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Damon's Beverage Mart

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BA SCORE
77
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16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 15.88%
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75 Bangor St
Augusta, Maine, 04330-4426
United States
phone: (207) 623-9864

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Formerly Lou's Beverage Barn.

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Reviews by sprucetip:
Photo of sprucetip
2.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Update: As of approximately Feb 1, 2009 under new ownership. Noticed positive changes immediately. A few new beers in the short time I was there, but the first day of new regime much of the better beer moved off shelves and into coolers. Good start. Didn't change my scoring, but I wouldn't be surprised if this place improves significantly. Can still buy singles.

Staying in Augusta for a while, and this is the only place. I'm on partial beer hiatus while I shed some pounds, so I ponder long and hard before making my selections.

Selection is average. Lots of Maine and other New England micros, a handful of Belgians, a few French, some English, one German, Flying Dog, SN, two Brooklyn, several DFH, Unibrou, Omegang and a strong lineup of Allagash. Very few bombers, which is unfortunate. The quality gets knocked because most of the good stuff is on warm shelves exposed to light. Some of the Maine micro 6 and 12 packs are refrigerated, and 2 or 3 bombers. All the Belgians, Brooklyn, Allagash, Omegag, Unibrou and so on are warm and exposed. And, judging by the facts that it is Augusta and that I have not yet on several visits seen anyone else perusing the good stuff, I doubt it moves quickly.

On several visits no one has offered me assistance, though I haven't felt like I needed any. I don't get the feeling that anyone there knows anything about beer. But, I score it highest in the service area simply because you can pull a bottle out of any 6 or 12 pack and buy it as a single! I give praise to any store with this policy, and am thankful for it. I had read in other reviews that this policy has been off and on in the past, but I can confirm that in the early days of 2009 it is on. If stranded in Augusta, this is your only option. The Allagash selection is strong, they've even got some of the very limited release ones (probably very old) right now (Interlude, Victoria, Victor, Odyssey).

sprucetip, Jan 23, 2009
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Photo of MapleDropsAsh
3/5  rDev +1.4%

MapleDropsAsh, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%

I stopped in here while training in Augusta for work. Plain white building on 202 just outside of downtown, reminds me of a packie back home. Full compliment of liquor soda and 30 packs with a small section of craft off in the back corner. Decent selection of craft with some imports and a few locals I saw for the first time like Penobscot and Oak Pond. Seems like the type of place that saw an opportunity in carrying craft beer but doesn't yet have a large enough customer base to support it. Some bottles seem dated, but I was able to snag some RuinTen as well. Decent pricing and really the only place in the area would make me return in the future.

johnnnniee, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Alexsis
2.13/5  rDev -28%

First off, I would like to say my family that lives here in Maine has been buying from here since they opened. Yes, my grandparents and parents still buy from here but I'm pretty sure they won't be after the incompetent clerks dumb move tonight. My sisters and I are here in Augusta on vacation, visiting our grandparents and mom. We live in GA. We have government issued ID and we are ages 32, 26, and 24. But apparently the dumb dumbs behind the counter can't read out of state ID. I will also add that we have been buying our beer, alcohol and wine there all week, and not once did anyone ID us. Pretty big problem if you ask me, and yes I have notified the police of this and yes, I am writing city officials of this. I understand you can refuse to sell to anyone and bla bla bla bla! Save it! Our GOVERNMENT issued ID'S are legitimate. So good luck to your business!

Alexsis, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of mainelydank
3.61/5  rDev +22%

I rated the selection based on the other stores in the immediate area. There are a ton of Allagash beers here. Tons of good beer in general in the back area on shelfs. I got a 6 pack of Cadillac Mountain Stout and a 4 pack of Ommegang Abbey Ale.

Prices were 8.99 for the 4 pack and 9.99 for the 6 pack. They had 60 and 90 minute dogfish bottles, as well as the raison(sp) and indian brown.

Overall I think this place has a way better selection than the local groceries stores....worth driving by if you are in the area and looking for quality beer, not really worth driving too from far away I wouldnt say.

I dunno how warm it gets in the summer time in there, but other people complained of bad bottles; I just don't see it unless it gets insanely hot in the summer. There is no sunlight where the bottles are.

mainelydank, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%

I came here on my way to visit family in Augusta and was pleasantly surprised. Biggest beers they've got here are Cadillac Mountain Stout and tons of Allagash. I found various Maine Beers I've never seen as well as various others we can't get in VT. I know this isn't the best store in Maine because they have a very limited DFH selection and no Nogne-O or Mikkeller.

Also a liquor store here and the people didn't seem to know too much about beer but theres probably 4 good racks of 6ers and large bottles. Worth checking out if you're in the area as it's the only good place.

kingcrowing, May 15, 2010
Photo of EatSleepStats68
3.55/5  rDev +19.9%

Way better than it used to be. They have definitely upgraded their selection since the last review (Feb 09). I was STUNNED at how many new beers they have. The downside is that most are warm on the shelves, but the prices are pretty decent compared to other local places.

Good selection of Allagash, cases of DFH 90 min, lots of different Ommegangs I've never seen. A ton of Samuel Smith. I'm remembering from last week when I went, but I was pleasantly surprised as this place has been dingy and dirty, but the new owners seem to have really re-tooled the place into a must-see if you are in the area. I know I'll be back rather than drive to Farmington.

EatSleepStats68, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

The selection at this bottle shop as been gradually improving over the past several months. They have Ommegang, Allagash, Rogue, DFH, as well as a couple Belgians and a few British. I've had freshness and skunking issues here more often than any other place I buy my beer, especially lately (last time I was there they had six-packs of Brooklyn Lager that expired last July and Brooklyn Summer Ale from last summer, for example), so if you don't shop here regularly you may want to keep an eye on freshness dates, dust, etc.
Most of the cashiers seem nice enough, but no one seems to know anything about any of the beer there, and I've certainly been treated rudely here several times by some of the staff.
Pretty much the closest place I can get most Allagash and some Belgians and British beers. Overall not really impressed though. Really I'd rather just head up to Farmington or down to Auburn for better selection, quality, and service.
Prices are pretty much on par with the area.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of cookin420
2.2/5  rDev -25.7%

Someone told me I should try this place. Thanks alot.
Some decent Belgians, imported and also some Allagash stuff. Aside from that there isn't much here that I can't get at Hannaford. I think your average stockboy at Hannaford knows significantly more about brew than anyone I spoke with at Lou's.
I found an Allagash tripel and a couple other bottles and got to the counter where my check and ID were scrutinized by two people I wouldn't trust to lend a buck to. In the end they wouldn't take the check for a slew of half assed reasons and my first and only visit to Lou's ended just like that. I went to Rons Market the day after and found exactly what I wanted. And paid with a check.
Prices are standard for the market in this area.

cookin420, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%

The beverage barn is also a convenience store instead of being just a beer, liquor and wine store.

The place is a bit run down and caters more to the cheap beer drinkers, although they do have a decent selection, mostly Maine brews and with some imports. Don't expect the freshest beers either if it's craft. The place does kind of scare me though.

Alas, it's one of the closest place that I can buy Oak Pond from where I live. That's pretty much the only reason I would stop by this place as there are better stores in the Bangor area with larger selections, sans Oak Pond :(

The cashiers I've had have been nice though.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 27, 2007
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Damon's Beverage Mart in Augusta, ME
77 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.