Damon's Beverage Mart

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75 Bangor St
Augusta, Maine, 04330-4426
United States

(207) 623-9864 | map

Formerly Lou's Beverage Barn.

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Reviews by kingcrowing:
Photo of kingcrowing
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

As Damon’s Beverage Mart, it is good. As Lou’s, it wasn’t so much. Much cleaner with different staff as Damon’s Beverage. Better service too as Damon’s. Value stayed somewhat the same. Micros leaned closer to Maine and New Hampshire breweries with the newer staff. I lived in Southern Maine during the time of my visits here which was only twice. If I lived in Augusta, I would have to visit here for my bottles which isn’t a bad option, but just saying not a beer destination.

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Photo of MapleDropsAsh
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Alexsis
2.13/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

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!

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Photo of mainelydank
3.61/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of EatSleepStats68
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%

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.

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Photo of sprucetip
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

January 2015 Update: Mostly same same. Selection may have diminished a bit, but for a lackluster town with a weak economy it is pretty decent. Still pleased that you can get singles. But quality is an issue. Many bottles are on uncooled and exposed to light. And dusty. I don't think stuff moves very quickly. So it may not necessarily be in great shape. The North Coast Old Stock I had the other day tasted musty. But if you must shop in Augusta, it is probably your best selection. And you can buy singles. And prices are reasonable if not a bit better.

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).

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

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Photo of cookin420
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

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Photo of bennybrew
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%

[i thought i had reviewed this place but...]

i have been to this place many a time while passing through augusta on my way home. they are about 15 min off 95 through augusta and about 15 min from the liberal cup.

i stopped in to look for a specific beer and they didn't have it. not a terrible shocker but they didn't have the brand. i don't mean stone or rogue or some obscure norwegian bragget. i was looking for sierra nevada celebration and they didn't have even the pale ale!

they did have many maine micros (including a pretty good selection of gritty mini-kegs at $17) and a few imports. there were some beers on the shelf and quite a few in coolers. prices seemed about average.

full liquor and wine. redemption center too.

not a great store but the only "beer store" i know off. there is a shaws and hannaford grocery store in augusta. if either of this has as good a selection as the ones in ellsworth, me you may be better off going there.

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Photo of spiffysamurai
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%

This is one of the those stores that seem to have people in for the business of the money. I mean yes they do sell a lot of beers that are hard to find anyplace else in the state but at the same time those beers take a beating. Its a decent store for those who want to find a cheap beverage or a place to find cheaper hard spirits then the mainstream stores (i.e. Shaws and Hannaford). Overall the store is alright but the beers in the store are outdated or left out to become skunked. If you want some hard to find beers and don't leave the state often, this is the place for you. But beware, a lot of the beer is skunked, beaten, abused or not taken care of properly.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%

Well the wife needed to do some shopping in Augusta so we decided to hit this place cause I hadn't been here yet. Big retail liquor store with a sizeable selection of micros, mostly Maine stuff that I can find at my local Hannaford's. They had a fairly good selection of Unibroue product and some Belgians, overall though nothing to get over excited about. I can find the same stuff locally. Service was friendly, stock didn't look too old from me (seems like it may had been an issue in the past) and I even won $2.00 on a scratcher ticket I bought with the beer. Well if I ever move to Kennebec Co. I'll come back, but won't go out of my way right now.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%

We usually stop here as we definitely need to stock up before getting to the Grandparents place.

They do have some more esoteric ME brews and even Belgians lines up in an aisle across from the cashier. I usually bypass them, they aren't temp controlled, and head for the beer coolers out back behind the wine section. It's a good place to find local ME microbrews, some other NE micros, some imports, and macros. We usually decide to get a sicpack of a regional micro we haven't had/haven't had lately. The Long Trail Double bag was only $5.99/sixpack, so as far as I'm concerned, that's reasonable pricing.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%

Lou's is the place for beer in Augusta. They carry a fine assortment of Maine brews including Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing that I have a difficult time locating outside of Bar Harbor. Others include Gritty's, Sea Dog, Belfast Bay, Casco Bay, Geary's. Magic Hat as well. For imports they have Samuel Smith and Hen's Tooth, Unibroue products and several Belgian varieties, including Gulden Draak and Duvel. Other micros available include Sierra Nevada and Anchor. Most anything you would want cold is available in the cooler. A nice selection and a very good stock.

Some of the beer out on the floor seems to sit for awhile. There is dust and sometimes cobwebs on some of the bottles. This may not matter to you if you are picking up a bottle conditioned Hen's Tooth or La Fin Du Monde but double check the dates if it's a product that should be enjoyed fresh. (Found six packs of Belfast Bay's McGovern's Oatmeal Stout that were 10 months past its freshness date for example) Most were within specifications though and to be sure, get it cold. The stock in the cooler seems to get cycled through faster.

Service was friendly and prompt although I knew what I was looking for and they obviously knew little if anything about some of their product. (Clerk asked me if the Gulden Draak was wine or beer even though it clearly says it's ale.) Lou's is definitely a good resource for the central Maine beer geek.

+++Just updating the quality score. Ignored my own advice and picked up a dusty six-pack of porter thinking the beer was hardy enough to stand age or mistreatment. I was wrong. If it's not in the cooler, observe the beer very carefully.+++

+++Again, a quality update. I have gotten 2 bad sixpacks and 3 bad bombers at this store in the last two months. Granted, the breweries don't put the dates on the bottles but this store carries some really old stock or really mishandles some of their beer. I'd rather buy my beer somewhere where they respect it and not buy my Belgians here just because they can survive the neglect. Buyer beware.+++

7/2005 Swung by to check it out again. IMO, place still sucks. Seelction is good but stick to the beers in cooler and beware of the bottle age. They take lousy care of the beer and no one I've ever met there seems to know jack about good brew.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.7/5  rDev +24.2%

I stayed about four towns over from Augusta on my last long weekend. We stopped in here to pick up all of our "supplies". I was looking for some great Maine beers and I found them.

Cadillac Mtn Stout, Gearys, Brother Adams and pretty much everything else that I wanted. They also had 22oz. bombers of Kennebec which I enjoyed as well. What most suprised me (I am not sure why) was the solid selection of Unibroue.

We arrived on a Friday so it was pretty busy but service as still okay. If you are up in those neck of the woods, stop by. I would again in a second.

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Damon's Beverage Mart in Augusta, ME
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