Little Tap House is something of a showcase for Maine brewers. The space is rustic and casual, with high-top tables fashioned from Allagash beer barrels and painted brick walls. Local beer lovers and beer tourists alike can get a taste of what’s available from a variety of brewers without leaving the comfort of a barstool.
MaineToday.com // ( Carla Jean Lauter ) I am always impressed with the brightness and depth of flavor in every bite at Little Tap House, and thrilled to have a great beer list to pair it with. The beer list usually features a great balance of styles, and there is nearly always a farmhouse ale and a stout or porter on, but the producers vary. If I want to find the wonderful John Henry milk stout from Fore River or something from the now nationally famous (thanks to Bon Appetit) Austin Street Brewing, Little Tap House is where I head first to look for them. This beer list diversity is what stands out when it sometimes feels like tap lists are just drowning in IPAs and pale ales.
MaineMagazine.com // Karen Watterson
There is a certain rusticity to the room with its time-scarred floors and painted brick walls. But there’s plenty of light flowing in through big windows and the casual ambiance is inviting.
Thrillist.com // Andy Kryza
"While the other Portland has hogged all the brewing attention and stolen Maine’s lumberjack fashion sense, the original Portland’s making its own waves -- and they’re less likely to make T-shirts about it. Every conversation about Portland’s beer scene rightfully starts at Allagash, one of the best purveyors of Belgian-style beer in the country (Belgians even like it!). Maine Beer Company, just down the highway in Freeport, is hot on its heels."
BYOB // Bring Your Own Baby MaineToday.com //
( Shannon Bryan) New Parent, Craft Beer Monthly Mingle. "New parents can come with with baby in tow, socialize, have a beer, meet other new parents and not have to worry about the stink eye coming from every table within a 15-foot radius (because that baby’s going to start crying any minute and what are those parents thinking bringing a baby into a bar anyway?)"
A Tasting Room Walks into a Bar TheBollard.com //
( The Beer Babe ) "At Little Tap House, for example, there are regularly beers on tap by Maine breweries like Baxter (Lewiston), Gneiss (Limerick) and Atlantic (Bar Harbor). Many Maine-craft fans prefer that breadth of choices to a deep exploration of one brewery’s portfolio."
Love for Little Tap House MaineToday.com // ( John Golden ) "This is now on the top of my list for inspired cooking. This neighborhood watering hole has held its own nicely since it opened a year ago"
Maine's Best Beer Bars: 10 Great Places to Drink Local MaineToday.com // The tap line-up is always well-rounded and the menu was created with beer in mind. Laid-back and friendly, it’s a favorite of West-Enders who want to stay out of the Old Port fray.
A Likeable Little Tap House Active Beer Geek // Beyond the allure of locally sourced meals and a fantastic farm to table menu, Little Tap House (LTH) is becoming a power house for craft beer in Portland. They are nestled in the west end of Portland but not too detached from the the Old Port that you wouldn’t want to take a stroll to visit them. LTH’s tap menu is always diverse and mostly local. Just this month they had a few beer events that were impressive.
The (207) Foodie Bangor Daily News // "My biggest issue of the evening was deciding what to order. From poutine with braised beef (who knew you could have poutine with beef!) to Lobster Mac n Cheese and Salmon, there are so many great options to choose from on the menu."
DraftMagazine.com // Kate Bernot
6. Bissell Brothers’ new location at the Thompson’s Point development, a larger space in which to soak up the brewery’s coveted, hop-forward beers. Next, veer east five miles for a late lunch at 7. Little Tap House, whose 14 taps pour mostly Maine drafts—look for Foundation Brewing, Gneiss Brewing and Marshall Wharf Brewing—that synch with the kitchen’s seasonal pub menu (we’d go for the Beer for Breakfast Sandwich during weekend brunch: two fried eggs, bacon and beer cheese fondue on a grilled bun).
( Hailee Morin ) BangorDailyNews.com //
Like their children, the parents also seem to be relaxed and enjoying themselves – there isn’t that overwhelming pressure that we usually feel to keep our kids quiet and contained when in a restaurant...
Super Dads (Father's Day) BYOB MaineToday.com //
About a dozen new dads raised pints–and their precious little ones–at Little Tap House in Portland on Sunday at a BYOB event. Oh, the Tap House had the beer covered. That’s Bring Your Own Baby.
#2 Best Happy Hour in Portland EaterMaine.com // The "Bar & Barrel" Happy Hour goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and features a craft beer pint and mini appetizer for $5. Daily selections are posted on their Facebook page.
Little Tap House | Local Dines localdines.com // "At Little Tap House they work with local farms and growers as often as seasonally possible. They proudly serve all-natural grass fed beef"
Portland Date Night Essentials bangordailynews.com (Sarah Gelber) // "I hold Little Tap House close to my heart, because I had my second date with my boyfriend here, and we still talk about it. The night that we were there, the apple bread pudding stole the show, but it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll find something that you want to share here. Burgers, shephard’s pie..all delicious and worth ordering."
The 19 Best Bars in Portland, Maine 19oaks.com // Little Tap House infuses farm to table with so much love it's hard to resist. From the sweetly floral outdoor space to the carefully polished wood interior, LTH aims to delight. Excellent food, cocktails, brunches. Go.
Parking Ban? It's Plow-WOW Party Time at Little Tap House MaineToday.com //
PaThe “shot ski” in action at the 2013 kick off party for Plow-WOW at Little Tap House in Portland.
BEER RELEASE: ATLANTIC BREWING COMPANY’S AURORA’S FARM OATMEAL ALE MaineToday (The Beer Babe) // Three Atlantic Brewing Company beers were on tap that evening – the Ellen’s Coffee Stout, the New Guy IPA and the limited release that I had left my warm apartment for: Aurora’s Farm Oatmeal Ale.
Bar Guide: Little Tap House Portland Press Herald // "Little Tap House's location is ideal. On the edge of the West End, the bar and restaurant is not far from the Cumberland County Civic Center, the State Theatre and the Portland Museum of Art. For people headed to an art opening, sporting event or concert, I'd say this establishment is going to quickly become the spot to go beforehand as well as the place to grab a drink afterward."
A Likeable Little Tap House Portland Press Herald // "LTH has breezily garnered a neighborhood following, drawing from a flock of West Enders and Arts District habitués who can easily stroll to the corner of High and Spring streets."
THE BEST KINDS OF BITTERNESS IN BUNKER BREWING’S 122 COFFEE IPA MaineToday (The Beer Babe) // On Sunday I stopped into Little Tap House to check in on its progress since I opened. I had a great time on one of the soft opening nights, and was eager to come back and see how they were making out. I sat up against the bar and looked over at the tap list. The selection was well thought out – everything from Victory Hop Devil to Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale – as well as a few I hadn’t tried.