In around 3:30 on a lazy Saturday toward the end of June 2017. A few people in, but not crowded. Copper bar top looks shiny and well kept, or like it has been replaced recently. Fun intimate atmosphere. Was honestly not expecting much, but it’s a fun place. Bar seats 8, table space for maybe another 15. Service was super friendly.
Didn’t spot it until I went to the restroom, which is upstairs, but the upstairs space is huge, and is probably the actual space with the lower level that I spent my time in being a secondary spot for old curmudgeons. Upstairs was a huge open space with a second bar and enough table space for another 50+ easily.
One of the brewers was hanging out at the downstairs bar and told me about one of their smaller batch things, which was a mosaic and citra (and something else that he didn’t recall off the top of his head) IPA dry hopped with galaxy. It was actually rather nice. So there is some new stuff and innovation, but if that brewer is good I doubt he’ll stay there too long before moving on to someplace that can appreciate that level of talent, as I couldn’t see a young brewer with that level of drive sticking around in a place that’s making beers that weren’t cutting edge 20 years ago.
If you’re doing the walking tour of Portland breweries I guess it might be worth visiting, but I wouldn’t prioritize it, and if you’re tight on time, it’s very low on the list.
Lovely old school pub ambience. Packed and noisy on a Saturday night. They had 6 in the full time lineup and a couple of seasonals. What I had ranged from mediocre to terrible. The food was chain restaurant quality. At least the people were mostly nice.
Who leaves a world class joint to tick a new brewery me the fool. Anyways standard pub place with mugs on ceiling. Regular music no ambiance beers basic had a cask ale which is a plus. Anyways in a lease a town this may shine a bit more.
Centrally located in the Old Port, a great place to stop in for a beer with friends. They usually have one or two seasonals going, plus the classics. I’ve never really thought their beer was amazing in any way, but it’s a fun place to chill.
A quite cozy place, looking ofd-fashioned with several rooms and wooden panels. The beers are rather dull seen from a beer enthusiast point of view, but clean and honest. They are honest about their selection as well, and told us that they had chosen to go for beers that wouldn’t frighten anyone as they were situated in the tourist area. I think they’re wrong doing so, but it’s of course up to them.
Établissement visité le dimanche 17 août vers 17h. Ambiance: Longue table commune. Bar central. Lors de notre passage un trio de blues était en prestation. Service: Correct et sympathique. Aucune présentation des bières. Sélection: 5 régulières et 2 saisonnières en fûts. 1 cidre en fût. Nourriture: Grilled cheese, Haddock burger ainsi qu’un lobster roll et un clam chowder. (244e rating d’établissement)
Basically a relic of Portland’s history of English beer culture. Luckily, things have changed significantly in recent years, but places like this remain to remind us what life was once like. Atmosphere is nice and this is a good spot to hang out with friends when bar hopping the Old Port, but not worth visiting for the beer. Their beers are all muddled Ringwood crap.