United States > Maine > Portland
Beer Available At Downeast Beverage Co. (arranged by most recent)
Hopfenstark Boson de Higgs 96, Bull Jagger No. 19 71, Rising Tide Zephyr 88, White Birch Hop Session Ale 82, Rising Tide Ursa Minor 86, Brewfist X-Ray 97, Kissmeyer Honey Porter 87, Allagash/Maine Beer/Rising Tide Prince Tuesday 96, Hanssens Oude Gueuze 99, Bull Jagger Dirigo Crimson Lager , Stillwater Autumnal 93, Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout 99, Goose Island Night Stalker 100, Cisco Whales Tale Pale Ale 47, Nøgne Ø / Jolly Pumpkin/Stone Special Holiday Ale 98, Leffe Blonde 85, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 100, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve 98, Porterhouse Oyster Stout 85, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 98
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Beershine (681) The Sunshine State, Florida | June 21, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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 (614) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 8, 2004
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (547) Hanover, Maryland | June 24, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Sammy (497) Toronto, Ontario | August 16, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Lubiere (442) Ottawa, Ontario | April 11, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A nice store near the water front, with a very nice selection of ME and New England products, some good imports, decent prices.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | November 1, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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.
phaleslu (351) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 22, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
notalush (307) Denver, Colorado | August 5, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
swoopjones (273) Buffalo, New York | September 7, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
nice selection, was hoping to fine Maine Beer Co"s Lunch, but no. Solid belgians, Nice Evil Twin selection, some Maine stuff, DFH, etc. Seems to be the stop in Portland
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 8, 2004| Updated May 31, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
See my comments above; hit this and the Great Lost Bear and you’ll get a pretty good idea of the Maine brewery scene. May 2005 update: remodelled, much cleaner and classier now, obviously trying to appeal more to tourists and yuppies with the expensive wine selection...and yet, this place has improved. The single best spot I’ve seen in the state for selection of ME beers and as good as you’ll get (slim pickings) for Belgian/other US micros. Really friendly, somewhat informed service.
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