Downeast Beverage Co.
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 44
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is an excellent store right in Old Port, right on the waterfront. Though a bit small, there is plenty of Maine beers to be had in sixers and bombers along with a decent wine selection.
If you don't see anything, ask and you shall receive a quick response. I was able to find a good selection from the new brewers like Rising Tide along with much else. This may not be the highest rated beer store in Portland, but it is excellent for visitors with limited time who seek a store with a (seemingly) endless selection of regional brews.
11-27-2013 20:46:39 | More by jjboesen
3.09/5 rDev -26.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This is an pretty good spot in Old Port to grab some brew. For people who are from "away", you will likely find some beer that you do not get in MA/CT/NY, etc. They carry Maine Beer Co, Allagash, some Belgians, German, West Coast breweries, others. You will find the beer tucked into a back corner of the store. Most of their space is dedicated to wine and spirits. And along with that, when I came in, their staff was pre-occupied tasting wines with a sales rep.
Regardless of that, this store did not live up to some of the previous ratings for me. Granted, it is in a convenient downtown area and has some good beer available, but some of the really high ratings have me, scratching my head. But, if you are staying nearby, by all means, pick up a couple things hear, but I`m guessing that you will not be blown away.
07-06-2013 02:59:50 | More by mltobin
3.86/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A nice "gourmet food" setup, and a decent number of bottles in the trendy West district. Not as many bottles as Tulley's, by a big margin. More pricey distributed bottles. More Shelton Brothers bottles than anything else. But that was good for me, and passed over bottles of Stillwater and of Dugges enabled me to catch up on his saisons. A little pricey. Still nice street to shop.Smaler bottles only by the six pack and in the cooler. It was the bombers and 500 ml. at a good temperature.
08-16-2012 23:15:52 | More by Sammy
3.25/5 rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I visit this beer store whenever I'm in Portland
After the successful acquisition of blueberry scones @ the standard bakery (located next door) I make my way into downeast for some brews. Liquor and wine take up the front of the store with most of the beer stuffed into the very back. There are coolers full of beer along the left side as well. As I remember their selection consisted of maine locals (Allagash/Maine beer co) as well as some interesting imports (mainly Belgian). In retrospect the selection isn't as good as I remember it being. I question their impressive selection of Stillwater beers over ones from the new england region, or even the northeast. Finally, the icing on the cake is being lied to by staff about Allagash special release beer availability at the brewery (followed by a huge overcharge for a beer produced <10 miles away). Leaving the place has me convinced the only necessary beer stop is Julio's/Portsmouth, but I think I'll continue to get outstanding scones next door.
05-21-2012 23:11:36 | More by ThePorterSorter
4/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
All of my friends have been telling me to go here, so I decided to check it out and see if I could find some of the stuff I've been looking for. Low and behold I did find a fair amount of what I've been looking for.
A/Q: The atmosphere, well, the beer is cold and on the side close to the cashier and the warm stuff is in the back. I found some good stuff but had to look. The store was pretty small. The quality was pretty good, there were a lot of brews that could be considered obscure and a fair amount of the Maine genres were found as well.
S: The service, well, there was just the girl up front and she didn't bother me until I was ready to pay. I didn't take anything negative on that since I usually know what I'm looking for.
S: The selection was about normal for a small New England beer store or liquor store with beer stashed here and there.
V: The prices were reasonable, about the same as elsewhere. I would go back if I was in the old port again.
04-29-2012 18:16:28 | More by BeerKangaroo
4.8/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This has become my bottle shop.
After living in Portland for >19 months and having tried all the liquor/beer stores in the area, I can honestly say that this one is the best.
I mostly go there for beer so I'll focus on that. They have a great selection--not as much quantity as RSVP, but still very good. Anything you want from Maine is there, plus anything that is distributed here, and a lot of foreign crafts.
Customer service: this is where they win hands-down. The customer is always right at Downeast Beverage. They do not have inane policies such as not accepting passports or not selling to out of state residents who are < 25 y/o. They will get you bottles on request and call when your order arrives, and then save it for you. They don't have bottle limits either. The staff are very friendly and you never feel like they're mocking you, even newbies. I've heard some pretty silly questions about beer while in there, and the staff are always 100% helpful, never annoyed or put off. They are not salesmen and will talk you out of buying something if they know you won't be 100% happy with it.
They also have occasional beer and wine tastings, which are great fun... wish I could attend more often.
I pretty much exclusively go here now because of the above reasons. They have treated me very well and thus I will always buy at Downeast Beverage. I highly recommend them!
01-28-2012 23:30:58 | More by beerbiatchMD
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My favorite beer store in Portland for a number of reasons. Nice selection which is very well organized and easy to peruse with most beers organized by country or style. Nolan, the beer buyer, knows his stuff, is extremely helpful and great to talk beer with. Great interior with exposed brick walls and old, old wood floors which remind of the floors in my grandparents' old barn where I used to sneak beer at family events. Prices are a little above average but that is to be expected given the location right in the Old Port. Definitely a great place to check out if you are in the Portland area.
09-14-2010 01:06:23 | More by Chowdahead
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
last stop on the way out of town after a really solid breakfast at the Public Market House
cool old building with creaky wooden floors and old brick walls, especially like the 100+ year old mortar dust that seems to settle on bottles placed close to the wall
as an out of towner I was specifically interested in local and regional beers, of which a pretty nice representation is found here, singles available and breaking six-packs is allowed, probably won't find the entire portfolio of any particular brewery but the selections were quality, solid representation from Belgium and the rest of Europe but those received only a quick glance, I left with a few different selections from Atlantic Brewing but you'll also find stuff from Gritty's, Long Trail, Belfast Bay, Geary's, Sebago, Allagash of course...
not much floor service, but the gentleman working seemed to be restricted to the register by a constant stream of checkouts
07-19-2010 14:33:48 | More by blackie
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've been in here twice now looking for beer that I can't get in VT - so mainly Nogne-O and higher ABV beers. The first time I found a couple 120 Mins, and I couldn't find a WWS which I really wanted, but I asked the beer guy and he went out back and found me one which was awesome! I came back this time but sadly no WWS. I did find Brewdog Tokyo, Mikkeller Black Hole and Beer Geek Breakfast, and the Nogne-O, Jolly Pumpkin, Stone Collaboration that was brewed at Nogne-O which I've never seen before!
The prices seem a bit high, however I was buying higher ABV imported stuff so that's to be expected. Make sure to look around because I found a Dark Horizon in the back of one shelf the first time I was there which was a pretty good find!
07-05-2010 00:44:21 | More by kingcrowing
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Not a lot of stores in the area featuring a good beer selection, but this one is my "go-to". Most of the beer is in the back, past an also decent selection of wines / spirits. Lots of local flavor, including Allagash, Gritty's, Bar Harbor, etc. They keep the new stuff from Maine Beer Company stocked as much as possible, although it flies out the door quickly, usually straight into my fridge. They get one delivery per week according to the staff. There's also a decent amount of imports / Belgians etc along the back wall. Some Shelton Bros stuff, etc. Occasionally you can find some stuff from De Struisse. The only downside is that a lot of the more interesting stuff doesn't seem like it sells, so the selection doesn't change much week to week. I go in probably twice a week, mostly for Peeper Ale, and am getting a little bored w/ the typical offerings. That being said, they do a good job with what's available in Maine. The folks that work there are always in a jolly mood and willing to chat about beer. They have a great logo w/ a lobster holding a martini glass that is available in shirts, flags, pints, etc. Overall a great place and probably the top in the area in my opinion. Also worth noting, if you are just in the area briefly you should consider stopping by the Standard Bakery right next door, another great local place w/ a bounty of baked goods.
06-06-2010 21:01:29 | More by twelvsies
Downeast Beverage Co. in Portland, ME
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