Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 2
Beer Ratings: 407
Beer Avg: 3.64
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by charlesw:
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Easy to find on US 1.
From right to left (facing it) there is brewery equipment, a bar and then maybe a family restaurant (I didn't go in that part - so I can't really say). The brewery part has a little gift shop that sells beer (and 'partials' for cheap!) as well as t-shirts and glasses.
At 6pm on a mid-winter Friday night, the bar is about half full. Most of those present appear to be working men - probably lobstahmen, eh?
The bar area is brightly lit (maybe they dim the lights later?) and very clean (decidedly not dingey). There is some kind of a nautical theme going on but it is somewhat overwhelmed by a large TV and sponsorship of some local sports team[s] (with team pictures and trophies all over the place - maybe bats or balls hanging from the ceiling).
The tables are small and clean. They are decorated with BBB beer bottles.
Our waitress is a sweetie (unlocking the brewery so that we can buy t-shirts, glasses and Lobstah) but not very quick in bringing our order and downright slow in bringing the bill. (And we can plainly see her and everything else in the bar - she's not doing anything! Why not just bring us our beah? Oh. Right. This -is- Maine!)
Lobstah on tap is ok - but it ages very nicely in bottles => I can't think of a good reason to go back to the bar if it isn't to meet and chat with the brewmeister and perhaps take a tour.
05-29-2003 16:38:18 | More by charlesw
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3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
Stopped there last summer on the recommendation of some locals. I tried the Oatmeal Stout (which I loved) and my girlfriend had the Lobster Ale (which she enjoyed).
The place has been well described in the previous reviews. Definitely a local hangout. There is a room adjacent to the bar with a pooltable where one can smoke if they are so inclined. I had just quit smoking, so the draw of the back room was strong, especially after a few stouts, but alas I held my ground and watched the overhead tv.
The bartender was not rude, but not quite friendly either. My girlfriend accessed that it was some stoic Maine thing, I accessed that she must have been thinking, 'Ah crap, here are some more of those crazy tourists wanting to talk about beer and lobsters.' Be that as it may, she was a cold cod indeed.
The beer is good and the stout is best on tap as I've tried it subsequently in the bottle.
This place is a definite must stop for the beer.
12-05-2003 13:25:44 | More by bewley
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
there is a strange feel to the place. there are lots of coasters on the wall behind the bar from bud to stone and jack to jose. stuff hanging here and there. a tv in that corner and one showing something else over there. a pool room, a bar, a dining room and a brewery partially visible from the bar. some will like the atmosphere but i found it a little busy.
i've had a many belfast bay beers over the years and liked many. today i only had one: a 7 year old barleywine. you're only allowed 2 10oz glasses. but it were some good.
the bar is a real bar (we're mixing service and selection with some sociology mixed in). that is, they have a full bar (top shelf wasn't as high as some may care for) and serve macro stuff AND many malternatives. i imagine, though i'm no positive, they stay open year round in an area where there aren't too many people year round. as such, they have to cater to a wider crowd than just the beer geeks. so they are ready, in fact, geared equally towards the macro or cap'n n coke type as the ipa and barleywine crew. although the bar tender said she tried the barleywine and hated it. whatcho gonna do? but the barkeep was frindly and prompt.
stop in whether you're stuck behind an rv going up rt1 or if you'e already passed them.
08-24-2003 22:44:36 | More by bennybrew
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I'm trying to be objective in my "atmosphere" rating here.
Belfast Bay makes one of the best stouts in the state, and all of their ales are solidly built. This brewpub, now that the Camden Sea Dog is closed, is the only one on Maine's midcoast. Easy to find on route 1, with a view of Penobscot Bay, you might be expecting a nautical theme inside, and you'd be right.
But the fact that it is as much an family/ice cream restaurant as a brewpub may put off some fans of a tavern atmosphere. And, subjectively, the bars dedication to TV broadcasts of Auto Racing on a big screen keeps me from that good old fashioned "pub" feeling. I have been there when a terrific jazz guitarist named Gary Widmer was playing in the pub, so there are some good times to go, but as you can tell from how much space I've devoted, I'm conflicted.
Go for the Oatmeal Stout, get a dose of obviously fresh seafood. Maybe sit at the bar, and chat with the bartender about the great libations they make right there. Just don't turn around too many times.
Addendum: I went back recently for a full-on reassessment... and I still give it a 2 on atmosphere. I found myself really enjoying the Lobster Red Ale, and bought a case for only $20.00. But the jukebox played "Sweet Home Alabama" three times (I'm serious,) and the bartender looked at one of my companions as if she had two heads when she ordered a "black + tan." They make a stout this good and she'd never heard of a black and tan. Oh well.
04-17-2003 09:12:16 | More by ecoboy
Belfast Bay Brewing Co. in Belfast, ME
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.