Oxbow Brewing Company

Oxbow Brewing CompanyOxbow Brewing Company
BA SCORE
4.13/5
2,336 Ratings
Oxbow Brewing CompanyOxbow Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(207) 315-5962 | map
oxbowbeer.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
62
Reviews:
368
Ratings:
2,336
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.48/5
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
61
pDev:
7.37%
 
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by ebustin:
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3.64/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

As mentioned a few months ago, I also missed the driveway to the Brewery on a trip there last August. My wife and I did a quick beer search on the phone while driving around the Boothbay Harbor region on our annual New England craft beer pilgrimage, and were directed to the Oxbow. I actually drove by the entrance convinced that this could not possibly be a retail establishment! Well, you know what they say about a book and its cover. The Oxbow was a real treat. Small, woodsy atmosphere, very little bar space and barrel tables create a stagecoach stop feel that I absolutely loved! The beer was everything a Belgium Farmhouse brewery would want to be. The Pale Ale was my favorite pick of the day.

We spoke with the young lady at the bar and I was surprised to learn that the Oxbow was available in one of our favorite Philly bars, the Kyber Pass. Sure enough, we hit the Kyber over the Christmas Holiday and right there on the sidewalk menu board was the Farmhouse Pale Ale! Sad to say we went inside and found out that they had just kicked the keg, go figure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of 86sportster883
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of KEEPonPOURING
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ScientificSquill
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of aRedLetterLife
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of scxcrunner
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of hopley
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 though 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. While employees are usually accommodating and nice, some have also displayed "attitude" which can be a real turn-off for any retail business. They are 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. My only other issue with the Portland location is that they seem obsessed with having customers enter through one door, pay for their purchases, then walk through a gate to pick up their bottles, and leave through another door. It's easy enough if you do it all the time, and probably makes sense if it's busy, but...really? Is it really necessary to always adhere to such an arcane and otherwise absurd formality in a "farmhouse"? Just seems completely daft to me. Nonetheless, these are minor grievances to an otherwise great brewery.

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Photo of cvallance
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RichD
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of witts2000
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of sludgegnome
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kkdowning
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Amazing woodland farmhouse brewing. I love this place. Loud beer from a quiet place might be the coolest tag line for a brewery ever....

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Photo of boredalready
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I am reviewing the original Newcastle Tasting Room. While the new Portland tasting room is a big, badass space I was disappointed with the selection of beers on draft there. The original tasting room, nestled in the woods, is a fun, relaxed, cozy place to get your grubby hands on some delicious beer. I have found the selection of beers better and have often been able to get bottles there (as opposed to Portland). Anyway, I am a huge fan of Oxbow and it is because of the tasty suds and the experiences up in the woods of Newcastle.

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Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Ironstutz
4/5  rDev -10.7%

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Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle, ME
Brewery rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,336 ratings
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