The Cider House Opened Saturday

The Cider House (instagram) opened for business on Saturday. The bar serves a selection of packaged and draft ciders, cider sangria and other cider-based drinks. There’s also a menu of cheeses (including cider washed gouda), charcuterie and other items.

The Cider House is located at 28 Brackett Street across the street from the West End LB Kitchen.

Old Port Po’ Boys Opens Thursday

The new Old Port location of Po’ Boys & Pickles at 225 Federal Street is set to open on Thursday. They’re still staffing up and so during this initial phase will be open more limited hours, 11 am – 7 pm, and a slightly reduced menu.

Ow a related note, owner Chris Bettera is getting married on August 10th at the Guster concert—apparently the couple are big Guster fans.

Photo courtesy of Po’ Boys.

Maine Maple Creemee Co.

A new food truck called the Maine Maple Creemee Co. (instagram) is launching later this week with planned appearances on the Eastern Prom on Friday, and on Washington Ave Saturday and Sunday.

Owner Hannah Daman will be serving Maine Wild Blueberry and Maine Maple creemees on a house-made sugar cone.

Creemee‘ is the term for soft serve in the regional vernacular of Vermont. It is traditionally maple flavored.

Brewery Extrava Launched

Brewery Extrava held soft openings Friday and Saturday (they’ll be there until 7 pm Saturday) to introduce their line-up of Belgian style beers. They’ll be back open Friday and Saturday (and perhaps Sunday) next weekend, noon to 8 pm.

The current beer list includes Little Dark (3.8%, dark session ale), a 6% Saison, and B IPA (6.5%, 69 IBU, Belgian IPA).

Brewery Extrava is located at 66 Cove Street in East Bayside. The Grand Opening is scheduled to take place July 19.

Dean’sSweets East Bayside Opens Today

The new Dean’sSweets location in East Bayside is scheduled to open today at 2 pm.

The new space provides them additional production capacity and a second retail location. As a special promotion for today, the first 75 people who visit the new shop will get free chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Their new location is located at the corner of Cove and Anderson Streets, just a few doors down from Tandem Coffee. Owners Dean and Kristin Bingham plan to continue to produce and sell their chocolates at 475 Fore Street as well.

Three of Strong Spirits Open

Portland’s newest distillery, Three of Strong Spirits (website), launched their business and opened their tasting room earlier this week. They sell a line-up of three rums: a house made white, an imported 12 year old bourbon barrel aged rum from Colombia, and a spirit that’s a blend of those two. They’re also in the process of establishing their own barrel aged program.

The tasting room serves a variety of creative cocktails using their spirits as well as classic rum drinks. I tried the Sleepy Panda (peppered arugula, wormwood, pandan, lime) and the Take Two in the Morning (cold brew coffee, honey, saffron, quinine, bitters). For food they have Baharat hummus, pork tacos, olives, popcorn, key lime pie and flourless chocolate torte, and are working on a more ambitious menu to launch soon.

Three of Strong Spirits is located in East Bayside at 35B Diamond Street. They open today at noon.

They’ll be holding a grand opening party for the distillery on August 17th featuring a pig roast by chef Evan Mallet who is well known for his restaurant Black Trumpet in Portsmouth.

Gross Bakery Now Open

Gross Confection Bar opened their new breakfast pastry and coffee service this morning at 7:30.

Owner Brant Dadaleares and team are serving muffins, cake, scones and ‘pie’ along with a pair of custom roasted coffee blends. The entrance is on Exchange Street.

They plans to be open until today’s supply of baked goods runs out. When you go be sure to get the peach pie with strawberry jam.