Billy’s Chowder House

Fire N Brew Hidden Cove Black Ale

This past April, on our drive back from a 5 Seconds of Summer concert and a wonderful visit with family in Connecticut, my daughter and I were getting a bit hungry and parched. We decided to stop at one of our favorite restaurants in southern Maine, Billy’s Chowder House.

Billy's Chowder HouseBilly’s Chowder House is a neat little Mom and Pop restaurant run by the Verano Family. It is located right in the middle of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine. The bar room has large picture windows overlooking  the marshes so that even on a dreary day it is bright and cheerful.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife RefugeRachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

And what better to add to the cheer than a nice, cold, craft, Hidden Cove Black Ale?

Hidden Cove Black Ale                                                                                    Thirsty yet?

This ale hit the spot with a smooth finish and notes of coffee, chocolate and molasses.  It was surprisingly light and paired well with our fabulous lunch…

Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Golden-Crispy mozzarella sticks with a side of marinara,

North Atlantic Haddock Fish and Chips

tasty, lightly battered, fried North Atlantic Haddock and chips (which were super-crispy),

Haddock Reuben

and my new personal favorite – Haddock Reuben!  Crispy haddock on toasted rye with creamy Thousand-Island dressing, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.  We were in heaven!!  :)

I spoke with our server, Betsy, and she told me that the beer was handcrafted down the road at the Fire N Brew Pub.  She made a quick phone call and we were able to go down to speak with the Brewmaster, Gregg Spickler, as well as get a tour of the brewery.                     So exciting!

Fire N Brew

When we arrived, Gregg was heading up a tasting with the employees so I was able to sample a few of their brews.  Yes, I was secretly doing a happy dance in my mind.

Beer SamplesOne of my favorites was the Pale Ale which has notes of citrus and pine and a crisp, clean finish.  (I will definitely be stopping back and having one with some fried haddock.)

Gregg Spickler

Gregg gave us the tour, we said our farewells, and then it was back on the road heading North.Fire N Brew Kegs

If you are ever in the Wells, Maine area be sure to stop by at Billy’s Chowder House for some amazing food and handcrafted beer.  I know that we’ll be visiting there again!

Introducing my new website

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Over the next few months I plan to be writing and sharing posts about the wide variety of tasty food that we have here in the beautiful state of Maine.  I’ll also have pages for restaurant reviews, upcoming cooking classes, recipes and videos.

I’m so excited to be continuing my food journey and can’t wait to share all of my experiences with you!

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