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Bier Cellar

Bier CellarBier Cellar
BA SCORE
99
world-class

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6.21%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

299 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04101-2002
United States
phone: (207) 200-6258

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @biercellar

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(Place added by: troughnbrew on 06-07-2012)
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redleaves

Maine

4.61/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

So great beer store no doubt. Clean, knowledgeable staff. Great import selection of rare, strange beers. American Craft selection was decent. But the store is not filled up, there are 4-5 facings of each beer, it is not even close to capacity which hurts it. Looks more impressive then it is. Location is pretty bad pulling into this place is a chore. Worth a stop though.

03-13-2014 22:53:31 | More by redleaves
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thebeerbabe82

Maine

4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Going into Bier Cellar is the best possible experience for a novice, intermediate, or super-geek beer drinker. Owner Greg Norton gets to know his customers almost immediately, and in addition to his excellent suggestions, the other staff are also completely obsessed with beer. When I walk in I can always know what's new, what's good, what's okay, what I might like - and I barely have to even ask. The selection is only limited by what can actually be distributed in Maine - Bier Cellar has anything you'd need. With ample cooler space, they're also able to keep a great selection of beer cold, so you can drink that deliciousness as soon as you get home. This is small business done 100% right - and you will not regret the experience if you're in the Portland area.

01-31-2014 22:34:40 | More by thebeerbabe82
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meehandennis

Maine

4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

I have been going to Bier Cellar since it opened and want to commend them with a review. Greg certianly knows his beer and has a passion to share it. The store is well stocked but you never feel.overwhelmed because they will happily walk you through and answer questions and even pick out an assorted 6 pack for you. They are frequently doing tastings and it is highly recommended to get on the email list so you can get the best descriptions and chance to buy new products. They apologize for sending too many emails, but they consistently get the beat product and I welcome the chance to know when they are coming. And the mix and match is a HUGE plus. Best beer store in Maine that I have found hands down.

08-16-2013 00:16:25 | More by meehandennis
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supercodes

Maine

4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

Bier Cellar is great in the fact that the owner of the establishment knows his beer through and through, and will have a nice conversation about the brews you purchase, and is more than willing to suggest something with enthusiasm. The experience is really highlighted by the great selection of international brews, great local glassware, and some harder to find domestics.

The one downside is the price. Many of the options you can get here, you can drive a couple of miles down the road to RSVP and pick up the same thing likely a bit cheaper. I won't fault the Bier Cellar too much for this, as this is a boutique establishment catering to craft brew enthusiasts with no BMC to be had (or many of their European counterparts), so you make up for the price with exceptional service, and a hand picked selection. It is up to you, as a consumer, what you want more, and if Bier Cellar is worth the trip.

06-23-2013 19:32:57 | More by supercodes
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Chowdahead

Maine

4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

Best beer store in the Portland area. Great selection of basically every craft beer available in the state and no BMC in sight. They also sell cider, mead, wine and have a small selection of homebrew equipment and supplies. The store is well laid out and easy to navigate. Prices are a touch higher then some other stores in the Portland area but that is to be expected due to the lack of the BMC sales foundation most other stores have. The place the Bier Cellar really stands out is the service. The owner, Greg, is usually there and he really knows his stuff and always willing to chat or give a recomendation. A refreshing change from some other more high end stores in Portland where the owners don't know squat about beer (I'm looking at you Downeast). Bier Cellar is definitely a must stop for anyone looking for great beer in Maine.

06-13-2013 19:39:29 | More by Chowdahead
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Tauroe

Maine

4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Love the Bier Cellar definitely worth a stop if you are hunting for beer in the Portland area. They have a really good selection and carry only craft beer that the owner personally curates. They definitely have a good selection of local Maine beer as well as a wide variety of imports. The layout is pretty cool it tries to group everything by region.
I think where the Bier Cellar really sets itself apart is the service. Greg has been in the store every time I have been there he really knows his stuff and can give you description of just about everything in his shop.
I would definitely recommend stopping in any time you are in the area.

05-31-2013 01:17:52 | More by Tauroe
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I am part of a monthly beer subscription with a friend and stopped into the store during my visit to Maine this past weekend. Bier Cellar is one of the best stores i've been to in CT/MA/ME with a good/great selection (domestic/international/local maine), great weekly emails on new/interesting/events and reasonable prices.

--Wish I lived closer to stop in weekly

05-29-2013 16:40:57 | More by alaimoa
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$

On our way back from the Allagash tour back to downtown Portland, we stopped here to pick up some beers for the hotel room. Not the easiest place to find tucked in there next to another business. The store itself is laid out by region, which is cool. Local beers, Euro beers, etc. It was fun to just walk around and browse. Great selection all around (they have cider and wine too). The prices all seemed reasonable also. I picked up some Gritty's and Rising Tide bombers. The guy at the cash register struck up a friendly conversation about local craft beer. If you are going to visit, be sure to stop in on the way to Allagash, but heading back to Portland from Allagash, be prepared to make a weird U-Turn to get to the correct side of the street.

05-07-2013 18:23:37 | More by morebeergood
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.28/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Not long after this place opened (three months I think if I remember the owner telling me correctly), I decided I needed to check it out.

A: The atmosphere was definitely an alcohol store. I didn't take a look at the wine/mead side, but pretty much stayed to my alcohol of choice side and was thoroughly impressed. I took a good look around and saw a great amount of six packs, bombers and 12 ounce singles. The store was very clean. With mostly a warm section, there was still a decent chilled side as well.

Q/S/S: The quality was really good as beers were laid out by six pack/bomber and 12 ounce singles (I liked the layout of that). The owner was exceptionally friendly, though I didn't introduce myself, I really liked how I got a 10% discount for buying a mix a six pack of whatever 12 ouncer. I would say the service was great because I got to look for what I was looking for without being bothered (but that's just me). The selection had a large New England variety with some other brands such as Mikkeler, Rogue, Sixpoint, Flying Dog and Dogfish Head (there's a bunch of other brands that I'm forgetting to say).

F/V: Yeah, its an liquor store, so there was no food to buy. So with the 10% discount, I would say the value was pretty good.

Despite a tight parking lot that made me turn right, I eventually found my way back to 295. However, I would say at least there is a parking lot (why I haven't gone back to Downeast Beverage), its close to 295 so one doesn't have to go all the way out to RSVP, yet its still within walking distance of Great Lost Bear. I'll be going back there and plan on taking my friends.

05-06-2013 22:11:43 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Brez07

Maine

5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

I've been shopping at the Bier Cellar since it opened last year so figured it was about time that I reviewed it.

This place is awesome. Very diverse selection of beer, wine, cider and mead. No BMC in sight. Greg really knows his stuff and is happy to just chat about beer when things are slow. They offer a monthly beer club, have some pretty cool glassware, bring in new beers all the time and do a few tasting each month - what more could you ask for? Shit, even the music played in the store is great.

Hard to really knock anything about the store other than prices are slightly higher than other stores in the area, but that is negated by the 5% discount for a mixed 4 or 10% discount for a mixed 6.

In summary, if you haven't been there already, get to Bier Cellar and prepare to forget about all other stores in Southern Maine.

03-06-2013 17:14:20 | More by Brez07
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Bier Cellar in Portland, ME
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