Hidden behind the ancient ruins of the Bangor Mall lies the treasure of Bangor Beer Company. Somewhere North of ordinary is their motto and it couldn’t be more true.
Bangor Beer Company sports a handful of picnic tables and some outdoor lounge couches in a chill patio area. There’s even a grassy area for kids to play with an old throwback 90’s era geometric dome climber. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see these things in modern playgrounds anymore since helicopter parents have sucked all the fun out of playtime! I thought it was pretty damn cool to see!
We really enjoyed their outdoor seating area since it was dog-friendly and they were piping cool 60’s tunes from the likes of The Supremes and James Brown from an authentic boom box on the steps leading to the brewing room.
They also had ample indoor seating with plenty of seats at the bar. They even had a cool roped off VIP room that was right next to some arcade games.
I don’t often take photos of brewery restrooms. I’m pretty sure this is only number 3, but I couldn’t help myself. As I approached the restroom I noticed that the women’s room was not marked with the typical ladies room logo….
Upon entering the majestic Betty White adorned restroom, I was met with the coolest custom made floor. It was all old timey records glazed over! Again, not often am I this excited about a brewery bathroom, but I thought this was kinda bitchin’.
I was enamored with almost every beer I had. I’m a picky little beer drinker and maybe it’s because we visited Bangor Beer Co hot on the heels of a terrible brewery but they could not do me wrong.
I sampled a total of 7 brews since they had a wide range of styles.
Walty, their Gose, was brewed with wheat, pilsner, Maine sea salt and kettle soured to blossom this tart summer crush that was light, subtle and smooth. I’d give this a 7/10 in drinkability while floating down a river. It had just enough tart to keep me interested, but it was smooth enough to be dangerous. The fact that it’s only 3.5% ABV means you can kick these back all day long!
On the other end of the spectrum, Juri rang in at a whopping 7.3% ABV! Their double dry-hopped New England IPA just punches you in the face with guava. It’s fruity, tropical and ridiculously delicious. I was a fan from the very first sip!
Our only dark endeavor today was their Oddball Nitro Stout and, unfortunately, it was just too smokey for our tastes. While it was smooth brewed with local hops..it just was too overpowering on the smoked flavor.
What We Drank
86 – California Common – 4.5/5 – It was like an Amber Bock on steroids. Smooth & Malty
Impressive Specimen – NE IPA – 4.75/5 – Light and fruity, this was an easy-drinking citrusy session.
Juri – American IPA – 4.5/5 – Oh damn that guava. Not even kidding on how hard it punches you right in the face with that tropical hurricane of fruit. The guava and passionfruit truly stand out here. Even though it’s juicy AF, it’s still light and smooth.
Oddball – Nitro Stout – 3/5 – I really wanted to like this but I just couldn’t. It was too damn smokey.
Catchphrase – NE IPA – 4.5/5 – This was…different. It’s like a hopped-up pilsner. Kinda hazy, kinda creamy but it’s still a Frankenstein of a pilsner. That said, I’d order another.
Brite – Helles Lager – 4.5/5 – It’s bready, it’s light and it’s super frickin’ drinkable. Give me another one of these right now!
Walty – Gose – 4.5/5 – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this goes great with a river raft. It’s a light ABV but heavy on the flavor. I’d definitely throw down a few of these.
…but wait…there’s more…
Did someone say Asian cuisine? Pub fare? Indian? Who do you think you are with this explosive menu packed with amazing food?
My first thought was that with this dynamic of a menu, it was going to be a bomb. I was WRONG. Burgers and beer cheese hand-cut fries or Asian fusion and Indian!? Whaat? I had the Spicy Singapore Curry Rice Noodles with Chicken and it was a straight-up flavor bomb of amazeballs in my mouth. Bean sprouts, sugar snap peas, carrot, egg, green cabbage, chicken and egg smothered in rice noodles and curry sauce made my day. I couldn’t stop shoveling it in my mouth.
Meanwhile, my husband was chowing down on their famous Tonkotsu Pork Ramen. Simmered for 48 hours, the traditional tonkotsu pork broth featured char-sui pulled pork, tofu, scallions, wood ear mushrooms and a poached egg.
Seriously, is this really a brewery? This food is UNREAL.
330 Bangor Mall Blvd.
Bangor, ME 04401