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9 Ratings
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.27%
$$ - reasonable
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144 Franklin Ave
Farmington, Maine, 04938-6717
United States
phone: (207) 778-3344

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(Place added by: MrHurmateeowish on 01-14-2007)
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zamboni1

Maine

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

THIS is what you call a hidden gem. Ron's Market, that small Mom & Pop variety store located across the street from the Farmington Fairgrounds, is the very definition of a diamond in the rough. (Maybe I shouldn't even let people know about it.)

Beer selection: Insane. As in huge. As in surprisingly huge and eclectic. Ron's carries all the great Maine craft brews you'd expect to find (and find much more expensively) in Portland: all varieties of Shipyard, Geary's, Gritty's, and Allagash and more -- plus the extremely hard-to-find selections from Maine's best craft brewers: Allagash's Anniversary beers and Tribute Series beers, Shipyard's Pugley's Signature Series beers and seasonal 20 ozers, and SO much more.

You want Rogue's line of beers? Got it. Sierra Nevada (beyond just their yummy pale ale) -- here. Anchor's line? Check. Sam, Harpoon, other New England brews? Ayuh.

Then there are the hard-to-find foreign beers: odd ales from England, Scotland, France. A new, impressive and extensive lineup of Belgians. Hard-to-find German beers. The entire (underrated) Unibroue line from Quebec. Ron's has it all.

And Jon (the owner of Ron's -- he kept the store's name from the previous owner, Ron) is the nicest guy you'll meet and will special order for you and phone you wnen something cool comes in. And he knows his stuff.

Ron's is simply a hidden gem in a place you'd never expect. If you're on your way to ski at Sugarloaf or Saddleback it is WELL WORTH YOUR WHILE to find it and stock up for your trip. Just don't tell too many people ... for my sake.

04-08-2009 21:45:56 | More by zamboni1
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hockeypuck

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

05-19-2014 01:38:41 | More by hockeypuck
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Hopstronaut

Maine

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Ron's is THE place to get beer in Franklin County (take it from a native). The owner is a beer man himself and is quick to offer up a tip or advice on a good brew. The selection is easily ten times that of your every-day liquor store. The prices are decent, the staff eager to please. Ron's also has a great selection of things like cider, wine and liquor as well as general takeout and convenience store-type fare. In addition to that, they also do regular beer and wine tastings. A true diamond-in-the-rough.

09-25-2012 21:35:29 | More by Hopstronaut
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sprucetip

Alaska

4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Ron's is kind of a mini-mart, sort of, with some fast food and so on. But not only is it by far the best beer store in and around Farmington (not saying much), it is a good beer store period. In the context of its location and the population it serves, it's kickass.

Everyone is friendly there, but generally the staff don't offer too much assistance. Other than the owner, I don't think they are beer geeks. If John, the owner, is there he would make sure I knew what was new, and so on. And if asked, the staff are certainly helpful. You can buy singles of most anything, so I score high on service primarily for that reason.

I had no quality problems with anything I got there. The selection was impressive, especially considering it is in Farmington, Maine. There was a solid, fairly extensive Belgian selection, and it rotated. Way more English than I have ever gotten around to trying, and plenty of the classic German brews. Aside from the well represented imports, there were plenty of regional New England beers from Maine, Mass, Vermont, NH, Penn, NY, and even some from further away, like Thirsty Dog from Ohio. Some of the standard larger West Coasters like Stone, Sierra, Rogue were there too.

Ron's is a good beer store, anywhere. But in a small college town in rural Maine, where folks are not very affluent, it's a bit of a gem. If you are on your way to Sugarloaf or Saddleback, it's worth your time to stop by. John also recently opened a restaurant called The Company, in Farmington, that has 24 taps and does flights.

03-22-2011 00:41:57 | More by sprucetip
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lou50rp

Maine

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

My daughter goes to UMF and that is how I stumbled on to Ron's. My first visit was to find Oak Pond Brewery's brews. Ron's has the full line and a whole lot more. I never expected to find the selection in a little convenience store in Farmington. Maine microbrews are there, ones unavailable in Southern Maine, as well as imports. The Staff is friendly and helpful. Every time I go to Farmington, I stock up on OPB at Ron's. Great beer that I can't get at home. If your in western Maine and want to find some good beer-Ron's is the place.

07-14-2010 18:59:41 | More by lou50rp
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Katahdin

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

What a wonderful surprise to find in the middle of the Western Mountains of maine right around the corner from the old Narrow Guage Brewpub. A graet selection of bottles, i was not wanting for anything really and wonderful friendly people who truly enjoyed talking to you about beer. Just fear that the college students across the street still wan PBR instead of the great selection herein. I found the prices to be very favorable comapred ith the surrounding area and definitely cheaper than going into Portland. A great resource only 5 miles from my Maie vacation home!!

12-22-2009 20:17:39 | More by Katahdin
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youbrewidrink

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Who da thunk you would find such a great bottle shop in big ole Farmington, ME.

This is not a fancy place, but it has more than enough beer varieties to keep almost anyone, in quality suds for a long time.

Price was reasonable on everything. And Jon will order just about anything.

This place even come with entertainment. I stopped by on a Saturday night right around the time they pick the numbers for the area lotteries. There must have been a dozen folks in there just a waitin'. When I left the woman at the counter asked if I wanted a bag and I replied: no I don't have to hide this from anyone" the gentlemen behind me with the wife beater and missing teeth said " damn, you are lucky".

I'm glad my sister lives in Temple. Now I have a real reason to visit her.

07-13-2009 17:09:16 | More by youbrewidrink
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cookin420

Maine

4/5  rDev -8.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

It kind of blows my mind that more people haven't reviewed this shop.
What also blows my mind is the number of beers that ron crams into his convenience store. This is a very impressive place. Great for bottles you've wanted to try but couldn't find and he will also have stuff you've never heard of. You will find a number of premium session brews, local and otherwise, as well as some real sippers. He seems to carry all of merchant du vin's imports; Sam smith, westmalle, melbourne bros. and more.
Ron knows his shit and will shoot said shit with you for as long as you want.
I go to Jokas In Waterville but I will go see ron much more often now that I've seen what he's got going on in there. He seemed quite willing to order a few things for me as long as It was something he has available to him.
I'll also add that while ron is a bit short on space in the six pack section, He has plans to expand his beer space by opening up some space toward the back of the store for his wine selection, ( also very nice) and in turn, making more room for the important stuff. (BEER!)

BUY BEER HERE. YOU WILL BE IMPRESSED!

12-28-2007 18:36:47 | More by cookin420
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

This was deffinitely my go-to bottle shop in college, within walking distance of where I lived. They carry a surprising selection considering the location. They have English and Belgian beers that can be hard to find in Maine. They have Unibroue, Wittikerke, Wychwood, Young's, Chimay, Lindeman's, DFH, and of course Allagash, among quite a few others. If the owner/proprietor is there, he's glad to talk beer with you and suggest different beers he carries. The other staff is fairly friendly as well. I've never had any issues with freshness with them, as they seem to move a lot of beer, and their selection changes. If you're in western Maine, I'd deffinitely reccomend this place. I still swing by whenever I'm in the area.

02-19-2007 22:19:07 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Ron's Market in Farmington, ME
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