OTTO + Maine Brew Bus Team Up for Pizza Delivery and Beer Education

On one of the recent (and rare) blue-sky days this spring, we teamed up with The Maine Brew Bus to deliver pizza to the hard-working employees of seven local breweries and to educate our awesome employees on the Maine beer that we serve. We had a super fun day serving up some pizza love and getting our beer education on!

Our first stop was in Freeport to check out Maine Beer Company before heading back south to Portland’s East End neighborhood to hit up Oxbow. We hopped a quick ride on the bus down to East Bayside to partake in the beers of Rising Tide and Lone Pine, then finding our way over to Bissell Brothers at Thompson’s Point, before ending the day in Riverside at Allagash and Foundation.

Check out the day’s happenings in our short video…

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Thanks, Maine! OTTO voted Best Pizza for 7th consecutive year

We are beyond thrilled to learn that OTTO has been named Best Pizza and Best Delivery Food in the Portland Phoenix Best of 2017 Awards4ac6a9421404dcf4878f120423d03756_L

Although it’s been nearly eight years since we opened our first (tiny) slice shop on Congress Street in downtown Portland, it continues to be such an honor to be recognized by those who have made our growth possible.  A huge thanks to those who voted for us — not only for your vote, but for your loyalty over the years.

This marks the 18th award OTTO has received via the Phoenix’s annual Best Of poll, including seven consecutive Best Pizza awards, four Best Late-Night Restaurant awards, and four Best Delivery Food awards.  In a town with no shortage of delicious pizza, and with one of the best food scenes in America, we feel especially honored.

We look forward to continuing to serve the wonderful folks of Maine. We are so incredibly fortunate to live, work, and make pizza in one of the greatest towns on the planet.

Thank you, Maine!

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