Whole ‘Lotta Soul

 

When searching for my next brewery conquest, I stumbled across Barreled Souls, which seemed like a cool sounding place. I was wrong. It’s completely badass.

When you pull up to the brewery you come across a law office but if you head around the back, you enter the cellar to Barreled Souls. To me, it felt like some underground brewery that only the cool kids know about. As the name suggests, the brewery is full of barrels of beer, where all of the beer is fermented. They’ve taken the barrels a step further making the seats and tables out of them. Because of the cellar feel, everything is very dim and took a while for my eyes to adjust to the darkness of the bar, but once it did, it really creates a great feel to this brewery.

One of the first things I noticed about beers on tap were their high ABV. The Honey Pot, a wheat wine with malted wheat and honey, stood out at 12.9%. So, I took one for the team and tried it out for you. This was far from a sweet beer, but a darker, tamer taste of the slightest bit of honey. You could definitely taste that this was a beer that could take you down very quickly.

The Stay Puft was what I would call a dessert stout. This stout was like a drinkable s’more. With graham cracker and marshmallow flavors, this stout was pretty sweet but not overly sweet-sickening. The Space Gose was a very bitter, sour beer that bursts of tartness. The beer is flavored with lemon zest, coriander, and Maine sea salt, which I’ve never come across before.

Anytime there is a tequila barreled beer, I am automatically drawn to it, like the basic bitch I am. The Rosalita Tequila is the brewery’s Rosalita barreled in tequila. My charming smile actually got me an extra taste of the regular Rosalita, which ended up being my favorite beer ironically.This blonde ale bursts with hibiscus flavor and agave. It was a very light beer and very drinker-friendly. The Rosalita Tequila is the same flavoring but the strong fruit taste is decreased.

I loved everything about this place from the beers to the atmosphere to the bartender Chloe (who is awesome and beyond friendly!). If you want to relax, you can kick back and play some cards in the barrel seats or the brewery has two shuffleboards or corn hole outside if you’re up for a competition. If this was closer to where I live, I’d be here everyday. I guess that’s a good thing for my wallet and liver.

About

Barreled Souls Brewery
743 Portland Rd
Saco, Maine

Hours
Monday-Thursday 4:00  – 10 p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.- 10 p.m.

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