Stone Coast Brewpub
Open only since June 29, 1996, StoneCoast looks like it has all components of a successful operation. The large three-story brick building fit right in with Portland, Maine's Old Port District. Outside seating offered a perfect place to enjoy Portland's summer weather while inside the second floor featured a medium-sized wooden bar and view of the 15 BBL brewhouse. A full liquor selection was on display. From the third floor the large plentiful windows offered a great view of the port. There was plenty of seating from the dozen high tables along with a few dozen lower tables. Three pooltables and two dart boards offer a competitive outlet while two TVs and a CD sound system pacify the less energetic. A free happyhour buffet, not yet outlawed by Socialist bureaucrats, feeds those with room for solid food. Even with the dark metal color scheme the interior was well lit with all of the windows and the drop-down lights from the 15 foot ceiling. Attention to detail was evident in the refrigerated beer lines feeding the six-tap towers. Nitrogen was specially connected just for the stout taps.
The seasonal Summer Wheat was a clear gold color, with a medium body and nice light hop flavor. The Peaks Pale Ale appeared a clear gold and offered a hoppy aroma and flavor along with its nice body. The 5 Points ESB was a clear dark amber color and had an even flavor balance along with a medium body and nice malty flavor. The J.B. Brown Ale was a clear brown color and had a light body, very malty flavor and very slight nutty and hoppy aftertaste. The 420 IPA appeared a dark gold color and gave a sweet malty flavor along with its smooth medium body. The Stone Coast Stout had a good combination with its creamy mouthfeel and smooth chocolaty flavor.
Visit on Tuesday through Saturday and enjoy live music. Wednesdays feature $2 Katahdin beers. The long wooden entrance ramp makes wheelchair access pretty easy. Whether for the crowd, the atmosphere, or the happyhour buffet, a visit to Stone Coast is a must for any visit to Portland.
14 York Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996.
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