Visited during the Twelve Percent and Shelton Bros fest, and Urbain took us backstage to the bwers area. Free food and free beer, can’t beat that. It was a bit odd for staff to almost snatch the beers out of our hands at closing time, but that was the only minor quibble in an otherwise great visit. Tap and bottle lists were very solid, great atmosphere.
One of the more anticipated places on the trip, and it really delivered. We made a couple visits here in our few days in town, in fact.
Nice outdoor patio/beer garden that was really enjoyable on a warm summer evening. Good amount of space inside with some communal and individual party tables. Very cool almost basement vibe with low ceilings and lighting, exposed brick, lots of cool bottles everywhere.
They have a really substantial draft list of things from all over the place and also a good selection of Maine beers. The bottle list here is insane, too. Even just working your way through the Oxbow and Allagash "library" offerings would be a chore, let alone all sorts of interesting/tasty lambics and a wide variety of other things. Bottles are pretty fairly priced for what I saw, though some of the drafts were little expensive maybe.
The servers here were super friendly and accommodating. Happy to make recommendations, suggestions, answer questions, etc. Fun people, all that jazz.
If I lived in the area, I’d spend way too much of my money here.
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.
Another world class establishment (by ratings) in the northeast. Its hidden down an alley, but there is a fairly obvious sign pointing the way, so its not like its hard to find. Doing a brisk business at about 9PM on a Thursday. Outside seating area as well as an indoor basement area. Cozy is a good word for it. Loads of wood, barrels for tables as well as some long communal ones, long bar.
Taplist was pretty IPA centric and did not really have anything that got me too excited. Perhaps I just picked a bad day. They had a pretty extensive bottle list that would have really got me interested a few years ago; now i am jaded and have tried practically everything. They had about three new (to me) Maine Beer Co. bottles on the board, but all of the new ones were sold out unfortunately. I had a beer here and would certainly call it a high quality destination, but I left feeling a bit underwhelmed as compared to the hype.
This is a cool little basement beer bar, nestled away in a corner of Portland. We sat on the sprawling outdoor deck and adored the draft list, choosing a couple of the wide array of big beers from the region (the list also included a raucous lineup of European and other American liver-killers). We sampled a cheese plate (well done) and enjoyed a nice summer evening. Only hit on the place was the somewhat over-taxed and slightly snooty server; but still my favorite beer stop in Portland.
Kind of a dungeon cellar vibe, so it plays well at night. Lots of young people hang out there so it can get kind of loud but they have an awesome bottle selection as well as some well-curated taps. Definitely a cool hang on a Saturday night.
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.
This place is legit. Ambiance is cave like inside with stone and wood everywhere while the outside has a cool deck with a small stand with 4 more tap choices. The beer selection is top notch. I had some Fastenbier, which is always a nice, rare find. Regionals, locals, Lambics, rare stuff, etc. are available and everything into brand-appropriate glassware. The food menu looks great but I didn’t get to eat here. If you’re in Portland, just go here.
Visited in April 2010. Despite the central location this place is a bit tucked away - look for the sign on the sidewalk. Excellent service from an informed an enthusiastic staff plus some chat with beer geeks at the bar. Good atmosphere. There is a little private cell thing for mug club members. One of those places that concentrates on the quality end of the market. Lots of top end imports (Schlenkerla Fastenbier, Mikkeller, Cantillon etc) but that’s not really what i was in the US for and prices were understandably on the high side. Definitely the best place in town though (we visited twice on consecutive evenings), even if I was struggling for new US beers by the end.