Downeast Beverage Co. (OUT OF BUSINESS)


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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu  (532) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 22, 2011
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON  (154) Durham, North Carolina | August 15, 2011
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
jmm635  (89) Havertown, Pennsylvania | July 16, 2010
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!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley  (401) Trois-Rivières, Quebec | July 15, 2010
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere  (501) Ottawa, Ontario | April 11, 2010
A nice store near the water front, with a very nice selection of ME and New England products, some good imports, decent prices.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | November 1, 2009
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL  (263) Montréal, Quebec | October 29, 2009
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)
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
EastCoaster  (10) | August 27, 2009
Nice atmosphere and decent selection, a sales table where I got some deals, a little less available in a smaller shop but a good number of beers were there that were not up the road.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
FlyingTaco  (11) Massachusetts | July 10, 2009
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer  (123) Nova Scotia | March 21, 2009
Great beer shop. Big selection with deals. Nice atmosphere and surroundings.
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  • 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

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