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.
Hit this up by chance as I was walking around Portland with my folks. Solid little store but didn’t have anything that really stood out to me, especially when compared to RSVP liquors. Too small and limited of a selection and the prices seemed higher than I had seen. I still bought a bottle of Hitachino Nipponia cuz I hadn’t seen that anywhere yet.
Small store front in downtown Portland. Good selection focusing on local brews with a decent selection of imports and other well-known domestic craft beers. Good for a quick 6-pack before a sailboat ride!
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.
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.
Établissement visité le jeudi 15 octobre vers 16h30. Ambiance: Petit magasin à la décoration rustique. Service: Sympathique et connaisseur. Sélection: Pas mal toutes les microbrasseries du Maine ainsi que quelques unes d’autres états. Bière belge et scandinave. (139e rating d’établissement)
Went in here on a rainy Saturday on a quick trip to Portland. There was a decent selection, but not as good as I expected considering a lot of the positive comments I’ve heard about this store. Additionally, there were quite a few older bottles on display...especially in the German and Belgian selections. Still, it’s a decent selection. I have to ding service on this note, though. I asked the guy at the register if they had any Cadillac Mountain Stout, and he responded, "Cadillac Mountain Stout...ummm...who makes it?" Are you $#!+ting me? If you’re holding yourself out as a solid beer store in Maine, every service person, owner, manager, janitor or carrier pigeon in the place better know about the most sought-after beer in Maine (OK, that was before Gargamel). He may have been new, but that didn’t help. Still, it has a pretty decent selection save for potential freshness issues. I do prefer Tully’s in Wells by a significant margin, however, but when in downtown Portland by the wharf Downeast is the best place I saw. And the bakery next door is awesome.