Portland Recommendations (2022)

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  1. stairway2heavn

    stairway2heavn Aug 17, 2017 New Jersey

    Portland beer hub for singles. Not sure about alchemist but if anyone does in sure it's sporadic drops.
     
  2. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Apr 2, 2011 Maine
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    I’d go to Bier Cellar, and no Alchemist in Maine.
     
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  3. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    This is good to know!

    But not to be a snob, how was the food at Fore Play? Portland is (in my opinion) the best spot in New England for food overall. With more food than you can eat in 3-4 days. I'd hate to waste a meal on pub grub.

    But, I've never had their food, so I don't want to pass judgement.
     
  4. Chewbacca

    Chewbacca Jan 22, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I like Bier Cellar but you can find the same stuff (if they have it) at RSVP for a few dollars cheaper.

    I was there at end of September and Bier Cellar wanted $60 for 2016 Persica...RSVP had it for $25. Usually it is not that bad, generally $3-5 cheaper.

    I prefer RSVP because of the prices, but they have pissed a lot people off in the past. They wont sell to out of state people if you are under 25 is one example.

    And Portland food is amazing. A lot of great places closed because of covid, but many still remain.
     
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  5. Verbl

    Verbl Feb 7, 2009 Minnesota

    The food at Fore Play was fine but nothing special. The food was free (Sunday buffet) though. I would skip this unless you want to watch sports.
     
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  6. jtads122

    jtads122 Feb 11, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Question about Oxbow. Do they allow you to bring in outside food? I know that they have the Duckfat stand but it seems like it's hit or miss on when it's open.

    Heading up to Portland Sun-Tues and wanted to get Terlingua, but for some reason they're closed on Halloween and not open on Tuesdays, so Sunday is the only option. They're fully booked, so I was thinking about getting takeout and eating it at Oxbow if allowed.
     
  7. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I’d email and ask. My only insight into this is that I know the two businesses get along. It was an Oxbow employee who recommended Terlingua to me when it was in that tiny little space before the expansion and we did my Oxbow story interview in their outdoor space last summer. I’d be surprised if you got a negative response (unless for legal/license reasons or if DF is open).
     
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  8. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Wow, they're completely booked on a Sunday in November?
     
  9. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Yeah I wouldn’t worry about that one but. My lady was just up there for a bachelorette party and they all went with a reservation made a day or so before and were seated no issue in a good sized group. Said there wasn’t anything to worry about if you didn’t have one. And that was peak leaf peeper month.

    Also I think they are closed on Tuesdays now that I think about it.
     
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  10. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Just edited my post to say a "Sunday". But my post still stands (and jives with your reply to my post).
     
  11. jtads122

    jtads122 Feb 11, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Yup. Nothing available for a table of 4 all day. I was surprised as you are.
     
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  12. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I’d give them a call when open. I would be shocked since the next Sunday is literally wide open. Also, depending how many other are going with you, you could sit at the bar and I believe they keep some areas open for walk in. I know mid summer we’ve never had an issue getting it in any time we’ve been. In groups of 2-4
     
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  13. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Apr 2, 2011 Maine
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    I have eaten Terlingua at one of their outside tables before. Frankly it didn’t even occur to me to ask, but I didn’t notice any side eyes in my direction. The Duckfat window is basically outside food also.

    I’m not sure what you mean about the Duckfat window being hit or miss though. Unless something has changed very recently (I haven’t been to Oxbow in a few months) it has always been open during their posted hours on the many occasions I’ve been there.
     
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  14. crt3qjoejoe

    crt3qjoejoe Sep 14, 2005 Massachusetts
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    I've ordered takeout while having a beer at Oxbow and then just walking across the street to pick up the tacos, no issues.
     
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  15. SUjunkie

    SUjunkie Aug 3, 2004 Rhode Island

    And you ate the tacos at Oxbow? That is what original post was asking and I'm curious as well. I've eaten Duckfat fries/ramen/shakes/etc. at Oxbow, but haven't taken other restaurant food there.
     
  16. crt3qjoejoe

    crt3qjoejoe Sep 14, 2005 Massachusetts
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    Exactly, I brought the tacos directly from Terlingua and my wife and I dined on them and poutine from Duckfat- no issues.
     
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  17. jtads122

    jtads122 Feb 11, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I went in the middle of the day during their normal hours Sept of last year and it wasn't open. Maybe COVID related? I feel like that's happened before too.

    Either way, appreciate the info everyone! I did e-mail Oxbow and they are cool with bringing in outside food.
     
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  18. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I’m jonesing for some bone marrow toast at CP and some fried chicken at Crispy Gai. No one’s* gonna judge me if I drive too far for lunch, spend too much money, then stop in for a couple 12 packs at Sacred Profane?

    *my wife. My wife will judge me.
     
  19. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Apr 2, 2011 Maine
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    I went to Crispy Gai when it first opened, raved about it on here, then for some reason never went back. I finally stopped in again two weeks ago and holy shit it’s amazing. I’m hard pressed to name a place I’ve had a better meal or cocktail.
     
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  20. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Super cocktail program there. I know Arvid (am I right here?) just left so we will see if that keeps up. I’ve found myself being much more interested in heading up to Portland for food and cocktails these days.
     
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  21. juliolugo

    juliolugo Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

    Probably belongs in a Bissell thread but couldn't find one and didn't feel like making one.

    Betwixt & Between with Coffee is really really good. From the barrel to the barleywine to the coffee, I get big coffee ice cream vibes. Their barrel-aged stuff has been exceeding my expectations for a while now.
     
  22. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Thank you. I’ll be going there for lunch today and had my eye on picking up the barleywine.
     
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  23. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Apr 2, 2011 Maine
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    I agree on the general sentiment that their barrel aged stuff has gotten significantly better over the last couple of years or so. I enjoyed this beer as well.
     
  24. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Glad I bought a few bottles yesterday. Didn’t have the time / had to drive so didn’t try them first.
     
  25. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Good god, there might be more kids under 5 than there are people over 21 today at Bissell. The best thing that happened for Bissell is the Children’s Museum moving next door. The worst thing to happen to Bissell fans without kids is the Children’s Museum moving next door. So many tiny kids taking up tables. Luckily it’s 70 and sunny and we’re drinking and eating lunch out on the patio.
     
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  26. TheMattJones88

    TheMattJones88 Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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    It definitely turns into a McDonald's Play Place quickly there.
     
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  27. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    It’s funny. I was in Maine for guys’ weekend about 5 weeks ago and stopped in for lunch on a Saturday and it was practically dead. Go figure.
     
  28. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    I hadn’t thought about the museum and the clientele at Bissell but makes sense (of course). Put me in the group with kids so I guess I don’t notice it as much.

    Visited Portland with the family for the first time since Covid. As usual, we stayed with my brother-in-law. Here’s a quick summary for those with kids (or not). It was 73 degrees both Friday and Saturday. Crazy!

    Arrived on Friday a little after noon and went to the Local Press for sandwiches (it’s near my brother-in-law’s). Sandwiches are solid and good can options if you want a beer (they used to have more pre-Covid but have not opened back up to their prior self). Then took the kids to East End beach which is always close, convenient (both near the house and near breweries) and fun. We went to Belleflower as the new (to us) option. Beers were solid. Sat outside in mid-November(!!) before the evening rain. My wife, 5 year old and I went to Bissell Brothers on the way home. I still love it there. More selection on draft than pre-Covid which was nice. It was full but. Ot crowded at 6 ona Friday. The three of us shared a table with a couple. Got a case to go and a few barrel aged bottles. Fries were excellent! We did takeout at night and enjoyed some time at home with the family to round it out.

    Drove down to Biddeford Pool to start the afternoon on Saturday. I’m always amazed how incredible being on the Atlantic in Maine is. We go to the Cape a lot and it just isn’t the same. The kids got soaked in the spray and waves. Great time. After a pit stop for dry clothes, we hit both Sacred Profane (just the 2 lagers, but so tasty and well poured) and Banded (fun video games for the kids, good appetizers and plenty of variety on tap). After a return to Portland, my wife and I popped out to Allagash to get her mom a lobster roll as thanks for the kid watching she was going to do for the evening. That was our first time in the total outdoor set up. It was nice but missed the old scene. The (non grandma) adults headed to Goodfire for a pre-dinner beer (nothing has changed there, short but solid draft list) and then walked to Terlngua. It was the first time for my wife and I. It did not disappoint. She and I split the Board of the night and the drinks and beer were excellent, as well. We finished it off with a quick drink at Oxbow across the street.

    No trip is complete without the Tandem / Holy Donuts morning to please all the pallets. Online ordering for Tandem helped avoid the line and the Holy Donuts on Park did not have a line so all was super smooth.
     
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  29. Stormfield

    Stormfield Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Anyone been to Hi-Fidelity? I like the concept of the place. Haven’t heard a thing about the beer. Can someone offer an opinion?

    I like how they are essentially open all the time. They are even open regular hours on Christmas.
     
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  30. sgulner

    sgulner Apr 16, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Went about a month ago, always like to try a new brewery when head up there. My GPS had a terrible time finding them. Across the street from Lone Pine and next to Urban Farm. Small bar area, open to a smaller brew area. Had the porter which was great and the smoked lager was also really good. Nice to have a low ABV option when I go up there!
    Def no capacity to can, and they said as much when I asked. Hope they get into keg distro as would like to see it in a restaurant.
    TLDR: Its good, its small, for low ABV beers they are really good
     
  31. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I was their first customer!


     
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  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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  33. mvogt

    mvogt Sep 10, 2021 Massachusetts

    I stayed at the Residence Inn on Fore St last December and it was fine for my admittedly basic needs. Parking is kind of annoying - discount ticket for the public garage across the street - but that's the old Port for ya.
     
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  34. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Stay at the Press Hotel. We loved it. Hotel bar is expensive but what isn’t these days.
     
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  35. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I may head up the end of this week. Just an end of vacation adventure with the kids. What’s been killing it lately? Probably looking more to-go. Allagash, Bissell, Oxbow? Anything anyone has had and loved?
     
  36. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    I bought a bunch of stuff at Bissell last month and just finished my last can (looking to split the barrel aged stuff on NYE party at my house). You just can’t go wrong with Bissell.
     
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  37. LakesideBrewing

    LakesideBrewing Dec 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    We always stay at Courtyard by Marriott when in Portland, it’s right near the Hampton you mentioned.
     
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  38. BigDummyLamont

    BigDummyLamont Jan 16, 2021 Massachusetts

    I’ve done the Portland Harbor twice and had very good experiences both times. I went back the second time because they handled a heat situation the right way the first time.
     
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  39. juliolugo

    juliolugo Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

    Had my bottle of Betwixt & Between last night (no coffee; had that one already and it was great). Really really good. Given how good their barrel-aged stuff has been, if I was heading up, I'd be sipping my way through the Angels with Filthy Souls variants they have on tap right now.
     
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  40. BoardwalkBock

    BoardwalkBock Aug 18, 2012 New York

    Not sure if air bnb is your thing but we stayed at a great place right near Little Tap House last February, which was a great location for us to walk to 90% of our locations. I can look for the link and send it to you, if interested. Parking was also easy in that area as it’s not in the immediate downtown.
     
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