Bissell Brothers Nothing Gold

Our last stop out of Portland was at Bissell Brothers. I had visited their old location, but was excited to see the new one. Here’s what I had there.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Portland is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maine and the seat of Cumberland County. Portland’s population was 66,417 as of 2018. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population, making it the most populous metropolitan area in northern New England (an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) and the 106th-largest in the United States. Portland’s economy relies mostly on the service sector and tourism. The Old Port district is known for its 19th-century architecture and nightlife. Marine industry still plays an important role in the city’s economy, with an active waterfront that supports fishing and commercial shipping. The Port of Portland is the largest tonnage seaport in New England. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named after the English Isle of Portland, Dorset. In turn, the city of Portland, Oregon was named after Portland, Maine Portland itself comes from the Old English word Portlanda, which literally means ‘land surrounding a harbor.'”

Random: Bissell Brothers did a great job of constructing their new building. I just wish parking was free.

The beer poured with a one finger, loose white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left little lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange-yellow and cloudy. Not much carbonation was visible. The nose was fragrant with lots of apricot and peach that quickly went into green melon. The taste was bright and had a lot of peach and apricot, but some pineapple as well. There was a touch of pine, but the fruit was dominant. The body was medium heavy with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tropical fruit. As expected, this beer was excellent and I was glad that I finally got a chance to try it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Bissell Brothers The Substance

The next brewery that we headed to was Barreled Souls. This was also on the side of a road in what looked like a converted house. The brewery was in the basement with the tasting room. It was a dark space, but their chairs and tables were all used barrels. As soon as we walked in, it smelled like a brewery. They had a shuffleboard table (one of the few times we did not take advantage of a game at a brewery) and some seating. When we made our way to the bar, we had a sampler paddler with their offerings. They had a few different variations on goses (which were really nice) and a few other beers. They had a stout that was aged in Woodford Reserve barrels which was amazing. They were also incredibly friendly and we met someone there who worked at another brewery as gave us lots of recommendations of other beer places to make our way to. I should have taken a growler, but since it was so early in our vacation, we just bought a glass. This was another favorite of our vacation.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our flagship; a brightly dank ale that threads many needles.”

Random: This was another beer that they ran out of at the brewery, so I’m glad I got a shot at trying this one.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose has a lot of citrus notes with dank pine as well. There wasn’t any malt to this on the nose. The taste had the same citrus notes, specifically grapefruit and grapefruit zest. Pine resin came through as well too. It had a grassy undertone too. As in the nose, there was no malt to the taste either. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and crisp with citrus and pine. This was a very enjoyable beer that I wish I could have had more of.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bissell Brothers Seed

The second brewery we went to after Hidden Cove was SoMe. It was on the side of a small highway with a parking lot in the back. As we parked, we saw a cornhole set out with some tables. We went inside and they had a few beers on tap along with a hot dog machine (which was free and was a welcomed snack), free chips and board games as well. The beer was very good (we brought some bombers home to review) and everyone was incredibly friendly. After the previous brewery we went to being such a disappointment, this was in stark contrast. We got a sampler paddler and then I got a pint of their pale ale while we played cornhole (I won, and Val threw a couple of bean bags into the parking lot). This would end up being one of my favorite breweries of the entire trip.

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ABV: 6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: This is their summer seasonal. I didn’t find any information about it on their website.

Random: I had this one at a restaurant with a communal table. They ran out of this when we made our way to the brewery, so I’m glad I got to try it at the restaurant.

This brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy pink color with high carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fresh raspberries, tartness and some strawberry notes as well. The taste was filled with berry notes, light tartness and even a little bit of wheat. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with berries. This was a very well-done fruit beer, and one that I would have again. If you still see it, definitely give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0