US - New England Portland, ME Guide

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by Brez07, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. gregkoko

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    I would take Reciprocal over anything Other Half makes
     
  2. PubGrubTrub

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    Same. I don't go into what I've discussed about OH with my friends in an effort not to hijack, but I agree with you.
     
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  3. PubGrubTrub

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    Appreciate the feedback everyone. I try to make an effort to drink local whenever I travel so the input and discussion is greatly appreciated. If anybody finds themselves down in north Jersey or NYC and wants to grab a beer, let me know. First round is on me.
     
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  4. tylerk88

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    I went to the last ticketed release and it was, without a doubt, the easiest/quickest beer release I've been to. Glad they're sticking with the tickets.
     
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  5. JBPortland

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    And now if they just stopped charging the equivalent of $32 per 4-pack we'd have a decent beer release on our hands...
     
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  6. mixylplik4

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    I decided to try the ticketed system for this Dinner release. I was due, MBC is barely 15 minutes from my house. Everything went smoothly, yet it still took 90 minutes to snake through the line and pay via the 2 manned (out of 4) registers. I haven't done a "release" of any kind in years and figured that since people were given time slots, things should move right along. This is a totally asinine thing to complain about in the grand scheme of things but after all these years and iPad/smart phone POS systems there is just no reason it needs to take this long. But I had a few nice conversations. No complaints about the crowd. Some couple drove up from North Carolina just for this release, which I think is amazing. The most I've ever traveled for beer specifically was a 7 hour drive for Le Bleu in Ithaca back in 2011, which was literally the last beer release I went to.

    But I will admit this beer is tasty as fuck.
     
  7. Brez07

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    My disdain for MBC is well documented, but it sounds like yesterday was a one-off issue. I ran into a friend who works there yesterday after the release who said they were having computer/network issues.
     
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  8. Doc

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    I will be in Portland with my wife this weekend. So excite.
     
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  9. Doc

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    Loved it up here. Did Swish release at Bissell yesterday, also visited Allagash, Foundations 2nd anniversary event, as well as one other right around the corner that I can't recall.
     
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  10. CoinStarChange

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    I'm headed up to Portland tomorrow and I can't fucking wait. Second time, but this time it's for pure leisure.

    I just saw someone developed a Bissell Brother app that I intend on using often.

    On the average, what time does one need to get to Bissell in order to be assured a release like Reciprocal? Follow up question but with the daily canned Substance?

    Thanks.
     
  11. Doc

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    Granted I've only been once, but Swish was available for at least an hour and a half last Saturday.
     
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  12. sparged

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    Really dug Austin St's Neverender on Saturday. First time having that beer.
     
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  13. tylerk88

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  14. MooltiPass

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    It's hard to think of a festival concept I'm more into than one that's just a ton of pilsners. And I've still never been to Portland, this seems as good of an excuse as any.
     
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    No excuses.
     
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  16. MooltiPass

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    None shall be made, it has been my not so secret shame that will be rectified thanks to my love of Pilsners.
     
  17. nathanmiller

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    I'll be in Portland tomorrow night and Sunday all day. Short trip. Anything awesome going on?
     
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  18. Brez07

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    Oxbow Farmhouse Funkadelic (tap takeover) at Novare
     
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  19. tylerk88

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    Just have to say that Allagash is the best in the biz in terms of hospitality. Coffee and donuts at the release; free flights; free bottle bags; surprise bottles of Resurgam for sale. With no limits on the CR, I saw employees using a dolly to help customers get their 10ish cases out the door.
     
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  20. thegerm87

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    Sometimes I go just for the free donuts, coffee, and flights. No other brewery that I've been to treats their customers like that - especially every time they have a release.
     
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