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RSVP Discount Beverage & Redemption Center

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87
very good

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

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jamvt

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.9%

05-19-2014 02:03:07 | More by jamvt
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mk_ultra

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.9%

06-19-2014 13:49:53 | More by mk_ultra
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bitterliving

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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
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liddytime

Maine

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I was a bit hesitant to venture up to RSVP with some of the negative reviews, but in Maine, it is one a the few choices for quality hard to find beers.

While the ambience would never be mistaken for a Four Seasons hotel... HEY!? ... Whadd'ya want?!? It's a liquor store for Pete's sake!

Some reviewers have commented negatively on the service. I was pleased to find the complete opposite! I was approached by not one, but two employees who were incredibly helpful assisting me in picking out Pilsners for my weekend beer-tasting. They were very friendly and very informative ( and I know a s*itload about beer!)

The selection was as good as it gets for Maine and the prices were very reasonable.

Don't give them grief about their ID policy either. I'm sure it's not them, it's the mega-anal state of Maine's policies!

01-08-2011 02:24:43 | More by liddytime
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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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joepais

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I was in looking for a special bottle for Secret Santa BIF. I know it was available in the state of Maine but haven't seen for a while. Sure enough it was there, as well as a great selection of Belgians and other imports. A large selection of American craft brews that was available in the state. They had the new Allagash collaboration as well as most of the other local Maine brews. The place was well laid out and the clerks were knowledgeable. The prices on the bottles were reasonable as well. I most defiantly be back when I get to Portland again

11-09-2008 21:20:26 | More by joepais
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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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smauretti

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +13%
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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blackburnrovers

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +13%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Agree with the previous reviewer. I've lived in Portland for over 12 years and the place has changed for the better over the past couple of years since the new owners arrived. The store used to have bad lighting, a "very used" floor, etc, but things have slowly changed and it is more inviting. For starters, the place is brighter, a new floor has been installed, and racks have been moved making it easier to get around.

More importantly, the beer selection has improved. Sure, you can always get almost every Maine micro produced in bottles, but the import and "out of state" micro selection has greatly expanded. This is due in part to two new distributors in the state carrying out out of state micros and imports.

R.S.V.P. has jumped on this with an expanded "beer geek" rack which you can't miss on the way to the cooler doors in the rear of the store. Some of these offerings as well as most Maine micros can be ordered by keg through the store.

They have also recently put up a "Kappy's Route 1" scrolling sign outside the store announcing beer, wine, and booze specials.

I'm not a wine or booze aficionado, but they do have a large wine and booze selection.

Well worth a stop if you're in Portland and searching for a Maine micro, out-of-state micro, or funky import to take home.

07-04-2007 19:01:46 | More by blackburnrovers
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-16-2014 21:20:16 | More by Resuin
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RSVP Discount Beverage & Redemption Center in Portland, ME
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