Mash Tun

Bar, Eatery

29 Wharf St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4145
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Rated: 4.4 by REVZEB from Illinois

Jan 06, 2022
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Reviewed by slander from New York

4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
In Portland pre-Love and Pils the Thursday before for I need a day to play when up this way. Stops seen along the way and now hotel’d up, we set out late knowing we’ll only be good for one place tonight and I’ve got a pretty good idea what that place is, if only I can remember where that place is. Oh yeah, it’s in the seedy underbelly of whatever the road above it is, with its heavy late night police activity & Gritty’s. And it’s not really seedy at all, but rather clubby and packed with Portland kids annoying, these Wharf Alley establishments around us are and something of a mess to wade through to get here. Thankfully, the good beer bar itself flies under the madness radar…

A seemingly single tight room with an ‘L’ shaped bowling lane topped bar of light wood framed in darker wood, horizontal plank wood base, and post foot box off to the left. Seating for 20 on squared stools. Taps on the inside of the bar (6 taps on a ceramic tower, an 8 tap stainless, 1 on a single cylinder upright, 8 more on a double 4 stainless, and a single 4 further along, that’s 27 in all), with glassware around it and more dangling above from a rack overhead. Sink action behind the bar, with a shelf on the wall above holding booze, and a horizontal board in the corner listing cocktails, wine, & whiskey. A large fryer/grill/burner zone sits aside it; its hood pasted with brewery stickers.

Walls of distressed brick & plank wood, laminated dark wood rafter ceiling, and wide wood plank floors. Phat ductwork, mostly obstructed by boards, and single filament bulbs tracing the bar. Dead soldier bottles & cans lining the rafters. Beer trays, a few framed pics, and license plates lining the glassware rack a-dangling. The obligatory Heady poster on the back wall. Flat in the corner for looking at. Old style cash register with origami dollar bills atop.

Behind me where I’m seated, a bar counter space for 5 with a food board above it. Grass fed burger (cooked medium) for $6, I want the that! Or wait, tacos? Why, I like tacos. Chicken. No, Al Pastor pork, yeah, err, shrimp, maybe one of each. No, the mesquite chicken sandwich, yeah, okay, hold. How ‘bout a grilled mothafuckincheese, daaaaaaamn. It’s a slight tight menu and I could easily work through this menu, but it’ll be nothing tonight as I’m still lobster rolled up from Kittery (and lest we forget that pie from Modern in New Haven a few hours before that). You know, Witz talked a mean burger game but did not follow through.

A step up to the rear holds a single keg collar pasted picnic table. Long horizontal board above listing taps in 3 rows of 9 each (brewery beer, style, & price). The wares from Maine are underlined to indicate as such. And through to the side room I didn’t know was there. A small bar to the rear and 4 pasted picnics placed vertically & horizontally, Battleship style. Coolers against the wall, don’t think there’s anything in them.

27 taps in all, one of which is empty just now. 16 beers are Maine offerings and all but a handful of them are very local to here. That’s 3 each from Bissell Brothers, Foundation, & Austin Street, 2 each from Oxbow & Orono, and single entries from Allagash, Maine Beer, & Lone Pine. The remaining 10 are mostly imports (Alvinne Wild West Plum Edition, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, Fruh Kolsch, Weihenstephaner Hefe, De Molen Hell & Damnation, Duchesse De Bourgogne), save a lone non-Maine craft beer entry (Lawsons Super Session #8), a single cider (Shacksbury Dry), and a pair of wines (Zardetto Prosecco, Angeline Pinot Noir). I started with an Oxbow Kriekalore (so fooking dry), then a Fruh Kolsch (due to it being awesome), and wound down with a Lone Pine Chaga Stout (spicy & mushroom earthy, interesting). Beers were in good shape.

Curt tending. We are getting the skinny and the what what. Good tap list, always something from B. United to take in. Yes, this is Blackback King’s Head Ricky’s bar. We’ve been flowing his campaign since that House of Hardy poster in Waterbury. He’s quite the character. Good beer people scene. I hope I got out of there early, I’m going to need the sleep. I don’t know it yet, but tomorrow, I’m going to get the late night early morning call for rescue once somebuddy finds his car towed…
Jul 05, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jan 07, 2018
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Reviewed by shehateme from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Very cool spot with exposed brick , barn board and beams . Not sure how many taps they have but its a lot . Taps are dominated with great local Maine breweries , Bissell ,Foundation , Allagash , Ausin street & Battery steel . All styles seem very well represented not just ipa's . Staff seemed knowledgeable and were attentive . We had the cheese plate which was a bit of a miss but my buddy had a burger and said it was great , can't go wrong with a good burger so time I guess . Overall loved the place and can't wait to go back .
Nov 28, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by Eddiehop from Texas

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.71 by chiefbender from Georgia

Sep 20, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by scxcrunner from Massachusetts

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 4.69 by Scratchford from Connecticut

Jul 11, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by zimm421 from Ohio

Jun 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

4.05/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Stopped here later on in the evening as the place ahead a smaller crowd than some other bars. Very old narrow brick building with a long lighter wood bar. Grill is located behind the bar. 18 beers on draft here, with a focus on local brews. The beers were fresh and reasonably priced. Service was decent during my visit. This is a nice bar with a decent selection, but the list of previous 4.9 and 5's from single review newbies has this place ranked a bit higher than it should be. I preferred it's sister bar The King's Head over this place.
May 19, 2016
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Rated by WillieNelson from Maine

4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Amazing beer selection and a beautiful location, very happy to have found this hole in the wall.
May 13, 2016
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Reviewed by DallasHuber

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Freindly owner and the best staff! Great beer selection! Food menu is small but everything on it is delicious and very reasonably priced. Definitely check them out!!!
May 13, 2016
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Rated by vttaster from Vermont

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Great find in portland. Very well curated tap list that covered everything from ipa to sours. Worth finding this gem when in Portland.
May 13, 2016
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Reviewed by MuddyMDI from Maine

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
My wife and I stumbled upon this gem of a place. It's got a rustic vibe and a no frills attitude. The place serves stellar beers and the people working there match 'em. It's not a place that is trying to be anything other than a sweet spot to settle in for a few hours and delicious burgers. Not pretentious in the slightest, nor overly trendy. The people working there are incredibly kind, thoughtful, and they really understand how simple and yet how powerful good conversation and great beer can be when combined. My wife and I live three hours away on MDI. We're coming back to P-Town just to hang out in the cozy nooks at the Mash Tun. Keep the taps flowing!
May 13, 2016
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Rated by Pornstarbob from Maine

4.71/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
Fries were phenomenal. Burger was good too.
May 12, 2016
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Rated by Celo from Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Great beer selection and the Mexican Mule was amazing
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by almostinzen from Maine

4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5
I saw a sign that said craft beer and grass-fed burgers for $6. If this was a slogan for a presidential candidate, they'd get my vote. I haven't had a chance to sample all the 20ish beers there yet but there's plenty of local ones and the food menu is small, simple, and delicious. This bar is right in the heart of the old port and I find myself stopping in there more and more often. The fries and brussel sprouts are damn good too.
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by NickT050 from Maine

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Great place. Small and packed most of the time, but great service, great people, great selection of rotating beers. Food options are pretty limited but are amazing quality and they are very accommodating when it comes to custom orders.
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by SandyMeats from Maine

4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Great place. We went there shortly after it opened. Cool venue, beautiful brick and a nice bar. Great beer selection. Guys behind the bar were cool and good for conversation. Food menu was selective and killer. We got a grass fed beef burger for something like 5 bucks. Prices were amazing! We had brussel sprouts and their fries too. Bar stools had some subtle movie quotes on them too- nice touch for a movie guy. 10/10 would go again.
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Microbarbie from Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Hidden Gem in Portland! Great beer selection and delicous burgers. Cant beat the prices either! Gary is great behind the bar. Head down to Warf st. and dont miss Mash. For the beer and burger enthusiast ☆☆☆☆☆
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by texasrat from Maine

4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5
Awesome new spot for Portland's vibrant beer scene. Best friggin burger on the planet. Long narrow wood bar with roughly 18-20 taps that rotate frequently. Bissell, Foundation & Allagash are mainstays! I am definitely a new regular. Gary is one of the best bartenders... Give the place a shot of you want quality.
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Oldportwine from Maine

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
Great Local beer and burger bar. Twenty or so tap list with emphasis on new Maine craft and Belgian and Germans mixed in. Always have at least one hard to find local brew available with a healthy turnover. Excellent reasonably priced burgers, and among the best fries in Portland. Great welcoming service helps to make Mash Tun among the best beer bars in the Portland area.
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Nap2422 from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Awesome little bar, and the perfect location. We love beer and this place has a great selection of beers on tap! The staff was very personable and the service was excellent. Would highly recommended stopping in for a few brews and a snack!
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by deuce5645 from Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
The Parmesan cheddar fried were great. They have a great selection between local ales, and European sours. It's a cozy little place right in the middle of everything in the Old Port. The staff was very friendly and happy to suggest/discuss local beers. I highly recommend.
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by PatAPalmer from Maine

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
I've been to 'Mash Tun' quite a few times. They carry some local greats (Bissel, Foundation) and worldy greats (Alvinne). This is a great spot to hit mid day for a nice small glass of beer - at night it can get pretty busy in the small space but the bartenders and the food will keep you happy!

Great vibe, its cozy, theres cold beer and good food (I only wish they had a slightly larger menu) - Try the burger + add fries, you won't be disappointed. Definitely a spot you should try.
May 12, 2016
Rated: 5 by Meghandonahue from Maine

May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by beeroclock247 from Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Great energy and cozy atmosphere. The food selection is delicious. There's always great beers to pick from. An ideal spot to gather with friends or to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Staff is very friendly and attentive. I have and will continue to recommend Mash Tun.
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by kevincasey from Maine

4.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
They don't have the biggest selection of beer in town, but they have a phenomenal well curated selection that turns over regularly. I feel like the tap list is entirely different every time I stop by.

It's a great place to belly up and have a few beers at the bar. There are a handful of small tables in the back if you've got a group. They've also got prosecco on tap if you have a non-beer drinker with you...
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by ColinMac326 from Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Great new(ish) spot in downtown Portland. Phenomenal beer selection including quite a few local beers. I took my mom and aunt there, both of whom are not really beer drinkers. The staff was knowledgeable in choosing a proper beverage for each of them. They were looking for an easy place to grab a bite on a busy day in Portland. With a small grill behind the bar they were able to cook us each a delicious affordable burger to our tastes.

Awesome sister restaurant to the King's Head Pub , if you're a beer drinker don't overlook this spot!
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Usaexercise7 from Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Great vibe! Throwback cozy pub from past days! Great food & great service! 18 taps with the best burger I've had. A phenomenal escape from the wild and crazy Wharf Street.
May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Grundica from Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Great new spot. Small space, mostly taken up by the long bar. Great tap selection (18 draft lines), with everything from German lagers to Belgian sours to local craft brews. Food menu is small but super cheap and very tasty ($6 burger, $5 chicken sandwich!). A welcome addition to Portland's Old Port.
Apr 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Panamamo42 from Maine

4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Great burger and craft beer joint. Cozy pub atmosphere and slammin selection of local Portland beers
Bissell Foundation Maine Beer co Allagash sours on 18 taps. Some well chosen taps from away like Dieu du Ciel. Really great grassfed burger for $6
I only failed to rate it 5 for food and selection bc no extensive bottle selection and the menu is quality but not extensive
Apr 15, 2016
Mash Tun in Portland, ME
Place rating: 4.73 out of 5 with 33 ratings