Novare Res Bier Cafe…awesome #beer bar in Portland, ME…

We traveled up to Portland, ME this past weekend and stopped by Novare Res Bier Cafe (http://www.novareresbiercafe.com/) in downtown.  This place is a beer lover’s dream. A bit hard to find, as it is not on any of the main drags in Portland, but it is worth seeking out. Currently at Novare it is Belgian Beer Week, so most of the 25 taps were filled with Belgian style offerings. Along with the increased tap space, there is a bottle list they claim is 500 strong, some slightly easy to get and others that are extremely difficulty to find on the open market.  The place is a little dark when you walk in, with two separate bar spaces to support all those tap lines. Because of the insane beer list at Novare, people tend to camp out at the bar, so don’t wait for people to move to try to place an order. Belly up in there and make yourself known. They do a really good job of replacing a tap line when a particular beer runs out, as well as marking it up on the wall so people know the MOST current tap list. Huge selection, as I said earlier, including a “vault” where you can get your hands on some rare and aged bottles. Definitely the place to go to knock some whales off of your “to do” list. Speaking of knocking off some rare beers, if you are feeling especially frosty, there is a Chalice Club that you can join, which requires enjoying all the beers on the list at Novare, thus providing you with a chalice of your own, a discount of some of the rarer beers, and other perks therefore earned.  The beers are a bit on the pricey side, but as I said, this is a place to get some very hard to find beers, so it kind of balances out. Very beer friendly crowd here, and there is a huge patio in front if you don’t want to mingle with the crowd indoors. At the back of the patio there is a cornhole/beanbag toss set up to play, so you can flex some friendly competitive muscles while treating your tastebuds to some tremendous brews. A section of the patio is also marked off for the smoking crowd, if that be your pleasure. Definitely a “must go” spot if you are visiting Portland, ME. We had an awesome time there! Novare Res gets my absolute recommendation to all of you in the beer world, and is definitely a place to expand your horizons no matter what your experience level is in the craft world.  Enjoy your travels, and as always, drink educated my friends!

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2 Responses to “Novare Res Bier Cafe…awesome #beer bar in Portland, ME…”

  1. I agree Novare Res is a great place to get a really good pint of beer (or more), and it has a really great outdoor deck. With so many selections, I found it hard to order straight from the bar though. This is the type of place that I prefer having a wait person giving me samples and suggesting beers to try. Didn’t get that and still not sure if I can get that.

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