Jack’s Abby Marathon Monday Tap Takeover

Every year on Patriots’ Day, approximately 30,000 runners and half a million spectators appear en masse along the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston.

By the time participants arrive at Mile 24, they have conquered Heartbreak Hill and are realizing how close they really are to that blue and yellow finish line.

Mile 24 is also home to our Coolidge Corner location and mere steps away from the marathon route on Beacon Street. The all-day party that takes over Boston and its suburbs always seems to find its way through our doors in Coolidge. Hundreds of spectators come in on Marathon Monday to fill up on pizza and beer before & after cheering on their favorite marathon runners. This year, we teamed up with Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers for an all-day tap takeover with 6 of their beers on tap and the pizza ovens full ’round the clock.

Check out this year’s Marathon Monday!

Marathon Monday Jack’s Abby Tap Takeover

On Monday, April 17th, we’re teaming up with our friends from Jack’s Abby Brewing Craft Brewing for a Marathon Monday Tap Takeover!

Join us at our Coolidge Corner location in Brookline, MA for a day of marathon cheers and lots of beers. We’ll be handing out tons of swag and pouring some of Jack’s Abby’s best brews throughout the day. Come join the fun as we carb-load our way through race day from 11AM to 11PM.

There’s something for everyone in this delicious draft lineup:

As an added bonus to the festivities, all marathon runners presenting their race bib will receive 10% off their tab!

Cheers to all Boston Marathon runners and supporters!

Oscar Tango Tango Oscar: Rising Tide and OTTO’s Spring Collaboration Brew Is Back!

On the heels of Autohelm, the highly regarded winter collaboration, OTTO and Rising Tide Brewing Company are bringing back their spring collaboration, Oscar Tango Tango Oscar, a crisp, snappy, and sessionable pale ale brewed with rice.OscarTango_Poster_V1_50perc

Now available in Maine, diners at all OTTO locations will be able to pair their pie with Oscar Tango Tango Oscar. By mid-April, OTTO diners at our Coolidge Corner, Comm Ave, and Arlington locations in Massachusetts will be able to do the same.

This limited special collaboration will be available exclusively at OTTO and the Rising Tide tasting room.

The brewing process kicked off in early March, with OTTO team members on site to learn how the beer is made. While the Autohelm collaboration was brewed to provide a hearty, hoppy dose of comfort during the harsh New England winter, Oscar Tango Tango Oscar’s citrusy snap goes perfect on our sunny patios while sharing one of OTTO’s spring pies — eggplant, ricotta and basil, or roasted chicken, caramelized pears and fontina.

Oscar Tango Tango Oscar’s profile is sure to provoke an onset of Spring Fever.

Check out brew day behind-the-scenes here!

Aroma: tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, rose
Taste: tangerine, grapefruit, cereal, crisp with a snappy bitterness
Malts: 2-row, flaked rice, carapils
Hops: amarillo, mandarina, cascade
Yeast: house american ale
Specifics: 4.4% abv, 1.044 o.g., 4 srm, 25 ibu

Cheers!

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Bluegrass Night returns to OTTO Monday March 20!

Monday, March 20 marks the first day of spring (hard to believe on the heels of a Nor’easter, we know). What better way to celebrate than with the return of OTTO Bluegrass Night!

Monday Night Bluegrass has been a beloved Portland staple since 2013, when acclaimed mandolin player Joe K Walsh started assembling a rotating roster of bluegrass greats at our 576 Congress Street location, laying down some of the best performances (of any genre) you will find anywhere in Maine.

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Photo by Gabe Souza/PPH

We’re pleased to announce that, after a short winter hiatus Bluegrass Night is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

As if a free evening of world-class bluegrass wasn’t enough, Lone Pine Brewing will be in the house, with giveaways and $4 drafts for the duration of the show — 8pm to close.

For the uninitiated, Joe Walsh was the first student at Berklee College of Music to graduate with a degree in performance specializing in mandolin. He currently teaches at Berklee, where he serves as Managing Director of the American Roots Music Program.

The world-renowned fiddle legend Darol Anger called Walsh “one of my favorite musicians on earth.”

Joe has played in several renowned bands, including Joy Kills Sorrow, the New England Bluegrass BandNorthern Lights, and the Grammy nominated Gibson Brothers.

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$4 Lone Pine brews each and every Monday night!

Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Bob Keyes wrote, “Walsh is the most in-demand mandolin player in Maine, and one of the most sought-after in America. He could easily live in Nashville, Austin or any other acoustic music hotbed, but chooses Portland because he loves the city and is well-treated here.”

And he loves it so much, each Monday night he assembles a handful of the best roots musicians in Maine, or in America, for a fireworks-display of fretwork, lonesome harmonies, and good times.

Some of Bluegrass Night’s past guests have included members of Crooked StillDella Mae, the Josh Ritter Band, and the Ray LaMontagne band. You never know who might pop up, but you can always expect to be blown away.

And to boot, the shows are 100% free.

So, grab your family and friends, pop over for a few pies, some Lone Pine, and take in some of the very best bluegrass you’re likely to hear anywhere.

Celebrating New England Craft Beer

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While our main gig at OTTO is crafting an array of delicious pizzas, we also like to celebrate the range of local craft beers we have on tap from breweries across New England. From an Austin Street Patina to a Lamplighter Lucid Nonsense, we’re always seeking out the best local beers to pair up with our pies and slices.

Overwhelmingly we’re serving beers from breweries in the two states we call home – Maine and Massachusetts. Our New England offerings come from as far north as Atlantic Brewing in Bar Harbor and as far south as Stratford, CT, the home of Two Roads Brewing Company. Our Massachusetts beers come from as far west as Big Elm Brewing in the Berkshires to as far east as Cisco Brewers on Nantucket.
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AND, just last year our hometown of Portland was recently named America’s Craft Beer Capital! While the city’s population is smaller than all of the other cities on the list with only about 66,000 people, there’s an average of 25.5 microbreweries per 100,000 inhabitants! Yep, Portlanders like their beer. Each year, droves of beer lovers trek to Maine just to check out the 60+ breweries across the state.

Here at OTTO we also have a bi-annual collaboration going with Rising Tide, our not too far away neighbors in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland. Each year, we brew two beers with Rising Tide –  Oscar Tango Tango Oscar, our spring collab (coming right up!) and Autohelm, which is released in the late fall. The two beers are available exclusively at OTTO locations and in the Rising Tide tasting room. Our employees enjoy working together with the Rising Tide crew each year to brew these fan favorites.

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Back in the fall, we opened our newest location in Portland (250 Read Street) with our most taps yet – TWELVE. The majority of these taps serve up local Maine beers, but we always offer a few options for those wanting to grab some brews from a bit farther afield like Jack’s Abby and Lord Hobo.

Since we opened our first location in 2009 in downtown Portland, we have enjoyed ‘growing up’ alongside the craft beer scene and supporting our local brewers. We’re proud to be currently serving beer from over 20 New England breweries and cider makers! These local breweries make it easy for the love match between beer & pizza to continue…forever.

MAINE
Allagash – Portland
Atlantic – Bar Harbor
Austin Street – Portland
Banded Horn – Biddeford
Bissell Brothers – Portland
Foundation – Portland
Funky Bow – Lyman
Lone Pine – Portland
Oxbow – Newcastle
Peak Organic – Portland
Rising Tide – Portland
Urban Farm Fermentory – Portland

MASSACHUSETTS
Bantam Cider – Somerville
Big Elm – Sheffield
Castle Island – Norwood
Downeast Cider – East Boston
Ipswich Ale Brewery – Ipswich
Jack’s Abby – Framingham
Lamplighter – Cambridge
Lord Hobo – Woburn
Night Shift – Everett

CONNECTICUT
Two Roads – Stratford

INTRODUCING: The OTTO Chocolate Chip Cookie!

c45dtrbwaaa6v6dWe are pleased to announce the arrival of the OTTO cookie, now available at all locations, and online!

Over the past several months, we’ve been diligently perfecting the recipe, which is adapted from Ruth Wakefield‘s 1938 recipe used at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. The result is a perfect way to top off your meal.

Each 3-inch cookie is baked daily from scratch, using Callebaut imported 60% dark chocolate chips and 82% euro style butter. The result is a delectable, mouth-watering treat — slightly crispy on the outside edges, and chewy-gooey in the center.

In addition to being available at any OTTO location, the OTTO cookie is a great addition to any catering order, sure to perk up any meeting, party or event. And you can add them to any online order, for delivery or pickup!

Go ahead. You totally deserve it.

Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays!

kidseatfree-01Are you down and out with cabin fever this winter? Get yourself out of the house and bring the kids along with you!

Kids Eat Free begins TONIGHT, January 25th at 5 PM. Buy any large pizza and get a FREE 8″ kids cheese pizza! We’ll be offering this for a limited time at all of our full-service dine in restaurants. Head over to any of the following OTTO locations for a night out with the family:

MAINE
576 Congress St., Portland
225 Congress St., Portland
250 Read St., Portland
159 Cottage Rd., South Portland
367 Main St., Yarmouth

MASSACHUSETTS
289 Harvard St., Brookline

Treat yourself (and your wallet) and satisfy that mid-week pizza craving. Because we know you really don’t want to cook tonight.

*the following restrictions apply: Full service dine-in only; one free kids cheese pizza per check; kids 12 & under