It's another chilly New England winter day and we are still talking about the foodie little city of Portland, Maine. I promise to provide you all with a nice little "Winter Weekend in Portland Guide" soon, but before I wrote that guide up, I wanted to feature a few places that I really loved in the city. Earlier in the week we talked about Allagash Brewing and today we are talking about another brewery (kinda!) -- a visit to the Urban Farm Fermentory. Weird name, not so exciting storefront, but what is inside is so many sorts of awesome.
A good friend kept insisting we visit UFF. "Do not leave Portland until you have been to this place" was the urgency I was getting . We kind of kept just nodding our heads and weren't really sold on the place by just the name and not many details. I was a little confused by the name as in a "what the hell will a fermentory have that I want to drink" kind of way? All I could really think of was fermented foods and I wasn't exactly sure what UFF had to offer. I didn't really think this one through and I wasn't expecting to see such a cool spot with so many amazing options on tap. From different types of beer and mead to ciders and kombuchas, there was something for every palate inside UFF. And no, nothing tasted or looked like kimchi.
The building is tucked away in a quiet corner of the city in an industrial park (we may or may not have sat in the parking lot for 20 minutes waiting for it to open, early bird gets the... kombucha?). The outside is really unassuming which confused me even more, but the inside was trendy, bright and an awesome space for a brewery, er, fermentory. Walk in past the cornhole setup and head to the bar and be prepared to be surprised with the fun and funky flavors of UFF.
"Urban Farm Fermentory® is an experimental urban farm, fermentation factory, and community engagement hub located in Portland, Maine. It is here that we craft authentic kombucha, jun, cider, gruit, and mead using local and foraged ingredients, when available. To sample our full selection of fresh, and seasonal concoctions on draft, visit our tasting room to experience the culture!"