Oxbow Brewing Company

Oxbow Brewing CompanyOxbow Brewing Company
Oxbow Brewing CompanyOxbow Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

274 Jones Woods Rd
Newcastle, Maine, 04553-3123
United States

(207) 315-5962 | map

View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 67
Reviews by MWilcox20:
Photo of MWilcox20
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Outstanding brewery. Recently stopped in here on an East Coast brewery tour and we heard about Oxbow word of mouth. This place is a gem! Tucked away in the woods on an awesome wooded property. Had a flight of what they had on tap and honestly though their saisons were on par if not better than the stuff I had recently tasted at Hill Farmstead. Also the pour girl Molly offered her back yard for us to camp!!! and when that didn't work out she personally reserved us a place at a local camp ground. Cant say enough good things. DONT PASS ON INFINITE DARKNESS OR OXTOBERFEST

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More User Reviews:
Photo of npolachek
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Oxbow is an amazing beer destination. Situated in a serene location with ample outdoor and indoor seating as well as hiking trails and farm animals a short hike (.25 miles) away. Great bartenders and tap list as well as bottles for onsite or to go. Definitely looking to return!!

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Photo of LeRose
3.53/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

This was a tough location for us to find - don't trust your GPS, folks...it will lead you astray. Wonderfully scenic driving, but did leave us a little tight on time with the over the river and through the woods thing when the map (after the fact, of course) said a simple right turn would have saved us miles of wandering.

I know I am going to be an outlier in terms of my review.

The place struck us as rustic and charming, but it felt strange. Some people sitting outside with beer chatting, but the layout and set up in the "tasting room" was very odd. Everything was crammed into a really small space as far as the "bar" goes. Plenty of room to sit inside or out.

Staff - hmmm... Knowledgeable, but quite a bit on the surly side and they really were not busy. Seemed unaware of what was available and what wasn't, especially when it came to bottles. Maybe they had been super busy all day, but seemed disinterested and frankly pretty grubby looking. They did know about all of the beers (just not what was/wasn't available), though so maybe it was just bad timing? That does fold into the vibe - felt a little like we were imposing, and grubby seems unacceptable. Yeah, I get it - farmhouse/rustic/woods, but serving to the public.

No question the beers were fantastic. Fresh, flavorful, and creative. We purchased a bottle of Catalyst to go. Prices were a little on the high side, but not for the type/quality of beer being sold. Since we've had Oxbow beer before, this was what we expected - quality brews, no issues there.

Selection was limited and the staff was not helpful at this point - did not seem to know what they had even on tap. Beer sitting on low shelves except for one small cooler - hard to see what was on the shelves without picking up bottles, especially with their awesome but kinda funky labelling.

We have visited the Portland location, and very oddly for us we actually prefer the "in city" location. Maybe we did not enjoy all we could at the Newcastle location, but for some reason it just didn't "click" with us even though it checks all the boxes for things we usually enjoy.

DEFINITELY worth it for the beer. Head scratcher and mixed bag on service and what we felt was a really odd "vibe".

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of s_minette
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Ran into my buddy decosta!

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Photo of jfcaa193
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of 86sportster883
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

A great little place off in the rustic woods of south eastern Maine. Farmhouse Ales appear to be their thing and there were four excellent variations of this style in our five beer sampler. But my favorite was a smoked Oktoberfest that rivaled some of the better beers I've had in Bamburg. I wanted to buy a growler to go but they could only refil their own. Kind of wish I had, but the additional $5 growler bottle cost, on top of the $17 price tag, put me off. Very limited food options, but it seemed like a place where bringing your own wasn't going to be an issue. Service is something of a non-factor given the lack of food and how small the place is. Overall, a very chill outpost of a place with some excellent and unique beers that I would recommend taking a detour to visit.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.22/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Ive got to say that personally, I had a hard time finding something wrong w/ this place. Visited one thursday afternoon on a beautiful late October day, this place was tucked away and almost hidden in the ME woods. It is very unassuming and one could easily drive by and not know it was there and I find that very charming. Everything about whats on premise is tastefully and naturally rustic. From the cedar shingled taproom and brew barn all the way up to the fine ales pouring. You walk into the small and pleasantly cozy taproom to be greeted by a friendly Mainer enthusiatic to pour you a beer. Next is finding a place to enjoy that beer...take your pick! There are countless nooks and sanctuaries inside and out. After my girlfriend and I grabbed a couple of flights we headed outside to a picknick table to indulge. I soon noticed head brewer Tim Adams outside speaking w/ patrons. As a massive fan of Tims liquids and native Virginian, there was no way I was going to pass up speaking to him. I approached him, introduced myself and told him his beer is a life blood of mine. Approachable and friendly, he invited Tessa and I to check out the brew deck/barn, introduced me to Tyler (Doeboy), and I got to stand over a freshly filled coolship while drinking a beer talking to Tim (Primus blasting from the brew deck)...YES! This place was everything I hoped it would be and more. A magical place I cant wait to revisit.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ScientificSquill
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This ain't exactly on the beaten path but well worth a trek for the enthusiastic beer geek. This place is just plain friendly. The folks I met there playing cribbage and enjoying some beers with friends. New and known. Beer selections are interesting and, to be honest, not all "likes" for me. But the place itself is wonderfully intimate and I hope stays there for quite some time

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Photo of Kurzman
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of aRedLetterLife
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of scxcrunner
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of hopley
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Oxbow has great beer and fantastic locations at both the Newcastle and Portland locations. I've never been to an event at either place - but the vibe must be great. The Portland location is big and is more like a bar with picnic tables and an area where games and other activities can occur. The Newcastle location is worth the trip, if not just for the drive (including taking a picture of "Cowshit Corner" farm). It's just a beautiful country location in beautiful scenic rural Maine.

One problem is that they do not clarify on their website what is available in growlers vs. what is only available to drink on premises - this can be very frustrating, especially when you make the trip, only to find that the beer you want to take home in a growler can only be drunk on premises. Employees are accommodating and nice, and more than happy to clarify what is available over the phone, but this is not efficient, and most other comparable breweries of their size are easily able to clarify these simple issues on their websites, which are usually updated on a daily basis.

While in the past I found some employees to display some "attitude", I haven't seen this in a while now; most employees are really nice, cool and informative. Another problem I have is that they do not fill growlers any more at the Portland location, although they still do at the Newcastle location. Worse, like most breweries, they don't give refunds for the growlers. One young girl on the phone suggested to me that "we hope you've gotten your money's worth" - I felt like saying "screw you" - that was what I meant by attitude (although there were other examples in the past, all gone now though).

In any case, Oxbow is the bomb - best farmhouse ales in the country in my opinion, although I haven't tried them all. I only wish I could try everything Oxbow puts out, and wish I could try everything they have already put out. Where is that Michael J Fox DeLorean time machine when I need it?! Cheers!

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Photo of cvallance
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RichD
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of witts2000
4.04/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of sludgegnome
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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