The more our hunger grew, the closer we got to Portland. We were ready...the only thing we needed to figure out was where we were going to eat.
Now, when planning the trip we knew that we were going to feast somewhere, but not just anywhere. Anyone who has spent a few nights in Portland knows that its food is as good as the beer available in the state. Seriously, there are some amazing restaurants. Sarah and I are foodies, as much as craft beer lovers, so we needed to hit as many great places to eat as well as drink.
We concocted the best available solution - a food and beer crawl. We would go to a restaurant and get one drink each, and one thing of food (appetizers or otherwise). When we finished, it was onto the next place for another snack and drink. It was going to be epic.
After checking in to our hotel, the Hampton Inn Downtown (we recommend it), we opted to first stop at the bar of the Sebago Brewing Company - conveniently located within the hotel (coincidence??). We devised our plan of attack, finished our Bub Black IPA, and hit the streets running. We quickly found directions to Duckfat. We knew it was close, but we were happy to realize that it was literally the street over from our hotel (and we could actually see it from our hotel room)!
On our walk over though, we got side tracked by a very cute place called Eventide Oyster Co. We decided this would be our first stop, so we bellied up to the bar. We crushed a half dozen oysters fairly quickly, as we're known to do. Sarah had a delicious Bubbly Mary (Bloody Mary mix with Champagne) and I had Bunker Brewing Co. Dark Wave Baltic Porter.
It was on to Duckfat.
Have you been to Duckfat? If so, you know how amazing it is. If not, you need to go! They make french fries fried in duck fat that are OUT OF THIS F'N WORLD! They also like to make tasty sandwiches with pork belly. Incredibly delicious. Anyway, we enjoyed some local beverages, including the Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. Toughcats IPA.
Where to next? Well, Novare Res of course! This is a beer lovers paradise, and any beer geek who has been there will agree. We first went there last November to quench our thirst with local flavors, but found it a bit hard to find. Our most recent visit did not disappoint either. I had a Oxbow Freestyle V. 11 and with our pate and cheese specials (which were delicious).
Our final stop for the evening was at the Thirsty Pig, located more or less directly across the street (and down the alley way). By the time we got to the Thirsty Pig we were rather full, so we didn't end up getting any food (sadly, their menu looks so tasty), but we were still thirsty. We met some friends while enjoying the Green Flash Brewing Co. Barley Wine and Unibroue Ephemere while chatting with the patrons at the bar. We made friends with a cute couple who lived at opposite ends of the country (he's from CA and she's from ME) and as we were about to hit the road back to the hotel, they bought us a bottle of Goose Island Madame Rose.
By this time it was passed our bedtime, and we were wiped out from such a long day. We said our goodbyes, paid our tab, and made our way back to the hotel for a good night's slumber. The epic day was over. We love Portland and hope to return soon!