Downeast Beverage Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
One of the best places to buy beer in Maine in my opinion.
They have selections from Maine that sometimes aren't even available 2 hours north of Portland. Whenever I visit the Portland area, I make sure to stop by and hit up things I've been wanting from New England that for some odd distribution reasoning, can't find its way in ALL of New England.
Prices are on average with what I usually pay for certain items, such as Allagash. Big plus in my book is having Sheepscot in growlers, in Bangor they usually only have the bombers of Pemaquid (and not all places have them either). Selection of Belgians could be a little larger but they have good choices of what they have.
Easy to find, but hard to park (it is the Old Port afterall) but fortunately there's a parking garage pretty much across the street if you don't mind paying a little for the stop.
01-04-2008 21:36:38 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Downeast Beverage- Portland (Old Port)
Walked in here while my wife drove the car around the block. Absolutely NO parking. Across from the wharf and just off of Franklin St. which is exit 7 off 295.
Plenty of Local bombers and belgians on tables with a coolers filled with plenty of 6 packs. I picked up 3 Cadillac Mountain Stouts, along with 4 other bombers and payed $29. Good prices, excellent selection of locals and better known regional micros (Weyerbacher, Dogfish Head, Long Trail, etc.)
The best liquor store I've seen in Portland!
12-30-2007 00:27:13 | More by NJpadreFan
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-11-2007 12:38:06 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally made it over here after a friend told me about how good the selection is, especially when compared to any place we have here in NH. The store definitely has that old New England charm that many others have commented upon, which lends itself to a very comfortable atmosphere. The two staff members working that day were quite friendly, and I struck up a good conversation with one of them regarding different breweries and beer styles. He made several informative suggestions, and the general good vibe I got will make sure I go back whenever I am in Portland.
The selection did not disappoint. So many offerings, including many Trappist and Abbey ales, along with many other Belgians. Lots of good English and German selections, as well as many offerings from throughout Europe. American beers were the usual suspects from around New England (DFH, Smutty, Allagash, etc). The only slight disappointment was the lack of Rocky Mountain and West Coast breweries, but being from NH, I am pretty much used to that.
Definitely a place worth checking out if you are in the Portland area, and definitely a place I will be visiting again soon.
08-31-2007 21:40:48 | More by MrMonkey
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped here on the way to a friends cabin near Lewiston to stock up on ME brews. I wasnt disappointed.
The store is easy to find just across from RiRa in downtown Portland. Walking in there are a few tables of room temp local/regional bombers and a mix and match 6er table. I spent most of my time here. The owner/manager was stocking shelves so we chatted about beers and I asked about Brother Adams Braggot and he apologized saying they were out. He answered questions about brews I havent heard of (Black Bear brewing) and told me about the growlers in the coolers. Walking past the tables there is a row of 4-6 cooler doors with locals regionals first some growlers and then finally the big 3 and the like in the last cooler. There were growlers from two very small breweries and also most of the same brews that are on the tables at room temp. I scored some Allagash Musellete, Black Bear stuff, Bar Harbor, and a smattering of other brews. I also asked about a large magnum from Belgium, the owner said he'd drop $5 off the price (only 28 anyway) if I bought it...SOLD! He then comped me two of my 15 bombers. QUite a great little shop, that obviously has a focus on craft brews and quality products and service.
Easily worth a visit.
07-08-2006 16:30:39 | More by sulldaddy
3/5 rDev -28.7%
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped here with my wife on our way to Cushing for the weekend. I had hoped to pick up some Cadillac Mountain Stout and a couple Allagash selections. This store is definitely 30% beer and 70% wine. Beer in the front left, wine everywhere else.
As I searched around I didn't find any CMS, so I asked one of the girls behind the counter, and she said (unapologetically) that they were out. So I ended up going with some Allagash White and Dubbel Reserve.
I have a feeling that their limited selection was the result of the holiday weekend. However, if I find myself in the area again, I will probably look elsewhere.
07-04-2006 23:10:18 | More by xumbi
3.75/5 rDev -10.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
If I opened a store I would want it to be modeled after this place, I love the country store type feel with the big wood floors and brick walls. I gave quality a big rating b/c everything on display in the front of the store was good craft brews. A good selection of maine breweries(bar harbor+++) as well as other top end micros, most offerings from Dogfish were available. The store was very easy to find off the highway and parking wasn't tough at all. Prices were in the ballpark of everything around boston and I was able to grab four Cadillac Mtn Stouts for under $20.
03-07-2006 00:18:38 | More by WeymouthMike
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to school in New York for three years now, and needless to say I am a bit out of the loop on the current beer destinations in my hometown of Portland, Maine. After searching BA for a decent beer store in the area, I came across Downeast Beverage co. When I arrived I was warmly greeted by the owner Tim who gave me a brief store tour.
The layout and overall feel of the store was very comfortable. I was impressed with their selection and ended up spending close to an hour staring in awe at full shelves stocked with great local, micro and import brews. I was incredibly surprised to find Dogfishead Pangea and Fort in 750ml bottles. I was also happy to see that they pride themselves on supporting and featuring local beers and breweries.
Overall I think that Downeast Beverage Co. is an asset to the Portland beer community and I wish them the best of luck. I encourage anyone who appreciate fine beers to stop in and talk beer with Tim and his helpful staff.
02-10-2006 20:36:58 | More by AC73923
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Quality: Everything seemed fresh, no complaints here.
Service: Nothing too special, the couple of times I have been in here I didnt get anything more than a little chit chat.
Selection: Great Maine selection, but not much else that is particularly outstanding. A spattering of Belgians and New England Micros rounds out the selection. It is definitely a good place for someone who is not from Maine and wants to grad some Allagash 10th Anniversary or a variety of random smaller local micros.
Conclusion: Prices were pretty standard. Not a huge place, but they do a good job shoehorning everything they can into the space. Definitely not worth a major trek, but worth stopping in if you happen to be visiting Portland, or live in the area.
08-24-2005 20:17:53 | More by OldSock
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After reading the reviews, I had pitcured a place much bigger. But while it was a lot smaller than expected, they have done great things with the space they have for beer. I would guess about 40% of their limited space was for beer. Selection was quite good. I have a feeling if a beer is from Maine and available in bottles in Maine, I could get it there. They also had a nice selection of Belgians and other American brews. No dust on anything. Bottles I looked at with a date on them were within a reasonable time. Service was great, one of the guys came over and answered all of my questions. They let me stack my beers on the counter while I continued to look. If ever in the area again I will need to return.
05-07-2005 12:22:56 | More by MuddyFeet
Downeast Beverage Co. in Portland, ME
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