Bissell Baby Genius

Boston Magazine reports that Bissell Brothers is working on  a summer session beer called Baby Genius,

“So, we’re using all Australian hops with high alpha acids, which I’d never really used before Baby Genius. The hop bill is Ella, Galaxy, and Summer, which gives the beer a fruity, floral, melon-y profile. Australian hops are familiar enough without being alienating, but different enough to where it’s going to taste much different than other beers on the market.”

Under Construction: Market/Butcher in SoPo

Jordan’s Farm and Farmers’ Gate Market are collaborating on a new local foods market they plan on launching at 106 Ocean Street, according to a report from The Forecaster.

The market – Jordan hopes to finalize the name and opening date in the next two weeks – is a partnership with Farmers’ Gate Market, an organic butcher shop in Wales, owned by Ben Slayton. They plan to offer a variety of meats, fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products, prepared foods, and beer and wine.

Owners Penny Jordan and Ben Slayton have been working on this idea for over a year now and it’s great to see it becoming a reality.

Photos of Timber Steakhouse


Spoon & Shutter has published a set of preview photos from Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie, located at 106 Exchange Street.

Timber has announced that they’ll be accepting reservations starting at 10 am today for next week’s opening on Thursday.

The menu is classic steakhouse, with some less-traditional dishes in the mix. The appetizer list includes jumbo shrimp cocktail ($18) and steak tartare ($14), but also “smokey bourbon-infused chicken chili” ($12) and “batter-dipped fried bacon strips with Maine maple syrup.” ($8) Steaks — 16 oz. New York strip ($46), 10 oz. filet mignon ($26), 40-day aged, 24 oz. ribeye ($55) and a 2-pound porterhouse ($78) — are all Certified Angus Beef.

“We are the only restaurant in the state to be Certified Angus,” said Noah. “When you eat here, you will be guaranteed that it will be delicious.”

Cupping Coffee in Portland

Follow along with Portland Phoenix food columnist Kate McCarty on her visits to four local shops to learn more about coffee processing and coffee tasting.

While sipping the four samples, my thoughts went like this: “Hmm, tastes like coffee… also tastes like coffee… yup, coffee again… Woah!” The fourth coffee tasted radically different due to the processing method. The Ethiopian coffee from Slate was naturally processed, meaning the fruits of the coffee plant, called “cherries” (inside of which you’ll find the “bean” or seed), are dried in the sun rather than mechanically pulped and then dried. The resulting coffee frequently is full of berry flavors; this one tasted like someone had infused it with blueberry syrup.

Reviews of Pai Men Miyake & David’s 388

The Old Pine Tree has reviewed Pai Men Miyake,

If you’ve been to Pai Men you know what I’m talking about; this place is a gem. If you haven’t been there go tonight. If Portland is on your vacation list this summer hit this place up, even if it’s hot out.

and the Press Herald has published a bar review of David’s 388.

David’s 388 is a classic South Portland bistro that offers a cozy bar area (and offers a full bar menu), a unique chef’s table that overlooks the open kitchen, and reasonable prices for cocktails, beer and wine.

Under Construction: Ten Ten Pié

tentenpieLate last summer DiPietro’s closed their neighborhood market on Cumberland Ave after 69 years in operation. Now the new owner, Markos Miller and wife Heather Nichols, are planning to launch a new bakery cafe and market called Ten Ten Pié.

The name is a Spanish expression which refers to a quick snack or bite to eat.

Miller tells me that Ten Ten Pié will serve freshly prepared pastry (with a multi-cultural twist) in the morning, and a take out lunch menu featuring international comfort food. They also expect to have a small retail market that meets some of the light grocery needs for the neighborhood and healthy grab and go foods.

More details should be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

For the details on all upcoming restaurants, bars, bakeries and food trucks check out our Under Construction List.

Beer Events: Pucker Up & Noshbow

puckerupDetails on a couple of upcoming beer events:

  • Sour beer fans take note, Pai Men Miyake is hosting a sour beer tap takeover this weekend called Pucker Up featuring beers from Petrus, Monks Cafe, Jolly Pumpkin, BFM, Loverbeer, Ritterguts, Troi Dames, Evil Twin, Allagash, Harviestoun, Off Color and Cantillon.
  • Nosh and Oxbow are collaborating again this year to organize Noshbow—an all day block party on Oak Street. The 2nd annual Noshbow is scheduled to take place Sunday June 29. More details to follow, in the meantime check-out these photos from last year’s event.