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RSVP Discount Beverage & Redemption Center

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BA SCORE
86
very good

45 Ratings
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 16.4%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

887 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04103-4107
United States
phone: (207) 773-8808

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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

This store runs frequent advertisements on the radio. Even so I've driven by it from time to time. RSVP carries a good beer selection for Maine. From my casual experience patronizing various beer sellers dotted up and down the eastern states of the US of A, RSVP's beer selection is average but probably stellar for Maine. Wide and varied beer distribution up into Maine is likely harrowed by low demand, high tributes, rules and regs, you name it.

I also patronize two other stores in the greater Portland Maine area that sell craft brews. RSVP probably has the better selection but it's not so outstanding that I'd go out of my way to shop there.

I didn't bother to review their other offerings- looks like a goodly selection of wines.

I did not require assistance so I can't comment on the store's help.

In the end I'm glad for the existence of any channels through which I can obtain quality craft brewed beer.

11-20-2010 06:16:53 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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gtn80

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

RSVP is my go to bottle shop in Portland. First the good part. They have a great selection of continental beer, especially German and Belgian. They also have a great selection of craft beer, especially the local and New Englad scene. Most is warm, but they do put a bunch of the bigger micros and cases of micros in the coolers.

The bad is the service and atmosphere. The place is a pretty dumpy warehouse feel. The service is exactly that, serviceable. I usually only interact with the cashiers, and they are adequate. The problem is the staff has no clue about beer, but I don't really care about that. I know what I want going in, but if you like to ask alot of questions, this isn't the place for you.

11-12-2010 21:19:28 | More by gtn80
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twelvsies

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

RSVP Liquors, conveniently located just up Forest Ave north of I-295. A pretty standard liquor-mart style store, big-ish, but with a nice selection of beer. A wall of coolers holding six packs, growlers, etc. A good showing of local beers, as with most places in Portland, and also a good deal of variety from around the country, essentially whatever is available here. Solid showing of Belgians as well, and usually a large stock of said items. Where some smaller shops get a case or two of something like Red Race for example, RSVP will have a whole stack. So, if there's something you can't find, it's worth a trip to see if it's in. That being said, there's really not a lot of "geeky" selection here, or at least as far as I can tell. I am only a semi-regular customer, so maybe befriending the beer guy would help, but I have not met this person. The staff I have encountered have been friendly. Big store = low prices, which is good. Definitely a spot to check out in Portland.

10-04-2010 01:20:51 | More by twelvsies
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lou50rp

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in today 8-7 to but a locally distilled gin, and checked out the beer selection. Found a good selection of locals and out-of-state microbrews. Lot of 12 packs with good prices. When I am in Portland, it will be scheduled stop from now on.
I like the ample parking and easy access. (its only a couple miles from the interstate and not far up the avenue from the Great Lost Bear and Maine Beer Supply) Brewing supplies, packaged beer and lunch with in a mile. Can't beat that.
Staff was friendly, (only encountered at the check-out).
The prices for all my purchases were good (except for the taxes and deposits).

08-08-2010 00:55:30 | More by lou50rp
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smauretti

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in at RSVP on 7/16/10 and 7/24/10 and enjoyed the selection of brews available. I found many beers that are not available back home in Massachusetts. Picked up some Mikkellers, Bar Harbor Cadillac Stout, Maine Beer Company Zoe, Maine Beer Company Peeper's, Stone's 14th Anniversary, Sebago Single Batch as well some other great selections.

Service was good on both occasions and found associates that were knowledgeable about the beer available.

RSVP has a great craft beer selection that was worth the stop on the way through Portland.

Put this one on your list as a must do if in the area.

07-29-2010 04:01:12 | More by smauretti
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I visited this local liquor store while on vacation. I was not to impressed with the staff, they were not very helpful. But there were a number of long isles stocked nicely with craft beers. A lot of Maine beers available, Sea dog, Seabago, Bar Harbor Brewing, Allagash, Atlantic Brewing Company. Also Weyerbacher, Stone, BrewDog, Dogfish head, Flying Dog, Victory and a lot of German Imports. Most seasonals seemed to be fresh. I was able to get a good supply of Cadillac Mountain Stout which is always a favorite of mine when visiting Maine.

06-27-2010 18:56:54 | More by mtnbikerpa
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rrheisler

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

RSVP has earned itself a reputation of having a pretty brutal service staff, as it took almost four months of me going there as a customer before actually getting a greeting out of anybody before hitting the registers. However, they have a really strong selection of local, national, and international brews. Lots of options that you can't find anywhere else, especially on the imported side of things.

However, over the last month and a half, they have really stepped up their service game; more employees who really know what they are talking about. Talked quite a bit with Bill, the beer guy, and through a long conversation with him was able to procure a bottle of Black Ops. Really good guy, knows what he's talking about, and will be the first to point out the good and the bad of the craft in his store.

Prices are good, not great, as Downeast Bev and Oak Hill both beat some prices RSVP has, but RSVP has some that they price lead on. $6.99 is the cheapest I've found locally for Brooklyn's Local series, though.

01-17-2010 14:24:28 | More by rrheisler
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

I travel all the time and when I'm in Maine, I have made this location a regular stop of mine. The store is predominantly liquor and wine, but the SMALL beer selection they have (when compared to the rest of the inventory) is very HIGH quality. I'd much rather have a more concentrated selection of high quality brews as opposed to a huge selection of crap. I've found RSVP's prices to be the BEST I've seen in the seven states I travel in. If you stop in, ask for Bill. Bill knows his beer, I love talking to this guy every time I come in because I learn something new every time. How many places can you go and buy DFH 120 at the same or just about the same price as what you would pay for in DE? I rely on Bill to give me recommendations for some new brews I've never tried before - he's been bang on. Business travelers, seek this place out. Locals who have never been here, pull your head out of the sand!!

12-12-2009 05:10:04 | More by jzeilinger
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shaebs99

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Hmmm...The rating I gave this place may be a bit low..

Heard of this place on my research into Portland. My intel was on the mark about the 25 year old rule at RSVP. Coming from NY I knew they wouldn't accept my ID (and Portland as a whole is a bit strict with the carding). Luckily my friend is a few months older than me and is 25 years old... YAY!

I got a basket for my beer (only realizing afterward that Ishould have gotten a cart instead). Loaded it up with Maine goodies. Bar harbor (small batch and 12oz available), Spring Peeper, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (my GF tried it a few minutes before at Great Lost Bear and wanted some for her self), Clipper City Great Pumpkin (surprised to see it made it this far up), some other NE goodies, and a Rasputing XII. Probably shouldn't have gotten that last one, but who can resist seeing a beer like that for the first time.

My only regret was not getting a Gritty's minikeg

Overall the selection and prices was the best I saw in Portland. They don't compromise on the 25yr old out of state rule so have a backup plan. If you are visiting and are below 25 you may consider visiting Downeast Beverage. Almost all the beers I got at RSVP were here, just a tad more expensive (10% or so).

11-11-2009 02:19:53 | More by shaebs99
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bitterliving

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +23%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Just got of the phone with these folks, and have to say the time they took looking for items over the phone was more than patient.
Without finding what I was looking for, Chris took my name and # to call me back when it arrives.

Two hours later, he calls back to ask how many they can hold for me, as it is coming in.

I've always had good service and selection when I've visited the store.
The place definitely doesn't shine when it comes to the looks department, but for pretty descent service and some of the best selection around the area (wine too) they seem to be the ticket when I head in that area.

09-09-2009 16:03:12 | More by bitterliving
RSVP Discount Beverage & Redemption Center in Portland, ME
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