Oxbow Brewing Company’s new Beer Garden in Oxford, ME is just four months old but already has so much to offer with their super fun space. After talking with them at our Maine Brew Fest Spring Session and hearing so many amazing things from coworkers and friends, we knew we needed to check it out for ourselves, especially with it being just 45 minutes away. Whether you’re from the area or heading up to the slopes, it’s an awesome spot to either hang out for the evening or to stop at along the way.
Formally known as Carter’s XC Ski, the buildings were built and maintained by the Carter Family for decades. Oxbow has kept the rustic feel with keeping the original buildings but updating them where needed. You can still find some old school posters as well as cross country skis.
Included in the property is an extensive Nordic skiing trail system. Oxbow offers access to these free, use-at-your-own-risk network of beautiful mixed-use trails that run through the fields and forest just behind their space.
With so much land to utilize, Oxbow has taken advantage and has been able to grow vegetables for their dishes. Tomatoes, basil, parsley, swiss chard, etc. Below you can see a colorful tomato salad, straight from the garden.
The farmlands surrounding the restaurant have produced exceptional fruits and vegetables for generations and we are continuing these operations to generate estate-grown ingredients for our kitchen.
The outdoor space has given them an opportunity to create a fun atmosphere for guests to enjoy. You can hang out at the picnic tables, stand around large barrels, and even sit on rustic snowmobiles (yes, you read that correctly).
The indoor space is just as inviting with picture-perfect rustic wood and decor, along with beautiful natural light, and an awesome bar.
Our two favorite beers of the night: Surfcasting and Magenta.
SURFCASTING- 4.5% ABV
Farmhouse Ale with sea salt and lime:
Surfcasting is a gently salted grisette brewed with American hops, wheat, and limes.
MAGENTA- 7.5% ABV (pictured below)
Stainless-aged Farmhouse Ale with grape juice:
Magenta is a mixed fermentation farmhouse ale refermented with Concord grape juice.
The best part? If you decide you love a beer so much that you want to take it home, you can walk right into their bottle shop next to the restaurant and purchase on-site.
The restaurant features a wood-fire oven, producing delicious pizzas with seasonally-available meats and vegetables. We tried the special of the night- Margherita, with fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden, and Nduja, with spicy Italian salami.
There are so many different ways you can experience their location and that’s what we all agreed was the most unique and exciting part of it all (besides the awesome beer, of course). Their outdoor space and indoor space are equally as inviting and places you can enjoy in small or large groups. We started inside at the bar, worked our way outside for appetizers, took a tour of the property, and then made our way upstairs for dinner. It truly is a complete dining experience and we cannot wait to make it back there again soon.
Don’t miss them at our Maine Brew Fest September Session on September 14!
Oxbow Beer Garden
420 Main St., Oxford, ME