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Downeast Beverage Co.

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Downeast Beverage Co.Downeast Beverage Co.

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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79 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4703
United States
phone: (207) 828-2337

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

We were checking out of our hotel on a Sunday, so my wife and I walked down here just to check it out and to see what else we could thrown in the car to bring back to MA. We walked in and were greeted with a hello. The beer is in the back of the store. There are a few coolers for cold six packs. Right up front, there is a nice display for Allagash products and next to that, a shelf for other Maine beers. Behind, there are shelves for other US craft beers and imported brews. I was hoping to find some really obscure Maine beers, and while there were some to choose from, it wasn't a large selection. I picked up a bottle of Maine Brewing Company's Peeper Ale for $4.75 to add to the haul from the weekend. We were greeted again at the register. Downeast seemed like the best beer store in the immediate Old Port area.

morebeergood, May 24, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

I was happy to be able to check out Downeast Bev Co with my friends FooFaa and ffejherb. We strolled in after having a bite at 3 Dollar Deweys and befor heading to Novare Res Bier Cafe.

The place is not huge,but what they lack in size they make up for in selection. They have quality stuff like a whole rack of very reasonably priced Trappist and Lambics and they cover the gamut with locals and Europen choices as well. The coolers are pretty well stocked with craft brews including some Allagash and ffejherb got the last bottle of Spring Peeper they had. I was very happy with the prices in comparison to PA as I saved over 3 dollars after tax on a bottle of Orval.

The quality and selection are both good, but the service was limited to ringing us up when we were done. I don't have a problem with that since everything is well displayed and we were having a good time marvelling at the varity of things we can't get in PA. They have seasonals grouped together but some hoppy beers were displayed in the light -my only gripe. I would not hesitate to recommend them - I left my wallet sit absentmindedly and the cashier picked it up for me -Thanks! If you want to try some out of the ordinary brews like gruit, Zwickel and rauchbier they have them too --nice place and you won't be dissapointed.

Slatetank, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of dciBA
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Great little beer store in Portland. A nice welcoming atmosphere, not your average warehouse style liquor store feel. The quantity of selection isn't the best, but the quality just might be. Plenty of the usual favorites to choose from with a bunch of oddball stuff you won't see anywhere else in maine. Nolan the beer guy there is very helpful and knowledgeable. He seems to know about every beer in the store, and had an answer for every question I asked. Parking is tough, but well worth the hassle. Pricing is great, I walked out with a ton of good beer for 50 bucks. They usually have slightly out season stuff on sale too. Don't miss this place when in Portland.

dciBA, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

I really like Downeast Beverage. Their selection may not be as large as RSVP (another beer store in Portland), but it does have plenty of great beer to choose from. There are plenty of local beers, out of state micros, and a good international section separated by country. The atmosphere is really nice, with old wood floors, brick walls, and interesting shelves (which allows the staff to show off the beers in an interesting way). The service has always been helpful. The past two times I've gone in they've been willing to go look out back for a specific beer for me, and if they didn't have it, they could tell me when the next delivery was scheduled to take place. I've also ordered kegs here in the past, and the staff was very accommodating for my needs. Since it is in the Old Port, parking can be difficult at times, btu if you're going to be quick, there are two 15 minute spots nearby that I use when I can.

ToasterChef, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

Went in here on a rainy Saturday on a quick trip to Portland. There was a decent selection, but not as good as I expected considering a lot of the positive comments I've heard about this store. Additionally, there were quite a few older bottles on display...especially in the German and Belgian selections. Still, it's a decent selection. I have to ding service on this note, though. I asked the guy at the register if they had any Cadillac Mountain Stout, and he responded, "Cadillac Mountain Stout...ummm...who makes it?" Are you $#!+ting me? If you're holding yourself out as a solid beer store in Maine, every service person, owner, manager, janitor or carrier pigeon in the place better know about the most sought-after beer in Maine (OK, that was before Gargamel). He may have been new, but that didn't help. Still, it has a pretty decent selection save for potential freshness issues. I do prefer Tully's in Wells by a significant margin, however, but when in downtown Portland by the wharf Downeast is the best place I saw. And the bakery next door is awesome.

IBUnit63, May 26, 2009
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev -5%

A great place to stop on the way back to the Peaks Island ferry. Went in hoping to grab a sixer to tide me over and ended up purchasing 4 big bottles as well. Got a bunch of local stuff (part of the I won't drink beer that is more than 6 hours away from me mode). The place has a pretty sweet selection of American micros (Victory just became available in Maine), Germans, Belgians, and English as well. Also a good selection of booze and wines if that is your thing. The service was very cordial as well. If you need some really good brews this is definitely a place to pop into.

additional note- all people have different pricing systems in their minds and frankly having a value system on here is pretty odd to me. People spend more for the product they get and that is consumer choice they make. I think $8.50 for a beer is fine. In this day and age we make choices based on what is valuable to us. If quality beer is that choice then paying whatever for it shouldn't be a problem.

GreatPondBrewer, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Collected a modest haul here on a recent visit to Portland. Selection was solid but not remarkably extensive. It was largely organized by country and in some places region. There were modest but solid sections from Belgium, UK, and Germany and a few others. Had some nice ones like St. Bernardus Christmas and Scaldis Noel. American crafts had some national representation, but focused on New England, as it should. Victory, Smutty, Weyerbacher, Brooklyn and so on. Of course Allagash and the Maine micros were very well represented.

The service was outstanding. One staff whose name I didn't get or don't remember (I had come from the Allagash tour-tasting) understood my mission and was right by my side anytime I had a question, and I had many. His input was very helpful. In addition to that, you can pull singles out of sixers, which gets bonus points in my book. Prices reasonable.

sprucetip, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

The beer section of the store is located in the back. There were a ton of high quality/hard to find beers there. All of the prices seemed much lower than they are in MA. I saw Pannepot, a few Jolly Pumpkin beers, a bunch of Cantillon, De Ranke, Dieu du Ciel, various trappists, DFH, Stone, etc.

We were in there for a few minutes and it was reasonably crowded. An employee came by and asked if anyone needed any help. He was really, really helpful. A wealth of knowledge and made some great recommendations.

gameface23, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -5%

Very Nice place right near the water in the Old Port. Nice little selection of wine, liquor, and beeer. They don't have everything, but they do lean toward quality. This is more of an upscale beverage shop than a liquor store, o their hours are a little bit limited- they close fairly early, for instance. Nice people here whom I didn't really ask about beer, so I can't comment on their knowledge. They had most everything local including a nice selection of Allagash, Cadillac Mountain Stout, Smuttynose and even some Peche Mortel now. Much is refrigerated, and what is not is nicely displayed and clean. Best place I found to get the local stuff in Portland. I wasn't really interested in Belgians or other imports as I've got very nice availability to those back home.

Georgiabeer, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

This beverage store has quite the selection of beer. I was really looking for locals and stuff I cannot get in GA while there on a business trip. I spoke with Andy on the phone prior to meeting him to find out where exactly they are located.

They had all the stuff I was looking for: Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, Allagash Odyssey, Sebago at VERY reasonable prices.

The folks working there were quite courteous and friendly and very willing to help out since I was from out of town.

Again, selection was right on with what I expected and I was not let down.

I got a mixed sixer, a 750 of Odyssey, and quite a few bombers for less than $70. That is just fine in my book!

MMAJYK, Apr 23, 2008
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