Bow Street Beverage

Bow Street BeverageBow Street Beverage
Bow Street BeverageBow Street Beverage

495 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04101
United States

(207) 835-6700 | map

Notes: Formerly Maine Beer & Beverage Co.
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 9
Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Bow Street Beverage. What can I say about this place. Their beer selection is top notch. They have some truly incredible options to choose from. I personally do not shop for standard local beers here, because they do not allow the sale of single cans broken off from 4 packs, and I'm not at all fond of this practice. A true bottle shop will allow you to break off singles, and for this reason, if I'm buying local beers, I spend my money elsewhere. However, their bottle selection is top notch, and they have some phenomenal European bottles that I haven't found anywhere else. Prices are a bit steep, but it's worth it now and then for an exceptionally hard-to-find bottle. The real reason I praise this store is for their whisky selection. Bourbon, rye, American single malt, Irish, Scotch, you name it. The Scotch selection is absolutely world-class, and some of the best I've ever seen. Truly rare and special bottles can be found here. Liquor prices are mandated and set by the state of Maine, so the prices are the same statewide, so there's no reason to shop for whisky anywhere else. If there's a special bottle that I'm in the market for, Bow Street is my first stop. The wine selection is also mesmerising. Staff aren't all particularly informed about the product, and I have encountered a couple of issues with them while shopping/checking out, but only once was it something truly bothersome. I'll continue to shop here, and i suggest anyone who might be looking for a killer European beer/whisky/wine selection check this place out. It's spacious, clean, and relatively large, and with the towering aisles of bottles, it's easy to lose track of an hour in here.

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Photo of Cornelius
5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this place. They have a great selection and the staff know their isht when it comes to beer. Parking was a bit of issue but, There is a parking garage right next door.

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Photo of afro_ginja
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Brew guru there is a great dude to talk to, they have some bottles that are extremely hard to find on the east coast or even in this country. Had to stop in quick, but could spend a while in here going through their assortment. Was really fun to talk about brewing and get some good reccomendations for bars/breweries around Portland.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

A nice little hole in the wall within a hole in the wall in downtown Portland. A bit hard to find as there wasn't any noticeable sign anywhere. After searching for beverage centers on Google, this place popped up. After driving around looking for it we decided to call the store to see if they existed. The girl who answered was very friendly and ended up greeting us after we arrived to the somewhat busy store. The store was within another store which was very crowded. It was a market/deli and the beer store was inside of it at the other end. Parking was also challenge and it seemed that you either had to find metered parking or pay like $6-$10 to park in a garage. Since we were just going into a store for less than ten minutes to buy a couple six packs, we opted to park illegally. The selection was actually kind of slim, however we went into there with a "when in Rome" state of mind and it ended up working out just fine as they had a very heavy local Maine selection in which we selected two 6 packs. Other than that they had a your mass produced beers and a few other New England beers and the staples, Sierra Nevada, etc. in the cooler. On the wrack they seemed to have a decent selection of imports. The rest of the beverage center consisted of wine and spirits. Judging from the look of it they had a solid selection of the two of those as well. Prices were fair.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.76/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited on a Wednesday afternoon. In the back of a pizza/deli place. I was confused at first.

This place is downtown and super convenient so this is a good stop if you need some local breweries to take home or something for your hotel room, but it is not the be all/end all bottle store.

V - Metal rack shelving with some cooler. Comes off as a low end grocery store. Clean, well lit. Organization seemed a bit haphazard. 3.25

Q - About half of the available beer was in coolers. About half of the beer on the shelves could also be found cold. Did not see any evidence of out of date beers (IPAs, etc.) 3.75

Ser - Encountered three different employees and each offered to help, discuss a beer, etc. All very friendly. 4

Sel - A good selection of Maine and local Portland beers, but not all encompassing. For instance, no Sebago or Bissel to be found. Some of the more common breweries from across the US (Lagunitas, Stone, DFH) as well as some good, if not common, German beers. 3.75

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Bow Street Beverage in Portland, ME
Place rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 9 ratings