1828 Vintage House Specialties
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4
4.5/5 rDev -2.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally made my way to Boothbay area to check this place out. The set-up is really neat, especially the walk-in cooler out back (which is really the same cooler that the front part uses where the cheeses and such are stored). Overall, a cozy place with lots of character.
The selection is pretty varied, although not the largest. A well represented selection of locals, regionals and imports. They even had quite a few Black Alberts here whereas everywhere else it's hard to find it in stock.
Talked to the owner briefly about their startup brewery that they're building adjacent to the Vintage House. He had his homebrewing equipment setup out back even. Hopefully, they're able to pass the town board hurdles that have been plaguing them. Judging by the construction plans, it'll be a unique little brewery to have in Maine.
07-07-2010 01:40:35 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.65/5 rDev +0.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place was a treasure trove of beer. The owner was awesome. It's hard to give a perfect score but I found things here I could not find anywhere else and because its a bit out of the way and all they have is craft it was a great experience.
This place is so cool you walk in and there is a counter and then you walk into a room on your right and then take a left and there is all this craft beer some old and some new. They also have a cooler of some of the craft that needs to stay cool. I found Black Albert, World Wide Stout, DFH 120, Fort, cantillion, nogne, stone, this list goes on. A great place that is trying to get even better with thier effor to create a brewery good luck and I can't wait to have a beer there.
06-19-2010 00:29:02 | More by Casey10
4.5/5 rDev -2.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Easy on/off of Route 27 in Boothbay Harbor, this place should be a definite stop to the beer loving tourists of the area. The Specialty shop is located in a cottage amongst other cottages on the property, that houses a fine cheese, wine, and beer selection. The beer room is located towards the back of the cottage (right then a left after the main entrance). Although the space for the room is quite small, the quality of brews offered more than make up for it. Craft selection is mostly dedicated to Maine offerings (Sheepscot, a nice array of Allagash, Gritty's, Geary's, Atlantic, the Cadillac Mountain Stout, etc), others include DFH (Red & White, Black & Blue, Peche, 90 min, Midas, 120, etc.), Heavy Seas, Smuttynose, etc. The real treat here is the Belgian/European selection: Delirium, Nogne O, Hitachino, JW Lees, etc. The proprietor and wife seem dedicated to the shop, especially the beer hosting a DFH event in a few weeks and regular wine tastings. If they could only expand the beer selection to a few more rooms this place would be exceptional.
07-31-2007 13:36:26 | More by NEhophead
4.85/5 rDev +4.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We stopped in at the 1828 Vintage House on our way back home to Western MA from Bar Harbor, Maine. Its located in Boothbay, ME right off of Route 27, about 5 miles or so from the Boothbay Harbor area. The 1828 Vintage House complex incorporates the 1828 Vintage House itself (mostly a retail food/wine/beer outlet, but also an apartment unit) with a series of small cottages, a taller apartment-type complex, an outdoor pool, and an open lawn where you can play croquet, wiffle ball, horseshoes (all supplied), or whatever. You can read all about the history and configuration of the property on their website (www.1828vintagehouse.com/).
I cant say enough about the hospitality of the owners, Win and Lori Mitchell. They are both very nice and go to great lengths ensure the comfort of their guests/customers. We were able to squeeze in one night on short notice it was during one of their monthly wine tastings, and they were pretty much booked up. The accommodations have all been recently updated, and a few of the cottages are brand new everything was very clean, neat, orderly and most importantly comfortable. The staff members were all very pleasant, and the general atmosphere is very friendly it was almost like crashing at friends place for the night. A friend who has an awesome beer collection, though . . .
Win is a real beer lover, and a homebrewer as well (he just built a sweet two tier system check it out in the rear of the beer room). He knows his stuff, and is doing an impressive job of bringing unique beer to his shop.
1828 Vintage House Specialties serves as the retail outlet for wines, cheese, and fine beers, and operates out of a building that was originally deeded in 1828, hence the name. The place has a nice vintage farmhouse vibe. They say they have the largest selection of craft beers in the Region, and I dont doubt that for a minute! Not to be cliché, but I felt like a kid in a candy store to say I was impressed would be an understatement . . .
Their Beer Room has a very eclectic mix of really nice beer during our visit, they had selections from Allagash, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Smuttynose, Atlantic Brewing Company, Brooklyn, Black Bear, Grittys, Sheepscot Brewing, Ommegang, Rogue, Anchor, Achel, Nogne-O (Norway), Olfabrikken (Denmark), Jolly Pumpkin, J.W. Lees, and more!!! Check out their beer list on the site for a more detail . . . (and theres A LOT more detail there!). Pricing was pretty good - some items were pricier than I might pay at home, but not too much more. Other items I can't even get at home, and those prices generally seemed reasonable.
Im sure wine lovers can find some treats there, too. Im sorry I didnt pay more attention to the comestibles in the store, as I am sure that they were of high quality as well I was too transfixed on the beer.
If you ever find yourself in the Boothbay area, this is a great place to spend one night, or even a week. Even if you are just passing through, stop in to check out the beer selection Im sure that it will continue to change and grow. Win and Lori have some great plans for the 1828 Vintage Houses expansion in addition to more rental units, they might eventually have a restaurant/pub.
As a closing note, be sure to keep an eye on the events in August 2007 at the 1828 Vintage House Win is a friend of Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, and they are putting together what I am sure will be an awesome DFH event (now, I just have to figure out how to get up there for that . . . ).
07-30-2007 19:38:50 | More by rmessick
1828 Vintage House Specialties in Boothbay, ME
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