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Florian's Market

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15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 5.51%
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303 Main St
Auburn, Maine, 04210-5730
United States
phone: (207) 783-9098
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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Oh yeah, Florian's Market. It's THE amazingly well situated and stocked beer store market in downtown L.A. (Lewiston/Auburn). Karl & Nancie used to live in the (historic) Edward Little house nearby, and this was the beer store, so to speak. It's your standard convenient mart with a deli zone and a kicking little beer selection...
Excellent representation of Maine breweries (Bar Harbor, Atlantic Brewing, Gritty's, Sea Dog, Maine Coast, Shipyard, Geary's, Sunday River, Allagash). All the available 22 ounce bombers from these breweries (This is where I scored Davo's Cadillac Mountain Stouts) as well as mini kegs of the Gritty's Halloween Ale and growlers of Maine Coast beers. Over the last few years, I've seen the addition of other New England beers (Smuttynose, Buzzards Bay, Magic Hat, Harpoon, Long Trail, Sam Adams) and others (DogFishHead, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Ommegang). I should have snagged me a bottle of the Chaotic Chemistry (or two). And imports, too (Unibroue, Franziskaner, Samuel Smith, Fullers, Orval, Piraat, Gulden Draak, Bornem Double & Triple). It's really picked up here. All the beer here is kept cold and there's a kind of walk in cooler which I'm not sure I was supposed to go into or not (but I did).
Service is a no issue as you're at a convenient store. You don't get people coming out from behind the counter unless you ask them to. Still they were pleasant & polite, and we did roll in on the tail end of whatever scene it was that left some sad discouraged underagers retreating beerless.
When you're in downtown L.A... Florian's for all your beer needs.

slander, Dec 12, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of tehzachatak
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

At first glance, Florian's doesn't look like much. However, looks can be deceiving. As a local college student, quite a few of my friends would often be seen drinking high-end Belgians that I never found in the local supermarkets, and I eventually tracked down Florian's as their source.

Florian's is essentially a convenience and liquor store that has a huge walk in beer cooler tacked on. Their selection is nothing short of fantastic for the area. Just about all the important Maine micros, with lots of things ranging further south. Not a huge Belgian selection, but nothing to be ashamed of. DFH, Stone, Sierra Nevada and Rogue are also all well represented, as well as many other of the famous nationwide micros.

Service is fine- nobody who I've talked to there really knows beer, but they will order anything for you they can get their hands on if you ask, and everyone has always been very nice. They typically don't have a large stock of anything at a given time, but they get deliveries about every other day, so you can go several times a week and see different things every time, and the beer tends to be very fresh (note: be wary of super special releases. sometimes people don't buy something, and they just leave it on the shelf forever... For example, bottles of DFH Saison du Buff have been in the cooler for well over 2 months now).

Prices are really good. I'm originally from southern Connecticut, where I'm used to having to pay an arm and a leg for beer. This isn't true at Florian's, although they do often jack up prices on beers you can find elsewhere, so if you're looking for a 30 of Coors Light, this isn't the place to go. They do often have grab bag 6pack specials and case specials on decent beers for really, really good prices which are nice.

Overall, Florian's is a fantastic little gem tucked away in Lewiston-Auburn, and my store of choice for buying delicious brews.

tehzachatak, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Glad I finally made it over to this beer shop since it was more impressive of a selection than I thought it would be. With that said, it's a bit sketchy looking, of course that fits with the L/A vibe though.

The setup is rather cool, with the ability to go inside the cooler to find other shelves of beer, along with the beer in the front coolers. But if you're like me and have a hard time making up your mind, it can get rather chilly in there.

It has a great selection of local beers, I was surprised to see Oak Pond here since I thought Augusta was as far south as it comes. They also had quite a few growlers from OP and Sheepscot. Imports and other USA regions are well represented too.

I didn't test the service and I don't expect much either since it's technically a convenience store. With that being said, the lady at the checkout was very very polite.

I now know where my Oak Pond hook up is and will hit the place up whenever I'm in L/A.

deltatauhobbit, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Stopped in on my way to Ron's in Farmington to get my fix of Oak Pond's brews.
Store was clean and well lit, larger than I expected.
Very good selection of Maine brews, some of which are harder to find in the Kittery area.
Found a six pack of Raging Bitch which was unexpected and reasonably priced.
Selection of German beers was impressive.
The Beer Cave was unique and well stocked.
Didn't need any help as I was just browsing, but at checkout the clerk was courteous.
Prices seemed to be in line with what I expected, some a little higher, some a little lower.
If I lived in Auburn, I would definitely make this my beer store.

lou50rp, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of TonyReaves
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

This is my usual beer store. It's a little rough looking, and despite the selection they probably make more money on 30 racks and 40s, judging from what the other people in line are usually getting. Still, really great selection of micros- pretty much everything you can get in Maine is in there. Nice Belgian, selection, only 2 Trappists, but a lot of stuff I don't see much except for high-end wine stores. Also, a lot of German beers- including probably 4 rauchbiers- and a lot of stuff from England and Scotland. Def. the place to get imports. They even expanded their beer cave lately, with more room for bombers and 4 whole feet devored to organic beers and ciders.

But it's 10 minutes away and very reliable. They seem to run out of things a lot, so if they haven't had a shipment in a week or so, there can be some empty spots on the shelves.

UPDATE: They've gotten better lately, I think. A lot more high-end beers- they just started carrying sours.

UPDATE: Another improvement- at least one guy there knows beer and can make recommendations. It's become a lot friendlier in general there over the last couple of years.

TonyReaves, May 20, 2009
Photo of recons54
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Florians have an excellent selection of finer beers, from Belgium's to other unique packages from around the world. They even retro fitted their walk-in cooler to create a pseudo beer cave.

The store itself is an older facility with wine, snacks, tobacco, and of course BEER! Their beer shelves seem a little lean to me on the inventory level, with several open spots.

The staff was OK; I could have caught them on a bad day(s) during my most recent visits.

Overall this is a great resource for your beer needs in the Lewistion/Auburn area.

recons54, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of kevinglin
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearances can be deceiving. Stopped by Florian's when in Auburn visiting family. The store is pretty much a mini-mart, so from the outside, it doesn't look like much, but was told by my in-laws that the place had the best selection of beer in town and I can't disagree.

Several Belgian-styled beers and imports along with many, many local craft brews available. Wide selection of brews, and you can walk into the cooler to pick out singles or a whole six-pack.

The staff isn't really beer-focused like you'll find at a beer/wine store, so don't go if you think you want to talk to people about the brews they have on hand. But if you know what you are looking for, you'll probably be able to find it here. When in the area, be sure to check it out if you need to get a fix on craft brews and other brews with character.

kevinglin, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of cookin420
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Well, I can say that I was impressed by Florians but after reading the reviews I guess I just expected to much. A healthy selection of Belgians and other imports, but lacking a bit in sixers om domestic craft stuff. Just the usual suspects.
In the "Beer Cave" you'll find much more of the same that are on display, plus some OPB growlers, of which I have a gripe. It's a growler. A clear bottle of beer. Unfortunately all the growlers are kept in a well lit area and it affected the taste, I believe. There was something not right about it.
Other than that I saw minimal numbers of crimes against beer at florians and walked out with a box of beer that I was happy with, which is something considering the region is in a sorry state of beer availability.

cookin420, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.15/5  rDev +4%

I love this place. It's definitely my go-to place if I'm buying beer that's not as hard to find around here. They have many Belgians, like Gulden Draak, La Chouffe, Augustijn, Orval, etc. They have one of the best (if not the best) selection of English and German beers around the central Maine area. They have Unibroue, Sierra Nevada, DFH (including harder to find ones like WWS!) and Anchor, as well as Smuttynose and some harder to find Maine micros. Service is good. The person who orders the beer is often in the store if you have a request. Prices are reasonable. I've never had any issues with lack freshness from them, they move enough beer for that not to be an issue from what I've observed. A great place to buy beer - worth the 35 minute drive for me.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of drotski
4/5  rDev +0.3%

This place is great. Its almost the only place I go to buy beer. Great selection, with lots of hard to find beers, and they're constantly getting in new and rare beers. Great selection of DFH brews (60 min, 90 min, 120 min, Raison D'Etre, Raison D'Extra, Golden Shower, Chateu Jiahu, Midas Touch, Indian Brown, Punkin, Aprihop, and Chicory Stout at my last visit). More Belgian beer than anyone else around (perhaps the ONLY ones around). Great selection in the Cave. Always changing.

Price is average. Good beer isn't cheap.

Service is friendly. They always remember you. They clearly don't know much about beer, but who cares? We can't ALL be beer geeks.

drotski, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of nase
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Reasons to go:

1a) The Beer Cave (a semi-cool little room out behind the coolers where the good stuff is stocked)

1b) ALWAYS has Cadillac Mtn. Stout stocked

2) Virtually ALL of the top Maine beers have hit these shelves (incl. Riptide Red and Brother Adams)

3) Carries most of the Allagash specialties at one time or another incl. Interlude, Musette, Victoria, and 11th Anniversary (have never seen Curieux here)

4) VERY affordable Maine micro growlers (Have seen Oak Pond, Sheepscot, Stone Coast, and Rocky Bay here)

5) Unique Belgian selection for a Maine beer store (incl. St. Bernardus, Trappistes Rochefort, Unibroue, and many that I can't recall)

Lacking West Coast brews from the likes of Alesmith, Stone, etc.

Service? I've never seen the owner there as much as I'd love to chat with him and thank him. (Doubles as a convenience store).

nase, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of LordHarris
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

I love this place, i was so excited to discover it right within walking distance of my new appartment.

They have a great selection of craft beer, this is the place to go. Local beers are well repusented, with shipyard, grittys (even mini kegs), Gearys and others. Another great item they have is 64oz growlers of beer from the Black Bear Brewry, on Oak Pond Brewing(look for reviews from me in the future of the differnt kinds).

One of the best parts about this place, is they have a walk-in beer cave, with shelves of differnt beers from around the world. They have a couple shelves of Belgian Beers, and a couple shelves of English beers as well, a nice selection of beers from germany and other areas as well (even the czeck republic)

They also offer kegs of almost any beer they carry(local beers).

The service isn't top notch, but, the people are nice, they just dont seem to know much about the beer they sell ( it is just a big corner store afterall), but, they know me by name, and sometimes tell me if something new has come in, so...I love the store, if you get the chance, check it out.

LordHarris, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of bennybrew
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

i should say this up front: i find it hard to say any place in maine has a great selection as there are many beers not available here (stone, victory, rogue, heavywieght, blahblah).

but if it is available in maine they prolly have it at florian's. inlcuding things like gritty mini kegs. last i heard they even had a utopia for under $100. and it is all refridgerated for superdeduper quality.

service isn't the greatest. if you need help ask for junior. he is the man.

also a full liquor store and dunkin donuts and deli. how can you go wrong?

bennybrew, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of Starchild
4.35/5  rDev +9%

Florian’s is the best beer store in L/A.

Why? Well for starters they are the only beer store in the area with Bar Harbor Brewing Company ( Cadillac Mtn. Stout and Thunder Hole ale). They have fresh growers from Maine Coast. They carry close to the full line of Shipyard, with a strong emphasis on 22’s including Chamberlain Pale ale, Prelude, and Old Thumper. They also stock Gearys, Grittys, Sunday River, and Allagash.

Aside from Maine beer, they Belgium selection is also quite pleasant and well picked. While I usually can’t afford a bottle of Gulden Draak, they do have cheaper tasty Unibroue. The also carry the Mechent du Vin line, Magic Hat, Smuttynose (including Big Beer series) Orval, Sam Adams, Sam Smith, Fuller’s, Dogfish, Sierra Nevada and Anchor.

They also carry some limited edition beer at high prices, which are rarely seen in Maine. For instance they stocked Chaotic Chemistry and Thumbsucker, as well as SA Chocolate Bock.

The sales clerk’s are not especially helpful with beer, but make a decent Italian grinder. They also sell a book on Maine Micro brews but I’ve never picked it up. I beleive they buy whatever beer they can get their hand's on in Maine.

Starchild, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of kfoss99
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

All the beer that is sold at Florian's is in coolers, nothing sitting and collecting dust on counter space. About four and a half doors are devoted to craft beer. Out of state beer is best represented by Great Britain - St. Peter's, Fullers, Belhaven, Samuel Smith, among others. Paulander, Spaten, and Celebrator represent the better German beer. One shelf is devoted to Belgian and Belgian-style beers including Ommegang and Unibroue. I did see Dogfish Head Chicory Stout and 60min IPA and, I think, Anchor Steam.

Maine beers are, as expected, well represented, the best selection coming from Bar Harbor breweries, including Growlers from Maine Coast. Substantial local space was filled by Molson-style mini-kegs from Gritty's, that limited six-pack space for other breweries. But, all in all, most Maine brewers were represented with at least one style. Smuttynose, Sam Adams, Long Trail, and Magic Hat represented the rest of New England.
The only service I needed was to ask if they sell single bottles from six-packs. The checkout women answered nicely, saying single bottles are sold separately, but not single cans from a six-pack of cans.

Prices were on par with other stores in state, with Bar Harbor brewing bombers at less than four dollars, the lowest price I've seen.

If you live in, or are visiting, the Lewiston-Auburn area you won't be disappointed by Florian's.

kfoss99, Jun 12, 2004
Florian's Market in Auburn, ME
88 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.