Downeast Beverage Co. | Portland, Maine
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Downeast Beverage Co.
Exceptional based on 37 ratings
Type: Beer Store

79 Commercial St.
Portland, Maine United States 04101 [ print map ]
207 828 2337

downeastbeverage.com

Hours: M-Th: 10-7, F-Sa: 10-8, Sun 11-5


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Beer Available At Downeast Beverage Co. (arranged by most recent)
Rochefort Trappistes 10 100, Allagash Midnight Brett 97, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel 100, De la Senne Brussels Calling 95, Brooklyn Black Ops 100, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA 99, Sixpoint Righteous Ale 93, Sixpoint Sehr Crisp Pilsner 59, Hopfenstark Boson de Higgs 96, Bull Jagger No. 19 71, Rising Tide Zephyr 87, White Birch Hop Session Ale 82, Rising Tide Ursa Minor 86, Brewfist X-Ray 97, Kissmeyer Honey Porter 86, Allagash / Maine Beer / Rising Tide Prince Tuesday 97
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37 reviews for Downeast Beverage Co.
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  74%
 Selection  73%
 Food N/A 
 Value  69%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  81%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
barber  (1) Somerville , Massachusetts | April 9, 2007
Great beer store located in Portlandís Old Port. Went in a few days ago and was blown away by the selection here! Had a few questions about some local breweries and some imported beers. Staff was very knowledgable and knew about all I was asking about. Nice Mix and match section that included craft brews as well as all the local stuff. I have been to a few other stores in Portland, their selection wasnít even close. If it is in Maine Downeast caries it. Great store nice staff, must stop if you are in Portland......
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
rcasta  (13) , El Salvador | October 10, 2008
really loved this place has a great number of great beers and good people to help out. great location in the heart of downtown
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse  (68) Boothbay , Maine | June 16, 2005| Updated May 22, 2006
Great, plenty of selection. Lots of stuff you see talked about on this website, but I seriously doubt youíd find anywhere else in ME - itís all there right in front of you. My first visit, wasnít there real long, but staff were interested in what I was buying, seemed very friendly, were looking for feedback on the beer. Cool place. UPDATE 12/1/05: Recent visit was a great surprise - they are getting all kinds of new stuff in (DFH 120 IPA, Behemoth, Raison DíExtra, Sclenkerla, Aventinus to name just a few) - have an additional distributor working with them. Tim promises that if it is available in Maine they will have it - breaking all kinds of new ground here. UPDATE 5/22/06: Well Downeast Beverage is under new ownership and it looks like theyíre scaling back a bit. Although some new beers are coming in it looks like theyíre carrying less inventory. Thereís just less beer on the shelves and store just has a more trimmed-down feel than before. I still think this has the best selection in ME but will have to see if new stuff continues to show up at same rate as before. Iím taking them down a notch or two in the meantime.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs  (270) Toronto, Ontario | November 7, 2005| Updated July 12, 2011
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 DíExtra, 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 donít be afraid to duck down some back alleys. We got some great photos of fishing gear, and thatís how we found Grittyís! Staff was honest enough to wave us off of some of the more questionable choices.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Grady546  (10) Bath, Maine | April 2, 2012
I love this little store! It is small, but for the size, the beer selection is good. I frequently find beers here I canít at other local retail stores. Last time i was in I picked up some signed BFM bottles, which was super cool. Their beer guy is quite knowledgeable and friendly. I stop in whenever Iím in the Old Port, and usually leave with a big box of beer!
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 8, 2004| Updated May 31, 2005
See my comments above; hit this and the Great Lost Bear and youíll 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 Iíve seen in the state for selection of ME beers and as good as youíll get (slim pickings) for Belgian/other US micros. Really friendly, somewhat informed service.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04  (65) Connecticut | October 25, 2011
A good little beer store. A nice selection of all of the Maine breweries, some Belgians and northeast beers. Had Struise Pannepot when I was there, which I thought was awesome.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984  (2) Maine | December 18, 2005
small, i liked how this was not like alot of wearhouse like liquore stores, this place is small and cozy. fairly nice large selection, but i have seen bigger out of state. the upside is that they do always have a few jems. the downside is that they are a little more expencive than some other liquor stores. plsu it can be hard to find parking
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley  (198) Hilversum, Netherlands | July 15, 2010
A very pretty little store in Portlandís 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine  (705) The Sunshine State, Florida | June 21, 2008
Great surprise. Wasnít 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.

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