Belfast Co-op Store

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Type: Homebrew, Beer-to-go

123 High St
Belfast, Maine, 04915-6352
United States

(207) 338-2532 | map

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by to pick up some beers on our way to the Lobster Pound. My folks live in Belfast, and I lived there with them for a couple of summers, so I was familiar with the store. They have a great selection of organic and home grown goods, as well as a focus on local produce. The beer is included in this. There was a selection of import beers that was small, but very decent. The cooler was packed with New England brews, and mostly highlighted by Maine beers. Bombers and 6-packs throughout. The food selection is very decent, and there is a deli that makes sandwiches to order, and has a ton of salads and sides available. The prices are reasonable...a little elevated compared to standard supermarkets, but standard for a co-op for non-members. Definitely the safest place to look for bottles in Belfast.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Stopping in to the Co-Op is always a pleasure. They have a pretty decent variety of local craft beers. Flying Dog, Allagash, Bar Harbor, Sam Smith's, Speckled Hen, Weyerbacher, Long Trail, Magic Hat, and some Sam Adams of course. I have found Unibrue and DFH releases such as Midas Touch and World Wide Stout. I picked up a bomber of Brother Adams Braggot from Atlantic Brewing and a Bomber of Cadillac Mtn Stout and also a bomber of Seabago Lake Trout Stout. I was pretty happy. The staff is friendly and willing to help if needed.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Wow, what a selection. One of the best places that doesn't take me two hours to get to. The beer section only takes a small section of the store but what a selection. Nearly all the beers that are from Maine, nice Unibroue selection, Sam Smith's, etc. Selection changes a lot, so come up often and see what they have. They seem to carry some homebrewing supplies too. Staff is generally friendly, I haven't had to hit them up yet on any serious beer questions but they seem to be cool people. But hell with the beer selection they have they could be rude all day to me, just as long as I can purchase beer here.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

8/2006 Remains the same but added a shelf or two for Belgians (and local Belgian-style beers). Still a great place to stop in Mid-Coast Maine.

The Belfast Co-op is an oasis in the imported beer desert that is Mid-Coast Maine. From Camden to Stockton Springs, I have yet to find a store that offers such a selection. It is a Co-op however, and the selection can vary from week to week, month to month. Here is what you can expect to find on a regular basis: a good variety of Maine brews (Allagash, Sea Dog, Belfast Bay, Atlantic Brewing Co., Casco Bay, Kennebec Valley and Gritty's), imports from Germany and Britain (Samuel Smith's, Old Speckled Hen, Hacker-Pschorr and the occasional Paulaner), a great selection of Unibroue products and the Ommegang family.

The stock is not huge but an impressive variety for the size. Beer moves at a healthy clip from their shelves and is generally fresh. No dust on these bottles! The prices for six-packs are comparable to the local Shop N Save which is impressive considering that this is a small independent shop. You can mix-and-match single for only $.05-.10 more per bottle. Makes it easy to sample. About half of the stock is available cold, the other half at room temperature. Also some homebrew ingredients and equipment in stock.

The service is generally good but there is a lot of turnover and it's really hit and miss. There are some (including the gentleman who buys and stocks the beer) who know beer and will check in the back for you if your Maudite is not in its regular spot on the shelf. Others couldn't be bothered and/or know little if anything about beer. The stock, as I said, is relatively small and downright puny by city standards but there is no comparison locally.

The only complaint I have has been their apparent phasing out of Belgians over the past year. At last visit, they only had Lindeman's Framboise represented. This is a big negative for a Belgian freak like myself (the absence of Belgian brews is what actually drove me to join BeerAdvocate to begin with. I had to find Belgians in Maine!) Their beer buyer told me they reduced his shelf space and he had to phase out most of the Belgians since they were "dust collectors". Certainly understandable for a co-op to make that decision. If they return to stocking Petrus and Orval again, I will have to bump them up in the selection score. All in all, a good store for the location.

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Belfast Co-op Store in Belfast, ME
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 8 ratings