Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides RestaurantMarshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides RestaurantMarshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2 Pinchy Ln
Belfast, Maine, 04915-6873
United States

(207) 338-1707 | map

Notes: Reopened under new ownership.

Three Tides beer garden and the Marshall Wharf tasting room are open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
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Ratings by rderedin:
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Reviewed by rderedin from Maine

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I actually attended the Marshall Wharf Brewing New Release/Tasting get together(albeit briefly). I went in to buy some growler's only, I had my little girl with me or I would have stayed for the tasting. I knew going in I wanted to try one of their stouts, little did I know they had multiple stouts. Personally, I didn't expect that, I thought they might have one and a small selection of other brews. I literally had to scan their board for a few minutes(to make sure I wasn't missing anything) to select the beer I wanted. I probably should have done some research before going in.

I've actually never had their beer and when I asked for a general description the owner(again, presumably) gave a relatively precise description and I think after realizing he went over my head dumbed it down for me. He was very down to earth about it. The guy doing the pouring for the tasting also seemed very knowledgable as well and I wouldn't have any hesitation about asking him for recommendations. They actually had a bunch of empty growlers behind the counter and when I asked about one of them he immediately knew what it was.

I'm saving the two growlers I bought for a later date. The service itself was excellent. Having my hands full with my daughter, the owner(presumably) offered to box up my growlers for me and bring them out to the car. That was really cool because I really did need a hand.

I work about 45 minutes away and during my routine beer shopping lunch breaks I was told by one of the owners about their excellent brews. I'll have to say that I'm totally geeked out about being able to get growler's so close to my home. Even if I try their beer and it's mediocre I'm definitely going back just due to their service and selection.

I don't hand out 5's just for fun. I like knowing that I can go to a place where they are knowledgable enough to give you recommendations, the service is great and the selection is wide.

I'm only rating the quality as a 3.0 because I haven't actually tasted their product yet. However, I'll rate each beer I've tried after tasting it.
Mar 11, 2012
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jul 18, 2022
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Rated by Greenbayside from Maine

5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Great place to wind down or gear up in Belfast. Tug Pale Ale is the best! Besides the smoking, it’s the best spot for a pint in Belfast!!
May 30, 2018
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Reviewed by BeerTwigs from New York

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Nice little spot in Belfast, ME. I visited the brewery but they have a sister bar/restaurant next door with more of their beers on. 9oz pour and 3oz samples of anything you want to try. I sampled all of there beers on tap ranging from brown ales to rauchbiers and they were all average or better. I recommend checking this place out, the staff was super friendly and helpful.
May 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Don't go out of your way to visit.beers are ok at this pier type hangout. fun vibe here, with controlled bonfire on main grounds. relaxed and worth stopping if staying in area only. needs to do a lot of guest taps.
Aug 14, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by kdevilliers from Massachusetts

Jul 25, 2016
Rated: 4.66 by ryoc3516 from Massachusetts

Apr 02, 2016
Rated: 4.58 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by cufarley from Maine

Jun 05, 2015
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Rated by seanzig from New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Hands down best outdoor bar/seating area in New England. Outdoor games, outdoor bar, huge fire pit. Awesome decor/atmosphere right on the water
Feb 16, 2015
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Reviewed by dfecteau from Massachusetts

2.64/5  rDev -38.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Hostess was awful. We had a party of 10 and were going to have a big check, but she didn't seem like she wanted to be bothered and just told us it would be awhile. No estimated time of wait or anything. Went downstairs to the "beer garden" and had a beer and left. Brought our business else where.
Jan 28, 2015
Rated: 4.11 by psdriscoll from Connecticut

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 4.42 by hopley from Massachusetts

Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 1 by Woody2shoes from New York

Nov 23, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Sep 27, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Sep 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Pwbres from Maine

Sep 10, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by WesFoxlove from Massachusetts

Sep 01, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by BastardFromABasket from Massachusetts

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by anthony23cippy from Maine

Aug 02, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Jul 10, 2014
Rated: 5 by Richared from Georgia

Jun 25, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by NJBeer265 from New Jersey

Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by huddyball from New Hampshire

May 31, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by coombski from Maine

Mar 29, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by cdngary from New York

Feb 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by hockeypuck from Maine

Feb 19, 2014
Rated: 5 by Necropsy from Maryland

Feb 15, 2014
Rated: 5 by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2014
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Reviewed by Owl-Head from Maine

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
I went to both the Three Tides and Marshall Warf and I was more attracted to the Warf than the restaurant. The Warf was very authentic seeming and very small, quiet and personal, which I personally am more drawn to. The server was excellent, very patient and willing to answer all our questions thoroughly without even so much as a sideways glance. They clearly know their stuff at Marshall Warf! The Beer itself was only a bit above average but I am glad I experienced it. I tried their APA, Happy Dog Coffee Porter, Wet Dog, and
T2-R9 Barleywine. Though it seems like a mixed bunch of beers it seemed like each one was just a bit off from what I really would have liked. However, the location and the feel of their taproom is definitely worth the trip to Belfast to experience
Jan 06, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Gatordaddy from Maryland

Dec 05, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by tango22 from Maine

Dec 02, 2013
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Reviewed by craft_shannie from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4
stopped by three tides for dinner with friends & sampled all 11 drafts on tap. i was impressed w. the diverse line-up until i starting sampling them. thier kolsch was buttery, flawed. their small stout was a bit too thin & watery. porter was too alcohol forward. BUT- their RIS, sexy chaos, is hands down world freaking class! so, once i settled with a glass of sexy chaos, i was all set & a bit forgiving. yes, it was that good.

great atmosphere. friendly service. great food & incredible harbor views. i like the layout as it kinda feels like a adult playland: indoor bar, elevated outdoor dinner seating, and a lower, more casual, space with great proximity to the water. it's authentically maine.
Sep 12, 2013
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Reviewed by Chegui from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
I loved their Cant Dogg. It was made the day before. I will visit them again on my yearly Maine trip. I passed by this place countless of times and never really noticed it was there. The barbecue spot by it was how I found it. I followed the smell and noticed the hidden gem that is Marshall Wharf.
Aug 19, 2013
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Reviewed by microbrewnerd from New York

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Rats anyone?

Although I frequent this site often, this is the first time I've reviewed a brewery. In fact I created an account just to do this one review. 

I just returned from a two week road trip with a few buddies checking out different breweries across northern New England. When it came to Maine everyone raved about Marshall Wharf, so we couldn't wait to get there and check it out. 

We tried a number of beers and I can honestly say there wasn't one that we didn't enjoy. The atmosphere was great, complete with a biergarten right on the bay. The only thing I would have changed was the gravel area across from the handicap ramp. It looked like a dumping ground for all their junk. It definitely took away from some of the charm of the place. All in all, I was pleased to find that this place was everything that everyone had claimed. 

Unfortunately my opinion changed abruptly by the end of the night.   Upon our departure, one of my buddies stopped by the brewery windows to check out their setup. He quickly called the rest of us over and we were shocked to see rats scurrying all over the brewery. There was a group gathered around a pile of, what appeared to be, grain on the floor. I stood there in horror picturing rats rummaging through grain bags that were then used to brew the beer we just drank. 

The next morning I woke up early and took a walk down the footpath that happened to pass right in front of Marshall Wharf. I couldn't help myself from taking another look inside.  The rats weren't around anymore. Instead, what I saw was even worse. The window sill and one of their tanks (I think it may have been their mash tun, but I'm not sure) were covered in rat feces. 

Although their beer was phenomenal I felt this was something I couldn't keep quiet on.  I have to assume there must be rats running around the kitchen in Three Tides as well. 
Aug 18, 2013
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Reviewed by geocool from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
I finally visited Marshall Wharf brewery. It was a nice stop on the way up to Acadia, and great to pick up some growlers to enjoy during our week long stay there. They had just been at the Belfast Harbor Fest the day before where they sold out of a bunch of stuff so they only had five taps on. Their Phil Brown Ale was delicious and drinkable (really had to drink a full pint from the growler to appreciate how great it is). Also Big Twitch IPA was fantastic, I got two growlers of that one. At 9% I'd call it a DIPA, though. They also had Deep Purple Rauchbier which was nice and smokey, but I decided against getting a whole growler of it, bottles would be better for that one IMHO. They also had a 4% stout made from second runnings from their RIS, (Little Mayhem) and a 3% red ale (Pinchy Red) that I didn't care for. On the trip back to return the emptys I also sampled a Kolsch that was pretty good.
I was hoping their RIS Chaos Chaos would be available, but it wasn't. I was told that their restaurant next door has 17 of their beers on tap. I thought it was a little irksome that the beers were on tap just twenty feet away but still not available for tasting or growler fills in the brewery tasting room. But it is what it is. I'll be making this a regular stop every year from now on.
Aug 31, 2012
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Stopped by here twice with Alewife at the start of the month, on 09 and 10DEC11. Glad we did!

We found Three Tides down by the waterfront, near the lobstah pound. As the photo here shows, this place is quite ordinary looking from the outside, a three-story, weathered, salt-box type structure. First floor is who knows what - storage? Third is actually living quarters, for the owners, I believe. Second floor it is, then. Up the stairs on the side of the building one flight to the rear deck (which MUST kick butt in the summer!); turn 180º left and you're in. The pub itself is rather small. Once inside, it is about 25'x60', running long from left to right. It is mostly unfinished, raw wood, with big, roughly hewn posts and ceiling beams. The bar is on the right side, a large slab of granite topping things and doing a double zig-zag to the rear, seating about 12 or so total. There's a large table on the left corner as you enter, and about 4-5 smaller tables on the back wall. At the very rear are the WCs and a small kitchen. Lighting is low and warm, with some soft incandescent bulbs above the tables, and some small track-lights above the bar-back. Many (many!!) small candles are strewn about on shelves and the bar; this was way cool! The bar had a few towers serving up the 17 house-biers available, and the bar-back had many a bottle of top-shelf liquor, plus assorted wines.

We were served both by the owner, David Carlson, and his top man, Seth, on these two nights. As Nick would say: "Fantastic!". Couldn't ask for more, from prompt, friendly service, to bier and food suggestions, as well as generous samples of their wares. Our food was well-made, plentiful and tasty. We had swedish meatballs and garlic smashed potatoes, steak & cheese quesedillas, and caesar salad with chicken breast. Mmmm!! Prices were a little high for some things, like $9 for a pint of Old # 58, but it's nothing that would deter me from returning any time soon. In fact, I can't wait to get back! I hope they still have their T2-R9 Barleywine on, which kicked some serious ass. Great pub; great times! Prosit!!

4.63/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Dec 21, 2011
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Reviewed by jnezda from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
Searching for a brewery in North Central Maine and was introduced to Three Tides first for dinner and drinks then to Marshall Wharf for a couple growlers. The atomsphe of the place is vibrant right on the Belfast water front good view great use of the space with a lively outdoor area including a large outdoor fireplace made out of an old grain auger. I tried at least 8 of there beers took two growlers home over a weekend and had some of the food as well. The bar service at Three Tides was impeccable with the bar tender recalling my name after only one visit. I am not into cocktails but there was a great liqour selection and the bartenders took the time to squeeze fresh juices and make cocktails that are crafted as well as the beers.

I will stop back here every summer I am in Maine
Sep 05, 2011
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
My folks live in Belfast, so we are able to get over here quite a bit. This is a slick little place down on the waterfront, with a great amount of deck seating and a decent inside area, as well. There is also a little biergarten below the deck where you can hang out and enjoy some beers. Indoors, there is a decent bar, and it's all concrete, which is pretty gool. The deck is usually where we end up sitting so we can enjoy the waterfront. The service is very good. The restaurant portion is a tapas service, so don't go if you are extremely hungry. Other than that, there are no complaints. The food is unique and delicious. There is usually a decent amount of local fare available. If you are there, get the crab me. The beer selection is always changing and updating, and the last time I was there they had 12+ on tap. The brewery is in the building next door, where you can get growlers filled. Overall, a great little gem in Belfast, a city that seems to finally be growing a bit. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
Aug 16, 2011
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Wow... A tiny, little bar/restaurant in Maine. The bar held maybe 12 people, with a total capacity of about 50 in the restaurant, if that. As such, we had to wait about 1.5 hours to get a seat, but it was well worth it when we did, and of course we sampled some brews in the meantime. You can also hang outside on their ample deck with riverside view, as long as it's not too cold for you. Staff was very accommodating considering how busy it was.

The brews were all made next door at Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. I had at least a sample of all 17 beers on tap, and I must say that overall, the quality of the beer here was pound for pound among the best of any brewpub I've been to. Every beer here was between great and amazing, even the lighter beers, which I generally don't go for.

Then the food. So good... Not the best mussels I've ever had (a title still reserved for Eulogy and/or Monk's in Philly), but amazingly fresh, clean and beautiful. I also split an app with my wife and whatever it was was extremely tasty.

Seriously, this place was great. A bit off the beaten trail, but well worth the trip. I would love to go back here if I ever visit Maine again.
May 03, 2011
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant in Belfast, ME
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1200 ratings