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RSVP Discount Beverage & Redemption Center

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48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.88%
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887 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04103-4107
United States
phone: (207) 773-8808

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UnionMade

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Located a bit off the downtown area, RSVP is fairly close to the Great Lost Bear and Stone Coast Pizzeria, on the same street. Driving from downtown, it's located on the right, occupying a large, boxy white building. There's a big sign out front, so it's not easy to miss.
Walking inside, it's a warehouse layout, with a bare concrete floor and little attempt to decorate the place aside from a couple banners advertising assorted liquors and beer.
The beer selection is mostly in coolers against the back wall. It's mainly macros and imports, with all the micros on the right hand end. The usual ME treats, with a couple growlers from Maine Coast and Federal Jacks. I noticed the Maine Coast brews were all stouts, and all in clear growlers. A small warm beer section at the end of one of the aisles hosts a variety of bombers and 750ml bottles, mostly ME brewed products. Several case and six pack displays are set up for special deals.
I didn't have anyone help me, nor did I ask for assistance. The place was pretty dead, and all the employees were at the front of the store setting up some sort of sign. I wound up buying a sixer, and they did ask if I found everything I wanted. I didn't have any complaints.
I noticed the prices here are much cheaper than Downeast. The selection is about the same, with all the same local beers represented. I wanted to pick up a growler of the Maine Coast stuff, but I'm very wary of clear growlers after my experience with some store bought Franconia Notch, which was a clear, skunked growler. Nothing that the store can do about it, really. Some of the more expensive 750's and bombers had a bit of dust on them, which made me a bit dubious as to their age. The regualrs looked fresh enough, but I didn't go around checking expiration dates.
A good enough place to shop for local beer, but I'd stick with Downeast, for the service and location alone.

03-31-2004 03:13:39 | More by UnionMade
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

This store is located outside town, on Forest Ave. not far from Rt. 9. The interior is like a warehouse with a lot of beer, wine, and liquor. The cashier is near the front of the store surrounded by cigarettes, lottery tickets, and some playboy magazines.

The beer selection is good, and like other liquor stores in the area, the emphasis is on Maine beer. However, there was also a decent selection of beers from outside Maine (Unibroue, some English, some German selections). Overall, probably as good a selection as Downeast Beverage Co., but not as big on customer service or atmosphere.

Definitely worth a stop on your way to or from the Great Lost Bear, or on your way to I-95.

11-07-2003 06:30:26 | More by UncleJimbo
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

2.15/5  rDev -44.2%

I read the reviews about this place and thought it would be a great little dive that I would feel right at home in. I don't love a place that has a stuffy feel and prefer the warehouse feel, especially if the service shines. I sought it out when in Portland and I must say this place was the worst place I visited on my trip, and I visited alot of places, and I work in the retail business, so I am no stranger to the life and goings on. First strike was fatal! Upon entering I said hello to the cashier (mind me this is Maine and I thought the people in this state to be amongst the friendliest I've encountered anywhere) and she just looked at my wife and I!? UHHH!!! The homer Simpson syndrome? The other workers leaned against walls talking to distributers-wishing the customers would go away, but knowing they are the ones who bring in the cash! Other stockers sauntered past and tried to not make eye contact. The place is a friggin liqour store mainly with plenty aof cig adds, crappy wines, and a decent selection of beer, but not much one could not find elsewhere. I grabbed a local brew from the cooler only cause I wanted one to drink at the hotel before dinner. This is a place full of burnt out retailers with shitty attitudes and no manners or even courtesy. You can at least say hello when the customer greets you no? Leave this dump to the old red faced gin drinkers and give your money to some one else. There are plenty of cool places in Portland with great employees.

10-04-2003 00:58:29 | More by moulefrite
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

A decent store for beer. Really more geared towards wine. Their non-cooler space is pretty well limited to one row. A solid selection of the locals. I was an unlucky soul who wound up buying way out of date beer there. Didn't realize it until I read about it here. Beer was still good, but there is no excuse for beer that old on the shelf. Prices are pretty good.

09-27-2003 00:53:45 | More by yankeeheel
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.9%

The best stock-up joint for anyone going any further north than Portland in Maine. If you're heading up to camp, fish, ski, boat and need the full range of beer, wine and spirits, RSVP has the best and most sensibly priced. Best beer is all the way on the right of the coolers in the rear of the room, before you stumble into the berry coolers. Don't miss the warm bottles in the middle aisle, too. This where you can find the Coursendonks and Traquairs of the world, plus Maine rarities like Honey braggot.

Service is average, but with choices this good this far north, who cares?

04-10-2003 11:47:23 | More by ecoboy
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slander

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Not a real pretty place but houses a pretty damn good beer selection. It's a hair from the Great Lost Bear, meaning convenient as all hell. They've got all the macros I don't need to know about, but they've also got a terrific selection of micros, most specifically Maine (Atlantic Brewing, Geary's, Casco Bay/Carrabassett, Gritty's, Maine Coast, Sea Dog, Allagash, Shipyard, Belfast Bay) & New England brews. Some of the "haven't seen anywhere else up there" beers include Smuttynose and the growlers of Federal Jack's beers. Like I said, not the most asthetically pleasing joint but functionality is the name of the game here. Prices were also a lot better than I've seen in the immediate area.

03-16-2003 15:35:50 | More by slander
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

RSVP Discount Beverage & Redemption is one of the best places to buy quality beers here in Portland. The selection is huge, especially Maine and New England beers, with a good mix of others from around the U.S. and some quality imports.
The staff is always willing to help, I have gone in before looking for a case of something when only singles or six packs were out front and they will gladly check the walk in refrigerator for what you want. If you don't see something ask, they might have it out back or be able to get it.
The prices here are the best in town, bar none, although and the selection is one of the best. Stop in here if you are in Portland looking for local brews!

02-01-2003 20:37:55 | More by MaineBeerMan
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BillyBrew

Maine

3.85/5  rDev 0%

An alcohol 'warehouse', but in the best sense of the word.

A good sized place that is function over fashion. Glossy concrete floors, high raftery ceilings and that effervescent 'redemption center' smell. Also, nice spread of New England regionals, micro-classics (seasonal and regular Anchors and Sierras) and interesting options (spelt brews and a few lines of organics). Great selection of bombers and 750mLs. Solid selection of macro-domestics. Also wines and liquors. Prices of the good stuff are competitive or low. The help is thin or busy or both. The owner, however, was fantastically helpful (he went into great depth into the history and non-availibility of Alexander Kieth's in Maine). The checkout staff is serious and have a very strict ID policy, especially with Flatlanders (out of state folks).

I shop here two to three times a week for everything form High Life and PBR to Allagash and Bar Harbor bombers (along with my girlfriend's wine and Irish Cream from Lewiston, yum). Enjoy, Cheers!

11-23-2002 12:56:04 | More by BillyBrew
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RSVP Discount Beverage & Redemption Center in Portland, ME
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