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Freaking Out about 1st Portland Trip- Great Seafood, Great Beer- Any Advice on this Itinerary Much Appreciated

roze | Aug 8, 201307:47 AM

NY Chowhounder here heading to Maine tonight. I've been scouring these boards for the past two months trying to figure out our plan but I'm feeling overwhelmed...there are so many great sounding options with such little time!

Short info on us- We are a bit obsessed with beer (okay a LOT obessed with beer) and love fresh seafood. This is my short plan...with many questions.

Hopefully make it out to Portsmouth (traffic willing) by about 8-9 and stop at Portsmouth Brewery and Red hook for some beers. Not sure where we should eat that night...maybe just one of those places? Anything great nearby? Find a hotel room somewhere and crash.

Wake up and hit one store at the outlets really quick, grab a quick bite somewhere (suggestions?) then keep driving past Portland to the Maine Brewing Co. Tasting room by noon. Stay there for about an hour or so sampling their beers on draft and hopefully pick up some bottles to take back with us. Then drive from there to the Allagash Brewing Co. and do a tasting of their drafts and pick up some more bottles. From there we plan to head into Downtown Portland, check into the hotel and ditch the car.

Dinner Friday night- thinking Street & Company early (6ish) followed by a drink at Grace Restuarant just to see the space, then over to Novare Res to camp out and drink everything local and delicious we can.

Saturday- Wake up and explore the town in the AM. Stop at Standard Bakery for a sticky bun and blueberry scone, do a little shopping then head to Eventide right around noon for lunch. Get the Chinese Bun Lobster Roll...if it's too crowded maybe just lunch at Twenty Milk Street in the hotel? Then go back down to Infiniti Distilling for a beer or two or Sebago before heading back to the hotel to get ready for a wedding that night. Possible stop again at Novare Ris late night.

We have brunch reservations with friends at Twenty Milk Street...might cancel. This is the day I'm most confused about. We have so much left we still want to do. A stop at Bier Cellar is a must, maybe followed by a trip to Great Lost Bear for beers then food at Fisherman's Grill. Do you think the wait on a Sunday afternoon will be crazy?

I also keep thinking about Ebenezer Pub up in Lovell...It seems like a long trip up there but the beer looks amazing! Do you guys think it's worth the trip? I would also like to see what Mama's Crow Bar is all about at some point and try out some Oxbow beers since I have yet to experience that brewery.

If we stay in town maybe happy hour at Outlier Eatary then dinner at Eventide/Street & Co. if we missed out on one of those earlier in the trip. At some point I want to fit in Whoopie Pies, the Thirsty Pig, a slab and cannoli at Micucci's and Gritty Mcduff's. Obviously I have a LOT I want to do and am having trouble cutting things out and figuring what works best time wise. Any advice at all would be really helpful. We leave on Monday morning so we don't have a ton of time. Thanks in advance!

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