disappointing to us.

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of bcgeiman
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Chowdahead
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of coombski
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of CTFalcon
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mk_ultra
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mltobin
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of jjboesen
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of abrodsky
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jamvt
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kellyej
4/5  rDev +1%

This is an excellent bar and is a great representation of the Portland beer scene. They have a ton of different styles on tap and the food is also quite good. I went in around Christmas time last year and did a tasting of their Azacca IPA, Burton IPA, Rauchbier, Small Baltic Porter, Obscurity Imperial Stout, and the Barrel Aged Quad. Out of them all, my favorite was the Azacca though I really enjoyed everything.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of meehandennis
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +1%

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In'Finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland, ME
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.