Sea Dog Brewing Company

Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

125 Western Ave
South Portland, Maine, 04106-2413
United States

(207) 871-7000 | map

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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

And when I told Benny, he just said, “Seadog? Why?” Could be I don’t know why, I just do things. But really, we made Portland in 4.5 hours (not too shitty). It was too early to stop for lunch in New Haven when we came through, and we’re not expected in Monmouth for some hours yet, so call this a very late lunch/early dinner. That’s why...

Easily approachable off the exit near the mall, this standalone shares a lot with a Buffalo Wild Wings (coulda gone either way). Past the small 6 table pen out front, and in. Most of the place is brick beneath that chipped away concrete look, with some windows shaded, and big brick archways to everywhere else. Splotched cement floors, and high ceilings with matched black ductwork & drop martini glass lighting.

Fake left, shuffle right and around the corner, the inside wall holds an ‘L’ shaped laminate over marble tile topped bar with a black wood base and brick foot rest, seating 15 or so. A shiny stainless steel tower of 8 with logo capped sea dog handles on the center of the bar and another set on the end. Counter space behind the bar holding tiered booze on center over logo fronted coolers on both ends, and shelved glassware & logo pewter steins in between. Barback wall is shelved booze over mirror back panels & shelved ceramic mug club mugs. More mugs intermittingly hooked angled on slat wall above on the ends, and flatscreens to both sides. Vertical wine rack double wide with wines on their sides, and glassware stacked on the end. Track spots & sunken babies overhead, and flatscreens angled along the bar overhang with a few event (karaoke, trivia, open mic) boards up there, too.

A dozen plus random hightops & low tables, roundies & recs adjacent to the bar and more of the same running around. A side room running the front windows and around the bend with a small angled pool table on the corner. The other side holds a few booths & hightops, a schwag shop zone, an excellent large seadog bottle cap mural, the quintessential board with guest dog pics, and a display of rowing oars. And through to the dine side; booths along both walls and tables in between (a baker’s dozen in all), and a tank full of unhappy lobsters and a collection of buoys on the far wall. Big buck hunter and bags (video cornbag) in a gaming area to the rear.

The sampler is served on a round wooden tray; normally 10 beers but I got 11 ‘cause I asked, “What’s on cask?” Owl’s Head Light Ale, crisp crispness, not too bad; Windjammer Blonde Ale, slight hop bite, pleasant; Blue Paw Wheat Ale, seems like a vanilla blueberry although it isn’t, more boo aroma than flavor; Raspberry Wheat Ale, spritzy, light fruitiness, better than the odd blueberry; Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale, mild nothingness except butter; Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter, feet, unclean, unwashed feet, and thin, not how I like my feet; Sea Dog Stout, on nitro, still a big creamy head 15 minutes after being poured, sturdy oaty goodness; Pale Ale, light hoppiness, strangely bitter ungood; Old East India Pale Ale, subtle hop presence, where are the hops? Like it wants to be fruity or something, I don’t know; Seasonal Summer Ale, buttery unwelcome summer; and the cask Little IPA, 2nd runnings from whatever the Double Thumper is, 7.2%, smells of an alcohol swab, pretty much tastes like one, too. Hotter than all hell. The Windjammer Blonde Ale, Raspberry Wheat Ale & Sea Dog Stout were the best of the lot of ‘em.

And now for lunch, we will have food, as it’s my favorite. I started with the lobster bisque, which was good but not as good as what I had in Topsham last year, and likewise for the tuna sashimi that followed. In retro, I should have opted for the basil encrusted salmon, though it very well may have put me down. Jed had some sort of spicy firecracker shrimp roll, which he liked, and was happy with the tartar sauce (that’s how I know he was drunk-ed up). I shoulda poached some of his sweet pot fries. I’m slipping.

Decent crowd for a Thursday late and later afternoon. Not much of a vibe just not and sorely lacks the cool views like Topsham and every other brewpub in the state of Maine, perched in old brick millings on a multi-syllable named river. Fair pub fare, and while not terribly exciting, they do offer a few good brews, but some that are very not good. Not a bad day and even better now that the Sox are 0-6. Oh, sweet Thursday.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I grew up in Maine, and my parents moved to the coast in the mid-90s, so I can remember the time when there were Sea Dog establishments everywhere. Then, they all closed. They have slowly been opening new places to expand. The South Portland spot is fairly new when compared to Bangor, and it's in a really decent building/location. The building has a lot of open space, is fairly well lit, and has a great feel to it. There is a pronounced separation between the bar and the dining area. Lots of artwork hanging on the walls throughout the building, including a pretty cool jumbo sized mural of the dog made out of bottle caps. The food is decent pub fare, and a pretty good range of styles/selection, so it's pretty easy to find something for everyone. The staff was very helpful and attentive, and did well at finding answers to questions they were unsure of instead of just avoiding/blowing you off. The prices are not bad at all, and you can easily take the family out without breaking the bank. They do offer beer to go, but it has to be a Sea Dog growler. Definitely a decent place to stop in Portland that may get overshadowed by a lot of the other great beer spots that are local.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped here twice during my recent visit to South Portland and it's certainly a neat addition for folks that frequent this satellite Portalnd area. It's a big stand alone building with good parking, right next door to an Outback Steakhouse. It shows off all its newness with lighted signs and nice decorations that accent both the Maine seacoast as well as their beer and Seadog Logo. Both times I visited I stuck to the bar, or bar area. My Tuesday evening visit found the place really packed, still bar service was very reasonable and basically friendly, in a rushed sort of way. I was immediately impressed to find they had a cask IPA offering and it was decent enough, no disappointment. Generally I find that Seadog seems to specialize in the lighter varieties of brews, such as their well known blueberry concoction. I am more drawn to the heavier fare so I did try their Porter and standard IPA as well. All were at least OK. The dining area was dark and large although it seems the bar is the main draw for now. There are a number of small and some large tables around the bar area which can easily accommodate comfortable dining. Overall, this is a nice effort. I haven't ever been to any of their other locations but this one certainly is a good deal. Reasonable TV viewing in the bar, decent service though I didn't find them anxious to strike up conversations. I will definitely be making this a regular part of my frequent visits to South Portland, which is great in tandem with Sebago just over the Scarborough city line, not to mention the great options just 5-10 minutes away in the seaport area of Portland.

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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Decided to check out the new location in SoPo, hard to miss with a gigantic sign out front. Liking the facade, figured it'd be hard to top the Topsham location in the old mill along the water, but it look nice on the outside and inside, sporting that faux brick feel.

Large selection of the Sea Dog beers although the cask was kicked, didn't spot anything else on-tap though, so if you're not looking for Sea Dog beers, you'll be out of luck (didn't even see any BMC, I consider that good, probably bad for most, haha).

Quite crowded on a Friday night and the waitress kept up quite well considering.

Looks like they also snazzed up the food menu a bit since the last time I've been to a Sea Dog location, I always considered the food the weakest link here, expensive and not that great. I'll be stopping by here (or the Topsham location) again to try the food once more.

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Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Dropped in for dinner and drinks on 5/22/09.
This is Sea Dog's newest location. Building is nice, decent parking, waiting area is kind of small. Bar is to your left with a decent amount of space, out door patio. It's very brightly lit. Service was pretty good, bar tenders were attentive, wait staff was on top of things. Beer selection was decent - they had the IPA cask aged at that time, but all the basics were available. Food was ok. I expected a little bit more from this brewpub. It was fun to go in to but I would be more likely to go in for the drinks than the food.

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Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland, ME
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