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.
Monday Afternoon for one beer with John, Anne and Patty when they 1st opened. Great service from friendly bartender. Nice cool relaxing place. Interesting to find being off teh main street. We had a good Bissell beer in Bissell glassware. Good time.
Among the best beer bars out there. The staff were very friendly, the beers were clearly cared for. Nice glassware, great tap list and massive bottle list. If I lived in Portland ME, this is where I'd hang out.
An excellent bar. Indoors, it's like a European cellar bar. Lots of beery ephemera pasted on the walls and what not, with a seeming emphasis towards Belgian stuff. Outside, there is a fetching and reasonably large patio, which is quite nice. There is table service inside and out.
The beer selection is outstanding. The tap list has a strong tilt towards local/Maine breweries. So if you don't have the time to visit the many breweries in the area, this is an efficient way to try their beers. The bottle selection is extensive, with a ton of Belgian stuff, along with lots of aging-appropriate offerings from Maine producers like Allagash and Liquid Riot. The prices for draft beers are pretty reasonable. For the bottles, the prices can range a bit, but there are still some decent value options.
The staff was friendly. The food was quite good.
Overall, this is a superb bar that really executes on all fronts. A must-visit if you are visiting Portland.
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.
Visited February 2016 after Maine Brewbus trip. Bus driver gave me good tip to find place so when you see "Thirsty Pig" watch to the narrow alley on the other side of the street. This place is actually quite hard to find. I thought this would have been fancy restaurant but actually it is very cozy basement bar. Tap list was very good and staff knew what they were doing. Had couple of beers and also one phenomenal bottle from Maine Beer Company. They had interesting vintage bottle list but unfortunately I hadnt time for that. Great place.
Put wife and kid to bed in hotel and headed here. So hard to find even with google maps from my direction but that makes it even greater imo. Basement feel cool ceiling huge bottle list but nothing that really grabbed me. Draft list had bunch of beers I wanted unfortunatly 2 were kicked but still amazing place really a beer destination.
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.