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

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The Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery

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The Liberal Cup is a 7 barrel brew pub located in Hallowell, ME. We decided to sit at the bar for lunch. It is a fairly small place with a restaurant side and a bar side. The bartender was good and attentive, even though it was a little crowded and busy. It seemed like there was a mix of local people and tourists, as well as people just passing through, which is usually a good sign.

 

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Our selections are best described as approachable, with many being good complements to our menu. This is because we brew mostly session ales (with a few strong exceptions, like our cult favorite Smelt Camp Strong Ale). Our beers are not boutique or extreme; they are brewed (and priced) to be enjoyed time and again—in the same visit or over the years. Our pints are generous servings of 20 ounces (hence the name, The Liberal Cup; it’s not political, despite our location).

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The Liberal Cup opened in 2000, and then the owner opened Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery in 2007 in Saco, ME. We recomend visiting  They do have some of the same beers on tap at both places, so we decided to just try a few pints instead of ordering a sampler tray.

 

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State Budget Red Ale
Dark color, even flavor. A touch darker/ heavier than we were  expecting. Good beer.

 

 

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Dog Days Summer Wheat
A little heavier than other summer wheat’s we’ve had. This isn’t a fruit summer wheat though, no hefeweizen coriander flavor.

 

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Alewife Ale
Caramel in color with a bitter, malty flavor.

 

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 Beer Cheese Soup
Chowder-like consistency with very sharp cheddar cheese flavor. Very good, we should have ordered 2.

 

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 Cajun Caesar
Perfect level of spice.

 

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 El Cubano
Mark’s sandwich was good, but messy, so he had to eat it quickly. He tried something different and liked it.

 

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The brewery is in the back of the bar side. There are a few windows you can look in and see the 7 barrel system they have.

 

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They certainly don’t have much room back there, but they are able to get it done

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On Tap Now

Bug Lager
Alewife Ale
Dunkel John’s Band
Backhouse Bitter
1762 Rye PA

 

GUEST TAP

Allagash Black

 

Want to visit?
Open for Lunch & Dinner
11:30am -9pm Sunday-Thursday
11:30am- 10pm Friday & Saturday
Bar is open till the last person leaves  or 1AM.

Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery, Saco, ME

On a recent Sunday afternoon, we decided to take a drive to the Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery, located in Saco, Maine. Taylor has the pleasure of joining us.IMG_1110

 

From their website: “The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery is a 14-barrel brew pub, specializing in hand-crafted beer and home-style food.  We use the finest malts and hops available to create the freshest array of beers – flowing directly from our in-house brewery. Ales, ambers, lagers, cask-conditioned specials – our selection is constantly changing to reflect the seasons and the brewer’s whims!”

 

Located in a cool area of Saco, Maine in an old converted Mill. There was a river and other Mill buildings around. We didn’t have too much time to explore, but it seemed like there was other cool stuff around.

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fun and different way of presenting what’s on tap!

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casual dining room

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each wall was decorated with maps and other interesting pieces about the area

 

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Tented Kilt Scottish Ale

Light style Scottish ale that made Mark giggle at the name, took Megan and Taylor a minute to get it.

 

Bug Lager

Megan didn’t like it. We think it was made just to appease people who don’t like craft beer. Tastes like a cheap beer with a hint of something else, maybe lime.

 

Impact Pale Ale

Very hoppy pale ale.

 

Tarbox Cream Stout

Creamy like the name says, good flavor, almost a light body.

 

1762 Rye IPA

Mark enjoyed this, almost a toned down IPA, good flavor, not overly hoppy.

 

Dunkel John’s Band

A distinctly German beer, kind of plain though.

 

Brickhouse Bitter, Cask Conditioned

Mark liked it, lighter than expected for a cask conditioned beer.

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Taylor got the Horny Margarita. It was the best Margarita she has ever had! IMG_1117 IMG_1123

 

 

Mark had Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf, really good.IMG_1129

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The food came out very quickly and everything was very good. Prices were reasonable. The wait staff was good and very attentive.

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What’s On Tap Now

Alewife Ale

Bug Lager

Impact Pale Ale

For Richer or Poorter

Dog Days Summer Wheat

I Do Brew

Summer Bitter Summer Not

GUEST TAP

Slum Brew My Better Half

Baxter Daughters of Posiedon

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Want to visit?
Open for lunch & dinner from 11:30am-10pm Daily
Bar is open until 1am, or everyone leaves. Whichever happens first