A quaint bottle shop on the Portland harbor front with quite the nice selection. The prices are particularly high ($19.99/bottle of Black Albert) but some were very reasonable too, so it was hit or miss. Nice staff.
Great surprise. Wasn’t expecting the caliber of selection, even if the quantity is relatively small. the latest focus seems to be Italian wacko beers and Cantillon. Good Maine micros, including an Allagash that was not available at the brewery. The store itself is tiny and sells wine too, so considering what they have this is an ideal, friendly beer store in the middle of Portland.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 8, 2004
By beer geek standards, this store isn't really a mind-blower, and the area witht he good beer isn't very big. I was able to score a bunch of Maine micros and that's pretty much what I came for, so it all worked out. Staff weren't tripping over themselves to help me, though.
nice "gourmet food" setup, and a decent number of bottles in the trendy West district. Not as many bottles as Tulley’s, by a big margin. More pricey distributed bottles. More Shelton Brothers bottles than anything else. But that was good for me, and passed over bottles of Stillwater and of Dugges enabled me to catch up on his saisons. A little pricey. Still nice street to shop.
This store was just across the parking lot on the same block as our hotel on Commercial Street in downtown Portland. The guy working there was friendly enough to point out a couple places we were looking for on the map. We walked around the store for a bit after that and found a surprisingly nice bottle selection with a good variety and fair prices. Could have gotten some good stuff here if we weren’t flying home, so my options were limited. Lots of good local Maine stuff, including the super-small breweries. Fair amount of foreign bottles mixed in, and lots of good stuff in the coolers. I was impressed for what they had in here, given the location and fairly small space.
A nice store near the water front, with a very nice selection of ME and New England products, some good imports, decent prices.
jercraigs (501) Toronto, Ontario | November 7, 2005| Updated April 21, 2015
Got there bright and early on Saturday. Cool store, wood floors and such. Bit cramped in the back, but has a warmer feeling to it than the supermarket like auras of some other places I have been. Selection is mostly Maine micros which is kind of the point. Big finds for me: Curieux, DFH Raison D’Extra, Midas Touch (they had a couple of other DFH as well that I had already had.) some stuff from Vermont and New Hampshire like Magic Hat and Long Trail. Import selection was weak by beer geek standards - The usual belgians like Orval, Lindemans etc. with some rarities that are not as well rated. I picked up an Old Nick and a Pinkus Hefeweisen.
Staff were super friendly, helping us find stuff and looking over my Ratebeer factored "want list" and recognised us when we came back from lunch for more! We learned that yes you do get parking tickets on a Satuday - BUT the first ticket is automatically waived! Nice! Give yourself time to walk around the old port down there, and don’t be afraid to duck down some back alleys. We got some great photos of fishing gear, and that’s how we found Gritty’s! Staff was honest enough to wave us off of some of the more questionable choices.
My favourite beer store in Portland. Downtown in front of the harbour the parking can be a little problematic during busy hours. Small and cosy. Nice display, pleasant to shop at. Staff is very knowledgeable. The small selection is dwarfed by RSVP Discount (the biggest beer store in town) but Downeast has all the right stuff. The best Maine brews are there as well as the good American micros available in Maine, including a few that I didn’t see at RSVP. A limited but good import selection. About 1/4th the number of beer that RSVP has but overall there were more bottles that I wanted from this small store than from RSVP. A nice little beer-geek store. My second favourite beer store in Maine after Tully’s Beer and Wine.
A very pretty little store in Portland’s downtown by the piers. We found a decent selection of american micros available in ME with a few good imports as well. Prices were reasonable, a bit higher than RSVP but at least they let us buy the beer. The guy there was knowledgeable about his stock and helpful. A good shopping experience.
Parking is a bitch in this area, so you may have to park far away, which kind of sucks because you will be leaving this place carrying lots of beer - classy interior, with hardwood shelving displaying all the beer - prices are about what you’d expect based on the atmosphere (slightly above what you might pay elsewhere, but you won’t get the same selection elsewhere) - all the NE micros, loads of belgian and other imports (I got their last bottle of Beer Geek Breakfast, nice!) - Cantillon, Fantome, and other quality imports are well represented - they get a fair amount of micros, but not nearly as many as you’d find in the Boston area - in a city that seems to stock mostly local beer, this place has a great selection.