Novare Res Bier Café | Portland, Maine
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Novare Res Bier Café
World Class based on 85 ratings
Type: Bar

4 Canal Plaza
Portland, Maine United States 04101 [ print map ]
207 761 2437 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Mon - Thurs 4-1; Fri 3-1; Sat & Sun 12-1

Mayor: tom10101 (2) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: 300

Novare Res Bier Café

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Beer Available At Novare Res Bier Café (arranged by most recent)
De liter van Pallieter 48, Oxbow Domestic , Foundation Epiphany IPA 99, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #136 Jimmy’s Black Box , De la Senne Stouterik 84, Liquid Riot Lumber Smack , Beachwood / De Molen De Molen With the Homies 84, Spencer Trappist Ale 95, Oxbow / Coppertail Grizacca 97, Bissell Brothers The Substance Ale 99, Allagash Currant Affair 96, Weißenoher green MONKey Hersbrucker 73, Bunker / Stillwater Acura Daze Gose , Maine Mead Works HoneyMaker Ram Island Lavender Lemonade 90, Bantam Rojo , Cantillon Cuvée Florian 100, HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk 98, BFM √225 Saison 99, Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Été aux Framboises 99, Le Trou du Diable Saison du Tracteur 98
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85 reviews for Novare Res Bier Café
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  79%
 Selection  89%
 Food  75%
 Value  74%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
alagnak  (78) Littleton, Colorado | November 15, 2011
Awesome basement level bar in the Old port area. Kind of tucked away in an alley. Inside is cozy, woody, a main ’bar’, a smaller sidebar and tables kind of scattered around. With the old wood and brick, etc, it has a great ambience. 25 taps, lots of great bottles. When I was there it was the middle of Maine Beer Week, so half or so of the tap list was locals. I tried 5 different Maine beers and all were from ’very good’ to ’wow’. Food is simple, but a REALLY well thought-out meat and cheese (by the 1 oz serving) list and some great sandwiches. Frankly, gourmet meat and cheese and really good craft beer could sustain me for the rest of my days, so I was dissapointed to have to leave @ closing time. Awesome place. There is utterly no reason you shouldn’t go here when in Portland. None.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g  (951) Boomtown!, Australia | May 3, 2015
Located off a side alley and it’s easy to spot the sign on the Exchange Street side, just across from Thirsty Pig. Nice and comfortable inside when not too packed. They were hosting a Belgian beer fest over the weekend which is all good and well, and fortunately there were local beers still pouring on tap too such as Oxbow, Allagash, Maine Beer Co etc. I only had snacks but food menu available. Outside patio is great for warmer days. Service is fine but expect it to slow right down when busy. I enjoyed my visits here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate  (178) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | April 12, 2015
On the night that we were there, there were, possibly, and at the most, 5 other people in the place! The service was great, I think, mostly due to the lack of people. There’s a nice, cozy fireplace, and leather couches that you can sit on, and thankfully, those were ours for a few hours. Kicked back, and enjoyed some Allagash, and a few other Maine beers that I don’t recall the name of. I didn’t try any food, so I have nothing to say there. The ambiance is cool; it has this basement-like, library feel to it, almost. I think the latter is due to the fireplace, and coziness. Anyways, I could see myself passing out on that fucking couch many a night, if I lived in Portland. All in all, great place, with a great list.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley  (337) Trois-Rivières, Quebec | March 24, 2015
Visited a few times before, most recently on a Sunday evening, so it was super quiet. The place isn’t necessarily easy to find, it’s in the middle of a block. In the summer the patio is really nice but it was way too cold for this in March. The interior is dark, low ceiling kind of place. The staff is friendly and helpful. The selection is a strong point here, lots of quality locals as well as imported beers on tap, really nice bottle list even though I stuck with the draft list. Really good mix of an American and a Belgian beer bar. They serve some food, small courses of pub food for a decent price, tasty options. Definitely worthy of checking out when in town, I will keep visiting every time I go to Portland.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
Drake  (564) Free Union, Virginia | February 13, 2015
Small, lowkey place. A little tricky to find as it’s behind a building an a single A-frame was the only hint to it’s location. Low light, lots of bricks, low ceilings. It seemed like there was a lot of staff for the clientele. Staff was friendly, but not terribly helpful.. Food options look nice but I did not partake. Top notch beer list with local selections and more rare stuff from near and far. I got to try a pretty rare Allagash here. Prices decent. I’d be here a lot if I were a local.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
spycow  (52) Illinois | January 22, 2015
Great place located in the heart of Portland. A friend and I visited while on a beercation in Portland. Spent several hours trying some of the locals and had dinner which was quite good. A large variety of bottles to choose from and the price was reasonable as well. The inside was setup like an old beer hall and they had an outside patio that we didn’t visit. Great place and location in Portland
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16  (209) Naperville, Illinois | July 24, 2014
Big outdoor seating area as well as a dark cozy bar and dining room inside. Great selection of taps and bottles highlighting local and Belgian beers. The option to mix and match charcuterie and cheeses is nice, if a little pricy. Service was disinterested on my one visit, but would not stop me from trying it again.
JK  (308) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | July 1, 2014
Indoor space in the basement that qould be cozy in the winter and an outdoor patio off a secluded alley. Large selection that includes some hard to find beers. No bargains, and even local taps start at $6.25. Speaking of local taps , there are surprisingly few Maine beers. But this is a nice place with a large and high quality selection. I heard a young lady ask for a beer with hops and the snarky waiter told her that almost all beers have hops, hardly the attitude for someone getting into craft beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
Sudcutter  (4) Portland, Maine | June 6, 2014
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972  (88) Taunton, Massachusetts | May 21, 2014
Went here recently on a Friday night. "Belgian" fest. Great ambiance and vibe. Very excellent service - bartenders were all very knowledgeable and went out of their way with samples and explaining. Selection was impressive, but somewhat limited in styles. Only 1 IPA on tap. Didn’t eat - only a dessert. Prices were a little pricy. Still a great experience, overall.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (233) San Diego, California | April 1, 2014| Updated February 11, 2015
Même si la tap list était un peu dégarnie à notre arrivée, j’ai vu le potentiel de la place. Plus de la moitié du bar est une terrasse vivante et l’autre partie fait plus taverne de quartier.

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