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STIR CRAZY AT BATSON RIVER

A Month Long Celebration Of All Things Shaken, Stirred Or Poured

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COCKTAIL CLASSES & DISTILLERY TOURS

Dive into the world of Batson River’s hand-crafted Maine spirits right here in Portland, Maine. Learn about the distilling process with a distillery tour, or put your skills to the test at one of our cocktail classes going on every weekend in March.

Spirit bottles at Batson River

UNIQUE SPIRIT WEEKS

Celebrate some of the world’s most unique and inventive spirits with our Unique Spirit Weeks. Our talented bar team will work to showcase a new spirit in a cocktail each week. 

PARCHED Madness beer vs cocktails tournament

PARCHED MADNESS

This month-long showdown of “Beers VS. Cocktails” is a bracketed tournament of our most popular pours that’s anyone’s game. Check out the rules and deadlines to enter below!

Congratulations to our 2022 ChopTails Champion

Rob Roy of Primo & Bramhall

person biting medal holding up trophy and cocktail

Special Thanks To :

Primo | Bramhall |Black Cow | Blyth & BurrowsCrispy Gai | Death & Co. | Dove Shanks Bitters | Gin & Luck | Via Vecchia | Your Maine Concierge

Our Contestants: Arvid Brown, Caleb Landry, Liz Smith, Mark Hibbard, Rob Roy. Our Judges: Alex Day, Peggy Grodinsky, Jon Quade. And Our Lovely MC, Vanessa Santarelli

Explore Gallery Of ChopTails below. Click On Photos To Expand

Parched Madness: Portland

Beers VS. Cocktail Bracket Matchup | Over $600 in Prizes | March 5 – 31

THE STANDINGS
FINAL FOUR MARCH 20-27

BEERS:

Guava IPA

COCKTAILS:

Mule

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Which Batson beer or signature cocktail has the most fans? Find out during the month-long tournament of our most popular pours!
Pick up one of our FREE brackets, choose the winning beverage for each round, and then hand your completed bracket to your server. Every Sunday, we’ll tally up the weekly sales for each drink to determine who moves on to the next round. Just like the other big tournament in March, there are sure to be some upsets along the way, and the eventual champion is anybody’s guess!

PRIZES:

Every completed bracket has a chance to win great prizes, including

  • $500 Batson gift card for a perfect bracket
  • $100 gift card for the most accurate bracket (most correct matchup predictions)
  • $50 to the second most accurate bracket
  • $25 to the third most accurate bracket
  • And Batson swag to contestants chosen at random!

Whether your bracket is first or last, EVERYONE gets to savor the taste of victory at Batson River Brewing & Distilling!

BEER LINEUP:
Cleaves Cove IPA, Guava IPA, Cape Porpoise Pilsner, Widgery Wharf Italian Pilsner, Batson Black Lager, Coffee Stout, Paint It Red Ale, So it Gose

COCKTAIL LINEUP: Mule, Pecan Old Fashioned, Cold Shoulder, Batson G&T, Diamond Dust, Western Medicine, Powder Day, Triple Axel

RULES/REGULATIONS: Guests are responsible for taking photo of their bracket prior to handing to Batson River Portland staff. Bracket must be filled in and submitted in person to Batson River Portland by March 5, to be eligible to compete. Batson River will post standings weekly here.

Cocktail Classes: Portland

Saturdays 3PM – 4PM, Starting March 5

Ready to step up your at-home happy hour or dinner party hosting game? Join us every Saturday at 3pm throughout the month of March to earn your PHD (Party Hero Degree) from our expert bartenders. Your $35 ticket earns you up-close and personal instruction (witty banter included) in the preparation and enjoyment of two cocktails plus a link to the recipes so you can pull them up on your phone whenever you need them.

Batson River distillery tour

Distillery Tours: Portland

Sundays at 3PM, Starting March 6

The only thing better than enjoying Batson spirits is learning how we make them. You can do both every Sunday at 3pm during a free, guided tour of our distillery led by a talented and knowledgable member of our Batson River team. As friendly as they are knowledgeable, our team will give you a new appreciation for the time, care, and love that goes into every bottle; and a complimentary sample of each spirit!

Unique Spirits

Each week our bar team will feature a different unique spirit from around the world. They will detail its roots, what it pairs nicely with, and which cocktails to make with it, showcasing unique flavors you might not have tried before.  Stop in to see what we’re highlighting this week! 

Looking down on spirit selection and beer taps at Batson River

Hours & Location Information

Kennebunk, Maine

Please note: Reservations can be made directly on Open Table for our Fish Shacks. All other seating is available first come first serve.

MONDAY: CLOSED
TUESDAY: CLOSED
WEDNESDAY: 4PM – 9PM
THURSDAY: 4PM – 9PM
FRIDAY: 4PM – 9PM
SATURDAY: 12 – 9PM
SUNDAY: 11:30 – 9PM

Portland, Maine

Please note: Reservations can be made directly on Open Table.

MONDAY: 4PM-9PM
TUESDAY: CLOSED
WEDNESDAY: 4PM – 9PM
THURSDAY: 4PM-9PM
FRIDAY: 4PM–10PM
SATURDAY: 11:30–10PM
SUNDAY: 11:30-9PM