Solo Portland Maine Beercation

Discussion in 'New England' started by Sean227, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. Sean227

    Sean227 Initiate (103) Sep 2, 2007 New Jersey

    Hello all! I was thinking of heading up to Portland next week (Monday- Wendsday) for a little getaway. I noticed that a lot of the breweries are open Mondays and Tuesdays, any suggestions on which ones to hit up? Would be cool to meet up if any fellow BA’s will be around too! Thanks for any input.
  2. Piels25

    Piels25 Initiate (198) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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  3. AirBob

    AirBob Defender (661) Jul 15, 2014 Massachusetts

    My "must visits" every time I visit Portland are Allagash, Austin St., and Oxbow. The quality and variety available at Allgash and Oxbow are unparrelled, and I love Patina from Austin St. If you're looking for IPAs, then Bissell Brothers and Foundation are a must visit.

    During warmer months I've also enjoyed time at Rising Tide and the old Bunker location (not sure where they are now).

    Allagash, Foundation, Austin St., and Battery Steele (and I think Gearys too) are all located in the same section of Industrial Way so you can hope around from one to another as long as you can find a safe way back to Old Port (or where ever you may be stay).

    While not a brewery, I'd also recommend grabbing a couple of beers at Novare Res.

    Portland's a great eatting and drinking city. I'd suggest combing through this forum for similar threads - there's a lot of excellent recommendations buried in past threads.
  4. cdilisio

    cdilisio Initiate (54) Apr 18, 2015 Maine

    Goodfire (closed T-W)
  5. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (129) Nov 6, 2010 Monaco

    This is the answer for me too. Not a BB fan, but I do like Substance and that can be found on tap around the city. Go to Allagash, pop across the street to Austin. Then go park yourself at Oxbow before finding a delicious dinner somewhere.
  6. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,118) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Duckfat and Eventide are probably less than a five minute walk from Oxbow. Since both are extremely busy, if there’s a wait, they’ll text you when your table is ready.

    Put your table in, then walk over to Oxbow for some drinks and maybe a charcuterie plate while you wait.
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  7. jmanic

    jmanic Initiate (18) Sep 27, 2016 New Jersey

    Another great tip I saw in some of the Portland threads was about Bier Cellar.
    I always make a stop there, but didn't realize they will hold beer for you.
    A great way to get some good local stuff.
    Before you go, check out their IG feed and inventory at their website.
    Purchase online and you have 7 days to pick it up.
  8. Oceanbear1

    Oceanbear1 Initiate (120) Aug 8, 2013 Colorado

    completely off topic, but I find it amazing that Bier Cellar and Craft Beer Cellar haven't gotten into a trademark war.
  9. JoeK89

    JoeK89 Initiate (161) Mar 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Definitely make a stop at Industrial way: Allagash, Austin Street, Foundation, and Battery Steele all in same business park. -- Do this on Monday since most are closed on Tues and Wednesday.

    Oxbow appears to be closed M-W so unless their posted hours on google are wrong, you won't be able to go here.

    Since you will be there 3 days, I would make a day trip to Freeport to the outlets if it's a nice day and then hit up Maine beer company.

    Definitely go to Bissell one of the days. Big J's chicken is right next door. I recommend the chicken and waffles (Nashville hot if you like heat).

    Great Lost Bear- Large amount of NE/Maine taps. Food is decent but not the best in that area.

    Nosh- smaller amount of taps (still good), creative food/sandwich options. Go here if you like crazy stuff like mac n cheese bun burger, burger with pizza buns, bacon dusted fries.

    Slab- same owners as Nosh. Go here if you want good Pizza and solid beer selection.

    Salvage BBQ- best BBQ in the area IMO. Tons of hot sauces and not so hot sauces. Decent amount on tap. Live music sometimes.

    Novare Res- Huge tap list. More of a bar than a restaurant. Just small food items. Highly recommended.

    Beer Stores:
    Bier Cellar- Prob the best store with newer releases coming in. You can sign up for their email updates to see what they have recently gotten in. Sometimes you can find Hoof Hearted stuff.

    RSVP- I would hit this up if you pass near it. It's kind of on the way from Allagash to downtown Portland. Good prices. Probably check dates on beers. DFH 120 min was 8 bucks here.
  10. JoeK89

    JoeK89 Initiate (161) Mar 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Also, Stop at Barreled Souls if you are driving back Wednesday (closed Mon &Tues). Small taproom with some really solid Barrel-aged beers. Also has pale ales.
  11. WolfsburgVW

    WolfsburgVW Disciple (302) May 21, 2013 Maine

    Oxbow's Portland location is open every day of the week, I believe it's the Newcastle location closed M-W.
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  12. JoeK89

    JoeK89 Initiate (161) Mar 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Right. Disregard my Oxbow comment OP.
  13. Auror

    Auror Defender (607) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts

    Usually state corporation licensing prevents people from using too similar "Doing Business As" (DBA) names. I guess the spelling of bier vs. beer was considered distinct enough? It is in print, if not audibly.
  14. Seacoastbrewer

    Seacoastbrewer Initiate (133) Jun 5, 2012 New Hampshire

    If you're going to Barreled souls you have to do Banded Horn! I really enjoy their taproom with portland pie co in the same building.
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  15. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (129) Nov 6, 2010 Monaco

    My favorite part of posts asking about a certain location is to see how far away they can actually get.

    OP: Hey guys, what are the Portland necessities?

    (A few posts about Oxbow, Allagash, Bissell)

    "On your way out of town, hit up ..."

    "Yeah, and if you're there, go 20 minutes south to ...."

    "Oh good call. Also, since you're in the area ..."

    And eventually you're only about 30 minutes from Tree House or Alchemist or Trillium. Literally doesn't matter where you start from. Someone will eventually get you about 120 miles away.
  16. JoeK89

    JoeK89 Initiate (161) Mar 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    True, on second thought, don't stop at Barreled Souls for delicious BA stouts and strong ales. Just drive past it because it's not directly in Portland proper.:rolling_eyes:
  17. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (435) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Other killer food suggestions downtown. Hot Suppa; Empire Chinese; Little Tap Room; Central Provisions; Duckfat and the oyster place next door. All will have Substance on tap at a minimum and most will have 5 or 6 local options.
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  18. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,118) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    The Little Tap House and Mash Tun have the best local tap lists in Portland.

    I put those two over Novare Res. Novare Res is a nice spot for a huge beer list from all over, but if I'm in Portland, I want local beer. Although the roof deck at Novare Res is killer.

    I could post two links that contain write-ups of previous Portland trips which are fairly extensive. But I'm too lazy right now. Can't wait to head back there in June. I haven't even heard of Empire Chinese, and still haven't been to Hot Support or Central Provisions. Plus the couple breweries I still haven't hit up.

    Seems like every year there's more and more restaurants and breweries moving into the area. I was just there last summer, and there' still more to see/do. I used to say you need at least three days in Portland to do it right, I may have to amend that to four or five days now.
  19. CanesHeatFins305

    CanesHeatFins305 Initiate (90) Nov 25, 2014 Florida

    Any updates? Will be in town in 2 weeks. thanks
  20. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (267) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    surprised no one mentioned High Roller Lobster Co. for food. Lobster Tacos are the BOMB! Cant beat the reg Lobster Rolls either. Nice local ME tap list too.
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  21. AirBob

    AirBob Defender (661) Jul 15, 2014 Massachusetts

    Pleasantly surprised when my wife and I tried it randomly last month while visiting. Reasonably priced and really solid lobster rolls right in the heart of Old Port. Also visited Bite into Maine's brick and mortar in Scarbourgh - no beer, but another solid option if you're in Cape May or Scarbourgh.
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  22. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,118) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    How do the lobster rolls compare to Eventide's? Eventide's lobster rolls are a must when I'm in Portland (although there's a Fenway location now too...).
  23. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (267) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    They're bigger and cost significantly less. You can get hot or cold (not sure if that's an option at eventide). HRLCo also has several different sauce options, Lobby Pops (think lobster tail on a stick with dipping sauce), popcorn lobster, and the taco!....basically a lobster roll in a fried cheese taco shell (with or without bacon). Eventide is definitely a classier spot, and the food is delicious, but if you want you want to satisfy that lobster craving, I'd definitely give HRLCO a shot.
  24. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (133) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts

    Not a big fan of eventide's lobster roll at all. I'm a traditionalist.

    Their oysters are awesome, though.
  25. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Initiate (153) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Either this or put in your table for Duckfat and walk to Eventide for oysters to start. the Duckfat buzzer has enough range that it will still go off.
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  26. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (259) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont

    For an extensive local draft list, I love Kings Head on the waterfront. Good food, too. Plenty of parking after hours, and Liquid Riot almost next door for a fun two-fer.
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  27. CanesHeatFins305

    CanesHeatFins305 Initiate (90) Nov 25, 2014 Florida

    Visiting Portland next week. Who's 2nd to Bissell in terms of juicy NE IPAs ? Goodfire looks very interesting. Legit?

    Also, any special events / tap takeovers going on?

  28. AirBob

    AirBob Defender (661) Jul 15, 2014 Massachusetts

    I tried Goodfire's Prime IPA while having a meal at Scales. It was a solid NE IPA, on par with Bissell IMO. Goodfire is located in the same building as Lone Pine, which I haven't tried and can't recommend, and is in walking distance from Rising Tide and Oxbow (neither focus on NE IPAs, but Oxbow is one of the best, if not most interesting, breweries in the city).

    Battery Steele is another brewery with a primary focus on NE IPAs. It's on Industrial Way with Allagash, Foundation, and Austin St. Austin St. makes a hazy, sessionable pale ale (Patina) that's worth a try.
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  29. CanesHeatFins305

    CanesHeatFins305 Initiate (90) Nov 25, 2014 Florida

    thank you sir!
  30. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Disciple (332) Apr 2, 2011 Maine

    Goodfire is legit, I’d go there. Austin Street also does a great job with IPAs. Battery Steele can be awesome and would be my second favorite, but I’ve had some real issues with their consistency.
  31. WoodsSpecial

    WoodsSpecial Initiate (16) Mar 19, 2018 Maine

    Don't sleep on Mast Landing. Saccarappa and Jonah are great IPAs.
  32. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (224) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    I was very impressed with Goodfire when visiting my brother-in-law about a month ago. Taproom was hopping, beers were very good and a good selection of cans to bring back home.

    I’d also recommend Mast Landing. Really enjoyed their offerings that same day.

    Lone Pine is also solid (same building as Goodfire).

    Can’t go wrong with many, many places in Portland.
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  33. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,118) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Yup, this part.

    Also, most of these breweries have taps all around town too. I'm a fan of The Little Tap House and Mash Tun (as I already said above) for a variety of local drafts.

    You can easily head to Industrial Way and knock out Austin Street/Battery Steele/Foundation. Then head over to Lone Pine/Goodfire.

    And of course Industrial also has Allagash. And as was already mentioned, Oxbow/Rising Tide are over by Lone Pine/Goodfire. You can also check out Urban Farm Fermentary which has cider, Kombucha, and mead as well as beer. If they're open, Tandem Roastery is on that street as well, which has great coffee.

    The only one you'd have to travel for is Mast Landing, which is outside of Portland. But like I said, you can find their drafts in Portland on tap somewhere I'm sure.
  34. CanesHeatFins305

    CanesHeatFins305 Initiate (90) Nov 25, 2014 Florida

    really appreciate all the replies fellas! thanks. pumped for my trip!
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  35. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Zealot (584) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    ^^^This is the way to do it^^^ I even sometimes walk around the corner to Sebago for one....
  36. CanesHeatFins305

    CanesHeatFins305 Initiate (90) Nov 25, 2014 Florida

    Do any Portland breweries offer wine or other booze options besides beer? Wife has a gluten allergy so would be nice to mix in a spot where she could drink too. We'll obviously hit up bars and restaurants but just curious - might make it easier to pick one brewery from another. Thanks
  37. AirBob

    AirBob Defender (661) Jul 15, 2014 Massachusetts

    Oxbow has some spirits and (maybe) wine. There's a distillery next door to Rising Tide - pretty sure they share patio space.
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  38. dwmetsfan13

    dwmetsfan13 Initiate (175) Jul 22, 2013 Massachusetts

    Oxbow is next door to a distillery and a meadery.
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  39. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (224) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Bissell Brothers is next to a winery, as well. No shared space though so can't use it as a non-beer drink while you enjoy BBB. Oxbow "has wine" but when I was there a month ago, it was one red selection and that was it. Neither of these options satisifed the non-red wine, non-beer drinking member of our party! :-)
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  40. bring

    bring Initiate (85) Aug 17, 2005 Massachusetts

    Liquid Riot is both brewery and distillery and seems to have wine by the glass and cocktails. Have not personally been, so cannot testify.
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