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From: john caldwell
Date: Fri Nov 5, 2004 4:54:05 PM US/Eastern

Whenever the weather turns cooler, I can’t help but think about good beer. Living in the land where the beer runs clear and tasteless; The Great Lost Bear seams like a vivid dream, it was so real…


Years have past, but still I remember how the fall meant the change of season and the promise of winter beers. Hampshire Ale, Prelude, Allagash Double, has time brought new beers from new brewers? So long age, so long ago…


Someday, I hope and prey, I’ll make it back to the Bear. For now I look into the cold north winds, head held high, eyes squinted searching for the lights and laughter of a far away dream.


Keep Pouring!


John Caldwell

Memphis, Tennessee    

From: Colleen Stone
Date: Wed Apr 14, 2004 10:03:45 AM US/Eastern

Name: Colleen Stone

Stopped into The Bear for the first time last week since moving to Portland some seven months ago and loved it! You can read the blog entry for the full account.

Name: Grant and Laura
Date: Mon Apr 5, 2004 10:17:02 PM US/Eastern

We love eating at the Bear.  The meat-eater of the family gets the best burger he's ever had, and the vegetarian gets a gardenburger to die for!
Our only wish was that your website would show your menu.  Thank you.

From: "MARC WISE" <email removed>
Date: Wed Nov 19, 2003 10:13:58 PM US/Eastern
To: <>
Subject: beer

I still cherish the times and fun whilst at the glb. I remember the time a drunk driver totaled my vw while I watched the patriots get their asses kicked in 1986. I left to find my car being towed and the cop asking if I'd like a ride home...oh well..I live in colorado now and whenever I get back home I always stop for a brew and to remember the good times that happened there. peace.
marc wise..


From: "Pansy Noble" <email removed>
Date: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:37:02 PM US/Eastern

looks good!

Erik Flaherty <email removed>
Thu Oct 16, 2003 1:43:18 PM US/Eastern

help me, Spock!
Duke Lukela <>
Honolulu, HI USA - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 19:55:05 (PDT)
Very nice site.
Craalan <>
- Monday, August 25, 2003 at 16:36:48 (PDT)
This is definitely not Spam
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We get up to the Portland area 2 or 3 times during the year and always incorporate at least 1 trip to the Bear each time. Love the beers and the food. Have recommended the place to anyone who mentions visiting Maine!
doug & suzanne <>
croton-on-hudson, ny USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 09:44:55 (PDT)
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USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 18:06:28 (PDT)
Love the site. I don't get up to the Bear as often. Enjoy seeing the list of Beers. Maine knows how to do Beer!!!
Bob Wells <>
North Branford, CT USA - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 07:37:35 (PDT)
Enjoy the Bear cam...about every Friday not only do I get to speak with my brother Dave H (a I am told) but I also get to see him!
Tom <>
Placitas, NM USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 14:16:22 (PDT)
nice nice
dale <>
USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 19:16:20 (PDT)
I haven't really been to Maine yet so... But ond day I'll come and visit your restaurant ;-))
Musab Ellotim <>
Richmond, VA USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 04:21:49 (PDT)
Our next pubcrawl is going to be Portland. See you for sure
Clark Hudson <>
Boston, MA USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 02:10:37 (PDT)
Visited your restaurant this past June (2003), this WILL become a regular stop on our annual trip to Maine. The Food & drink is fantastic!
Annette < >
So.Plainfield, NJ USA - Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 19:11:24 (PDT)
HeLLO....well I was watching your "cam" this evening...7.10.03...@6:17pm...and I just saw somebody steal the bar keeps tip, right from the never know what you see on cam.......................Susie...=^..^=
Susie <>
Clovis, CA USA - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 18:25:03 (PDT)
Thanks for a lovely site, I am very impressed :-)
Marianna <Marianna>
Sankt Peterburg, Saint Petersberg Russia - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 05:56:40 (PDT)
Lovely, informative site, thanks.
Arthur <Arthur>
Painshaw, New Mexico USA - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 03:23:20 (PDT)
You have the best beer/food selection in Portland. The Bear never disappoints!!!!!!! Mark
Mark Webber <>
San Diego, DC USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 05:35:26 (PDT)
your site wass an inspiration for me - thansks a lot, Carl
Carl Sales <>
Westgrinington, DC USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 06:02:13 (PDT)
most irreverent
Mr Moomin <>
atlantis - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 02:16:32 (PDT)
Hi My wife and I would like to thank you all for this web site. Hours of pleasure and all. Charles Jones
Charles <Charles>
Slingback, Tennessee US of A - Monday, July 07, 2003 at 12:50:41 (PDT)
Hey GLB lovers around the country, if you every get to Anchorage be sure to check out Humpy's Ale House. A fine ale house with great food. If you can't have GLB then Humpy's is the next best thing. J & T
Julie & Tim <>
Eagle River, AK USA - Friday, July 04, 2003 at 09:45:11 (PDT)
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mugu <>
USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at 09:42:48 (PDT)
We're following the Dead this summer. Need bumper stickers to pass around throughout the country. Please reply for mailing address
Annette <>
malden, ma USA - Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 18:10:43 (PDT)
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Carl <Carl>
LV, Nevada US - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 06:11:28 (PDT)
Born and raised in Portland, been to the Bear many times, but only now do I think we can truly appreciate a good microbrew. Having lived in Alaska for the past 7 years, I can safely say that we have had some damn good beers from local breweries. We can't wait til we come back for vaca. in August and see what's new in New England. Wish we could get some of those great beers here!
Tim & Julie <>
Eagle River, AK USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 16:49:52 (PDT)
Nice Site
Gay <>
USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 11:59:46 (PDT)
Hi folks, Keep on Rolling!
Mark <>
USA - Friday, June 13, 2003 at 07:58:54 (PDT)
Beautiful site, folks!! I'll be in to enjoy a few pints this Sunday... You have the best beer/food selection in Portland. The Bear never disappoints!!!!!!! Mark
Mark McGrath <>
Riverview, NB Canada - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 09:28:16 (PDT)
Nice Site
Bob <>
Bikini Bottom, FL USA - Thursday, June 05, 2003 at 11:29:45 (PDT)
Hi, your site is informative and resourceful. Glad I visited it. Thanks for the info. Regards from Dallas
Jenna Patterson <>
Dallas, TX USA - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 00:34:38 (PDT)
Amazing site! Met Karen in St.Croix and she told us about the site.Thanks Karen for the GLB shirt!!! Love to come see you and try those micro brews!!! The cam is a wonderful idea too! Hi Karen! We see you!!!
Teeka <>
Waynesboro, Va USA - Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 14:49:14 (PDT)
MUGU, MMM m - Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 20:38:03 (PDT)
I never thought I'd see the GLB in Gourmet Magazine!
K-Bunk, ME USA - Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 17:17:01 (PDT)
Hello to the the best damn beer bar in the country from JohnnyP in Massachusetts. Looking forward to my Summer nights of enjoying fresh, draught Maine beer and tasty vittles at the Bear...especially Christmas in July!!! Have a cold one waiting for me! Cheers, JohnnyP, Beer first...everything else can wait
Johnny Pompeo <>
Lexington, MA USA - Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 07:42:53 (PDT)
Test. <>
Testville, TS USA - Monday, May 26, 2003 at 21:55:28 (PDT)
Test a only is this.
This is only a test.
USA - Monday, May 26, 2003 at 21:54:30 (PDT)
Here we go again!
USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 21:17:21 (PDT)
hey aunt byrd and uncle michael, its sarah and sid's boy ian. dad told me about the website so i thought i would check it out. you guys gotta come over to the house sometime...i havent seen you forever. talk to you later Ian
Ian <>
freeport, ME USA -
Well I've never been to Maine, but someday I'll make it there. Anywho, the owners son says it is really cool and popular and yeah.. Mwahahaha.
The thing under your bed... <XRose of>
I haven't really been to Maine yet so... But the owners son tells a few of us that it is really cool so thats a plus..
The thing under your bed.... <XRose of DeathxX>
Santa Fe, NM USA -
Never been to it, because 'course I'm in FLORIDA...But from what the owners son is sayin' it sounds really popular, and stuff...Mwaha..ah..ha.
...Mwaha <>
Miss New England and all it's offerings. Can't wait to try out the Bear and Beer!
d cote <>
Petersburg, VA USA -
We really miss the Woo Woo's nobody here can make them as good. We spent many nights hanging out at the bar where you can be yourself. Miss the GLB but not the cold weather, any chance of coming to sunny Florida???
Kim & Joe Poore <>
St Petersburg , FL USA -
Miss the Bear tons! Ann Arbor is nice, but nothing like going to the Bear for a Frank Sinachos and a good ole' Gritty's Black Fly. Keep drinking the nectar of the gods!
Mark LaBelle <>
Ann Arbor, MI USA -
well ur sites nice kinda, ne wayz nice job well gotta go buh bie!!!! much luv, melissa a.k.a cutie
melissa a.k.a cutie <>
san jose, ca USA -
Test <Test>
Test, TT USA -
Saw your listing on & decided to give it a try. Will definitly return, what a fun place!
Jenny Stevens
Brunswick, ME USA -
Midwestern Beer Godess will be visiting in June....get ready. Love, Lorna
Lorna Simmons
Cleveland , OH USA - hello
hotgold <>
fort smith, ar USA -
Miss drinking at the bear. Spent a year there eating and drinking back in 1994. The bear one of the best place to drink in Portland.
becca <>
Richmond, va USA -
Sitting Here at the Bar watching the Blackburn Rovers lose! Bloody Shame Oh well the beer is cold and Mike showed me this site! heers and stay warm----------Steve
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Koh Samui, Thailand -
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My husband and I love the Bear! We visit a few times a year. The bartenders are cool, the music is great, and the beer and food are worth driving miles for. We don't have any good bars or restaurants near us......we need a Bear here!! Please come down and open one near us! I'll even work for you!!
Julie <>
Groton, MA USA -
Stella on 2/7? Pourquoi? Many better beers from US than this. Bon courage, le Bud, c'est mieux!
Jean Moreau <>
Bordeaux, France -
Getting Stella on 2/7 is fine, but can it stand-up to Maine Microbrews, even Bud? I say from vast experience, non! Les Belges peuvent me rÈpeter! Buvez beaucoup mes amis, pourtant seulement les meillures...
Jean Moreau
Bordeaux, France -
Can't wait to visit in the summer, and drink many beers
Roz Wood <>
Easthampton, MA USA -
Help. Stuck in South. Send Geary's Pale and Lewiston cheese steak ASAP. This is not a joke.
Tim <>
Greenville, NC USA -
Getting anxious for summer to arrive so we can come out of hibernation and get beer at the Bear
Don Scullin - VT
Great place and look forward to seeing you soon!!!!
Roger/Carole <>
Upper Arlington, OH USA -
Great place and look forward to seeing you soon!!!!
Roger/Carole <>
Upper Arlington, OH USA -
I just moved to sunny florida in june 2001 after living in portland for 4 years. I miss your wings they were the best!!!! i wish i could have them sent!! i will always love you guys!!!
Tampa, FL USA -
I'll be coming up in July, 2002. Hope to meet everyone. Matt Daigneault and I will be closing the place every night. Didn't hear what the bet was? Tell Randy I'll be looking forward to seeing him...Will he be looking forward to seeing me?
Ben Morey <>
Palm Beach Gardens, FL USA -
Just loved your place when I used to live there - promise to visit soon! I have friends in the area - is there any way I can send them a dinner gift cert for Christmas? They recently had a baby and need to get out on a date :)
Cath <>
Baltimore, ME USA -
My friend Mark needs to meet a lady. He can be found at the Bear on most Thursdays and Fridays. He'll be the only one in the bar drinking a Molson. :-)
Scotty <>
Portland , ME USA -
Our next pubcrawl is going to be Portland. See you for sure
Nelly <>
NHnh USA -
I kinda like it. Thanks!
Cherrie Nelson <>
Tacoma, WA USA -
was just there had a atlantic "Real" good time, I'll see you all tomorrow..........:)
Carmen Jackson <>
portland, me USA -
I love your shirts and stickers, especially 'arm bears' cute....
silver springs , fl USA -
Its a cool web over here. Nice.
Elaine Parask <>
Edinburg, TX USA -
Never heard of the Great Lost Bear....just read about your place in Sundays Boston Globe, see you next week!
Boston, MA USA -
Love the wine here in France, but I would trade my soul for a Maine microbrew! Can't wait to get back for "short beer" nights and the fabulous appetizers! "Da Bear" rocks!
Nate <>
Paris, FR France -
I cannot wait for my first trip to THE GREAT LOST BEAR!!!!
Mark S. Danison <>
New Kensington, PA USA -
for live entertainment check out - Todays Source for Music...
Anonymous <>
I love your sight.
shelly hall <>
lorain, oh USA -
God Bless the Bear. I used to live around the block and staggered home with a smile on my face many a night. Now I'm up here, and nothing compares. How about opening another branch? I'm starving for a good draft beer!
Dave <>
Auburn, ME USA -
A trip to Portland wouldn't be complete without visiting the "Bear"-love the food and love the beer!! More Vermont micro's would make you almost perfect!!!!
Debbie <>
Cavendish, VT USA -
hey i am 20 m karachi,Pakistan n looking for handsome studs who can visit karachi..i am 5 11 slim fair n goodlooking will catch ya later lovs n kiss
hasan <>
karachi, sind Pakistan -
Have Karen and Tom done it yet?????
Kim <>
Sugarloaf, ME USA -
I like the site keep it up. Stay up playa!
LiL K <>
Newark, NJ USA -
We are staying in Maine for a week and will be sure to visit once or twice while in the area. Just checked out the list of beer available and am looking forward to the blueberry ale, among others.
Ann Looney <>
Boston, MA USA -
We are coming to Maine on vacation next week and can't wait to return to the GLB. The food, service, prices, and, of course, the BEER are all superb. We talk about GLB like Homer Simpson talks about donuts(Mmmmm...Great Lost Bear!) Save me a Black Fly Stout, please(Mmmmmmm...)!
Jim Costigan
Winthrop, MA USA -
I'm watching you. (You guyz should put the Bear Cam in the kitchen (like out near the back door), or in the little girls room) Now THAT would be interesting. Cheers from here. Michael Kirk
Birmingham, UK -
We are coming to Maine the week of July 7-15 and we are going to stop at your place. Looking forward to it.
John Redding <>
Hillsdale, Mi. USA -
looking for that lost girl with the bear of a a**
Well it's that time of year again! BEAR time! The time when all those hybernating bears in southern new england venture north for some classy maine culture. Cheers, kate p.s. This is not the other kate shorey FROM portland. I only lived there a few years. someday we will meet though.
Kate Shorey <>
Forestville, CT USA -
The Bear Cam rocks! (and so does the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich). Can't wait to stop by again...see you all there!
Wayne Richards
S. Portland, ME USA -
how big does the SASE have to be to get a sticker? e-mail me for the response please :O)
alaia <>
redondo beach, CA USA -
I've been going to the bear since they opened in 1979.It's always a fun place with the best food and employees around.The owners sure know how to give the place a great atmosphere.I still get there every chance I can.If you're new in town or just visiting you can't afford to miss the GREAT LOST BEAR!!
steve kaatz <>
windham, me USA -
Hay Now............
Sean Stewart <>
Lexington Park, MD USA -
Great to see the Bear Cam back....
Frank from Falmouth
Came in yesterday and had a great meal! The fish was fresh, the buffalo chicken delicious, and the coffee and beer were very good. The atmosphere was relaxing and there was no wait, no reservations needed on Mother's Day! Took the stress right out of the day. Great family restaurant.
Bob & Louise Quigley <>
Melrose, MA USA -
hey, useta live in portland but haven't been back in years. ya still have those chicken wings? BEST, and i spent considerable time in buffalo. nacho mama's here is 2nd. oh, also jerk chicken sandwich. hope to get back soon.
todd aron <>
balto, md USA -
Be there tonight - I can never make it til Friday! Hope the deck's open!
Donna Baker <>
Portland, ME USA -
Posting from a pub in the English countryside. How can I get ya'll a keg of ale from here for the bar? (I'm thinkin' Bishops Finger from Shepards Neame Breweries). Anyway, happy summer, hi to Mike, Karen and Pam (Senior Vampires of Dave and Chips crypt, and seemingly, after all these years, the only folks I still recognise when I float across the water). -M. Kirk
Michael Kirk <>
Birmingham, UK -
hey how do you use a dead logo and they are not mad...hmmmmm might have to call my friends at the dead office
jonn <>
me USA -
Allo dere.
anne <>
carson, ca USA -
The dirty wings were great. The heart attack special burger was even more delightful, but the beer, you guys make me proud
Denver, CO USA -
good job runnin the bear dada
sam mac
portland, me USA -
Great website. Can't wait to visit your place in person this summer.
Ginger M <>
Erie, PA USA -

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