Beer Bus Tours and Weekend Getaways
Having a significant other who is not an educator can be difficult when planning vacations. It means long weekend getaways as well as arranging longer holidays far in advanced. I am an individual who loves experiences. I’d rather receive a gift that involves dinner and a movie or a day trip to the beach than to get a material object. So, when Valentine’s Day came around this year, I made a homemade card and told the boyfriend that we were heading up to Maine for a weekend adventure during the last week of February. He was surprised by the gesture as it was unexpected gift, but also a mini vacation away from home.
The trip revolved around an event called The Maine Brew Bus. We visited four breweries in Portland including: Allagash, Bissell Brothers, Sebago, and Rising Tide. I’m a little bias because I love Belgian style beers, so if you asked me I’d have to say that Allagash was my favorite brewery of the four. They experiment with wild and sour yeast strains and allow all of their employees to submit new beer recipes.
Allagash Barrel Room
Bissell Brothers Brewery was my second favorite and not just because they had a dog hanging out in their brewery. It’s an up-and-coming brewery with a lot of spirit and spunk. The walls are graffitied and there’s a pinball machine in the tasting room. Another neat fact about Bissell Brothers is that Noah, the head brewer, is the youngest brewer in the country. They specialize in IPAs, which my friends and the boyfriend, tease me about. Although IPAs have grown on me, I still think that they taste like I’m walking through bramble bushes when I drink them (so hoppy!).
Inside Bissell Brothers Brewery
Not only does Portland have a diverse and multiplying craft brew scene but also the restaurants are plentiful and delicious. We had breakfast at Marcy’s Diner on Saturday and Sunday because it was just that good. I do not put creamer in my coffee, but when we were offered a house-made mint chocolate chip creamer, I had to say yes. The waitress offered us an assortment of hot sauces for our eggs, which made my boyfriend’s morning.
Bucket o’ Hot Sauces
Spinach and Feta Omelet with Hash
After the Brew Bus Tour, my boyfriend and I were pretty tired. We napped and then met up with my sister for dinner and drinks. She lives in Maine, and we don’t see each other as often as we’d like to. Dinner was a BBQ joint called The Thirsty Pig that specialized in sausage and beer. They even had a vegan option. After dinner we ventured to a beer hall called Novare Res. This place was packed because of a Marshall Wharf Brewery Tap Takeover. Have you heard of such a thing? Basically, a bar or restaurant will promote one brewery’s beers for an entire night. I tried the Cream Ale, which was very smooth and slightly sweet. We ended the evening at Bar of Chocolate, a cocktail bar specializing in martinis and desserts. The Grapefruit Martini was recommended by the waitress and thank goodness for her suggestion. Fruity, light, drinkable. We all split dessert which was a chocolate amaretto bundt cake. I could’ve eaten about four more slices!
Chocolate Amaretto Bundt Cake
Snowman Outside of Novare Res
Although it was a cold weekend, there were many memories made. I strongly recommend finding weekend getaways every few months (or at least twice a year). Try a new restaurant, discover your new favorite drink, share laughs with your favorite person. Happy Sunday everyone! New recipes will be coming your way later this week.