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Downeast Beverage Co.

Not Rated.
Downeast Beverage Co.Downeast Beverage Co.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
[ Store ]

79 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4703
United States
phone: (207) 828-2337

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Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

My second time I have visited this store the last time was back in 2003 but I had remembered the great selection then so I headed straight for the place when looking to get my NE stash started.On Commercial street in the busy Old Port District and right across the street from the port itself really in a bustling area of shops and restaurant/bars so you dont really have to go out of your way to find it.As you walk in you see beer on shelves and lots of them they also have a big cooler to the back and left,I would 60% percent Maine brews with more NE stuff as well with a decent Foreign selection as well but I didnt come for that I came for local stuff and they filled that need well,I picked up a few bombers from Stone Coast,Kennebic,and Sheepscot,and finished up with a Old Marley barleywine from Thomas Hooker a regional NE brewer that I havent really had much of a chance to try much.The guys behind the counter knew their beer and I shot the shit with them for a few minutes I got around 10 bombers for under $40.00 dollars wich isnt bad,so when the Old Port I would say this is the best place to get good beer.

oberon, Oct 11, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1%

mdaschaf, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of jjboesen
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

jjboesen, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of mltobin
3.09/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

mltobin, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

Sammy, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

ThePorterSorter, May 22, 2012
Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.8/5  rDev +14%

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!

beerbiatchMD, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Chowdahead
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Chowdahead, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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

blackie, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

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!

kingcrowing, Jul 05, 2010
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Downeast Beverage Co. in Portland, ME
93 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.