Oxbow Blending & Bottling

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49 Ratings

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(207) 350-0025 | map

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Added by ChaseBoat77 on 03-12-2015

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by mynie:
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3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Right across the street from Silly's. It's in an unmarked, warehouse-looking building with a long driveway. I think they're going for a speakeasy feel, maybe?

So this isn't a brewery so you don't get the nice brewing aromas. It's just where they bottle and distribute. And it's also a super nice, spacious taproom.

The decor is bricky and industrial. They have nice floor speakers that play that tame electronic music that hip kids listen to these days. The building is a functional warehouse with open cargo doors, so it's big and airy and well-lit. Really, a quite nice place to spend an early afternoon.

The beer itself was good but not great. Strong emphasis on contemporary farmhouse styles. The pours weren't too badly priced but the growlers and bottles were egregiously expensive.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beersilio
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Bhindthelens
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.

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Photo of jhavs
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of wisrarebeer
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.

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Photo of madelf66
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Tommyboy555
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.

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

Photo of Davepoolesque
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.

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Photo of mig100
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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

Photo of PHBoiler
4.11/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The property is difficult to find with no signage on the street as it lies behind the two neighboring buildings. It isn't much to look at from the outside. It's essentially a pole building with a bar. Very industrial look and feel with minimal lighting. The vibe doesn't match farmhouse beers. Incredibly loud house music playing. There wasn't much to see in the non-taproom area. The beer selection was impressive including Belgian beers along with a wide variety of Oxbow offerings. The to-go bottle selection was good with the inclusion of 750 mL pre-filled "growlers" and a few farmhouse ales. The pricing on the to-go bottles is in the upper end for 500 mL. The staff was prompt and courteous. Overall, the vibe just isn't what I'd expect for farmhouse ales.

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Photo of zimm421
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The Oxbow Portland location is a tremendous place. Huge space with a beautiful bar, plenty of picnic table seating, and a nice view of the barrel house. When we went on a Sunday afternoon, they had a DJ - the music was very good and really fit the vibe, but it was a bit loud (I know, I'm getting old). The bartenders were very nice.

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

These guys have been rocking the scene for years now. Very happy they moved a tasting room out of the woods and down to the city! They are a must try in the Portland beer market.

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Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of jenrhart
3.34/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Stopped at Oxbow given all the hype on a two week long beergrimige across the U.S. I was extremely disappointed. They only had an array of sessions to offer, all of which tasted about the same, and none of which were particularly good. Wish I'd passed this one up.

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Photo of schroeder1200
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of RePhil
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Super unique space with friendly knowledgeable staff. Killer selection of oxbow brews and other rare beers from around the globe. Fun place to hang and even more fun when there is a live band. I also enjoyed the original art.

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Oxbow Blending & Bottling in Portland, ME
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 49 ratings