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Trip Report Trip Report for Portland and Portsmouth 3/5

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In a spur of the moment trip, 3 of us booked a one night trip to Portland for Saturday night. Not the best weather to head north for...

Easy drive from Connecticut to Portland except for a complete white-out between Wells and Portland where you couldn't see the car in front of you, especially the ones with no headlights on! As soon as we hit the border into South Portland, it was as if someone flipped a switch and bright blue skies but very cold. We stopped at Portland Head Light for a little while but didn't go far from our car with the wind. It took a little over 3 hours for the drive.

Up to Allagash Brewery we went. It is the biggest brewery in Maine. All samples are free and the tours are as well as a thank you for stopping there. Great gesture from them. We sampled the 4 they had on for the day (they choose what beers are available). Then they gave us a bonus sample of a new beer - awesome sour beer. Then over to their bottle shop to buy a few take home bottles. Even given the cold weather and slow season for Maine, it was getting very busy here.

We then went across the street to Foundation Brewery. They have expanded since we were there in August to have a lot more space. Sampled a bunch of their beers (a very IPA heavy brewery which is the style I look the best and bought more cans / bottles to go. Also had local potato chips that were maple flavored - different but they were good.

We then went to the other side of the building for Austin St Brewery and sampled theirs. Newer brewery with a tiny taproom but the beer is very good and really enjoyable. I just hope they are able to expand their tap room in the future. The summer isn't a problem as they have picnic tables outside.

There is another brewery opening next to this one within a few weeks so it will continue to be a major destination for breweries.

We then went to Lone Pine brewing and Fore River brewing. Both were both excellent stops for a few samples and service was fine.

We then went to an early dinner at Scales restaurant. Friend of mine got the recommendation from someone at work. Got a good table and split a few plates of oysters / clams for an appetizer and lobster for dinner. Excellent choice for a restaurant and a great view of the water. Busy too but we got in fairly quickly.

After dinner, we went in and checked in to our hotel (Howard Johnson South Portland). We had gotten great rates on lastminutetravel.com - $50 per room for the night. After relaxing for a little while, we took Uber to Barreled Souls Brewery in Saco. Its located in the basement of the house but an awesome brewery. All of the beers are barrel-aged and flavorful. Sampled all of them (some are 15% alcohol due to the rum / whiskey / tequila that they were barrel aged in). The taproom is a little dark due to being in the basement but a fun place to hang out - all of the chairs were made from bourbon barrels. The barstools were my only complaint - a little tall to get comfortable on. Service was great here and an awesome stop for us.

Next up was Banded Horn brewery in Biddeford. Another great stop and a bunch of beers to sample. Got some more beer to bring home and then back to the hotel and I watched Star Wars before falling asleep.

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