Liquid Riot Bottling Company

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BEER AVG
3.81/5
Liquid Riot Bottling CompanyLiquid Riot Bottling Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

250 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4617
United States

(207) 221-8889 | map
liquidriot.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
70
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
465
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
78
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
7.14%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 78
Reviews by slander:
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Wednesday, having rolled in from Vermont and seen some scenes. Early enough in the day that I won’t be missed in Monmouth for hours yet and can bop around some. I’m thinking In’Finiti before everyone hits town and it becomes a mob scene. Drove ove, and parked across the street after finding the front and side spaces to be owned by not them. Fed the meter and got shaken down for what changed remained. Welcome to Portland...

Expansive, bulging corner space of slate blue. Up & in, there’s an ‘L’ish bar of knotty uneven tree, with a very cool Allagash Curieux barrel stave base and piping foot rail; seating for 20 on shorty 2” cut slab log stools on steel frames. Barback holds taps on twisted industrial piping play; 2 prong, 3 prong, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, & 2, each set alternating in heights, the 3’s looking all trident like. Space for 22 taps in all running a good length over drainage. Tiered booze countered to the left, and a bit more to the right with wines stacked. Glassware shelved below & some cooler space. Barback wall is all glass looking in on tanks and tanks and tanks. Bar spur further down on the end seating another 5, looking in on the kitchen.

Purple walls with round portals cut into the side wall running the length, black ceiling, & silver ductwork. Drop industrial cone lamps tracing the bar, steel band ball lighting up front and to the rear, and Allagash barrel stave cylinder lamps along the seating above. 5 phat tree stump hightop tables adjacent to the bar, each with 3 stools that look like tootsie drops (remember them?) Raised side seating area holds nearly a dozen booths & tables; the tables being stage 2 mitosis cell split duos. Small area to the rear with 3 barrel hightop tables and a wood stove. And seating on the rear deck where we will take in dinner in a night or three’s time; 6 low boy tables, 4 hightops, & 7 barrel hightop tables.

Nodg-Nuh-Uh! Nodg-Nuh-Uh! Nodg-Nuh-Uh! Oh, I’m sorry, I just spotted Kjetil (the brewer from Nogne-O) and made him pronounce it for me like 7 times, but I think I’ve got it. Nodg-Nuh-Uh! Nodg-Nuh-Uh!

I will sample the house wares. There will be upwards of 15 on for the weekend event, but there are currently 6 house beers up; Black Abt (collab with Marshall Wharf), Belgian Royal Stout, 8.4%, very rich, roast, dark fruit; War Dark, Single Stout, 4.7%, chiocolate, coffee, roasty, bitter, nice; Rauchbier, 4.7%, campfire smokiness without awful baindaidyness, clean, well done; Mar-GOSE-Rita (collab with Smuttynose who should have known better), Gose gone no, please don’t, 5%, Fail; Belgian Amber, 6%, dry, hoppy, floral, spicy, very nice; Primus, 4.5%, an easy drinking Belgian table beer, earthy, spicy, clean & dry. War Dark, Belgian Amber, & Primus were the best of ‘em. + guest taps; a half dozen local heroes play (Bunker, Allagash, Rising Tide, Sebago, Oxbow, & Marshall Wharf), and the Dry Cidah from Portland’s Urban Farm Fermentory.

Lunch? Sure. Toyed with the lobster mac & cheese, but opted for the pretzel crusted chicken sandwich (avocado, tomato, arugula, and aioli on a Kaiser roll), and took in a side green salad accompaniment. This could be my new Maine chicken sandwich (don’t tell Grittys) and a steal at $7.

My wanting to revisit this place sometime not during The Festival weekend realized 6 months later, now finding 11 house beers on; Saison Mellifere (collab with Maine Mead), 5.5%, a nice saison, honey sweet; Small Baltic Porter, 4.6%, licorice, roast, chocolate, awesome; Disbelief, a strong dark Belgian, 8.1%, very dubbely, with maple syrup; The Killing, a cranberry sour, 5%, tart, and pleasant; Bruin, a dubbel, 5.7%, sufficiently dubbelly, sweet candy sugar, dry & nice; Steam, 5.1%, easy drinking steam, light & crisp; Barrel Aged #1 Dad Double IPA (collab with De Struise), a mere 15%, vanilla first & foremost, well masks the booze that I know lives there, caramel, yes, must be a shorty. Didn’t get at and/or don't remember the Hellesbock, Barrel Aged Impy Porter, Won IPA, or Tripel. The Saison Mellifere, Small Baltic Porter, The Killing, Bruin, & Steam were the best of this round.

Shooting the shit with owner Eric on revisit; he is engaging and some good shit. Let us sample some of this and that. It’s a good house. The bar & stools are from an old black walnut fallen in PA, and the ball and stave lamps are some cool shit. Excellent views out back, nice friendly folks, and the tunes are chili. Pints are $5 on the higher side and the beers are generally quite good. Yeah, this works for me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chiefbender
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Feels like a night club. We went after a late dinner and the place was dead at 11pm. Beers were hit or miss, but pretty solid overall. Real dark interior.

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Photo of Boto
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75

I just had the worst service of my life in this place. Sitting at the bar having a beer while my wife was shopping. She came in and sat down. They were busy, but not overly so. The bartender went by many times over the next ten minutes ignoring her while she tried to order a beer. When he finally brought her one she commented on the slowness of the service. He proceeded to pick up the beer and take it away. There are too many other good places in Portland to go instead of this place. It's a shame because my beer was quite good.

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Photo of Erockss
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

Photo of stevem1206
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of TTripp725
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of scxcrunner
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of rjp217
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Photo of RhinoBrew
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is a large bar / restaurant that has a nice patio out back. Glass behind the bar shows some of the brewing and distillery equipment. About 10 beers on draft including some sours, triple IPA, and brett beers. The beers were good and well crafted. Service was very knowledgeable but it was a bit slow because this place was packed on my two visits. Overall this was a great stop and would visit again on a future trip.

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Photo of WillieNelson
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of MarkSansone
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Big, loud place, feels more like a nightclub than a brew pub. Had a solid selection , beers were OK. Not great, not bad. Bartender was very friendly and service was great. Probably wouldn't go back, but glad I stopped to check it out.

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Photo of schroeder1200
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of A-Bull
5/5  rDev +27.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome place. Friendly staff. Fun atmosphere

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Have been here multiple times before the name change, had apps and beer yesterday at a high top table before a concert. Place was very crowded. The atmosphere is nice, kind of industrial and hip. They went with a style and it works. Service does a nice job making sure you get what you need even when crowded. The beer is good to so-so overall but I really enjoyed the Cannonball pale ale. Bright and easy drinking. Food has been well made and the menu has many interesting choices. Their cocktails are also top-notch and made with care and precision. I recommend the Garden Party. Distill their own spirits, which are available for purchase retail.

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Photo of Nomis
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of parris
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of paulish
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of bostonbeans
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of atimari
2/5  rDev -49%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

Horrible service and food. Beer only thing worth going for.

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Photo of fastestmanalive
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Liquid Riot Bottling Company in Portland, ME
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