Do you sell your beer out of maine?
No. for a few reasons.
AT THIS TIME, WE ARE CURRENTLY DEALING WITH A DEMAND FOR OUR BEERS THAT EXCEED WHAT WE CAN PRODUCE. AS WE CONTINUE TO GROW WE WILL FEED THIS DEMAND AS BEST WE CAN, BUT FOR NOW THERE IS NO WAY FOR US TO SEND BEER OUT OF THE STATE OF MAINE ON A REGULAR BASIS WITHOUT HURTING THE TAP ROOM OR OUR LOCAL DRAFT ACCOUNTS.
IN ADDITION TO THIS INABILITY TO MEET DEMAND, WE ARE ALSO CULTIVATING WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE A RETURN TO THE PRE-PROHIBITION BEER CULTURE IN AMERICA - LOCAL BREWERIES SERVING A LOCAL MARKET. WE ARE INVESTED IN MAINE AND IN PORTLAND, AND SEE NO REASON TO LOOK BEYOND THAT FOR THE TIME BEING. PLEASE DO COME VISIT- YOU'LL BE MET WITH OPEN ARMS. BUT KNOW THAT WE ARE A maine brewery first and foremost. we do like to travel and see other parts of the country with our beer, so be sure to follow the newsletter and our social media channels to stay informed on our next appearance out of maine.
Can I get cans before the taproom opens?
No, we firmly open at 12 pm each day. no pre-sales or releases at different times other than high noon.
can you send me cans?
No. We do not ship our product. or sell directly to customers at any place other than our tap room.
can I get cans anywhere else besides the taproom?
20 cases of cans are released each week to our distributor, sleek machine, who places them on the shelves of the small list of local, independently-owned retailers we work with. contact sleek machine for info on where the beer is going on a given week.
Can I get growlers?
No. We only sell our beer on draft and in cans.
Do you offer tastings and flights?
our beers are available in 5 oz and 10 oz. we do not offer tastings smaller or larger than these sizes. customers may purchase up to 10 oz of beer per person each time they come up to the bar. buying a round of beers for your group or table is fine as long as everyone has presented their i.d. to the staff.
do you have lines everyday? HOW LONG IS THE WAIT TODAY?
CURRENTLY THERE IS SOME TYPE OF LINE MOST CAN RELEASE DAYS. WE DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ORCHESTRATE OR ENCOURAGE THIS, BUT WE ARE ALWAYS WORKING TO IMPROVE SERVICE AND FIGURE OUT WAYS TO PROCESS MORE PEOPLE IN LESS TIME. WE ARE ALSO GROWING, WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY LEAD TO A NEW NORMAL, WHERE THE BEER IS CONSISTENTLY AVAILABLE IN CANS THROUGHOUT EACH DAY, AND THERE IS NO NEED TO QUEUE.
WE ARE OFTEN ASKED ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR EMAIL, "WHAT WILL THE LINE BE LIKE TODAY?" PLEASE UNDERSTAND AND RESPECT THAT WE CANNOT ANSWER THIS QUESTION. MANY FACTORS, SUCH AS TIME OF YEAR, TIME OF WEEK, TYPES OF BEER OFFERED ON A GIVEN DAY, SCHOOL VACATIONS, HOLIDAY WEEKENDS, ETC PLAY A FACTOR IN THE SIZE OF THE LINE.
AS A RULE OF THUMB, THURSDAYS ARE OUR SLOWEST DAY OF THE WEEK, STATISTICALLY. WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS ARE USUALLY SIMILAR IN VOLUME, AND SATURDAYS REMAIN THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE WEEK, REGARDLESS OF SEASON. BEYOND THESE GENERAL GUIDELINES, WE CANNOT OFFER ANYTHING BEYOND UPDATING SOCIAL MEDIA THROUGOUT THE DAY ON REMAINING CAN AMOUNTS. WE HAVE BEEN TOTALLY BLINDSIDED ON DAYS WE THOUGHT WOULD BE SLOW, AND HAVE HAD TURNOUTS FAR BELOW EXPECTATIONS ON DAYS WE THOUGHT WE WOULD GET HIT HARD.
am i guarenteed cans everyday, allday?
UNFORTUNATELY, NOT YET. WE ARE STILL SELLING OUT OF CANS MANY DAYS OF OPERATION. OUR FLAGSHIP SUBSTANCE ALE IS THE ONLY BEER THAT WE ALLOT A SET AMOUNT FOR EACH DAY. WE START EACH DAY OF CAN SALES (WEDS-SAT) WITH AN AMOUNT OF SUBSTANCE CASES BASED ON THE TOTAL YIELD FROM THE WEEK'S PACKAGING RUN. ALL OTHER BEERS ARE SOLD ON THEIR RELEASE DAY UNTIL THEY ARE GONE. SOME SELL OUT THAT DAY, OTHERS WILL LAST THROUGH SEVERAL DAYS. THE SPEED OF THESE SALES INVOLVES MANY FACTORS - DAYS OF THE WEEK/SEASONS, SCHOOL VACATIONS, WEATHER, POPULARITY OF DIFFERENT BEER STYLES, AND TOTAL AMOUNT OF CASES ON HAND. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE WE PLAN OUR RELEASES FAR IN ADVANCE TO ALLOW YOU TO MAKE ARRANGEMNTS TO COME TO BISSELL BROTHERS FOR YOUR FAVORITE BEERS. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR CURRENT SCHEDULE.
*Please note, cans are almost never available on sunday.
DO YOU HAVE FOOD IN THE TAPROOM?
we don't, but our neighbor RIGHT NEXT DOOR does.
WE ALSO HAVE FOOD TRUCKS on saturdays.
do you offer private tours?
No. tours are given via the Maine Brew Bus, and Maine beer tours.
Are dogs allowed in the taproom?
Yes! We love dogs, but they need to be well behaved and on leash.
can i rent out the taproom for a private event?
no. we are honored you would think of us for your special event, but we do not rent out our taproom.
Do you ship your merchandise?
No. Our merch can only be bought in house.