If you go to a better beer bar, or to a restaurant with a beer focus, in Portland, Maine, you’re probably more likely than not to find Patina Pale Ale on the draft list menu.
And if you’re going to visit Allagash Brewing Company (seriously, go and visit) at 55 Industrial Way, you are going to want to head across the street to 1 Industrial. And in that Industrial Park, Austin Street Brewery is a must-visit.
There is something about the unassuming space that Jake Austin and Will Fisher have created with Austin Street that is the perfect contrast and pairing to the Allagash experience. After wetting your palate with a glass (or two) of White, there is something about that first sip of Patina that acts as a bit of a punch in the face—a nice little scratch for your hoppy itch.
And although Austin Street has a name for itself brewing hop-forward, New-England-style Pale and IPAs, they’ve also carved a niche around town with Six Grain, their Milk Stout. And just as Austin Street might be a perfect contrast to Allagash, Six Grain is perhaps the fitting contrast to Patina. Dark, roasty, decadent, but drinkable, it is simply delicious.
Portland, Maine: come for the Allagash, stay for the Austin Street.