Bissell Brothers

Discussion in 'New England' started by OnlyTheFinest, May 21, 2016.

  1. Jcorn

    Jcorn Disciple (383) Jun 17, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Yeah that sucks
     
  2. Jcorn

    Jcorn Disciple (383) Jun 17, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Aren't they brewing a lot more with the new location?
     
  3. NJNYC732

    NJNYC732 Disciple (320) Sep 17, 2015 New York
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    Yea, I would say no shot at all. They did just move, have no idea if they increased their brew house capacity though, might just be increased fermentations space. Case counts seem to have remained the same.
     
  4. BiffWoodentree

    BiffWoodentree Initiate (37) Oct 16, 2013 Connecticut
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    wife and i got there around 2:30 yesterday and we picked up a few 4 packs of susbtance and at that time there was only about 10 cases left from the 85 and the 19 cases of baby genius sold out long before we got there. I think sat they said they would have 100 cases of substance
     
  5. Jcorn

    Jcorn Disciple (383) Jun 17, 2015 Massachusetts
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    We wound up getting to Portland about 6:00. I didn't really want to stop if they weren't going to have anything. So I called a few times when we were getting close but no one ever answered. Oh well.
     
  6. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (283) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I imagine they weren't answering calls after 5:30 or so, bummer
    hours
    WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY 12PM-6PM
     
  7. Jcorn

    Jcorn Disciple (383) Jun 17, 2015 Massachusetts
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    ah google said open until 8 on saturdays
     
  8. Bissel328

    Bissel328 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Wed/Thurs till 6 then Fri/Sat till 8 and Sunday till 5
     
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  9. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (283) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Interesting, but can be misleading on the website as the hours listed under contact don't reflect the tap room hours.
     
  10. JStampler

    JStampler Disciple (366) Jan 15, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I'm heading up to Maine on Friday and I plan on going to Bissell on Saturday. What can I expect? The website says Substance and Dangol should be available. What time is best to get there and how long is a typical wait for cans?
     
  11. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (283) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    We may head up from York on Saturday. I haven't been up in Portland on the holiday weekend in quite some time, never-mind to T-Point. Does anyone know of any big events for the holiday that may royally screw up parking at T-Point that day?

    I only ask since my folks may tag along and I can't put them and my baby through that. Concerts make it almost impossible.

    Jared
     
  12. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (283) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I wouldn't worry about lines as nothing epic will be on. The line will form before opening for cans. But as long as you arrive around that time you should get some, BUT I would factor in that there will be holiday crowds. You'll definitely be able to get pours. I just threw up a similar post about any events around T-Point for the holiday weekend that would kill parking and make things a mess.


    4th of July is the biggest holiday for us up here on the Seacoast. Portsmouth where we live becomes a nightmare. So I stay at the beach :)
     
  13. JStampler

    JStampler Disciple (366) Jan 15, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Awesome, sounds good to me. I'll try to get there around noon to give myself the best shot at getting both cans. How long of a wait can I expect?

    I'll be in Pine Point by Old Orchard beach and from previous experiences I know to basically just stay in not even bother leaving town on the 4th! Though, being from the Philly area, I'm used to traffic all the time.
     
  14. LoganB

    LoganB Initiate (108) Jun 10, 2016 Connecticut

    Went to Bissell for the first time this past saturday, tried out every offering, and couldn't help but notice the distinct taste of pickles. In every beer, the Substance being the worst. Both my girlfriend and I noticed this. Whats going on here?
     
  15. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Zealot (532) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    #vinegardryhop

    Not sure what is happening in your case, but I can attest to everything from 3 weeks ago tasting great. My cans actually tasted better about a week in. If you were drinking on premise, maybe the glass cleaner was not rinsed all the way? All I got for a possible explanation...
     
  16. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (283) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Pickles, that's a new one. I'd think about what you ate possibly.
     
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  17. Piels25

    Piels25 Aspirant (219) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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  18. ErrandWolfe

    ErrandWolfe Initiate (160) Apr 2, 2011 Maine
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    Pretty good line today at opening. Down to the edge of the parking lot. I got there 30 mins before open and was out by 12:10 with 12 cans each of Sub, Reciprocal, and Baby G. Good day in my book.
     
  19. PeterJensenBissell

    PeterJensenBissell Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2014 Maine

    Hi, we are putting out between 550 and 800 cases a week on the new setup. Right now limits are at 3 4pks per person per brand per day but Noah and I are always examining the variables and trying to figure out the best possible solutions to all logistics. Thanks! - Pete
     
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  20. PeterJensenBissell

    PeterJensenBissell Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2014 Maine

    We don't have any office personnel manning a phone line, I'm sorry. Many people try to call my cell phone which is (in retrospect, foolishly) printed on the Substance can. I try my best to answer as much as possible. the best bet is to follow on instagram at @bissellbrothers or twitter at @bissellbrosbrew. We post updates every single day, often multiple times in a day. And Hester & I answer the land line when we can. Thanks and appreciate the patience
    -Pete
     
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  21. PeterJensenBissell

    PeterJensenBissell Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2014 Maine

    We increased fermentation capacity by 70% and added some brewhouse upgrades. Brewing a lot more.
     
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  22. PeterJensenBissell

    PeterJensenBissell Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2014 Maine

    I didn't get an exact count before I left today but we're looking to be just under 400 cases for tomorrow, 270 Dangol and about 120 Substance. 3 4pks per person per brand. We are expecting a busy day but we have 4 POS with a crack team who thrive off fast service. Hope to see ya.
     
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  23. Kyleetrotter

    Kyleetrotter Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Keep killing it buddy, you're living the dream!
     
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  24. nerdboy19

    nerdboy19 Aspirant (294) Sep 20, 2015 Korea (South)
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    Will be in Portland in 2 hours and wondering if the place is packed right now?
     
  25. pgbond

    pgbond Initiate (139) Dec 3, 2014 Massachusetts

    Drove by Thompsons Point at 11 this AM... Could see the line waiting from 295. Very impressive.
     
  26. celliott385

    celliott385 Initiate (36) Jun 27, 2015 North Carolina
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    For those that have been to Thompson's Point on a weekday, how are the lines for cans throughout the day?
     
  27. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (119) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    Sat and other days wait times/lines? How is the new place doing? Heading up there later in July. I see they allow 3- 4 packs per person, per style.
     
  28. smanson56

    smanson56 Champion (809) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire
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    I was there last Wednesday. We got there about 11:30 for the noon opening and were maybe 30 people ahead in line at that time. They opened on time and had 3 checkouts going and we were out with our allotments of cans by 12:15. It was Substance and Diavoletto that day 3 4-packs of each per person. The new place is a real step up from the industrial park.
     
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  29. dubdrop

    dubdrop Devotee (451) Aug 6, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I was also there last Wednesday at about the same time. The line was probably about 80 deep by the time they opened. My guess is that Wednesdays are not usually that crowded and that it was largely due to Phish playing in Portland that day.
     
  30. Piels25

    Piels25 Aspirant (219) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I rolled in today around 12:15 and was probably around #75 in line. Was in the door around 12:30 and had the full allotment of cans by 12:45. It was a lot easier to walk in after that up until about 1:15, but they sold out of Substance at that point.

    The new space is far superior to the old space with lots of room to hang out including upstairs seating. They had six beers on draft today as well for 5 or 10 oz. pours.
     
  31. Loanstarbeergeek89

    Loanstarbeergeek89 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2016 Maine
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    So I'm assuming I should get there right at 12 on the Wednesday and Thursday (first week of August) I'll be there?
    Any PMs are appreciated with tips about Portland. I'll also be stopping at trillium on my way up so I can trade if anyone's interested but I'd greatly appreciate any PMs regarding minor details of Portland beer.
     
  32. ImprovX

    ImprovX Initiate (38) Jan 4, 2014 Florida
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    I'm going to be in Portland, Maine for the first time Monday-Wednesday morning. Just saw Bissellbrothers is closed both Monday and Tuesday. Anywhere I can get my hands on some while I'm there? I am on a family trip, so my forays have to be limited.

    Also, any other "must drink" locations?
     
  33. WarbyJones

    WarbyJones Initiate (176) Jan 11, 2014 Maine
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    You may get lucky if they make a drop at bier cellar. They'll send out an email Monday night if they are getting any to their email list. Other than that try setting up some in person trades on the trade forum?
     
  34. jar

    jar Initiate (118) Sep 6, 2005 Massachusetts

    Substance is often on tap at restaurants in town. I've definitely had it at Pai Men Miyake (awesome ramen) and Duckfat (duckfat fries, sandwiches, charcuterie).
     
  35. mfurlone

    mfurlone Initiate (168) Jun 25, 2014 Maine
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    Second the comment about Bier Cellar - this week, the received a drop of Baby G on Tuesday, a day before the brewery release. You can also follow Bier Cellar on IG as well. With their lager production, Substance on tap has been showing up at multiple restaurants around town (e.g., Flatbread Pizza, Empire, etc.)
     
  36. marcrgrenier

    marcrgrenier Initiate (131) Apr 22, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Looks like based on the previous few weeks if you were there by about 1 pm you'd be fine, but who knows. They are releasing Diavoletto and Lux those days, which are not super popular beers, but they also release less cases of substance wed-thurs than they do on the weekend.

    There are plenty of other threads about Portland to search for ideas, places, etc...
     
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  37. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (119) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    Great help, thanks.
     
  38. Majikow

    Majikow Aspirant (281) Nov 21, 2015 California
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    Is there ever a chance of getting cans on a Sunday? Flying in late Saturday night from San Diego and was hoping I might be able to snag some cans.
     
  39. chrisjo

    chrisjo Aspirant (213) Jul 8, 2016 New York
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    Might be possible to get some left over Lux, but its very likely they will sell out since its the weekend. I went to Bissell Brothers yesterday and the line was 1.5 hours long. Heard they sold out of Substance first and then Nothing Gold at 3:15pm after opening at noon.

    The tap room is great, so worth visiting to have their beers on draft.
     
  40. mrz200

    mrz200 Aspirant (215) Jul 11, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I was there this past Thursday, bought my Subby's at 4:30 or so. no line, but patio was full and another dozen folks inside. There was less than 10 cases left at that point. Great spot that is still filling in with other businesses. Can't wait to bring the kids up to visit the Cryptozoology Museum next door! We'd gone to the museum when it was in downtown Portland a few years back, had no idea it was next door. very cool portland-ey thing.
     
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