Rustic Meets Chic

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A foggy and rainy Saturday couldn’t be more inviting to take a ride and get lunch with my favorite partners in crime. After a long morning of running errands off the peninsula, a well deserved burger and beer were on my mind. A more frequently driven through town than stopped in, we wound up in Bath, Maine, in search of a lunch that would not disappoint. Though we’ve got a couple of places we’ve tried in Bath before, I was feeling we needed a change, something new.

And new it was! Bath Brewing Company is one of the more recent restaurants to open their doors in the smallest city in Maine. To be honest, at first glance, when we walked in with our baby in tow, I wasn’t sure if we had chosen the right spot. My doubts were immediately removed when the hostess came running up to us with a smile and said, “looks like two and a half for lunch!” We were quickly seated upstairs with a high chair and I was quickly impressed [yes, a baby friendly restaurant/brewery].

A rustic building with brick walls and modern chic finishes throughout, this place was something to boast about. The tables appeared to be reclaimed wood topped with elegant place settings. The artwork echoed the city’s name of “the city of ships” and the service was fantastic. With a feel good environment, I could only expect a taste good menu.

On the beer menu, they offered a great variety of beer. At least one for every kind of beer connoisseur. With a beer menu like that, I defaulted to a flight to sample as much as possible!

On my flight, I picked the following:

Long Reach Lager: This beer was malty with twist of crisp carbonation. A lighter tasting beer, it was smooth drinking.

Bath Pale Ale: This beer was my favorite of the four. A true pale ale– very robust with a bit of a peppery taste.

Shotgun Murphy’s Irish Red: Sweet, malty and delicious with a touch of toasty.

Upper Hell Gate Double NE IPA: If you like IPAs, you’ll love this double! This beer defiantly had the juicy, fruity taste with the aggressive bitter aftertaste. The more hops the better!

The food menu offered everything from healthy to classic options. I went with the burger which had a unique onion jam sauce and my husband got the chicken sandwich which had a nice spicy bite to it. Both came with hand cut fries which were outstanding. I don’t typically do fries but these were worth finishing every last one! With lots of other options to choose from and a menu that is seasonally inspired by their chef, we hope to return soon to try something else!