Oxbow Blending & Bottling

Oxbow Blending & BottlingOxbow Blending & Bottling
Oxbow Blending & BottlingOxbow Blending & Bottling
Bar, Beer-to-go

49 Washington Ave
Portland, Maine, 04101-2617
United States

(207) 350-0025 | map

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Reviews by LeRose:
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

We got to the location late in the day after the obilgatory Portland stops. It's a bit hard to find and parking is a challenge, but it was worth it. The vibe is kind of dive bar meets industrial with plenty of tables, some very cool artwork. The selection was reasonably big, but a lot of beers had kicked. Maybe understandable being later in the day. It did seem a bit pricey. We did try the different takes on farmhouse ales that Oxbow features and all were good to excellent. Especially liked Grizacca and Loretta. I think the place serves "munchy" type foods but I'm not entirely sure about that. I can see this place being slammed on a Friday or Saturday night. It was just a very cool place to hang and have some beers. Service was good, but don't get the spigot in the beer, please...

Oct 21, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Sep 04, 2021
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jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Aug 31, 2021
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Griffith from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nov 01, 2020
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josephammon from New York

4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by twice on a recent visit to Portland. They’ve got a fair amount of outside seating set up, which was great to see during these times. Looked to have more space than some of the other breweries and tap rooms closer to the harbor. Some benches, each with their own heat lamp, plus a few spots with fire pits. They also had some barrels to stand next to and use as table space in the front to hold the extra crowd. Host was pretty good about getting your name and info and trying to move you to a barrel space while waiting for a table to open.

They had six beers on tap plus at least twenty different bottles for drinking there or taking to go. If you know Oxbow, you know they skew heavy towards the farmhouse and saison. Had a few different drafts. The FPA, plus a blend of some smoked ales called Goods from the Woods that was excellent. Also bought a bunch of bottles to bring home plus a four pack of their pilsner, Luppolo.

A local restaurant had a few items to eat. Got a duck burger that was quite excellent.

Oct 12, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Oct 10, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Sep 26, 2019
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sep 07, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Guess I never got around to reviewing this place. Place is relatively dimly lit fair amount of spacious seating, however, the bar seating tends to be rather cramped. Various trendy modern art type decoration on the walls seems a little weird and out of place. Beers are always solid and there is a rather large selection available with some guest taps as well. They also sell bottles to go though the prices are a bit steep. I believe they had someone selling Belgian style fries outside which was always delicious.

My primary issue with the place is the service. Every trip there in recent memory was rather poor ordering experience. It's one thing to be ignored/brushed off when the place is packed, however, when it's not that busy service like that is fairly inexcusable. I don't recall this being an issue when they first opened either. That in itself is reason enough to be leery about going out of my way to come back. A quick trip through when in the area is one thing but spending an extended amount of time here I think not.

Sep 01, 2019
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Jul 19, 2019
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Beersilio from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

May 06, 2018
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Tmappin from Canada (NS)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Mar 12, 2018
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Oct 30, 2017
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Bhindthelens from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Loved this place. A bit hard to find, but great rustic and chill vibe. Bottle counter was efficient and staff was nice. Great beer list and they had a few collaborations as well as guest beers.

Oct 26, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Nice, open, big bar, great set up for take out bottles that keeps the line flowing.

Not super easy to find, located behind a meadery down a small alley. Small neon open sign near the door. Large Oxbow Blending on the wall to the side is not really visible from the street.

They had food options, mostly small appetizer style plates, I did not try any. Lots of swag for sale.

Their brews are all top quality and they had a nice selection of their own brews and some guest options available on tap and in bottles. Had multiple size pours from 4oz-12 oz.

The service was not super fast, they helped me right away but I noticed some guests kinda wondering what to do. They couldn't figure out if someone was going to help them at the bar or if they were supposed to go wait in the retail to-go line. Staff didn't greet them quickly and continued stacking glasses. Once they interacted the staff was friendly and helpful. They were knowledgeable.

Aug 29, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Apr 08, 2017
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sbuchert from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Feb 15, 2017
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Inglewood from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jan 09, 2017
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice place with decent selection of beer and large sitting area. Beer for take away was a plus. Stopped by during the week but still had a good vibe with killer music and good conversation from waitstaff.

Dec 05, 2016
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madelf66 from Pennsylvania

4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Nov 14, 2016
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Tommyboy555 from Maine

3.14/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I am a big fan of Oxbow's beers and was looking forward to refilling my growler and enjoying some super-fresh beers in a cool location. Unfortunately, the service and vibe that day was not great. Maybe it was because a Beer Tour had just departed and the staff needed to catch their breath but seriously ... there were only three other customers in the building and there were three staffers. Yet. We. All. Waited. And waited. And waited to be greeted and served. When we were finally asked for our orders, we had to listen to the staff grouse about all the hard the work they just did with the Beer Tour group (abut 20 people I saw departing on my way in). The beer was great as expected -- Oxbow is wonderful, across the board. But then I was told they will no longer fill Oxbow growlers at this Oxbow location. No reason given, just "Sorry, we don't do that anymore." After some cajoling, the bartender grudgingly refilled my growler but snapped, "This is the last one. Go to Newcastle next time." Sorry. But there won't be a next time for me.

Oct 03, 2016
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Gkruszewski from New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 17, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Huge open area with barrels along one side. A long bar basically goes the whole length with a bunch of tables filling out the space. Rustic, lots of wood. Really good decorations behind the bar. Solid selection of in house and guest drafts. Good bottle list.

Sep 12, 2016
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mig100 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jul 02, 2016
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Lambdon from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Jun 29, 2016
Oxbow Blending & Bottling in Portland, ME
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