Imbibe Magazine highlights Portland’s drink scene


Thirsty in Portland? With Imbibe in hand you cannot miss. The glossy magazine focused on liquid culture put the Port City on its cover this month and inside a travel guide to its bars, beer and coffee is writ large.

In a piece called “Portland Maine’s drink scene comes of age,” writer Wayne Curtis lays out the history of drinking here. Caps off for including Three Dollar Deweys: “An intimate and pubby bar, opened in the then-scruffy Old Port in 1981,” Gearys (“the first microbrewery east of the Rockies” in 1986) and Grittys.

He segues into Bissel Brothers, Bunker Brewing and even Tandem Coffee Roasters. Tandem owners Will and Kathleen Pratt glean a fair amount of ink for bringing third-wave coffee attention (via Blue Bottle Coffee) to the Pine Tree State. If you haven’t spent a Saturday lingering over a malted iced coffee in their original East Bayside roastery until the Bunker tasting room opens at 12noon, it’s time.

The story lends credit to the Portland Hunt and Alpine Club for higlighting the art of the cocktail in its clean Scandinavian lair, while unexpected favorites like Sur Lie get as much attention for carrying the torch. “Sam Babcock, bartender at the excellent Sur Lie is offering delicious barrel-aged cocktails and other inviting liquid treats like the Swizzle Me Timbers, made with rum, charred pineapple, orange cardamom shrub and a touch of coconut and nutmeg,” he writes.

Cheers to all!


Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.