Under Construction: Foulmouthed Brewing

October 9th, 2015

The Forecaster has published an article about Foulmouthed Brewing(twitter, instagram) which is under development in South Portland.

A Portland couple unveiled plans this week for the first brewery in Knightville, and only the second in the city. 

Pending approval from the Planning Board, which is scheduled to hold its first hearing on the proposal Tuesday, Oct. 13, Craig and Julia Dilger’s Foulmouthed Brewing will open in a building that was once an auto garage at the corner of Ocean and A streets. 

The Drink Exchange Opens Today

October 9th, 2015

The Drink Exchange(facebook) is scheduled to open today. It’s located at 43 Wharf Street in the space formerly occupied by The Merry Table. Owner Tanner Herget also runs 51 Wharf, Dusk and Bonfire—all on Wharf Street.

Maine’s Craft Beer Industry

October 8th, 2015

The Business section in today’s Press Herald features a report titled “Maine’s craft beer boom shows no sign of going flat“.

When it opens, Fore River will be the newest player in Maine’s exploding and intensely local craft beer scene. As of 2014, the state had the sixth-most breweries per capita in the nation, according to the Brewers Association, a national group. In 2013 and 2014, nine new breweries and brewpubs opened in greater Portland alone. There are currently 52 breweries in the state, but that number is set to jump even higher in 2016, and existing breweries are expanding.

The article includes details on Fore River Brewing(twitter, facebook, instagram) which is opening later this year in South Portland.

Maine Malt House

October 8th, 2015

The Bangor Daily News has published an article on the Maine Malt House, which supplies malted Maine grown grains to brewers in the state.

Aroostook County is not home to the bustling craft breweries that have sprouted up across Maine, New England and other parts of the country. A brewery and pub that opened in Presque Isle in 2004, Slopes Northern Maine Restaurant and Brewing Company, closed for lack of business not long afterward. But, 10 years later, the Buck brothers are not trying to sell beer locally; they want to produce and sell malts across the state through an integrated farm and malthouse business.

Review of Lincolns

October 8th, 2015

Urban Eye has reviewed Lincolns.

Open on Market Street since the spring, the subteranean watering hole unites Portland’s service industry folks, international tech workers and post collegiates from Orono, who gather in close quarters to knock back five dollar drinks like it was 1989.

Chefs After Dark

October 7th, 2015

Today’s Press Herald features an article about the Chefs After Dark monthly gatherings among chefs in Southern Maine and New Hampshire for social networking and good natured competition.

The format of the monthly get-togethers mimics The Food Network’s “Chopped,” where chefs, two in this case versus the reality show’s four, who are well-matched in experience and cooking styles, are pitted against each other and several mystery ingredients. Local suppliers donate the often exotic ingredients, such as chicken feet, curry leaves and bitter cucumber (December 2014 when Franke and Vargas squared off); or cod roe sack, sunflower buds and lamb sweetbreads (August 2015); or blue Hubbard squash, local apples and tripe (late last month).

Beard House Dinners: Piccolo and Hunt & Alpine

October 7th, 2015

The menus are now up and ticket are on sale for two dinners at the Jame Beard House in New York being headlined by Portland talent:


Leigh Kellis from Holy Donut

October 7th, 2015

MaineBiz has published an article about Leigh Kellis and her company The Holy Donut.

But creating a decadent but wholesome treat “was like a mission from God,” she says. “I love doughnuts and the idea of bringing it to Portland was exciting.”

Once she hit on a winning potato-based recipe, she brought six doughnuts to Coffee By Design’s Washington Avenue store to see if they’d sell. They did and she brought back a dozen the next day. Soon she got orders from Whole Foods Market and Lois’ Natural Marketplace and rented commercial kitchen space. Forty dozen doughnuts a week became 100 dozen. After eight months, she was yearning for a doughnut shop of her own.

Review of Ramen Suzukiya

October 7th, 2015

The Bollard has reviewed Ramen Suzukiya.

Shoyu broth is “Oriental” flavor’s elegant cousin — a complex, meaty broth with an earthy taste of mushrooms. The miso broth is more refined, with a satisfying saltiness. The Hakata-style ramen has an incomparably rich tonkotsu broth. Traditionally made by boiling pork and chicken until the bones and marrow begin to break down, this broth is milky and murky with sediment, yet has a gelatinous sheen. This is the ultimate comfort food, and surely the style I’ll choose when winter’s chill arrives.

100 Best Beers

October 7th, 2015

Men’s Journal has included Allagash White, Allagash Coolship Resurgam, Mo from Maine Beer Co. and Bissell Brothers Substance in their 2015 list of the 100 Best Beers in the World.

Under Construction: Foulmouthed Brewing

October 6th, 2015

IMG_5488Julia and Craig Dilger are holding a casual meet and greet this evening at CIA Cafe to talk about the new brewpub they have under development in the Knightsville neighborhood of South Portland.

The business is called Foulmouthed Brewery(twitter, instagram). It’s located at 15 Ocean Street and they hope to open in June.

Under Construction: Bernard x Keon Project

October 6th, 2015

Empire Chinese Kitchen co-owner Todd Bernard and Otto Pizza co-owner Mike Keon have formed a company. Bernard tells me that they have ideas for a “couple bar and restaurant concepts” and are at the very early stages on their first project.

More details will become available in the next couple months.

Ocean Approved Kelp Farming

October 6th, 2015

Today’s Boston Globe includes a report on Ocean Approved’s seaweed aquaculture operation.

At the vanguard of New England’s nascent seaweed farming industry is Paul Dobbins, president and cofounder of Ocean Approved, a kelp farming operation based in Portland, Maine.

“The majority of seaweed gets imported from Asia,” Dobbins said. “We see an opportunity to provide a local alternative to that, and the response has been tremendous.”

Under Construction: Lone Pine Brewing

October 5th, 2015

lonepine_logoA new brewery called Lone Pine(website, facebook, twitter, instagram) is under development in East Bayside, according to a report from Eater Maine. The brewery is going in at 219 Anderson Street at the former location of Pistol Pete Upholstery Shop.

Lone Pine Brewery is the project of Tom Madden from Madden Beverage in Saco. He hopes to open Lone Point this winter.

Need to get caught-up on all the new places under construction? Check out the our Under Construction list for the latest details.

Under Construction: Farm Truck Juice (Updated)

October 5th, 2015

farmtruckjuice_logoFarm Truck Juice(facebook, website, twitter, instagram) has leased a retail space at the corner of Brackett and Pine Streets next to Rosemont Market.

The juice bar will serve “fresh pressed juices made from organic, locally sourced ingredients”. Additionally, the cooperatively run business promises,

FTJ customers will be aware of exactly how and where the ingredients are being sourced as well as how and where their dollars are being spent…We strive for excellence while maintaining our values. We will not only be offering a healthy product, but by doing so, we will play an active role in the stewardship of our growing community.

Update: Restaurateur Walter Loeman who founded Walter’s, Perfetto’s, Mazza, Cotton Street Cantina and several other restaurants is part of the cooperative team launching Farm Truck Juice.

Chez Okapi Now Open

October 5th, 2015


Chez Okapi held their grand opening on September 26 and is now open for business. The restaurant is located at 249 Saint John Street in the space formerly occupied by Taqueria Tequila. Owner Raphael Kabata serves a dishes inspired from the cuisine his native country of Congo.

This Week’s Events: Elderberry Workshop, Patio to The Point, Blue Point, Symphony + Spirits, Knightsville Brewpub

October 5th, 2015

sandslogoTuesday — there will be an Italian wine tasting at Otherside Deli, an elderberry syrup workshop at the Portland Coop, and Julia & Craig Dilger are holding a meeting at CIA Cafe to talk about the new brewpub they have under development in Knightsville.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdayRising Tide is holding a launch party for Waypoint a coffee porter made with Tandem beans, there will be a cider and cheese tasting at the Public Market House and a wine tasting at the Brighton Ave Rosemont.

FridayBissell Brothers is teaming up with CN Shawarma, Mami, Locally Sauced, Fishin’ Ships and High Roller Lobster on an outdoor beer dinner at Thompson’s Point called Patio to The Point.

SaturdayLeRoux Kitchen is holding a wine tasting, Blue Point Brewing is holding a Boatyard Bash on Union Wharf, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday –the Portland Symphony is teaming up with Novare Res for a new edition of Symphony + Spirits. For $20 you get a ticket to the PSO concert and a post-concert Oktoberfest beer at Novare Res with 70+ other 21-40 year olds who participate.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Rwandan Bean Co.

October 5th, 2015

Today’s Press Herald includes an article about the Rwandan Bean Company in Portland.

Mwenedata, 30, and Mazuroski, 28, are the founders of the year-old Rwanda Bean Co., a coffee bean wholesaler. They’re also philanthropists. Or at least that’s the plan.

By buying coffee beans directly from a farmer’s cooperative in the western Rwandan province of Karora, they cut out the middleman coffee broker and pay the farmers more. But their commitment to giving back doesn’t stop there.

You can learn more about Rwanda Bean on their website rwandabean.com.

Review of Bramhall

October 4th, 2015

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Bramhall.

Bramhall is not a lot of things. It’s not a high-end dinner destination. It’s not a pricey tapas bar. It’s not particularly quiet and it’s not light and airy. But it is friendly. It is approachable. It is pleasantly laid back and even romantic in a low-light, slightly secret, no-one-will-ever-find-us-here kind of way.

Neighbors in the West End have plenty of places to go for dinner and a drink, but Bramhall is a good spot to try for drinks – plus a little dinner.

Review of Custom Deluxe

October 2nd, 2015


Map & Menu has posted a review and set of photos of Custom Deluxe in Biddeford.

Meredith and I sampled a decent chunk of the menu that evening (including the aforementioned ribs and soup) and polished a delicious meal off with an outstanding raspberry angel food cake dessert. With the cooler days of fall upon us, I’m sure the chicken noodle soup and the simple pasta dish will inspire us to make many more trips down the road over the next few months.

Photo Credit: Map & Menu