Category Archives: Where I Drink Beer

Cask & Vine – Derry, NH

First I have to admit I have not been to Cask & Vine since it actually opened but I was out there during the planning and construction process. The owners had a great vision for the space and based on the photos it looks like it came out great. I will update this post when I had a chance to go.

Location: 1.5 East Broadway – Derry, NH – Map
Tues – Thur 4:00 – 10:00 PM / Friday – Saturday 1:00 – 12:00 PM / Closed Sunday & Monday
Kid Friendly: ??
Facebook: Page
Twitter: @CaskandVine
Owner’s Description: Cask and Vine will offer beer and wine lovers a place to sit in a casual atmosphere and enjoy a glass of their favorite craft beer or small production wine without the noise and atmosphere of your average sports bar or pub scene.  Small cheeses, chocolates, fruits, wraps, sandwiches and the like can be paired with your beverage of choice.  It’s about an experience.  A nice place to be.

The Thirsty Pig – Portland, ME

The Thirsty Pig in Portland is quickly becoming my second office and I have to say I enjoy meetings at The Pig much more than my office. They are open for lunch, dinner and nights and always have a quality draft lineup. The food is focused on sausage with a few other pub offerings. Staff is very helpful and it is quiet enough for a productive lunch time meeting. I have yet to go there in the evening so no idea how the crowds are on busy Friday/Saturday nights but this is a place that is certainly worth checking out.

If you need to meet with me in Portland this is almost certainly the place I will suggest.

Location: 37 Exchange Street – Portland, ME – Map
Mon – Thur 11:00 to 10:00 PM / Fri – Sat 11:00 to 1:00 AM / Sun 12:00 to 8:00 PM
Kid Friendly: ??
Facebook: Page
Twitter: @TheThirstyPig
Menu: Link here
Owner’s Description: Hand Crafted Links & Drinks

Nocturnem Draft Haus – Bangor, ME

Like many small cities Bangor, Maine was left with few choices for quality beer. There were plenty of sports bars and bars that cater to the college crowd but no quality beer bars. That all changes when Gene Beck decided to open Nocturnem Draft Haus. They have 14 rotating taps and usually have something on cask as well. The food is typical pub style but everything I have ordered has been very well done.

If you are looking for craft beer in Bangor this is the place to go.

Location: 56 Main Street – Bangor, ME – Map
Mon – Thur 3:00 to 11:00 PM / Fri – Sat 3:00 to 12:00AM
Kid Friendly: Yes in the afternoon
Facebook: Page
Twitter: @NocturnemDH
Owner’s Description: A long time dream of opening a high end beer bar in our humble town has become a reality. Our mission is to serve our guests the finest beers from Maine, the US and abroad paired with some artisan-style, simply prepared, locally sourced food. We are not pretentious. We are down to earth. We are not beer snobs. We are adventurers. We are a collection of many walks of life, seeking better enjoyment out of our beverage purchases. We simply strive to find better offerings than are mass marketed to us every day. We are however a place where all will feel comfortable. A place where sharing, discussion and tasting is encouraged. A place to broaden your horizons into the realm of the beer world.

Campfire Grille – Bridgton, Maine

The Campfire Grille is located on a busy stretch of Route 302 in Bridgton, Maine. It is located about 5 minutes from Shawnee Peak Ski Area and is on the way to Fryeburg and North Conway, NH. With ski season not far away and the Fryeburg Fair coming right up I am sure many of you will find yourself driving by. Next time you do stop as they have 12-taps – 10 with craft beer and 2 occupied by Bud Light and Eli’s Root Beer. The 10-taps are rotated but owner Michelle tries to keep a good mix. When I stopped by on a Friday afternoon around 2:00 there were only a few patrons which was nice as I was able to talk to the bartender and Michelle for some time while enjoying a few beers. The draft list that day included;

  • tapsAtlantic Coal Porter
  • Tuckerman’s Pale Ale
  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead
  • LandShark
  • Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • Three Head’s Brewing Common Man
  • Unibroue Ephemere
  • Allagash White
  • Smuttynose Old Brown Dog

The variety of styles is very good as is the location of the brewery with some local, national and international options on tap. Even though 10 taps is not a lot compared to some of the large beer bars out there Campfire Grill still has something for everyone. They also have beer events; tap takeovers, dinners and entertainment a couple nights a week. I did not try the food on my first visit but the menu looked appetizing and I will certainly be back soon with the wife and kids. They also have a van for local pickup and drop offs so if you are planning a night out and live or are staying in the area give them a call and make a night of it.

Location: 656 North High St – Bridgton, ME 04009 – Map
11 am – 10 pm (mon-wed) / 11 am – 11 pm (Thu – Sat) / 8 am – 12 pm Sunday
Kid Friendly: Yes
Facebook: Page
Twitter: @CampfireGrille
Menu: Link here
Owner’s Description: Specializing in American Cuisine with an emphasis creative comfort food. Join us in the lounge for one of our 12 beers on Tap featuring local craft beers or a creative cocktails (must try our original S’more Tini). With a beautiful view of Beaver Pond, Outdoor seating available in the summer, this is a place you are definately going to want to “gather-round”!

Ebenezer’s Pub Visit (4/16/2012)

I had heard and read great things about Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell, ME and finally made the trip on Monday to visit the pub. There were four of us that went; my wife, her sister and husband and myself and the original plan was for my brother in law and myself to stay at the pub while my wife and her sister went shopping but we ended up changing plans as the pub closed at 3:00 on Monday.

It was almost entirely empty when we arrived shortly after 1:00 and while we were there only 2 other patrons visited the pub. This was a great time for us to visit although we missed out on having lots of other beer drinkers in the pub with us. Tap list had 35 different beers including the four previously reviewed; Oxbow Saison Noel – Thornbridge Raven Black IPA – Stone Ruination DIPA  and Rogue XS Old Crustacean.

In addition to these 4 beers I sampled 2 others; not sure the names but the first was a Belgian Sour Ale which was truly sour but still very nice to drink and the other was a Belgian IPA which honestly smelled like a dumpster; spoiled milk, old trash, etc but had a fairly pleasant taste although it was nothing like an American IPA. Overall we had a great time at Ebenezer’s with quality food and prompt service by a waitress that seemed to know her beer. If you happen to make it to Maine and want to go to an out of the way pub and enjoy some quality beer be sure to visit Ebenezer’s.

Location: 44 Allen Rd – Lovell, ME 04051 – Map
Vary by season – please call
Kid Friendly: Yes
Facebook: Page
Twitter: @EbenezersPub
Owner’s Description: We may be located in a small Maine town, but we’ve always dreamed big. From day one, it was our goal to build the best beer pub in the world. So when Beer Advocate Magazine rated us the number one beer bar in America and the world for the last five years in a row, we knew we must be doing something right.

Novare Res Bier Cafe

If you live in Maine or happen to be visiting the Portland area be sure to check out Novare Res. 30+ rotating taps and 500+ bottled beers from around the world.

Location: 4 Canal Plaza – Portland, ME – Map
Hours: Mon – Thur 4:00 to 1:00 AM / Fri 3:00 to 1:00 AM / Sat – Sun 12:00 to 1:00 AM
Phone: 207-761-2437
Facebook: Group
Twitter: @NovareResBierCf
Website: Novares Res Bier Cafe Website
Owner’s Description: Welcome to Novare Res Bier Café.  A bar inspired by many people, places and experiences. Novare Res means “to start a revolution” in Latin, and was chosen after repeated discussions with people of all walks of life who have felt the need for a revolution in some form or another. We all wanted a place where people could commune and conceive of a better future, with passion and determination. After spending time abroad tracking down great fermented beverages in places like Japan, U.K., Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Germany, and working in other highly regarded beer bars, we discovered an avenue in which to bring that hope and inspiration to life in a tangible way. Though we are not overthrowing any governments or wielding any pitchforks, we hope to bring a new perspective to at least one of your senses…