Bear Brew – Orono ME

After a little morning shopping at L.L. Bean and L.L. Bean Outlet (temporarily located on the other side of Gritty McDuff’s), we headed north.   D suggested that we could stop for lunch at one of two places – Bangor for Sea Dog Brewing or Orono for Bear Brew. 

Since we’ve both been to both Sea Dog locations, we decided to try something new and go to Orono.

SIZES: 10 oz, 16 oz or 20 oz.

TASTED

Blueberry Weiss – a really excellent blueberry wheat beer.  Nice dark, golden color and strong maltiness.  In a 20 oz serving (as opposed to our original 10 oz), the aroma of blueberries was very strong, but it was absolutely not sticky, candy sweet in any way.

IPA – typical English-style IPA. Good, but not special (but isn’t a “good” IPA just what you want sometimes?) It didn’t overpower my lunch in any way.

Porter – Fine; lacking a strong roasty flavor.  Made me not interested in the brown.

FOOD

I can’t post about the pub without mentioning the food.  I read that the brick oven pizzas are awesome, and well suited for one, but since we had pizza yesterday, we made other choices.

For D it was the Homemade Sausage Platter, which as a delightful little dish of chorizo with seasoned rice and black beans.  For me it was a beautiful green falafel on foccocia bread with spinach, roasted red pepper, artichoke, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar.  I also had a cup of the Brown Ale & Onion soup, which wasn’t very rich or salty, but had nice herbal qualities.  Everything was very tasty, and a good value.

DIDN’T TRY
Pale Ale
Brown
Porter

GUEST TAPS
Guinness
Smithwicks
Brooklyn Lager
Long Trail Pale Ale
Stella
Leinienkugels Sunset Wheat
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Bud Light

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One response

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