Bier Cellar is the best bottle shop in the Portland area. We swung past after driving out to Allagash & Bissell, which made sense. Inside it is actually quite small, but they have managed to pack it full of quality beer. A good range covering: Maine, New England, national and particularly international stuff. Everything is laid out well and is easy to navigate. The guy working there was knowledgeable and chatty. The only bad point is that they canít keep any of the best local stuff (Bissell, Foundation etc) in stock due to popularity! But it canít be helped. Prices seemed pretty decent actually. A solid establishment.
Reminds me of WLV in Chicago, because the main focus of this store is obsecure Euro ticks you wonít find elsewhere. Clean space, and I like how the beers are arranged. Price is a bit much. Lighter focus on the locals than I would like. Cashier made some odd personal comments. Probably a spot for locals only not a destination.
This is a fun beer shop to peruse the fantastic selection and grab some bottles to go. Easy to navigate as the aisles are well layed out and the bottles are clearly marked. And itís not just beer here but also a nice cider and mead range. I only chatted briefly with the cashier but friendly guy. Definitely get here if looking to stock up before leaving Maine.
Iíve stopped in here a few times because it is convenient off 295 in Portland. My most recent trip was last week on the way up to Augusta for work. Great selection of Maine brewed beers. Banded horn, Marshallís wharf, Funky Bow, Maine Beer, Baxter, etc Nice selection imports as well as domestics with easily 500 labels in house. Some wine and mead as well as a section for cider. It was a late Sunday afternoon and the guy behind the counter was helpful and seemed knowledgeable. I managed to find a dozen or so new beers to try without much trouble. Pricing seemed a bit higher than Iím used to, but could be a Portland thing. I wouldnít hesitate stopping in next time Iím in the area.
Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Nice little shop, clean and well organized. The selection is good, not huge but with plenty of good choices and no rotten beer. Some highlights include very fresh Maine Beer Co beers, Cidre Dupont, lots of Prairie and some good Mikkellers. Staff was helpful and knowledgeable about beer. Prices were reasonable without being cheap. Good place to fill up on some beers before heading home.
Setup like a high end wine store. Very clean, wood shelves 3 high, description of each beer on an index card on the shelves. The owner was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We talked a lot about beer styles and distribution - very helpful. To compliment the bottles they also have some glassware from local breweries and books about beer. Craft brewery signs decorate the walls. The selection is kind of small but mainly top tier beers and breweries organized by country. -- Definitely worth stopping here if you are in Portland.
JK (363) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | July 1, 2014| Updated August 6, 2014
Good store. Not a huge selection but the owner seems to know beer and had good advice. Reasonable prices and singles are available. I bought seven bottles but no discount offered.
Within a year before I moved away from Maine, this place had just opened up. It quickly became a go to place for me as it was right down the street from Great Lost Bear and had much better service than RSVP and also didnít cause me to take the drive up to Bootleggerís in Topsham. The selection was extremely good but the quality is way better than Bootleggerís. When in Portland, go here, its just off of 295, and they do mix-a-six packs with a discount on it or they did when I used to live there at least. Hopefully, they still do that. Oh, last thing, parking is really tight there since they share it with a couple other stores there. I used to park at Hannaford around the corner if that parking lot was too crowded.