Rocky Coast Brewing at Post Road Tavern, Ogunquit, ME

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During our visit at SoMe Brewing Company, we were asked if we had visited the Post Road Tavern in Ogunquit. We hadn’t, so we decided to go there for an early dinner and try their beer.

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From the website:

“Post Road Tavern is a restaurant providing high quality dinners at reasonable prices. We feature British selections mixed with American PRT Specialties. All of our food is freshly made. We also have a full service bar.
Rocky Coast Brewing creates craft Ales within the Post Road Tavern restaurant. It features hand crafted “pico” brews. If you want to know more about the Brewery ask for Jim or Tom.”

 

From Mark’s memory – Wasn’t particularly attractive outside, just kind of a generic look. Service was good, beers were good. Beers were interesting but not too crazy. Seems like it would be a good place for people visiting on vacation, but should keep local residents happy as well.

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The Beers:

They did not have a sampler tray, so we ordered a few pints and tried each one, unfortunately did not get to try all the beers on tap.

IMG_1035 The Duke Coffee Milk Stout – 4.2%
Definitely a heavy flavored beer. Mark thought it had more of a coffee taste, Megan got more of a traditional stout taste. Either way, it was pretty good.

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Somewhat light and flavorful, similar to Blue Moon.

IMG_1047Noldernbrau Rye-Pilsner
An odd taste, kind of hard to place. Maybe a heavy rye taste with a light pilsner taste? It was a little sour, but toned itself down. Unfiltered.

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Pub Crisps were good, loaded with bacon, cheese lettuce and tomato as well.

 

We ordered wings as well. Both types of wings seemed to be cooked first, they were crispy, and then tossed in sauce. Sauces were pretty good though.

IMG_1042Parmesan and garlic wings had a white garlic sauce, with shredded Parmesan on top, which was interesting and good!

IMG_1044Chipotle Maple wings were good, Mark liked the pairing of flavors.

 

Service was very good, the waitress was attentive.

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view of the fermentation area from the restaurant area- even if the brewer isn’t around, you are able to peak in the windows and see most of the brewery, which is nice.

Before we left, we were able to have a quick tour of the 3 and a half barrel brewery. It is on the small side, but the brewer is very passionate about his brewing. IMG_1041  IMG_1048  IMG_1050

 

Beers On Tap Right Now

Thunder Cock Double IPA – 8.6%
D.U.I. Dark Unfiltered India Brown Ale
RCB Summer Wheat Ale – 4.9%
The Duke Coffee Milk Stout – 4.2%
03907 IPA – 4.91%
Breakfast at Tig’s Before, During & After Thanksgiving Morning Belgian Strong Ale
Noldenbrau Rye-Pils

 

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Hours
Tues-Fri 3pm-close

Happy Hour 3-6pm daily
Serving full menu til 9pm, Late night menu available after 9pm
Open for Lunch on Sat & Sundays at Noon

 

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Switchback Brewing Company, Burlington Vermont

IMG_0749While visiting our friends, John and Lindsay, we stopped at Switchback Brewing Company, located in Burlington Vermont. IMG_0750 We had a tour, with Dan, one of the Brewers. There are four brewers, and two test brewers. He gave us the safety spiel: “don’t open things- you’ll get blown through cement!” Dan continued with telling us a bit of the history of Switchback Brewing Company. IMG_0752The owner of Switchback learned how to professionally make beer, even has a Masters degree to prove it! Switchback Brewing Company was founded in 2002, by a brewer and an electrical engineer. That summer, they worked out the kinks in their newly purchased setup, and had their first batch of sell-able beer that September. Ake’s Place, in Burlington, was given the honor of pouring Switchback’s first pint on October 22, 2002.

  • the beer is left unfiltered, and is carbonated naturally
  • their business/marketing plan was to introduce draught beer first, so all could be done onsite, by the brewer until sales justified expanding and hiring help
  • They moved from only 15.5 gallon kegs, to 5.2 gallon kegs and in October of 2012, ten years after the first pint was poured, announced they would begin to bottle.
  • They do not want to do growlers or cans, and believe kegs are the the best way to hold the container to a particular amount of oxygen.

At the beginning, the brewer was brewing one day, cleaning the next. Now, they do more than one cycle a day. The tour was very scientific, while still being great for the average beer drinker. You could tell that Dan knows what he is talking about, and enjoys all aspects of it. Switchback has two brewing areas, on for their original Switchback Ale, and the other for their specialty beers. IMG_0773  IMG_0766  IMG_0765  IMG_0764  IMG_0758  IMG_0753The larger one is more automated than the smaller, specialty one.  Their larger automated equipment is a mismatch of 1960’s German equipment mixed with modern equipment. For filtering, they use a machine instead of diatomaceous earth for a more consistent filter. IMG_0769You will never get a beer from Switchback that is more than 2 months old. They bottle only on Wednesdays, so the beer almost runs out at most stores before they receive a new order in.IMG_0770  IMG_0771 IMG_0781The Beer: Switchback Ale: original recipe from 2002. Naturally carbonated, unfiltered. Available year round. 1:1:1 hops:yeast:malt Very balanced, complex, while still being drinkable. We all enjoyed. 5%, 23 IBU Dooley’s Belated Porter:  First created in December of 2009. Drinks lighter than you’d expect. Caramel, chocolate flavor. John isn’t a big fan of porters typically, but actually enjoyed theirs. 5.7%, 43 IBU IMG_0780  IMG_0777

Want to try some for yourself or, better yet- visit? Bottles are available in parts of upstate New York, all of Vermont and New Hampshire. They are looking to expand to Western Massachusetts.

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Burlington Vermont

IMG_0799  IMG_0800We visited Zero Gravity Craft Brewery at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, located in Burlington Vermont before we headed home from our visit to John & Lindsay’s.
American Flatbread is a delicious pizza restaurant, which houses Zero Gravity Brewery.IMG_0808IMG_0806 IMG_0807 menuIMG_0814pizza oven

There was not a sampler tray, so we ordered 10 oz beers. We picked the more interesting sounding, less traditional flavors or styles of beer. The waitress was good and told us the hops from the stout would kill the flavor of the gruit, so we had the gruit first.

IMG_0811Winter Gruit Ale 5.8%

No back end taste, all up front. It was smooth and flavorful with low carbonation, drinkable. Megan is a fan of gruits in general because you get good flavor but not that heavy hop flavor.

 

IMG_0812Bermuda Triangle Sour Stout 5.7%

Sounded like an interesting beer, and it was. It was light and smooth, not too hoppy for a stout. It smelled like a stout and was a dark color like a stout, but fairly smooth. Sour aftertaste. Megan thought it tasted like sour chocolate.

 

Conehead IPA 5.7%

Megan thought it was a typical IPA, she is not really a big fan of IPA’s. Mark liked it, extra hoppy. You definitely get the wheat flavor which gives the IPA a different twist.

 

IMG_0819Medicine Wheel Flatbread that we added pepperoni to. The pizza was really good.

The service was good overall.  Not the experience we usually have eating out in Vermont. The waitress we had was good. They have a lot of wait staff for the amount of tables, although it was not a real big place.

Some history:

American Flatbread Burlington Hearth opened in 2004, and they started brewing their own beer that same year. They built their own dome oven to wood fire the pizza. They started out with a 10 barrel system. Beer and bread making go together, and have, for more than 5000 years. They have an ‘unwavering commitment’ to staying true to the classic styles of a beer, which includes using the best ingredients possible. This doesn’t mean they can’t experiment, though. In 2012 they started selling beer offsite. Now they are looking to build a new brewery offsite to keep up with demand. Want to visit? Open every day 11:30 to close.

 

after we left, we found these fun jellyfish sculptures in the park:IMG_0823  IMG_0825

SoMe Brewing Company, York ME

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sign just outside the brewery

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their door

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view of the outside, from the parking spots

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  their sign on the street

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on our table

On a recent warm Saturday, we took a drive to SoMe Brewing Company in York, Maine.  Their set up is nice- fits in well in the beach town it resides in. They have a table and chairs outside, which helps create a very inviting feel. We went inside, where there was ample seating, as well as a tasting bar and popcorn area.

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local artists photos are available

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nice sitting area

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view of half of the indoor seating area.

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t-shirts

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staying with the local theme- beach

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door to the brewery

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sitting area in the tasting room

 

SoMe Brewing is very new, opening December 14, 2013. They had planned on opening before then, but were held up by the government sequester. SoMe is owned by a father/son team, with the son also being the brewer.  We had the opportunity to speak to Dave (the son in the equation) for a bit, and learned quite a bit about the brewery. He is very passionate about craft beer and brewing, and quite involved in the craft beer scene.
SoMe Brewing’s plan when opening was to rely on word of mouth- not to spend a lot on marketing. It is working! We had arrived shortly after they opened, and were told that after two it would become quite busy- it did. When we left at 2:45 there were quite a few small groups of people, and more strolling in. Dave’s wife, Jen, also works at the brewery, and she came in to take over so he could continue to make the beer.
The beer is only available at a few restaurants, and they recently started to bottle. They knew people would be coming to their space to try beers, and stay and enjoy beer. They invested in the space, and you can tell. It is very put together and comfortable.

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tasting bar

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tasting flight/sampler

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beer list

Our Tasting:

Agamenticus Amber: American Style Amber Ale. Megan liked it, although she doesn’t typically like amber ales. Mark liked it as well, smooth but flavorful. 35 IBU, 5.5%

Foghorn Coffee Porter: Robust Porter with Carpe Diem Sumatran French Roast Coffee. This was a very good, coffee flavored beer. Still tastes like beer, but has a true coffee flavor. It is made with cold brewed coffee that is poured in the brew tank. 33 IBU, 7.2%

Whoopie Pie Stout:Very good. Milk stout aged on coca nibs and vanilla beans. Slightly sweet with a dark color. 28 IBU, 6.5%

Crystal Persuasion: Not an IPA but and Imperial Pale Ale. Good flavor, very hoppy. A little extra taste, lime maybe? Megan liked it, not usually a big pale ale fan. 70 IBU, 8.5%

Apostrophe IPA: Hoppy and bitter, but good. Uses mosaic hops, which is just the name of one particular hop, not a blend. 90 IBU, 6%

Goldilox: West Coast Imperial IPA. Good hop flavor, good balance. 100+ IBU, 8%

They have an amber with maple syrup, grade B, aging in oak right now. They will also be doing an Imperial Whoopie Pie in a few months aged in bourbon barrels. We’ll have to go back to try both of those.

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after our tasting tray, we purchased larger tastes 🙂 Crystal Persuasion and Whoopie Pie Stout

 

None of the beers were super weird, but not ultra traditional either. The beer was definitely their own and there wasn’t a beer we did not like. It was a good balance, being unique but not being too weird.

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their logo, on the tasting tray

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tanks in the brewhouse

They would like to expand, and see themselves having food. Right now they have popcorn, chips, etc and may be adding hot dogs and sausages before further expanding. One step at a time. This is one of the things we really liked about them- they want to have food, but want to make a name for themselves with their beer first, as beer is their first focus.

Want to visit?
Hours of Operation:
Thursday/Friday: 4-8pm

Saturday: 1-7pm
Sunday: 1-5pm

Want to try SoMe, but can’t make it in? The 7-11 in Kittery has an expansive craft beer selection, and currently has a few cases of their bottles. Check out SoMe’s facebook page for more info

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the beach is just a few minutes away!

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🙂