Since visiting the unique Batson’s River in Kennebunk, I’ve grow to be a fan, and later went to the brewery and distillery’s Portland and Bideford eating places. Every time I used to be impressed with the decor, service, meals and drinks. A fourth website, Batson River Fish Camp in Wales, opened final 12 months. Once I lastly acquired there greater than a 12 months later, I used to be relieved to seek out that it lived as much as what I anticipated, with a novel really feel too, because of the fish camp theme.
The Wells location has indoor and out of doors seating. Whenever you stroll within the door, you see a giant bar within the center; The tables are on the left. A small room within the again is sort of a lounge with photos on the wall and a few toys. The informal environment is a cross between a typical Maine camp and a sports activities bar, with a livelier crowd and environment than I’ve skilled at different areas. The decor is much less inside design and extra campy, with twinkling lights on the ceiling that mimic stars and lamps constituted of fish lure baskets. The wicker bar stools have backs and footrests and are very snug, however the hooks beneath the bar are few and much between – there have been nowhere close to nearly as good as my bar stool. The music was loud, and it was very darkish inside, however we had been nonetheless capable of discuss and skim the menu.
The cocktail menus are seasonal at Batson River, which switched to a fall theme after our go to, so solely one of many drinks my buddy and I ordered was nonetheless on the menu: the $14 Berry Campy, made with vodka, strawberries and easy syrup. Lemon juice and soda. Strawberry taste will be tough to carry out in a cocktail, however they nailed it. The opposite drink we tried, which sadly (however understandably, given how summery it’s) is now not on the menu, was the $15 Victoria’s Secret, which was an ideal mix of jalapeno-infused tequila, compere (an orange-flavored liqueur), watermelon puree and juice. Lemon and aloe vera. Basically a elaborate spicy watermelon margarita, it had advanced layers of taste enhanced by Mexican spices on a watermelon garnish.
Just like the meals (which they describe as new American bar fare), some cocktails can be found at a couple of Patson River location, whereas others are distinctive to a selected location. Along with the Berry Campy, Wells’ present cocktail menu additionally incorporates a Sarsaparilla Fig, Blackberry 75, Tim Collins (a twist on Tom Collins that features lavender easy syrup) and extra, ranging in value from $14 to $19. The $22 flight contains all 4 Patson River spirits: River Gin, Langsford Highway Bourbon, Dixie Bull Rum, and Clock Farm Vodka. There are additionally three mocktail choices, 4 wines for $12 (Prosecco, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet), and a Down East rotating cider for $8.
The present beer checklist options three core $8 beers (a German-style Pilsner, a chilly IPA, and a New England IPA) and 10 seasonal and limited-edition beers for $8 to $9 (there’s now an Italian Pilsner, a New England IPA, a double IPA, Porter, Vienna Ale, West Coast IPA, Rustic Darkish German Ale, Belgian Ale, Dry Stout and Imperial Stout). Batson River Fish Camp gives brewery excursions on Fridays at 4 p.m., however you could register prematurely.
I am not a lot of a seaside particular person, however because of my latest discovery of Wild Bevy Distilling and Batson River Fish Camp, I will be spending quite a lot of time in Wales.
Retired diplomat Angie Bryan writes about cocktail bars in Maine whereas making up as many puns as her editor will permit.
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