was in the city for their annual beer week and the event mandated a journey her, to Portlandís beloved Great Lost Bear and their great beer list of some 70 drafts - mainly Maine brews, natch. Located about 2 miles north of downtown, the Bear lives behind a modest storefront benaeth a green awning. Upon entry, you find a lively place: a fun and lively dining room to one side, an active bar to the other. All amid an exuberant display of beer paraphanalia. Kids are more than welcome.
The food menu is ecclectic and loaded with a variety of choices: I went for the cajun chicken wrap and chili, the latter being a particular specialty here.
This was my fourth visit and, hopefully, not the last. To anyone wishing to partake of the malted beverages without the prospect of a DWI, the city bus No, 2 passes right by the front door. Donít you pass this place up.
Ed from Churchkey and Maxís fame turned me on to this place. Itís a big place with lots of nooks and crannies, so you can be as public or as private as you like. The beer list was large, with a handful f things we did not see elsewhere during our entire trip. Definitely worth a look.
Big draught list and tasty food - but the main drawbacks for me are the service which can be very, very slow (even to grab a few beers, let alone order food) and I usually end up with someone whoís kind of hungover or distracted. However, there are some beers here that you canít get anywhere else on draught. Just be sure to double check freshness - with lists that large thereís always a chance that something might be a little past its date.
Awesome bar, unmatched selection of beers on tap in the Portland area - especially if you like belgians. Food: pub fare, with a LOT of choices, but I recommend sticking to the classics -- burgers, wings in particular.
This seems more like a biker bar than a craft beer bar, though it seems they cater to all, given the "tower of beer" available for the macro lovers. The decor reports of yesteryear with old photographs of the area. The staff seemed like they were just going through the motions of a job that was keeping them away from other things.
KPD (238) Michigan | June 21, 2013| Updated June 23, 2013
Visited before the Shelton brothers beer fest. Several beers on draft made for the fest. Impressive tap list lots Iíve not seen both fest beers and Maine beers. Did a couple samplers really good. Had nachos. Some of the Maine beers were hit and miss. Excellent beer stop.
My second trip to the Bear on a business trip for work by myself. Roadhouse/chain restaurant feel to the inside of building with a nice deck off to to the back left. The menu is mostly pub grub, but does have some choices that are veggy and/or healthy. I had a hanger steak that was really well done! The huge, Maine focused tap list holds many choices for the casual beer drinker, but I did manage to find a beer or two that excited my inner geek. Service was attentive and my meal was moderately priced for the area. Great place for some beer and food, I wouldnít hesitate to return unless I was sampling some of the geekier beer destinations in Portland.
A dream come true! The Bear is happy times every time. My friends and I have made it an annual tradition when weíre in New England, visiting from Michigan. Very nice selection and you MUST try the chili fries. Good idea to get a taxi to/from this one, though. If only it were downtown!