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Maine Brewing Supply

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Maine Brewing SupplyMaine Brewing Supply

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.06%
[ Homebrew Store ]

542 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04101-1507
United States
phone: (207) 791-2739

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(Place added by: BillyBrew on 12-08-2007)
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Reviews by ToasterChef:
Photo of ToasterChef
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

I'm a newcomer to homebrewing, and so far this is the only supply store I've visited, but I was very impressed with it. The owner was very friendly and answered any questions I had, even offering suggestions for ways to improve my set-up. It never felt like he was trying to sell me on upgrades or better ingredients, he was passionate about great beer and wanted me to brew the best beer I could.

So far I'm still brewing using kits, so I can't comment on the selections of individual ingredients, but there are plenty of kits for a beginner like myself, in a wide range of styles. The owner even let us know that buying the kits works out as a better deal than buying each ingredient separately.

If you need a beer to enjoy before your first batch is ready, the store has a number of fine beers for sale. It's not as wide of a selection as other stores in town, but I don't think it gets picked over as quickly; I saw Black Albert bottles for sale here when they had sold out everywhere else in Portland.

I imagine that I will be buying my brewing supplies here for a long time and will continually be impressed with Maine Brewing Supply.

Update: Since posting my initial review, I've been back to Maine Homebrew Supply a number of times, and as I predicted, I'm continually impressed with everything about this place. Looking just at the bottled beer that is available for purchase, this place ranks with the best beer stores in the area. Rob, the owner, has been very friendly every time I've gone in, offering advice and going above and beyond what one would expect from a guy who owns a store and is there working every single hour it is open. Lastly, I've gotten a bit more adventurous in my brewing, and I've yet to look for an ingredient that isn't available here. This store really is a gem.

ToasterChef, Apr 15, 2009
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

ColdOne, Jul 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

ezchaos, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

mk_ultra, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Hoptasticnasticus
4.14/5  rDev -9.8%

Excellent Selection of brewing equipment, DME, LME, and grain.

I would say the only down fall is the pricing.
Purchasing grain from this store will cost you just as much if not more that LME or DME thus defeating one of the major incentives to brew all grain beer. Seems like he bases all of his pricing off of fair market value + shipping. Even though his shipments are most likely freight which cost a fraction of personal shipments.

I would guess Maine Brewing supply pays around $30 for a 50lb sack of grain then turns around and sells it for close to $70!!!... Ridiculous.

Hoptasticnasticus, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of mattreba
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%

This is a great homebrew store with a good selection of fresh ingredients. The prices are higher than online suppliers but that's to be expected with business expenses in Portland. Support your local homebrew store so they are there when you need them!

The owner is very nice. You can email him a grain bill in advance to have it ready when you pick up.

The store also has a good selection of commercial beers available for purchase.

For those driving into Portland MBS is located next door to The Great Lost Bear which is a great tap house with good food. It will be well worth your trip for both stops.

mattreba, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Doshkin
5/5  rDev +8.9%

This supply store is incredible. I've only been to a few, but this one is at least twice the square footage of the others. Everything in the store is laid out in a very orderly fashion, so you can basically walk around in a circle and get everything you need.

The atmosphere is quiet and cozy. Sometimes I'm the only person there, and sometimes there is a line of a few people waiting to be helped. Nobody ever seems bothered by the line, myself included, because there are plenty of things to keep you entertained while waiting.

Rob is awesome. He'll talk to you about anything you want, and he is extremely friendly. He's pretty quick out back getting your grains. I tend to ask a lot of questions, asking for his suggestions and opinions because he is far more experienced than I am with homebrewing, and I have never been disappointed.

There's everything you need from beer brewing equipment and supplies, to wine brewing, even sake brewing. The store is supplied with tons of accessories, from caps and bottles to kegs and mash tuns. I recently went and the hops I needed were not in stock in the freezer, but Rob went out back and got me some loose leaf bags of the variety I needed. There's a great selection of good quality beer, as well. They carry a solid selection of styles and origins.

I have only purchased from LHBS's. Yes, it is a little more expensive for pretty much everything. If you want the cheapest possible prices, then this isn't your place. If you want to support a local small business, have a great conversation with a very knowledgeable brewer and beer drinker, and get pretty much any supply you need, then this is definitely a place you should check out.

As long as I live in the area, I will continue to give my business to Maine Brewing Supply.

Doshkin, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of CLAUDE007
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Maine Brewing Supply is fantastic, I have never felt more welcome and catered too than I did when buying my supplies for an all grain recipe, which was tweaked a little for me by Rob the owner (much appreciated). I also felt the pricing in the store was very reasonable, and am more than happy to support local businesses, in fact I would be willing to pay a little more in order to insure MBS stays just where they are.
Let me explain my last comment to you, while I was brewing my Belgium Dark, I ran into a problem with my yeast, I phoned the store and even though I could hear customers in the back round, Rob took the time to guide me and more importantly my beer too Gold Medal Status.
Thanks MBS and thank you Rob.

CLAUDE007, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.66/5  rDev -20.3%

I live about hald a mile from this place and being nextdoor to the Great Lost Bear you can't go wrong.

That said however this place is EXPENSIVE nearly $6 per lb for DME I had to scale back the review to reflect. They have an amazing selection of grains hops and yeast, tho their dry yeast selection was small. I don't like the way you have to order grain from a list which he goes in back to grind. That's fine but the shops popularity makes service slow and there isn't pricing anywhere for grains. I felt like an idiot ordering 4 or 5 different grains and asking how much each was then on a few realizing the price and wishing I hadn't ordered them. I calculated the price per batch and I can make it cheaper with northern brewer, which sucks cause I like helping a local guy

bishopdc0, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of gtn80
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%

Maine Brewing Supply has been a lifesaver when I have needed yeast, DME or a piece of equipment in a timely manner. Rob's customer service has definitely improved immeasurably since they first opened, and I find him to be a great resource now.

To be honest though if I plan ahead I do most of my purchases from online retailers, because I feel like Maine Brewing Supply's prices are too high on grain and hops, and especially on equipment.

Now, I'm not an idiot, I understand the economies of scale that online retailers get to enjoy, and I definitely throw plenty of dollars the way of Maine Brewing. They servce a purpose for me, for quick, convenient purchases.

On a side note, Rob has a great selection of beer there, again, pretty pricey, but he has some stuff I haven't found anywhere else.

gtn80, Nov 12, 2010
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Maine Brewing Supply in Portland, ME
98 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.