Cellardoor Winery – Portland, Maine Tasting Room

 

We visited Cellardoor Winery earlier this year. We visited the Tasting Room at the Point, Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME, where Bissel Brother’s Brewing recently moved to. Cellardoor Winery has their vineyard and a seasonal tasting room up in Lincolnville, Me. They have some estate wines that they released within the last few years, with all grapes grown at their vineyard. They also make more common style wines with grapes they purchase from around the world, and produce at their state of the art winery up in Lincolnville.

 

 

You can purchase a glass of wine for $8 or do a flight, a tasting of 4 different wines for $8, we both did the flight.

Pinot Gris – 2013 Harvest.
French style versus Italian. 
Good medium body, subtle sweetness, with tropical fruit flavors. ‘Crisp summer sipping wine.’ 

Trilogy – 2012 Harvest.
A medium bodied Spanish inspired blend, with a dry chocolaty finish, Megan really liked this, Mark not as much.

Cantina Rossa – 2012 Harvest.
Most similar to a Pinot noir. Very light bodied, fruit forward. A good summer wine. Very soft.

Perfect Stranger – 2013 Harvest
Mark picked this one due to him liking Cayuga. Refreshingly sweet with a tart finish, as described. Sweet from the grape, not a sugary sweet, Mark liked this. 

Prince Valiant – Malbec & merlot blend, 2013 Harvest
Slight peppery note, blackberry, cherry and black raspberry notes. 

Queen Anne Lace – 2014 Harvest
Sweetest wine. More key lime pie than green apple. It was ok, but we liked the Perfect Stranger better. 

C’est de l’or – 2012 Harvest
Maple syrup and brandy infused port style wine. Candied cherry, raspberry, nutmeg and cinnamon with a spicy finish. Sweet port style wine, also 19%.

Chenin Blanc – 2014 Harvest
This style is most common in a boxed wine, they have been “rehabilitating” it, they won awards with this. Would be g
reat with spicy foods. Personally would be too sweet to drink normally, unless pool side in the summer.

The tasting bar is huge, it seats about 50 people with room for plenty of servers to float around in the middle. The stools were very comfortable, worth noting.

They have a very large space, with a very larger bar, as noted above, a smaller secondary bar, and a large function room out back, pictured below. They told us we could peek in and check it out, very nice, and spacious.

Us after enjoying our tasting

 

Hours, Thompson’s Point

Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 7:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00

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Barreled Souls, Saco, ME

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We visited Barreled Souls in the late summer. They are located in Saco, ME and as the name suggests, they make all barrel fermented beer.

 

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The entrance is around back, in the basement level. It was a little dark in there, nice atmosphere, but due to this, not all of our pictures came out that great. The have an outdoor area where you can sit in the nice weather.

 

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Of course they have lots of cool furniture made from old barrels.

 

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Our tasting:
Tequila Barrel Aged Space Gose
– 5.6%
A slight tartness up front, then tequila flavor takes over. It is light in body and tastes like a tequila beer, we liked it!

 

MEmosa – 5.8%
Flavorful for what is described as a ‘light, clean blonde ale’. A little citrus up front with a hoppy finish. Light, refreshing and bubbly.

 

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Quaker State with Chocolate and Orange – 6.8%
Aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels, you get some chocolate flavors, a little citrus, then the bourbon flavor takes over. An interesting combo, and well done, definitely a heavy barrel aged beer, but tasty.

 

Mocha Grande – 7.5%
Megan says ‘It’s coffee’. It tastes more like coffee than beer, certainly does not taste like 7.5%. Megan liked it better than Mark. It is a ‘brown ale with french roast coffee and a nutty, malty finish’.

 

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Munro – 9.7%
Labeled as a ‘strong scotch ale’. Very tasty, they described it best, ‘rich malt flavors, reminiscent of dark caramel, fig jam, and a light smoke’. Yup, rich, dark tasty with a hint of fruit.

 

Big Boy – 11.9%
This is a ‘barleywine with toffee malt flavors’. Mark is not a big fan of barley wines, so it was just ok, not our style but figured we would give it a shot.

 

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They also had a home brew competition running while we were there, you could taste and vote on the best home brew. We did not end up trying these, but that is cool that they do that for those who are local.

It seems like they have a rotating tap list, so there is always something new and different on. We liked most of the beers and can certainly see ourselves going back another time.

 

Hours

Wednesday and Thursday: 4:00 – 10:00
Friday: 4:00 – 12:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 12:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 8:00

Geaghan Brothers Pub and Craft Brewery, Bangor, ME

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After spending the day drinking around Maine with Amanda, we decided to finish the night off with apps and beers at Geaghan Brothers Pub and Craft Brewery in Bangor, Maine. It is connected to a small hotel, and next door to the casino and appears to be at the beginning of the downtown Bangor area.

We ended up getting a table in the bar area because it was still crowded at 8:30pm on a Saturday night.

 

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From looking around on their website, it looks like Geaghans Pub has been family owned since 1975. They started brewing their own beer in 2011, and they are still owned and operated by members of the Geaghan family.

 

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Our beers:

Refueler – american style wheat – 5.25%
Definite wheat beer taste, has a slight hoppy taste. Megan didn’t like it, Mark and Amanda did.

 

Linemen – pale ale – 5.4%
Fairly standard pale ale, Mark thought it was just ok, light, with a touch of sweetness. It is ‘designed for the domestic beer drinker’ so it doesn’t have as much flavor or hops as we would like, made for the brew pub drinker who doesn’t really like craft beer.

 

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Presque Isle – honey blonde ale – 5.5%
Light blonde ale, very subtle sweetness, has a dry malty body. Megan and Amanda liked it, Mark thought it was ok.

 

Smiling Irish Bastard – american pale ale – 6%
Very strong hop smell, tastes strong, like and IPA. Mark likes it, strong hop flavor, not much of malt profile, but does have a little bit of a hop bite. Dry hopped with Cascade and Columbus hops.

 

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Higgins Irish Red Ale – 5.9%
A malt forward flavor, but light in body, good overall taste, pretty solid red ale.

 

Bangor Tiger – IPA – 7%
Strong IPA, citrusy and lime, a little bitter. Not Mark’s favorite IPA combo, but it was pretty good. Megan and Amanda did not like it.

 

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sometimes, after a day of drinking, water is a great beverage

 

Bangor Brown Ale – 5.11%
A light, malt forward brown ale, light chocolate taste with a bitter hop taste, a ‘true american style brown ale’. Mark liked the strong and complex flavor, Amanda and Megan not so much.

 

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Dad’s Oatmeal Stout – 5.5%
A strong and roasty flavor, definite dark coffee taste with a slight bitterness.

 

 

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Pub Cheese

 

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Irish Nachos

 

Want to visit?
Hours of Operation

Sunday – Thursday 11:00am – 11:00pm (Kitchen closes at 10pm)
Friday – Saturday 11:00am – 1:00am  (Kitchen closes at 12am)

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And a giant statue of Paul Bunyan next door, because, ya know, it’s Maine.

Bar Harbor Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME

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We visited Bar Harbor Brewing Company on a recent trip to visit our friend Amanda, up in the Bangor, ME area. They are located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, right in the middle of all the shops.

 

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Amanda, Meg and Mark

They have a pretty decent sized tasting room and gift shop for a downtown location. They have been making beer since 1990. In 2008, Atlantic Brewing acquired the Bar Harbor Brewing brands after the original owners retired.  They still brew the award-winning Thunder Hole Ale and Cadillac Mountain Stout with their original recipes. Bar Harbor is a line of Atlantic Brewing.

 

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can’t find them and are in Bar Harbor? Look for this sign!

 

 

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All three of us purchased a flight, for $5 a piece. Amanda and Megan were going to split one but decided against it due to the size of the pours. For $5 a person, we each received cute keepsake glass and a 2 ounce taste of the 4 beers they had on tap. They also offer larger pours of the beer as well as wine from Bar Harbor Cellars (another sister location).

 

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Mark and Amanda are ready to taste some beers!

Our tasting:

True Blue
A light wheat ale, light in body, strong blueberry smell, slightly lighter blueberry taste. Megan said it was a good balance of flavors. Brewed as a wheat ale with blueberries added while conditioning in the brite tank.

 

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True Blue

 

 

Thunder Hole
A brown ale with a sweeter malt forward taste, light in body with a good flavor. Amanda said, wow, toasty. We all liked this beer.

 

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thunder hole

 

 

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Cadillac Mountain Stout – 7%
Smokey taste up front, hints of coffee, medium to heavy body. There was no dry finish like with a typical stout. Mark liked this.

 

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Cadillac mountain stout

 

New Guy IPA
Smells of grapefruit, but taste was more of a piney IPA. Made with pale malt and Columbus hops. It was ok, not Mark’s favorite style of IPA, and too hoppy for Amanda and Megan.

 

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new guy ipa

 

 

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Amanda’s ‘too hoppy for me’ face

 

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Atlantic Brewing makes Blueberry and Root Beer.

 

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Swag

 

 

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and plenty of beer.

 

Our beertender was friendly, as were the other staff members working there.

 

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Meg and Mark=brewwinefun 🙂

 

Want to visit?

Hours of operation:
Monday-Sunday 10a-7pm
As always, check before going especially in the winter!

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Tree Spirits Winery & Distillery, Oakland, ME

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On a recent trip through Maine to the Bangor area, we stopped at Tree Spirits Winery & Distillery, located in Oakland, ME. They have a nice little shop with a bar and stools for a tasting area.

 

Owner Bruce Olsen has been making wine since 1977. Around 2009 he began experimenting with distilling his wines to make Brandy and other spirits. In 2012 they expanded the business and their offerings.

 

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There were two tastings available, with and without Absinthe. Each tasting included 5 offerings of your choice.

Our tastings:

Pear Extra Dry
Sparkling wine, a little dry with a subtle pear taste.

Apple Picnic Wine
Light, crisp, not too dry but not too sweet. Perfect.

 

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Apple Extra Dry
Lots of fizz and sparkle. Sweet with apple taste, they say ‘delicious and crisp’, we agree! We went home with a bottle of this one.

Pom Sublime
Very sweet and juice like. Originally developed as a mixer, but some people liked it so much people do both with it, use it as a mixer and drink it straight. Definitely a fun summer drink mixer. We bought a bottle, will probably do both with it. Made with their Applejack, pomegranate juice, lime juice, ginger bitters.

 

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Maple Storm
Blend of their Maple Wine and Knotted Maple Spirits. Interesting maple flavor, Megan said sweet like syrup. Has a good taste, that sugary taste with a bite of booze, we both liked it, and bought 2 bottles.

 

Applejack
This is made as essentially a type of Brandy, though it can not be called Brandy because Brandy has to be distilled from grape wine. It was originally made it clear, but people didn’t want Brandy that was clear, they expected it to be brownish. They started barrel aging it for 2 months just to give it that color. We actually like the clear, unaged version better. Smelled and tasted a little bit more fruity.

 

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Maple Jack L- finished product, R- before being barrel aged

 

Knotty Maple – 80 proof
Strong alcohol taste with a light maple finish. It has a good taste, not too sweet which is good. It is basically a brandy, but not distilled from a grape made wine.

 

Absinthe Verte – 130 proof
The only asbinthe produced in New England, and one of only a few produced in the US.  They start with their Applejack and use organic herbs — anise, fennel, wormwood, petite wormwood, hyssop and lemon balm. Megan tasted this, very strong straight. It was then mixed  with sugar water for us and it was much tastier then.

 

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The owner was the one serving us, and was very welcoming and knowledgeable, of course. He told us a lot about the spirits and wines, the process and the story behind them. He was a good storyteller, which made the tasting not only tasty, but informative and fun.

 

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With their set up, it is easier to create more spirits than wines.

 

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Still in the back room.

 

 

Want to visit?
Hours
Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 5:30

As always, check Facebook or their website for updated hours. Hours may
be different during the winter

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Other Places Nearby:

Dragonfly Farm and Winery, Stetson, ME

Oak Pond Brewing Company, Skowhegan, ME

The Liberal Cup Public House and Brewing Company, Hallowell, ME

 

Banded Horn Brewing Company, Biddeford, ME

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We visited Banded Horn Brewing Company on a recent Sunday afternoon. They are located in Biddeford, ME in the 150 year old Pepperrell Mill complex.

From their website: No matter the style, no matter the strength or the flair, the best beers share one common virtue: balance. At Banded Horn Brewing Co. we strive for a harmony of flavors with each brew, from traditional styles to cutting-edge beers that defy classification.

 

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Pepperell Pilsner – 4.6%
German style pilsner. A light pilsner, ok taste, did have some flavor, neither of us are fans of this style of beer.

 

Veridian American IPA – 6%
Light in body, hop flavor but no bite, more of a citrusy hops aftertaste, with a touch of piney taste.

 

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Norweald American Stout – 6.5%
Good stout, robust flavor, not overly dry, good balance of flavors, nothing overpowering.

 

Jolly Woodsman – 7.5%
Coffee taste, decently heavy stout, good overall flavor. Strong coffee taste, not bitter, made with cold brewed espresso. A special blend of Norweald Stou and Mountain Stout.

 

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Eldir – 5%
A rauchbier, smoked lager. Light in body, smoky flavor. After just several sips from the taster glass, smoky flavor dissipates, leaving just a dryish taste.

 

Banded Souls DIPA – collaboration with Barrelled Souls
A slightly heavier IPA, a touch piney, not as much as the Viridian. It was dry hopped with lime zest, which we think cuts the hoppy flavor.

 

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Barchen – 2.9%
A berliner weiss, sour up front, really really light in body, sour and citrusy. Megan was hoping for a little bit  more sour, but overall a pretty good sour beer.

 

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They had The Jolly Woodsman in a 4 pack of bottles, which we bought, and Veridian in 6 pack of bottles.

 

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They have some extra open space, and fooseball table, corn hole, and a ping pong table set up for visitors to use.

 

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Want to visit? Hours are ….

Wednesday and Thursday 4 – 8pm

Friday 4 – 10pm

Saturday 1 – 9pm

Sunday 2 – 6pm

 

 

 

Hidden Cove Brewery, Wells, ME

 

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A few weeks ago we visited Fire N Brew, which is the home and tasting room to Hidden Cove Brewery. The place was formerly occupied by a steak house, owned by the same couple. They chose to change it, to focus more on the beer. They now are a full brewery, with brick oven pizza.

 

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Megan had had a long day, so Mark thought it would be a good idea to go out and try Hidden Cove. He was right! When we entered, we were greeted and asked what we like to drink typically. We were then given recommendations as well as a quick taste of two. We decided we wanted to try them all, and ordered two flights.

Harvest Bounty ISA – 4%
They grew 15 lbs of hops and locally sourced the rest. Only 4%, but good flavor for it, very drinkable, used Brett yeast to add more flavor.

 

Scally Pale Ale – 5%
‘Simple can be better’. Subtle hops flavor, hints of Brett, dry finish.

 

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A’rye IPA – 6%
Hoppy but good flavor, 50% rye, you can taste the rye. Brett adds a little something extra, good, interesting IPA. We both liked.

 

Strumpet Wild Pale Ale
‘Wild pale’ flavor, not quite sure what that means, but it makes sense. Flavors hard to explain, complex, good. Was aged in rum barrel that previously had held Tortuga Wild Sour Pineapple. Took some of that flavor in this beer.

 

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Cutlass Brown Ale – 7%
Sweet taste, marshmallow and caramel,  smooth brown but all the extra flavors were great additions

 

Pumpkin Ale – 4.5%
Warm and cozy, nutmeg spice and vanilla taste, smooth body, subtle pumpkin taste, slight tartness at the end. This is not a leftover fall beer, but a winter beer made with actual pumpkins, that do not get harvested until mid-fall, so how do other places put out pumpkin beers in September, hmmm? #whatsreallyinthosefallpumpkinbeers

 

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Crowsfoot Black Ale – 5%
Roasty, good dark beer flavor, but light in body, really good taste. Went really well with the spicy pizza Mark had

 

Jali (apricot jalapeno) – 8.5%
Spicy, sweet, tart, a little bit of everything. Good flavor, really complex but really good. Pretty spicy, we had 8oz pours after the taster, very spicy by the end.

 

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Red pepper, sausage and jalapeno

The pizzas were also very good. The crust was light, not heavy. The pizzas themselves were great combinations.

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Gouda, mushrooms and onions

 

All the beers are made to be paired with food; most of these beers end with a dry finish.

 

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The owner is a CIA trained Chef, who owns a few establishments in the area. Since his background is food, he has great visions on what he wants his beer to be, as well as great descriptions of his beers.

We can’t wait to see what they will come out with next! Their summer line up looks amazing!

Want to visit?
Open 12p-9p Friday & Saturday
Pizza available at 4pm